Buffalo Soldier Robert Penn

The Buffalo Soldiers Arizona Motorcycle Club riders each represented one of the original Buffalo Soldiers on our ride in the Fiesta Bowl Parade.

Karl and I rode in honor of Robert Penn (October 10, 1872 – June 8, 1912)

Robert Penn was a US Navy sailor and a recipient of America’s highest military decoration – the Medal of Honor – for his actions during the Spanish-American War.

On July 20, 1898, Penn was serving as a Fireman First Class on the USS Iowa (BB-4) off the coast of Santiago de Cuba when a boiler accident occurred.  For his actions during the incident, Penn was issued the Medal of Honor five months later, on December 14, 1898.

His official Medal of Honor citation reads:  On board the U.S.S. Iowa off Santiago de Cuba, 20 July 1898.  Performing his duty at the risk of serious scalding at the time of the blowing out of the manhole gasket on board the vessel, penn hauled the fire while standing on a board thrown across a coal bucket 1 foot above the boing water which was sill blowing from the boiler.


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