Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was born in Ireland and entered the Union Navy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served as a Landsman. His citation reads "On board the USS Lehigh, Charleston Harbor (South Carolina), 16 November 1863, during the hazardous task of freeing the Lehigh, which had been grounded, and was under heavy enemy fire from Fort Moultrie. After several previous ettempts had been made, Williams succeeded in passing in a small boat from the Lehigh to the Nahant with a line bent on a hawser. This courageous action while under severe enemy fire enabled the Lehigh to be freed from her helpless position."
Created by: Don Morfe
Record added: Apr 15, 2007
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