b. 04/11/1895 Person County, North Carolina. d. 11/10/1918 St Souplet, France.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 11/10/1918 St Souplet, France.
He was born on October 4, 1895.
He was assigned to Company K, 119th Infantry, 30th Division. He was one of two soldiers from North Carolina to be awarded the Medal of Honor for service in the First World War.
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.
BURIAL LOCATION: SOMME AMERICAN CEMETERY, SOMME PICARDIE, FRANCE.