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First Name: William

Last Name: Spicer

Birthplace: Liverpool, GBR

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)

Rating: Gunner's Mate Petty Officer 1st Class

Home of Record: NY

Date of Birth: 28 May 1864

Date of Death: 14 December 1949

Rank or Rate: Petty Officer First Class

Years Served:
William Spicer

•  Spanish-American War (1898)


William Spicer

Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

Chief Gunner's Mate William Spicer (28 May 1864 - 14 December 1949) 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 Spicer was born 28 May 1864 in Liverpool, England, and after entering the U.S. Navy, was sent to fight in the Spanish-American War aboard the USS Marblehead.

Medal of Honor

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

Citation: On board the USS Marblehead at the approaches to Caimanera, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 26 and 27 July 1898. Displaying heroism, Spicer took part in the perilous work of sweeping for and disabling 27 contact mines during this period.

Death and Burial

Chief Gunner's Mate William Spicer died on 14 December 1949. He is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan, MA, in the Spanish-American War Veteran Section.


Honoree ID: 1946   Created by: MHOH




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