Deaton, Robert L. (P1, C2 L9)
Corporal Robert Deaton, 19, of Knox County, Kentucky, a member of Company G, 149th Infantry, Barbourville, Kentucky, was accidentally killed at the corner of Powell and Brighton streets in Covington, Kentucky, on 24 December 1921 while on state active duty during steel strikes at Newport. While he and Sergeant Charles Black were on duty, Sergeant Black became suddenly ill and about to fall and in recovering his balance his right arm knocked Deaton's revolver from his holster. The revolver fell to the street discharging a cartridge. The bullet struck the right side of Corporal Deaton’s neck. He was rushed to the hospital but bled to death on the way. Colonel Henry H. Denhardt, commanding the troops made an investigation and pronounced the killing accidental. Below is an article which appeared on page 10 of the 26 December edition of the Cincinnati Post:
The body of Robert Deaton, 20, Corporal, was sent to his home at Barbourville, Ky., by military authorities Sunday night. Deaton was shot accidentally by his boyhood friend and companion, Sergeant Charles Black, 20, Saturday night while the two were on duty at Powell and Brighton Streets, Newport.
Black was ill and in a fainting condition when the shot was fired, it is said, and, in an effort to save himself from falling, knocked his revolver from its holster. A bullet plowed thru Deaton’s neck and into his brain.