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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Navy

Peter Williams

  • Rank: Seaman (Highest Rank: Quartermaster)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S. Ironclad Steamer Monitor
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: March 9, 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA
Served on board the U.S. Ironclad Steamer Monitor, at Hampton Roads, 9 March 1862. During the engagement between the U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S. Merrimack, Williams gallantly served throughout the engagement as quartermaster, piloting the Monitor throughout the battle in which the Merrimack, after being damaged, retired from the scene of the battle.
Medal of Honor Recipient Peter Williams
Medal of Honor Recipient Peter Williams
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 10, 1863
    On board the U.S. Steamer Florida
  • Born: 1831, Norway
  • Died:

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