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Other Service 1
Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Ordinary Seaman 1
Birth:
20 Feb 1853 1
Montserrat 2
Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1
Death:
19 Dec 1890 1
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Full Name:
Robert Augustus Sweeney 1
Birth:
20 Feb 1853 1
Montserrat 2
Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1
Male 1
Death:
19 Dec 1890 1
Burial:
December 1890 1
Calvary Cemetery, Queens, New York City 1
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Other Service 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Ordinary Seaman 1
Service Start Date:
1881 1
Service End Date:
1884 3

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An African-American, Seaman Robert Augustus Sweeney won the Medal of Honor twice. On October 26, 1881, he jumped overboard from the U.S.S. Kearsarge, then docked at Hampton Roads, Virginia, in order to save seaman E.M. Christoverson from drowning. When it appeared that Christoverson, who could not swim, might pull Sweeney under the water, Cadet Midshipman John B. Bernadon leapt in to save both Sweeney and Christoverson. Bernadon was also awarded the Medal of Honor alongside Sweeney (see General Order of the Navy #276). In his second demonstration of unusual bravery, Sweeney was aboard the U.S.S. Jamestown, docked at New York's Navy Yard, on December 20, 1883. Similarly courageous, Sweeney jumped overboard along with landsman J.W. Norris to save a drowning man, A. A. George (see General Order of the Navy #326).

http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/int1871-98.html#SWEENEYR

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Augustus_Sweeney

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First Medal of Honor Citation

Serving on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge, at Hampton Roads, Va., 26 October 1881, Sweeney jumped overboard and assisted in saving from drowning a shipmate who had fallen overboard into a strongly running tide.

Second Medal of Honor Citation

Serving on board the U.S.S. Jamestown, at the Navy Yard New York, 20 December 1883, Sweeney rescued from drowning A. A. George, who had fallen overboard from that vessel.

Birth location

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"Sweeney was born on February 20, 1853, on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. The Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs 1963 print Medal of Honor 1863-1963 stated that he had been born in Montreal, Canada but this was corrected by the 1995 Facts on File two volume work, Medal of Honor Recipients 1863-1994."

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