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First Name: William

Last Name: Hart

Birthplace: MA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)

Rating: Machinist Petty Officer 1st Class

Home of Record: MA

Date of Birth: 09 June 1866

Date of Death: 06 February 1899

Rank or Rate: Petty Officer First Class

Years Served:
William Hart

•  Spanish-American War (1898)


William Hart

Machinist First Class, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

Machinist First Class William Hart (9 June 1866 - 6 February 1899) was a U.S. Navy sailor who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Spanish-American War.

William Hart was born on 9 June 1866 in Massachusetts. After entering the Navy, he was sent to fight in the Spanish-American War aboard the torpedo boat USS Marblehead.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Machinist First Class, U.S. Navy

Citation: On board the USS Marblehead during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Hart set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

Death and Burial

Machinist First Class William Hart died on 6 February 1899. He is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY, in Section 4/5, Lot 21072.

Honoree ID: 1891   Created by: MHOH




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