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Interim 1899 - 1910 - U.S. Navy

William S. (Willie) Cronan

  • Rank: Boatswain's Mate (Highest Rank: Lieutenant Commander)
  • Conflict/Era: Interim 1899 - 1910
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Bennington
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 21, 1905
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: San Diego harbor on board U.S.S. Bennington, California, USA

Serving on board the U.S.S. Bennington, for extraordinary heroism displayed at the time of the explosion of a boiler of that vessel at San Diego, Cal., 21 July 1905.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: October 18, 1883, Chicago, Cook County, IL, United States
  • Died: October 22, 1959
  • Buried: Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (MH) (T-534), San Diego, CA, United States

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