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.
Until tomorrow let me see that smile, give me one and I’ll give it right back to you.