The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*BLACKWELL, ROBERT L.
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.
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.