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Colonel Robert W. Black

 
 
Colonel Robert W. Black Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. Colonel Robert W. Black Marker
Inscription. Colonel Robert W. Black was born on June 15, 1926 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He grew up on a farm between Carlisle and Gettysburg. He enlisted in the regular Army after High School, volunteered for the Airborne and completed Parachute and Glider training. Black was serving in the 82nd Airborne Division when the Korean War began. When the formation of the first Airborne Ranger Companies in the history of the Army was announced, Black was among the volunteers. He was selected and assigned to serve in the 8th Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne).

During the Korean War one Airborne Ranger Company of five officers and 107 enlisted men was assigned to each Infantry and Cavalry Division in the Army. The company mission was to infiltrate through enemy line and attack command posts, artillery, tank parks, and key communication centers. The Rangers were highly trained in close combat, weapons, demolitions, day and night reconnaissance and combat patrolling, ambush and raids. Ranger operations were primarily forward of friendly lines. On arrival in Korea the 8th Airborne Rangers were attached to the 24th Infantry Division.

Decorated during his three campaigns in Korea, Black was commissioned in 1954. He fought in five campaigns in Vietnam again was decorated (sic). Parachute and Glider qualified, he holds two awards of the Combat infantry

Insert - At Ranger training, 1950 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - At Ranger training, 1950
badge, the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars for valor, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal and 18 other awards and decorations. After 30 years of Army service he became a writer and historian covering four centuries of American Ranger history. Known as “The Dean of Ranger History”, his legacy is the Ranger words, “You can accomplish anything. It is all in the heart and the mind.”
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.283′ N, 77° 9.509′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Specialist Fourth Class Robert D. Law (here, next to this marker); Lieutenant Colonel William Orlando Darby (here, next to this marker); General Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion (a few steps from this marker); Stations Upon the Road (within shouting distance of this marker); A Century of Protection (within shouting distance of this marker); Smallpox (within
Insert - Rangers in Korea image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - Rangers in Korea
shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Smallpox (within shouting distance of this marker); Pine Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, KoreanWar, Vietnam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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