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First Name: William

Last Name: Meyer

Birthplace: DEU

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)

Rating: Carpenter's Mate (Aviation) Petty Officer 1st Class

Date of Birth: 22 June 1863

Date of Death: 06 September 1926

Rank or Rate: Petty Officer First Class

Years Served:
William Meyer

•  Spanish-American War (1898)


William Meyer

Carpenter's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

Carpenter's Mate First Class William Meyer (22 June 1863 - 6 September 1926) 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 Meyer was born on 22 June 1863 in Germany. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy from the State of Illinois and served in the Spanish-American War as a crew member of the gunboat Nashville.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Carpenter's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy

Citation: On board the USS Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Meyer displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness through this action.

Death and Burial

Carpenter's Mate First Class William Meyer died on 6 September 1926 at Chicago, IL. He is buried at Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park, IL, in Section 49, Lot 299.

Honoree ID: 1919   Created by: MHOH




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