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26 May 2008

Portrait of Harold Roberts

On this Memorial Day holiday, I thought I would post an update on the Corporal Harold Roberts project.

As he has done in the past, Retired Army Sergeant First Class Gary McMaster ordered a flower arrangement to be placed on Roberts' grave at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery today from the Camp Roberts Historical Museum in the name of the Soldiers and Civilians at Camp Roberts. He plans to do this every year.

In addition, McMaster sent me this photograph of the near-completed portrait that he has commissioned to hang in the museum. The painting includes a depiction of Roberts' Medal of Honor and a background view of the village of Exermont, France.

Photograph courtesy of Gary McMaster.

Read the entire series:
Part 1 — Searching for Harold Roberts
Part 2 — Roberts: What We Found
Part 3 — Roberts' Battlefield Letter
Part 4 — A Face for Harold Roberts
Part 5 — A Hero's Final Resting Place

1 comments:

Gary McMaster said...

Thank you folks so much for your help in research on Corporal Roberts in the past. Recent updates: We have heard from Sam Morgan, great-great-grandson of Sergeant Virgil Morgan, the 19-year-old fellow tank crewman of Roberts who lived through Roberts valiant sacrifice of his own life. Corporal Roberts biography will go into a third printing soon with an added chapter on Virgil. We found that Roberts' Medal of Honor was found in a used car in Arkansas in the late 1940s and we are trying to follow it from there. Gary McMaster, Curator, The Camp Roberts Historical Museum