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Robert Semple
Born (1887-08-18)August 18, 1887
Died May 13, 1943(1943-05-13) (aged 55)
Place of birth Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Place of death San Diego, California
Place of burial Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1906 - 1937, 1941 - 1943
Rank Lieutenant Commander
Unit USS Florida (BB-30)
Battles/wars U.S. occupation of Veracruz, 1914
World War I
Awards Medal of Honor
Navy Cross

Robert Semple (August 18, 1887 – May 13, 1943) was born in Pittsburgh and became famous as the Chief Gunner in the United States Navy stationed aboard the USS Florida (BB-30).

Semple achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He received the Medal of Honor for his service during the Vera Cruz campaign. He also received the Navy Cross for his service in the North Sea minefields during World War I. After retiring in 1937, he was recalled at the start of World War II, and died while on active duty.

Semple is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Chief Gunner, U.S. Navy. Born: 18 August 1887, Pittsburgh, Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 120, 10 January 1924. Other Navy award: Navy Cross.


For meritorious service under fire on the occasion of the landing of the American naval forces at Vera Cruz on 21 April 1914. C.G. Semple was then attached to the U.S.S. Florida as a chief turret captain.

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