Robert R. Scott
|Robert Raymond Scott|
Machinist's Mate First Class Robert R. Scott
July 13, 1915|
|Died||December 7, 1941
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|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
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
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."
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