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First Name: William

Last Name: Oakley

Birthplace: Colchester, GBR

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)

Rating: Gunner's Mate Petty Officer 2nd Class

Home of Record: NY

Date of Birth: 08 August 1860

Rank or Rate: Petty Officer Second Class

Years Served:
William Oakley

•  Spanish-American War (1898)


William Oakley

Gunner's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

Gunner's Mate Second Class William Oakley (8 August 1860 - unknown) 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 Oakley was born on 8 August 1860 in Colchester, England. After entering the U.S. Navy, he was sent to fight in the Spanish-American War aboard the USS Marblehead.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Gunner's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy

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.

Honoree ID: 1930   Created by: MHOH




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