Robert R. Scott

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Robert Raymond Scott
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Machinist's Mate First Class Robert R. Scott
Born (1915-07-13)July 13, 1915
Massillon, Ohio
Died December 7, 1941(1941-12-07) (aged 26)
Killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1938-1941
Rank Machinist's Mate First Class
Unit USS California
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Medal of Honor

Robert Raymond Scott (July 13, 1915 – December 7, 1941) was a United States Navy sailor who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Biography

Robert Raymond Scott was born in Massillon, Ohio on July 13, 1915 and enlisted in the United States Navy on April 18, 1938. Machinist's Mate First Class Scott was assigned to USS California when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The compartment containing the air compressor to which Scott was assigned as his battle station was flooded as a result of a torpedo hit. The remainder of the personnel evacuated the space, but Scott refused to leave, saying words to the effect that “This is my station and I will stay and give them air as long as the guns are going.” He was posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroism.

Medal of Honor citation

Citation:

For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and complete disregard of 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."

Namesake

In 1943, the destroyer escort USS Scott (DE-214) was named in his honor. Scott was also a former student at Ohio State University where the Scott House dormitory is named after him.

See also

References

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
  • "Resident Hall Namesakes at Ohio State". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 

External links

  • "Robert Scott's grave in Arlington". Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  • "Robert R. Scott". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
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