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Interim 1871 - 1899 - U.S. Navy

Robert Augustus Sweeney

  • Rank: Ordinary Seaman
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1871 - 1899
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Yantic
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 20, 1883
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: New York Naval Yard, New York, USA

Second Award: Serving on board the U.S.S. Yantic, at the Navy Yard, New York, 20 December 1883, Sweeney rescued from drowning A.A. George, who had fallen overboard from the U.S.S. Jamestown.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New Jersey
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: October 18, 1884
  • Born:
  • Died: December 19, 1890
  • Buried: Calvary Cemetery (unknown grave), Woodside, NY

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