Charles D. Robinson

Captain,
United States Army

1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group
Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: June 3, 2005
Buried at: 
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart,  Meritorious Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge,  Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab

CAPTAIN CHARLES D. ROBINSON of Haddon Heights NJ was killed in action on June 3, 2005 in Afghanistan. 


U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office
RELEASE NUMBER: 050603-02
DATE POSTED: JUNE 5, 2005

PRESS RELEASE: Special Forces officer dies in Afghanistan

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, June 5, 2005) — An Army Special Forces officer based here was killed June 3, 2005 in the vicinity of Orgun-e, Afghanistan.

Capt. Charles D. Robinson, 29, a Special Forces officer, assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Fort Bragg, N.C., died when an enemy improvised explosive device exploded near his Ground Mobility Vehicle during operations in Afghanistan’s southeastern region.

Robinson deployed to Afghanistan in January 2005 in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

A resident of Haddon Heights, N.J., Robinson was commissioned in the Army immediately following graduation from Cedarville College in Ohio May 1998, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign trade.  

His first military assignment was with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Robinson graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to 7th SFG in December 2003.

Robinson's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Special Forces Tab and Ranger Tab.  He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

Robinson is survived by his wife, Laura; and parents, Charles and Janet Robinson of Brown Mills, N.J.


Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 2005

Haddon Heights Soldier Dies
Army Convoy Bombed in Afghanistan

By CAROL COMEGNO
Courier-Post Staff

A Haddon Heights man was among two soldiers killed when an improvised explosive device struck their convoy in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Sunday.

Capt. Charles D. Robinson, 29, is the 15th serviceman with ties to the tri-county area to be killed in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Robinson and the other soldier - Staff Sgt. Leroy E. Alexander, 27, of Dale City, Va. - died Friday at Forward Operating Base Orgun-E in Afghanistan.

Both were in the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C. Robinson, who deployed to Afghanistan in January, was commissioned in the Army after he graduated from Cedarville College in Ohio in 1998, the military said.

He is survived by his wife, Laura, and parents, the Rev. Charles Robinson Jr. and Janet Robinson of Pemberton Township.

Robinson's parents were missionaries. His mother previously lived in Haddon Heights and his father is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Erial, said the Rev. Daniel Smith of Haddon Heights Baptist Church.

The family stayed at Haddon Heights Baptist's missionary house on 3rd Avenue in Haddon Heights when the soldier was a boy, said Smith.

Smith got a call Saturday from the soldier's grandmother, Doris Anderson of Woodstown.

"She told me he died doing what he really loved," Smith said. "She said he was working in the villages of Afghanistan helping the people improve their schools and other services."


Philadelphia Inquirer - June 6, 2005
Enemy Explosive Kills Local Soldier
A bomb detonated Friday near a vehicle carrying Capt. Charles D. Robinson, 29, outside Orgun-e, Afghanistan.


Inquirer Staff Writer

An Army Special Forces officer from Haddon Heights was killed Friday in Afghanistan when an enemy bomb exploded near the vehicle he was traveling in, military officials said yesterday.  

Capt. Charles D. Robinson, 29, who was assigned to the First Battalion, Seventh Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C., had been deployed to Afghanistan in January as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Army officials said he died instantly when the improvised explosive device detonated near Orgun-e, in the southeastern part of the country.

At least one other Special Forces soldier, Staff Sgt. Leroy E. Alexander, 27, of Dale City, Va., was killed in the explosion.

Military officials said Robinson joined the Army directly after graduating from Ohio's Cedarville University in May 1998, and was first assigned to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. After completing a rigorous training program over more than two years, he joined the elite Special Forces in December 2003.  

Military officials said Robinson is survived by his wife, Laura; and parents, Charles and Janet Robinson of Browns Mills.  


Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 2005

Quiet, active soldier recalled
Afghan bomb killed captain from S.J. family

By JASON NARK
Courier-Post Staff

A former Haddon Heights man killed in Afghanistan will be buried next week at Arlington National Cemetery, relatives said.

A memorial service for Army Capt. Charles D. Robinson, 29, will be held near Fort Bragg, N.C., possibly today, according to his grandmother, Doris Anderson of Woodstown.

"I don't think his time here on earth was wasted," Anderson said. "He was a good Christian, very well-liked by his peers."

Robinson lived with his wife, Laura, in Fayetteville, N.C. A man who answered the phone at Robinson's residence declined comment.

Robinson's parents - the Rev. Charles Robinson Jr. and Janet Robinson of Pemberton Township - went to North Carolina to be with his wife.

Robinson was one of two soldiers killed Friday when an improvised explosive device struck their convoy in Afghanistan. Robinson and the other soldier - Staff Sgt. Leroy E. Alexander, 27, of Dale City, Va. - died at Forward Operating Base Orgun-E in Afghanistan.

Both were in the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg.

Robinson - the 15th serviceman with ties to the tri-county area to be killed in Afghanistan or Iraq - posthumously will be awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. 

Robinson, who was deployed to Afghanistan in January, was commissioned in the Army after he graduated from Cedarville College in Ohio in 1998.

He met his wife at Cedarville, Anderson said.

"They were hoping to start a family when he got back," said Anderson, 80. "He joined the ROTC to go to college. He knew when he got out of college, he would have to pay Uncle Sam back, though."

Robinson's parents both were missionaries based out of the Haddon Heights Baptist Church. Their three children spent most of their lives in South America, living in Paraguay, Anderson said.

On their leaves, the family would stay at the Haddon Heights Baptist's missionary house on 3rd Avenue, Anderson said.

"Haddon Heights was like their home base," Anderson said.

The soldier's father now is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in the Erial section of Gloucester Township.

The family's time in South America prepared Robinson for his duties in Afghanistan, Anderson said. He spoke Spanish, Portuguese and Guarani.

"He was used to being with people of different ethnic backgrounds. It didn't matter to him, they were just people," Anderson said. "He just dealt with the ordinary people in Afghanistan. He ate with them in their homes; actually, he was getting thin because he didn't like the food."

Anderson said that in his youth, Robinson showed the poise and demeanor of a dutiful soldier.

"He was very quiet but active," Anderson said. "I think he thought a lot. Even as a child, if it was his turn to mow the lawn, he wouldn't grumble, he would just do it and get it over with."


Philadelphia Inquirer - June 7, 2005
Soldier Inspired to Service by His Missionary Youth

Inquirer Staff Writer

AArmy Capt. Charles D. Robinson's life spanned the globe.

The son of missionaries based in Haddon Heights, Robinson spent much of his life in Paraguay, where he developed a love of languages and a bond with other Americans stationed overseas.

At Baptist Regional School in Haddon Heights, Robinson played soccer and kept in touch with friends after his family resumed their travels.

And after the Special Forces sent him to Afghanistan in January as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, Robinson asked his family to mail him care packages of candy. He planned to give them to children in villages he was helping rebuild.

Robinson, 29, was one of two Special Forces soldiers killed Friday when a bomb exploded near the ground mobility vehicle he was traveling in during operations near Orgun-e, in the southeastern region of Afghanistan. He had been assigned to the First Battalion, Seventh Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C.

"He put his heart and soul into everything he did," said his maternal grandmother, Doris Anderson of Woodstown. "He was outgoing in a quiet sort of way."

During Robinson's childhood, his parents, Charles and Janet, were missionaries based at Haddon Heights Baptist Church.

Robinson and his brother and sister were home-schooled by their mother in Paraguay, his grandmother said.

During one family furlough, Robinson spent his freshman and sophomore years at Baptist High School, which is affiliated with the church, head administrator Lynn Conahan said.

"He was easygoing, friendly, outgoing, and he could take a joke," said Conahan, whose son, P.J., was a friend of Robinson's. After Robinson's family returned to Paraguay, he continued to write letters to P.J., Conahan said.

Robinson later graduated from Asuncion Christian Academy in Paraguay, said his brother, Jeffrey.

In Paraguay, Robinson and his family developed a kinship with American military officials and other Americans living abroad, his grandmother said.

He later majored in international studies and global economics at Cedarville University in Ohio, graduating in 1998, according to university spokesman Roger Overturf. That was where he met his wife, Laura, a native of Iowa, said Overturf, who remembered the couple.

Several of Robinson's and his wife's relatives attended the tight-knit, 3,000-student university, Overturf said. "We're all pretty devastated here."

Robinson became involved in ROTC in college, which led him into the Army after graduation. He was first assigned to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg.

But "he wanted more than that," Anderson said. Robinson completed a rigorous training program over more than two years and joined the elite Special Forces in December 2003.

He lived with his wife in Fayetteville, N.C., and they were hoping to start a family soon, Anderson said. The family was hoping Robinson would return in August.

Laura Robinson said yesterday she did not want to comment.

Robinson's parents, who live in Pemberton Township, could not be reached yesterday.

Maj. Robert Gowan, a spokesman for the Army's Special Forces Command, said Robinson had been riding in a ground mobility vehicle. "It is a modified humvee," Gowan said, and was "heavily armored."

Also killed in the explosion was another member of Robinson's group, Staff Sgt. Leroy E. Alexander, 27, a Special Forces engineer sergeant from Dale City, Va.

Funeral arrangements were pending..  


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