Robert Penn

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Robert Penn
Robert Penn (MOH) framed.jpg
Fireman First Class Robert Penn
Born (1872-10-10)October 10, 1872
City Point, Virginia
Died June 8, 1912(1912-06-08) (aged 39)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Rank Fireman First Class
Unit USS Iowa (BB-4)
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Robert Penn (October 10, 1872 – June 8, 1912 at Las Animas, Colorado) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions during the Spanish–American War.


On July 20, 1898, Penn was serving as a Fireman First Class on the USS Iowa (BB-4) off the coast of Santiago de Cuba when a boiler accident occurred. For his actions during the incident, Penn was issued the Medal of Honor five months later, on December 14, 1898.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Fireman Penn's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Iowa off Santiago de Cuba, 20 July 1898. Performing his duty at the risk of serious scalding at the time of the blowing out of the manhole gasket on board the vessel, Penn hauled the fire while standing on a board thrown across a coal bucket 1 foot above the boiling water which was still blowing from the boiler.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "War with Spain Medal of Honor recipients". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. 2004-09-01. Retrieved 2007-01-22. 


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.

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