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CMOHS.org - Chief Gunner's Mate COX, ROBERT EDWARD, U.S. Navy

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COX, ROBERT EDWARD

Rank: Chief Gunner's Mate
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 22 December 1855, St. Albans, W. Va.
Departed: Yes
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G.O. Number: 43
Date of Issue: 04/14/1921
Accredited To: West Virginia
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Citation

For extraordinary heroism on U.S.S. Missouri 13 April, 1904. While at target practice off Pensacola, Fla., an accident occurred in the after turret of the Missouri whereby the lives of 5 officers and 28 men were lost. The ship was in imminent danger of destruction by explosion, and the prompt action of C.G. Cox and 2 gunners' mates caused the fire to be brought under control, and the loss of the Missouri, together with her crew, was averted.