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|49k||Robert Raymond Scott was born to Edgar L. Scott and his wife, the former Lena Moore in Massillon, Ohio on 13 July 1915. He attended Washington High School from 1931 to 1933. After graduation he worked three years in the billet department at the Republic Steel Corporation. A friend induced him to attend Ohio State University, where he attended classes during the 1936 to 1937 school year. He returned to the Mill trying to earn enough funds in a hope he might return to Ohio State. Due to the recession at that time he realized he would not have enough funds to return to the University, and decided to make something of his life. He enlisted in the United States Navy at Canton, Oh. on 18 April 1938 and found the Navy to his liking. He elected to become a machinist and attended specialist schools on the west coast. Upon completion of his Navy training he was assigned to the Pacific Fleet. Machinist's Mate First Class Scott was assigned to the flag ship USS California (BB 44) when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. The compartment space assigned to Scott contained the air compressor that fed various compartments in the battleship. Scott was on duty at his battle station while his ship was being struck by several bombs. A torpedo struck near his compartment just below the water line resulting in immediate flooding of the ship. The remainder of the personnel evacuated the space, but Scott refused to leave knowing the compressor fed the main guns, saying words to the effect that "This is my station and I will stay and give them air as long as the guns are going." He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism in sacrificing himself in an effort to save his ship.
USS Scott (DE 214) (1943-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the Home of Heroes Web Site)
|53k||3 April 1943: Philadelphia Navy Yard - USS Scott's christening party. Matron of honor, Mrs. Milo F. Draemel, and her husband Rear Admiral Milo F. Draemel, Commandant of the Philadelphia Naval Yard stand next to Mrs. George McBride, the ship's sponsor and her three sons, George, Eugene, and Francis.||Roger Scott
(No relation to the ship's
|127k||My wife, Mary (McBride) Scott, found these photos in her parents’ house. The sponsor, Mrs. George (Mary) McBride is my wife’s paternal grandmother. My wife’s father, Francis, is the young sailor leftmost in the family photo. [Family Photo, Left to Right: Francis McBride (age 18), Ann Nevel McBride (wife of Terry), Mrs. Mary McBride, Mr. George McBride, Eugene McBride (age 20), and George McBride (age 33)]. Both Mr. and Mrs. McBride were Irish immigrants, coming to the United States in 1904 and 1908, respectively. As stated in the attached document, George and Mary McBride had 5 sons in the U.S. Navy and a daughter-in-law in the Coast Guard during WWII. Three of the sons and the daughter-in-law were present at Scott's christening. The Navy sons who were not present are Terry (age 22) and Emmet (age 24).
The officer in the christening photos is Rear Admiral Milo F. Draemel. He was the Commandant of the Philadelphia Naval Yard at the time of the Christening. Draemel was on USS Detroit in Pearl Harbor during the 7 December 1941 attack in which Robert Raymond Scott, for whom the ship was named, was killed on USS California.
|102k||3 April 1943: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard - USS Scott (DE 214) is launched, USS Burke (DE 215) is next.||Robert Hurst|
|292k||An article from the Congressional Record of Wednesday, 7 April 1943, commemorating the role of the McBride family in the launching of USS Scott.||Roger Scott|
|135k||undated: Scott as commissioned, most likely at Philadelphia||Ed Zajkowski|
|119k||July '43||James T. Flynn, Jr.
HMC, USNR (ret.)
|103k||Forward engine room looking from starboard to port.||Brian Johnson
(Photos taken by
Noel E. "Red" Johnson MM2c,
USS Scott 1943-46)
|85k||After fire room. Hock, Boiler Maker 2/C; Hassett, F1/C; Martin, F1/C; Nelson, WT3/C|
|62k||Lcdr. Hugo Osterhaus, Scott's CO on the bridge.|
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