Trooper Robert Elvin Caldwell

Trooper Robert Elvin Caldwell

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, June 17, 1948

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Robert Elvin Caldwell

Trooper Robert Caldwell was killed in an automobile crash at the intersection of 39th Street and Chestnut Avenue in Newport News while in pursuit of a traffic violator at 10:34 pm.

Another vehicle pulled out of a service station and into Trooper Caldwell's path, causing a collision. Trooper Caldwell's partner was seriously injured in the accident, and two occupants of the other vehicle were also killed.

Trooper Caldwell was a United States Army WWII veteran and had served with the Virginia State Police for 18 months. He was survived by his parents and fiancee.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

vehicle pursuit

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Trooper Caldwell,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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