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First Name: Robert

Last Name: Penn

Birthplace: City Point, VA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)

Rating: Firefighter Petty Officer 1st Class

Date of Birth: 10 October 1872

Date of Death: 08 June 1912

Rank or Rate: Petty Officer First Class

Years Served:
Robert Penn

•  Spanish-American War (1898)


Robert Penn

Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

Fireman First Class Robert Penn (10 October 1872 - 8 June 1912) was a U.S. Navy sailor who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Spanish-American War.

Robert Penn was born on 10 October 1872 in City Point, VA. On 20 July 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 awarded the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy

Citation: On board the USS 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.

Death and Burial

Fireman First Class Robert Penn died on 8 June 1912 in Las Animas, CO. He is buried at Eden Cemetery in Collingdale, Delaware County, PA, in Tubman Section, Lot 155.

Honoree ID: 1933   Created by: MHOH




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