Trooper Robert Elvin Caldwell
Division V - Newport News
End of Watch: June 17, 1948
Today and always, the Virginia State Police Family remembers and honors Trooper Robert Elvin Caldwell, a native of Appomattox County, Virginia, born on August 21, 1922. We celebrate the service and dedication of Trooper Robert Elvin Caldwell. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II as a Corporal in the 250th General Hospital and he served as a Virginia State Police Trooper stationed in the Newport News Area for 18 months. As a Virginia Trooper, he strived always to make Virginia a safer place to live and to operate a motor vehicle. He always made every effort to stop crime in all its forms and to stop all unsafe acts.
On June 17, 1948, Trooper Robert Caldwell was giving his all to stop a reckless driver who was driving on 39th Street in Newport News at a very alarming high speed. Tragically, as Trooper Caldwell pursued the speeding car another vehicle pulled out of a service station and into Trooper Caldwell's path, causing a collision at the intersection of 39th Street and Chestnut Avenue. Trooper Caldwell was killed in the crash becoming the 15th Virginia State Trooper to make the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of his official duties.
Trooper Caldwell is a true Virginia Hero for the way he lived, served and protected the Citizens of Virginia and the Nation. His memory lives and his service stands as an inspiration for all that follows.
Thank you Trooper Robert Caldwell for your loyal service and dedication.
Rest in Peace Brother!