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Robert M. Blair Sr., Seaman, USS Pontoosic


He was awarded the Medal of Honor on June 22, 1865 for his actions on board the USS Pontoosic during the caputre of Fort Fisher and Wilmington from December 24, 1864 to January 22, 1865.

He is buried in Lot 17 of Block E in the Enid Cemetery, Enid, Oklahoma. His grave is marked with a regular government headstone without any mention of the Medal of Honor.

Charles Chambers of Houston, Texas and a member of the Medal of Honor Historical Society is making arrangements to replace this old and wethered headstone with the distinctive gold leaf lettering of a new Medal of Honor marker.

Blair was born at Peacham, Vermont in 1836. (His newspaper obituary indicated he was born in 1840 in Scotland and came to America as a tailor.)

He married Anna J. Pitcher of Stafford County, Kansas on August 16, 1885. They had two children Ruby M. Blair, born November 27, 1888 and Robert M. Blair, Jr., born on August 10, 1891.

Robert M. Blair, Sr. died on April 2, 1899 and Anna J. Blair died about July 4, 1904.