Charles H. Willey

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Charles H. Willey

Birthplace: East Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Concord, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA
Managed by: Marvin Caulk, (C)
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About Charles H. Willey

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Machinist Charles H. Willey, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession while serving on board the U.S.S. Memphis, at a time when that vessel was suffering total destruction from a hurricane while anchored off Santo Domingo City, 29 August 1916. Machinist Willey took his station in the engineer's department and remained at his post of duty amidst scalding steam and the rush of thousands of tons of water into his department as long as the engines would turn, leaving only when ordered to leave. When the boilers exploded, he assisted in getting the men out of the fireroom and carrying them into the engineroom, where there was air instead of steam to breathe. Machinist Willey's conduct on this occasion was above and beyond the call of duty.

Action Date: 29-Aug-16

Service: Navy

Rank: Machinist

Division: U.S.S. Memphis

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Charles H. Willey's Timeline

March 31, 1889
East Boston, Massachusetts, USA
September 11, 1977
Age 88
Concord, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA