Robert Blume

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Robert Blume
Born (1868-11-19)November 19, 1868
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died September 16, 1937(1937-09-16) (aged 68)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Chief Petty Officer
Unit USS Nashville
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
World War I
Awards Medal of Honor

Robert Blume (November 19, 1868 – September 16, 1937) was an American sailor serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for his actions.


Blume was born November 19, 1868 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and after entering the navy in 1897 he was sent as a seaman to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the USS Nashville.[1]

He died September 16, 1937 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. His grave can be found in section 6, grave 9752-SS, map grid V/W 19.5.[2]

Stolen Medal of Honor[edit]

In 2003 an agent working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation was posing as a buyer when two people attempted to sell two Medals of Honor to him. One medal belonged to Blume and the other to United States Army First Sergeant George Washington Roosevelt who received his in actions during the American Civil War. Edward Fedora and his wife, were charged with violating 18 U.S.C. § 704(b), Unlawful Sale of a Medal of Honor.[2][3] Edward Fedora, a Canadian businessman,[4] plead guilty and was sentenced to prison, but there is no record of what happened to his wife Gisela.[5]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 19 November 1868, Pittsburgh, Pa. Accredited to: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.


On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Blume set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "BLUME, ROBERT". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Robert Blume". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Defendants Charged With Conspiracy to Sell Several Congressional Medals of Honor". Press release. Federal Bureau of Investigation. July 9, 2003. Archived from the original on August 6, 2009. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (2003-07-09). "Man Charged With Selling Medals of Honor". WHEC-TV 10 Rochester, NY. Archived from the original on 2015-06-20. Retrieved 2006-07-23. 
  5. ^ "Honoring Our Veterans". Federal Bureau of Investigation. May 28, 2004. Retrieved 2006-07-23. 

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