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Robert Strahan
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Born: 1836
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: Union Navy
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Unit: USS Kearsarge
Battles: American Civil War
Awards: Medal of Honor
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Robert Strahan (born 1836) was an American sailor who received the Medal of Honor for valor in action during the American Civil War.


Strahan was born 1836 in New Jersey and joined the Navy there. On June 19, 1864 he was serving as Captain of the Top on the sloop of war USS Kearsarge when she sank the commerce raider CSS Alabama off Cherbourg, France. He was awarded his Medal of Honor for gallantry under fire exhibited while crewing the ship's Number 1 gun.

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Rank and organization: Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy. Birth: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 45, December 31, 1864. Accredited to: New Jersey.


Served as captain of the top on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as captain of the No. 1 gun, Strahan carried out his duties in the face of heavy enemy fire and exhibited marked coolness and good conduct throughout the engagement. Strahan was highly recommended by his division officer for his gallantry and meritorious achievements.

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