Charles H Willey

Charles H Willey

Birth
East Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 11 Sep 1977 (aged 88)
Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 7144616 · View Source
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US Navy Peacetime Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Machinist in the United States Navy. His citation reads "For extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession while serving on board the USS 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 thim 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."

Bio by: Don Morfe


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  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 3 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7144616
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles H Willey (31 Mar 1889–11 Sep 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7144616, citing Maple Grove Cemetery, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .