Colonel Robert W. Black

Colonel Robert W. Black (HM1ZCW)

Location: Carlisle, PA 17013 Cumberland County
Buy Pennsylvania State flags at!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at!

N 40° 12.283', W 77° 9.509'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
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
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."
Placed ByU.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 3rd, 2017 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 316296 N 4452713
Decimal Degrees40.20471667, -77.15848333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 12.283', W 77° 9.509'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 12' 16.98" N, 77° 9' 30.54" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Army Heritage Trail, Carlisle PA 17013, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. What year was the marker erected?
  9. This marker needs at least one picture.
  10. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  11. Is the marker in the median?