Robert Lee Blackfox
Sequoyah High School ~ Student 1960s
TAHLEQUAH, Ok -- Robert Blackfox , (Seq. Junior 1966), a full blood Cherokee Indian, was the son of William and Josie (McLemore) Blackfox. Blackfox was born May 25, 1948 at Hastings Indian Hospital in Tahlequah.
He grew up in the Briggs community east of Tahlequah. While attending Briggs School, he enjoyed playing softball. Later at Sequoyah Indian High School , he enjoyed woodworking shop classes.
He had a favorite teacher. Peggy Jo Hall (Seq. 1960s-1980s) , who he spent many weekends with in Tahlequah. Ms. Hall was not married and would take several of the students with her each weekend during the school year.
During his junior year of high school, Blackfox volunteered for the Marines. He received numerous medals for his outstanding service.
He was killed in action in Vietnam when he stepped on a mine on Feb. 17, 1970. He was one of four Cherokees from the area who was killed during battle in Vietnam.
In his hometown of Tahlequah, the American Legion post is named Blackfox-Hartness Post 135 in honor of Robert Lee Blackfox and Roger Dale Hartness, another Tahlequah serviceman who was also killed in the Vietnam War.
Robert Lee Blackfox was buried in the Cedar Tree Cemetery located east of Tahlequah, with full military service.
ROBERT LEE BLACKFOX
PFC - E2 - Marine Corps - Selective Service
21 year old Single, American Indian, Male
Born on May 25, 1948
From TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA
His tour of duty began on Nov 23, 1969
Casualty was on Feb 17, 1970
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
Body was recovered
VietNam Memorial: Panel 13W - - Line 22
PFC ROBERT LEE BLACKFOX
(May 25, 1948-Feb. 17, 1970)
Company D 1st Battalion 7th Mar
First Marine Division (REIN)