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World War II - U.S. Navy

Robert Raymond Scott

  • Rank: Machinist's Mate First Class
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. California
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 7, 1941
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, USA

For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage, and complete disregard for his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. The compartment in the U.S.S. California in which the air compressor to which Scott was assigned as his battle station was flooded as the result of a torpedo hit. The remainder of the personnel evacuated that compartment but Scott refused to leave, saying words to the effect "This is my station and I will stay and give them air as long as the guns are going."

Medal of Honor Recipient Robert R. Scott
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert R. Scott
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 1942

    presented to his mother

  • Born: July 13, 1915, Massillon, Stark County, OH, United States
  • Died: December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Territory)
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery(MH) (34-3939), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: Ohio Military Museum, Massillon, OH

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