Slator  C.  Blackiston,  III
  Rank, Service
Lieutenant O-3E  U.S. Navy
  Veteran of:
U.S. Navy 1967-1984
Cold War 1967-1984
Vietnam War 1968-1969, 1970

Slator Blackiston was born on January 25, 1946, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 1, 1967, and completed basic training at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois, in April 1967. Petty Officer Blackiston next attended Underwater Demolition Team Replacement training with Class 040 (East Coast) at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek Virginia, from April to August 1967. He served with UDT-21 at NAB Little Creek from August 1967 to July 1968, followed by service with SEAL Team TWO at Little Creek from July 1968 until being appointed a Warrant Officer in the U.S. Navy on June 4, 1975. During this time he deployed to Southeast Asia with SEAL Team TWO from December 1968 to June 1969, and from April to October 1970. After completing his bachelor's degree at Virginia Wesleyan College, Blackiston was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in June 1976, and then served as an Assistant Platoon Commander with UDT-21 until June 1978. He returned to SEAL Team TWO as a Platoon Commander from June 1978 to June 1980, and he then attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, from June 1980 until his graduation with a Masters Degree in National Security Affairs in December 1981. He served as a Special Warfare Military Advisor in El Salvador from January to June 1982, as Assistant Operations Officer for Naval Special Warfare Group TWO at NAB Little Creek from July to August 1982, and as a Personnel Exchange Officer with the French Navy with Commando Hubert, Toulon, France, from September 1982 until he was killed in a parachute training accident in San Rafael, France, on April 12, 1984.

His 4th Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads:

For heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy while serving in the Republic of Vietnam on 22 August 1970. With Petty Officer BLACKISTON serving as a squad radioman, a combined operation was executed with the mission of liberating the captives of a Viet Cong prisoner-of-war camp. Inserted by helicopter on an ominous beached of the South China Sea, the SEALs and Regional Force troops made immediate contact with the Viet Cong hidden in a nearby bunker. Petty Officer BLACKISTON, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, took the area under fire and provided cover for members of the patrol who were maneuvering toward the enemy emplacement. Repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire, he succeeded in silencing the Viet Cong fire. Knowing the camp to be further inland and in order to interdict the escape and evasion of prisoners and guards, rocket and mini-gun fire from helicopter gunships was directed around the compound location. Patrolling west, the combined unit entered the heavily camouflaged prison compound and noted footprints leading through the dense jungle. Continuing at a swift pace through the swampy terrain, the patrol began noting bundles of clothing and equipment strewn along the trail indicating the prisoners and guards were only minutes ahead. Intensified rocket fire was then called for knowing the guards would abandon their prisoners if enough pressure was applied. After lifting the fire, the patrol continued only a short distance when contact was made with twenty-eight prisoners whose guards had just fled the area. Petty Officer BLACKISTON was then assigned the task of securing a small pick-up zone which had to be chopped out of the dense jungle foliage. Once secured, he helped to coordinate the complete extraction of all liberated prisoners and the members of his patrol. Petty Officer BLACKISTON's devotion to duty, courage under fire, exemplary professionalism and outstanding performance were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Petty Officer BLACKISON is authorized to wear the Combat "V"




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