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First Name: Julius

Last Name: Wilke

Birthplace: DEU

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)

Rating: Boatswain's Mate Petty Officer 1st Class

Home of Record: NY
Middle Name: August Robert

Date of Birth: 14 November 1860

Date of Death: 22 December 1914

Rank or Rate: Petty Officer First Class

Years Served:
Julius August Robert Wilke

•  Spanish-American War (1898)


Julius August Robert Wilke

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

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

Boatswain's Mate First Class Julius August Robert Wilke (14 November 1860 - 22 December 1914) 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.

Julius August Robert Wilke was born on 14 November 1860 in Germany. 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: Boatswain's Mate 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, Wilkes displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

Death and Burial

Boatswain's Mate First Class Julius August Robert Wilke died on 22 December 1914. He is buried at Captain Ted Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery in Portsmouth, VA, in Section I, Row 6, Site 10.

Honoree ID: 1959   Created by: MHOH




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