The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
ROBINSON, ROBERT GUY
Rank and Organization: Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine
Corps, 1st Marine Aviation Force Place and Date: Pittham, Belgium, 14 October 1918.
Entered Service At: Chicago, Ill. Born: 30 April 1896, New York, N.Y.
For extraordinary heroism as observer in the 1st 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, G/Sgt. Robinson's plane was attacked by 9 enemy scouts. In the fight
which followed, he shot down 1 of the enemy planes. In a later air raid over Pittham,
Belgium, on 14 October 1918, his plane and 1 other became separated from their formation
on account of motor trouble and were attacked by 12 enemy scouts. Acting with conspicuous
gallantry and intrepidity in the fight which ensued, G/Sgt. Robinson, after shooting down
1 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 2 more bullet wounds, one in the stomach
and one in the thigh.