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Machinist's Mate First Class, USN, (1915-1941)

Machinist's Mate First Class Robert R. Scott, USN, (1915-1941)


Robert R. Scott was born in Massillon, Ohio, on 13 July 1915. He enlisted in the Navy during the 1930s and had risen to the rank of Machinist's Mate First Class by 1941. During the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor, he was serving on board USS California (BB-44). When the ship was hit by Japanese torpedoes, causing serious flooding of his battle station, MM1c Scott remained in the compartment in order to continue supplying compressed air to the ship's guns, and so lost his life. For this act of heroism, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.


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