Robert Augustus

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Robert Augustus was born on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean back in 1853. Sorry, but I don’t have any data on him until he joined the Navy in New Jersey in 1881. Assigned as an ordinary seaman on the USS Kearsarge.

On October 26th 1881, another seaman fell from a Jacob’s ladder falling into the harbor at Hampton Roads. The sailor could not swim so Robert jumped in the bay to save the sailor. It took another sailor Cadet Midshipman John B. Bernadon helping Robert to save the seamen’s life. On the morning of December 20th, 1883, the training ship USS Jamestown was docked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The ship was docked alongside the USS Yantic. Later on, that morning a young man by the name of A.A. George fell overboard from a plank between the two ships. Again, Robert jumped into action also saving his life. He left the Navy in 1884 and died 6 years later at the young age of 37.

What you may not know about Robert Augustus Sweeney is that he is only one of 19 servicemen and the only African American to receive the Medal of Honor twice, both of the for peace-time actions.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another nice piece of history to read.... unsung heros....

Sep 05, 2018 04:03 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. What an amzing guy always ready to assist others in distress. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your day!

Sep 05, 2018 04:49 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

Another hero that I never knew about and there are so many! Thank you for shouting out an amazing man who without though to his own life jump in to save on of his countrymen.

Sep 05, 2018 04:53 AM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Quite an accomplishment ...especially to receive more than once !

Sep 05, 2018 05:09 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Sometime our hero's are overlooked.

Sep 05, 2018 05:37 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Anoter man that I have never heard of, but it sounds like he was a good man and well decorated accordingly.

Sep 05, 2018 07:12 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Hope someone with his skills is around if I fall overboard!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 05, 2018 07:16 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, at such a young age, but he did good in his short life time.  Thanks for the history lesson.


Sep 05, 2018 07:55 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is an amazing story and a sad one too. Gone too soon.

Sep 05, 2018 08:35 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

James - hard to believe that sailors could not swim in those days. For that matter, not many could. 

Sep 05, 2018 09:43 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That is inspiring James.








PS. I just wanted to let you know I thought your comment on my blog this morning was awesome. 

Sep 05, 2018 11:33 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That is quite the honor James.  We have so far thanks to our clients supporting the Navy Seals met 5 Medal of Honor winners.  A

Sep 05, 2018 01:38 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- what an honorable man!  We were seated behind a Medal of Honor recipient at a Memorial Day celebration at Arlington National Cemetery. Larry and I were more excited about that. 

Sep 05, 2018 05:34 PM #13
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

James Dray  what a brave man to jump into the sea to save another mans life

Sep 05, 2018 05:56 PM #14
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Two Medal of Honors...very inspiring. Always like reading about these type of achievements!

Sep 06, 2018 12:36 PM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I had no idea about not only to medals of honor but also getting them in peacetime.

Sep 06, 2018 06:55 PM #16
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