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thedrifter
06-13-03, 08:56 AM
06-11-2003

MoH Recipient - Robinson, Robert G., GySgt. USMC



Organization: First Marine Aviation Force



Place and Date: Pittham, Belgium, 14 October 1918; Entered service at: Chicago, Illinois



Born: 30 April 1896, New York, N.Y.



Citation: For extraordinary heroism as observer in the First Marine Aviation Force at the front in France. In company with planes from Squadron 218, Royal Air Force, conducting an air raid on 8 October 1918, Gunnery Sergeant Robinsonís plane was attacked by nine enemy scouts. In the fight which followed, he shot down one of the enemy planes.



In a later air raid over Pittham, Belgium, on 14 October 1918, his plane and one other became separated from their formation on account of motor trouble and were attacked by twelve enemy scouts. Acting with conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in the fight which ensued, Gunnery Sergeant Robinson, after shooting down one of the enemy planes, was struck by a bullet which carried away most of his elbow. At the same time his gun jammed.



While his pilot maneuvered for position, he cleared the jam with one hand and returned to the fight. Although his left arm was useless, he fought off the enemy scouts until he collapsed after receiving two more bullet wounds, one in the stomach and one in the thigh.

Sempers,

Roger