Robley Dunglison was born in Floyd County, Virginia back in 1846. He entered the United States Naval Academy in 1860. Graduating in 1864 where he immediately went to active duty.
His first assignment was during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher. Leading a party of 9United States Marines to charge the Confederate defenses. Continuing to fight after receiving four wounds, he drew his pistol and threatened to kill anyone who attempted to amputate his leg. For that leadership, he was nicknamed “Fighting Bob”.
During the 1890’s through 1892 he was in command of the Yorktown with the Pacific Squadron. When the United States launched its first seagoing battleship the USS Indiana was placed in his command. Fast forward to 1905 when then Rear Admiral Robley Dunglison Evans was placed in command of the North Atlantic Fleet. In 1907, he was in command of the Great White Fleet sailing from Virginia through the Straits of Magellan to the Pacific Ocean arriving in San Francisco in 1908 where he was relieved of command due to health issues. He gave to his country 44 years of service. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket