Recipient Detail

 

WILLEY, CHARLES H.

Rank: Machinist
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 31 March 1889, East Boston, Mass.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Massachusetts
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Date of Issue: 08/01/1932
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Off Santo Domingo City, Santo Domingo, 29 August 1916
 
 


WILLEY, CHARLES H. Photo
 
Citation

For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession while serving on board the U.S.S. Memphis, at a time when that vessel was suffering total destruction from a hurricane while anchored off Santo Domingo City, 29 August 1916. Machinist Willey took his station in the engineer's department and remained at his post of duty amidst scalding steam and the rush of thousands of tons of water into his department as long as the engines would turn, leaving only when ordered to leave. When the boilers exploded, he assisted in getting the men out of the fireroom and carrying them into the engineroom, where there was air instead of steam to breathe. Machinist Willey's conduct on this occasion was above and beyond the call of duty.