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World War I - U.S. Marine Corps

Robert Guy Robinson

  • Rank: Gunnery Sergeant (Highest Rank: First Lieutenant (promoted on retired list))
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    1st Marine Aviation Force
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 14, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Pittham, Belgium

For extraordinary heroism as observer in the 1st Marine Aviation Force at the front in France. In company with planes from Squadron 218, Royal Air Force, conducting an air raid on 8 October 1918, GSgt. Robinson's plane was attacked by nine enemy scouts. In the fight which followed, he shot down one of the enemy planes. In a later air raid over Pittham, Belgium, on 14 October 1918, his plane and one other became separated from their formation on account of motor trouble and were attacked by 12 enemy scouts. Acting with conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in the fight which ensued, GSgt. Robinson, after shooting down one of the enemy planes, was struck by a bullet which carried away most of his elbow. At the same time his gun jammed. While his pilot maneuvered for position, he cleared the jam with one hand and returned to the fight. Although his left arm was useless, he fought off the enemy scouts until he collapsed after receiving two more bullet wounds, one in the stomach and one in the thigh.

Medal of Honor Recipient Robert G. Robinson
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert G. Robinson
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: November 11, 1920
  • Born: April 30, 1896, New York, NY, United States
  • Died: October 5, 1974
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (46-390), Arlington, VA, United States

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