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Interim 1865 - 1870 - U.S. Navy

William B. Stacy

  • Rank: Seaman
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1865 - 1870
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Rhode Island
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: January 15, 1866
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Cape Haiten harbor, Haiti
While coaling ship in the harbor of Cape Haiten, one of the crew of the U.S.S. Rhode Island fell overboard, and, after catching a rope, had been forced by exhaustion to relinquish his hold. Although the sea was running high at the time, Stacy, at the peril of his life, jumped overboard, secured the rope around his shipmate, and thus saved him from drowning.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: March 4, 1838, Fall River, Bristol County, MA, United States
  • Died: May 3, 1921, Haswell, CO, United States
  • Buried: Highland Cemetery (MH) (22) , Iola, KS, United States

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