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Spanish-American War - U.S. Navy

William Oakley

Details
  • Rank: Gunner's Mate Second Class
  • Conflict/Era: Spanish-American War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Marblehead
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 11, 1898
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Cienfuegos, Cuba
Citation
On board the U.S.S. Marblehead during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Oakley displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this period.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: August 25, 1860, Colchester, England
  • Died: November 22, 1918, Wivanhoe, England
  • Buried: Wivanhoe Cemetery (Old Cemetery-Plot B-2-65), Wivanhoe, England
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