|Born||November 11, 1848|
|Died||November 29, 1931(aged 83)|
|Place of birth||Gerdonen, Germany|
|Place of death||Shanghai, China|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Rank||Chief Carpenter's Mate|
|Unit||USS Raleigh (C-8)|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Klein was born November 11, 1848, in Gerdonen, Germany, and joined the U.S. Navy from Marseille, France. He served in the Spanish–American War of 1898. By January 25, 1904, he was a chief carpenter's mate on the USS Raleigh (C-8). On that day, he rescued several shipmates who had been overcome by turpentine fumes in a double bottom compartment. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor nine months later, on October 6, 1904.
Klein's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
Serving on board the U.S.S. Raleigh, for heroism in rescuing shipmates overcome in double bottoms by fumes of turpentine, 25 January 1904.
After his military service, Klein lived for several decades in Shanghai, China; he died there at age 83 on November 29, 1931.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1901-1911". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/inter1901-11.html. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "[Unknown"]. Shanghai: Millard Publishing House. 1931. p. 31. http://books.google.com/books?id=iH0KAQAAIAAJ&q=robert+klein+%22medal+of+honor%22&dq=robert+klein+%22medal+of+honor%22&hl=en&ei=AbkOTNTGLceRnwfPx_2aDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CFEQ6AEwCA. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
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