Charles DuVal Roberts (1873-1966) son of Ann Rollins DuVal and Cyrus Swan Roberts, graduated from West Point in 1897 and with honors from the Army School of the Line, 1912, Army Staff College, 1913, Army War College, 1920.
Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Infantry, 11 June 1897, and advanced through the grades to Brigadier General, February 29,1929.
He retired from active duty on 18 June 1937. During his career he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He earned the Medal of Honor on 1 July 1898 while serving as Second Lieutenant, 17th United States Infantry, at El Canney, Cuba, during the Spanish American War. He died on 24 October 1966 at Silver Spring,MD, and was buried with full military honors in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Born at Cheyenne Agency, South Dakota on June 18, 1873. He graduted from West Point in 1897 and with honors from the Army School of the Line, 1912, Army Staff College, 1913, Army War College, 1920. Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Infantry, June 11, 1897 and advanced through the grades to Brigadier General February 29, 1929. He retired from active duty on June 18, 1937. During his career he was awarded the Medal of Honor, Croix de Guerre (France), Officer of the Order of Leopold (Belgium).
He earned the Medal of Honor on July 1, 1898, while serving as Second Lieutenant, 17th United States Infantry, at El Caney, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War. He died on October 24, 1966 at Silver Spring, Maryland, and was buried with full military honors in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
His wife, Eugenia Bradford Roberts, who was born at Fort Dodge, Kansas in 1878, whom he married on November 16, 1898, and who died at Williamsburgh, Virginia, in 1951, is buried with him. The General's father, Cyrus Swan Roberts, Brigadier General, United States Army, is also buried nearby in Arlington National Cemetery.
NOTE: A relative, Cyrus Swan Roberts IV, First Lieutenant, United States Air Force, was killed in a 1966 aircraft accident in Southeast Asia.
ROBERTS, CHARLES D.
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 17th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At El Caney, Cuba, 1 July 1898. Entered service at: Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming. Birth: Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming. Date of issue: 21 June 1899.
Gallantly assisted in the rescue of the wounded from in front of the lines under heavy fire of the enemy.
GENERAL C. D. ROBERTS DEAD
WON MEDAL OF HONOR IN ‘98
SILVER SPRINGS, Maryland, October 25, 1966 – Brigadier General Charles D. Roberts, retired, winner of the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Spanish-American War, died here yesterday. He was 93 years old.
General Roberts, who served in the Army for 40 years, was born at the Cheyenne Indian Agency in South Dakota, where his father, Colonel Cyrus S. Roberts, a veteran of the Civil War, was stationed.
After service in Cuba and the Philippines, he returned to the United States in 1901 and was assigned to duty as Acting Judge Advocate of Texas. He served in that post until 1905.
Surviving are two sons, Colonel Heyward B. Robert, retired, of Blacksburg, Virginia, and Colonel Thomas D. Roberts of La Selva Beach, California, and a daughter, Miss Eugenia Roberts of Sykesville, Maryland.
General Roberts was a Second Lieutenant of the 17th Infantry when he won the Congressional Medal of Honor at El Caney, Cuba, in 1898 for “gallantly assisting in the rescue of the wounded in front of the lines and under heavy fire of the enemy.”
During World War I he won the Distinguished Service Medal for the conduct of combat operations of the 81st Division in the St. Die Sector near Verdun, France, in November 1918. He served as the division’s chief of staff.
General Roberts was an 1897 graduate of West Point. He was a colonel in 1922 when he was named to command the Citizens’ Training Camp at Plattsburg, New York. He also served as Chief of Staff of the First Corps Area, Boston; Commanding General of the 30th Coast Artillery Brigade, Fort Eustis, Virginia, and of the 19th Infantry Brigade at the Panama Canal Zone.
ROBERTS, CHARLES DUVAL
- DATE OF BIRTH: 06/18/1873
- DATE OF DEATH: 10/24/1966
- BURIED AT: SECTION 2 SITE 3671RH
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
ROBERTS, EUGENIA B W/O CHARLES DUVAL
- DATE OF BIRTH: 05/13/1878
- DATE OF DEATH: 12/24/1951
- BURIED AT: SECTION 2 SITE 3671 LH
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
- WIFE OF CD ROBERTS, BRIG GEN USA
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