In May 1917, he enlisted with the Marines and the action in France followed. Although seriously wounded during aerial action over Belgium, he continued to fight and successfully drove off attacking enemy scout planes before two additional bullet wounds forced his collapse. Gunnery Sergeant Robinson, shot 13 times in the abdomen, chest, and legs, and with his left arm virtually blown off at the elbow, helped bring the plane down in Belgian Territory.
His arm, hanging by a single tendon, was grafted back on by the surgeon-general of the Belgian army.
He was honorably discharged in 1919 as a gunnery sergeant and was appointed a second lieutenant in the Reserve. His retirement was effected in May 1923 and his promotion to the rank of first lieutenant in September 1936.
Upon retirement, he made his home at Saint Ignace, Michigan. Robinson died on October 5, 1974 at his home.
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
Foreign extraordinary heroism as observer in the at the front in France.