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Interim 1871 - 1899 - U.S. Navy

Robert Augustus Sweeney

  • Also Known As: Sweeney, Albert A.
  • Rank: Ordinary Seaman
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1871 - 1899
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Kearsarge
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 26, 1881
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA
First Award: Serving on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge, at Hampton Roads, Va., 26 October 1881, Sweeney jumped overboard and assisted in saving from drowning a shipmate who had fallen overboard into a strongly running tide.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New Jersey
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: November 1, 1881
  • Born: February 22, 1853, Montserrat
  • Died: December 19, 1890
  • Buried: Calvary Cemetery (unknown grave), Woodside, NY, United States

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