Major C. Robinson is a U.S. Army Veteran. Serving as a member of the 20th Engineer Battalion from 1941 to 1945 and fighting for the Allies during World War II, he worked as a toolroom keeper in Africa, Sicily, France, Belgium, and Germany. Moreover, as an engineer, he used his skills to construct bridges during Germany's Invasion of France while fighting on the front lines, often replacing his comrades lost in battle.
Born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, to John Park Robinson and Goldie Robinson, Robinson worked primarily as a carpenter constructing wooden buildings and installing doors, windows, floors, and roofs. He also worked as a farmworker, helping plant, cultivate, and harvest corn, wheat, rye, and vegetables on his father's farm before enlisting in the Army in 1941.
In his early days of service, while stationed in Casablanca, Morocco, Robinson spent his days tracking German enemy soldiers before deploying to Italy for a short period, where he continued his work as a toolroom keeper, receiving, storing, and issuing tools for his platoon. He deployed to the United Kingdom immediately after, where his chief assignment was to prepare for the German Invasion of France.
Upon his arrival in France, Robinson recalled besting enemy soldiers' attempts to wipe out the ship used to transport him and his men. During this time, Robinson also recalled his primary task of building bridges and replacing his comrades lost in battle while his team awaited replacement soldiers.
Following his service in France and after World War II concluded, Robinson returned to the U.S. after embarking on a sightseeing journey across Europe. Stationed in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, his service officially ended in July 1945. Returning home and surprising his family in Wilkes County, North Carolina, Robinson moved back in with his parents shortly after. He passed on July 16, 2015.
Military Service Overview
Battalion: Co B 20th ENGR Combat BN
Battles/Campaigns: Tunisia: Sicily: Algeria-French-Morocco; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes; Central Europe
Decorations: American Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal GO#5 HQ 20th ENGR (C) BN 7MAR 44; EMET Campaign Medal with 8 Bronze Service Stars & with 1 Bronze Service Arrowhead, Distinguished Unit Badge GO50 HQ 1st DIV 30JUL44
Military Specialties - Engineer basic, Pioneer, Toolroom Keeper