William J. Sharkey

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William J. Sharkey (20 March 1885 – 5 October 1918) was an officer in the United States Navy during World War I.

Biography[edit]

Born in Auburn, New York, Sharkey attained the enlisted rate of Chief Gunners Mate. He was appointed Ensign on 15 March 1918 and assigned to the submarine USS O-5.

On 5 October 1918, fumes were reported in the after battery room, and Lieutenant (junior grade) Sharkey was killed as he tried to prevent the explosion that followed.

Namesake[edit]

USS Sharkey (DD-281) was named for him.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.