Rank and organization:   Machinist's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy.
13 July 1915, Massillon, Ohio.
Citation:   For conspicuous
devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and complete disregard of his own
life, above and beyond the call of duty, during the attack on the Fleet
in Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. The compartment,
in the U.S.S. California, in which the air compressor, to which Scott was
assigned as his battle station, was flooded as the result of a torpedo
hit. The remainder of the personnel evacuated that compartment but Scott
refused to leave, saying words to the effect "This is my station and I
will stay and give them air as long as the guns are going.''
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)