BLACKWELL, ROBERT L. - Medal of Honor Recipient

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company K, 119th Infantry, 30th Division.

Place and date: Near St. Souplet, France, 11 October 1918.

Entered service at: Hurdle Mills, N.C.

Birth: Person County, N.C. G.O. No.: 13, W.D., 1919.

Citation: When his platoon was almost surrounded by the enemy and his platoon commander asked for volunteers to carry a message calling for reinforcements, Pvt. Blackwell volunteered for this mission, well knowing the extreme danger connected with it. In attempting to get through the heavy shell and machinegun fire this gallant soldier was killed.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)