PFC. Jack Clem Robinson, USMC - Blue Ridge, GA
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N 34° 51.853 W 084° 19.540
16S E 744470 N 3861248
Quick Description: Memorial for Fannin County's own Jack C. Robinson, a U.S. Marine Corp private first class soldier.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 12/16/2009 6:23:41 PM
Waymark Code: WM7X84
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
On the marker...
Sept. 22, 1922 - Oct. 25-1942

Killed in action - Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
One of Fannin County's Finest - He made the ultimate sacrifice so that others might live.

Be it known that Oct. 25 is hereby proclaimed as Jack C. Robinson Day in Fannin Co. Georgia.
Dedicated Nov. 11, 1987

The memorial is located in downtown Blue Ridge on the corner of East Main Street and Church Street. It's in the corner of the Blue Ridge City Park. A sidewalk and parking lot are adjacent but it does get crowded depending on the time of day. On the other side of the street is the playground and there are shops in the other direction.

The following information taken from (visit link)
Jack C. Robinson (1922-1942) was a United States Marine Corps private first class who received a posthumous Silver Star for his actions in the Guadalcanal campaign during World War II.

Robinson was born on 22 September 1922 at Blue Ridge, Georgia. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 12 December 1941. After basic training, he was assigned to a unit scheduled to take part in the Guadalcanal campaign, the first American amphibious operation of World War II.

In the bitter fighting on 23 October 1942 in the Matanikau River area on Guadalcanal during the Battle for Henderson Field, Private First Class Robinson risked his life to repair damaged communications lines vital to the survival of his unit. Robinson was wounded in the action and died on 25 October 1942.

The following information taken from (visit link)
Construction and commissioning...
Jack C. Robinson was laid down as the Buckley-class destroyer escort USS Jack C. Robinson (DE-671) by the Dravo Corporation at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and launched as such on 8 January 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Clem F. Robinson, mother of the ship's namesake, Private First Class Jack C. Robinson. The ship was reclassified as a Charles Lawrence-class high-speed transport and redesignated APD-72 on 27 June 1944, and was towed to Orange, Texas, for fitting out by the Consolidated Steel Corporation there. After conversion to her new role, the ship was commissioned at Orange on 2 February 1945 with Lieutenant Commander W. W. Bowie in command.

Service history
World War II...
After shakedown in the Caribbean, Jack C. Robinson departed Norfolk, Virginia, on 31 March 1945 to join the United States Pacific Fleet for World War II service in the Pacific, arriving at San Diego, California, on 14 April 1945. On 24 April 1945 she arrived at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, to begin a month of intensive training. Arriving at Ulithi Atoll on 21 May 1945, she took up duty as an escort vessel for the massive supply convoys between staging bases and the forward areas. In June 1945 she moved to Okinawa for antisubmarine patrol offshore in support of the Okinawa campaign, departing Okinawa on 17 July 1945 to take up similar duty in the Philippine Islands.

After the surrender of Japan brought World War II to an end on 15 August 1945, Jack C. Robinson engaged in convoy duties supporting the Allied occupation of Japan and the former Japanese Empire before returning via the Panama Canal to Norfolk early in 1946.

After exercises in the Caribbean, Jack C. Robinson arrived at the New York Naval Shipyard at Brooklyn, New York, on 24 May 1946 for extensive repairs. She then was towed to Green Cove Springs, Florida, for inactivation, arriving there on 30 October 1946.

Decommissioning and disposal...
Jack C. Robinson was decommissioned at Green Cove Springs on 13 December 1946 and placed in the Florida Group of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet on the St. Johns River there. She later was moved to the Texas Group of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Orange, Texas.

After 20 years of inactivity in reserve, Jack C. Robinson was stricken from the Navy List on 1 December 1966.

Chilean Navy service...
Jack C. Robinson was sold to Chile under the Military Assistance Program. She served in the Chilean Navy as ACH Orella (APD-27) until stricken and scrapped.

Honors and awards...
Jack C. Robinson received one battle star for her World War II service off Okinawa.
Date of Dedication: 11/11/1987

Property Permission: Public

Access instructions: There is parking directly in front of this memorial. It can be accessed easily from a sidewalk in front of the parking lot.

Access times: From: 12:00 AM To: 12:00 AM

Location of waymark:
East Main Street and Church Street
Blue Ridge, GA USA

Commemoration: Jack Clem Robinson

Website for Waymark: Not listed

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