Antonio Williams

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Antonio Williams
Born 1825
Malta
Died 22nd July 1908
Bristol, U.K.
Place of burial Greenbank Cemetery, Bristol
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Seaman
Unit USS Huron (1875)
Awards Medal of Honor

Antonio Williams (1825–1908) was a seaman first class serving in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.

Biography[edit]

Williams was born in 1825 in Malta and after emigrating to the United States he joined the United States Navy. He was stationed on the USS Huron (1875) when it departed Hampton Roads, Virginia November 23, 1877 and proceeded to Cuba on a scientific cruise. At approximately 1 a. m. November 24, near Nags Head, North Carolina the Huron encountered heavy weather and wrecked. Initially the crew attempted to free the vessel but the ship heeled over killing 98 of the crew. For his actions Williams received the Medal of Honor in 1879. Williams married an English woman and retired to the city of Bristol, England. He died on the 22nd of July 1908 and is buried in Greenbank Cemetery, Bristol [1][2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1825, Malta.

Citation:

For courage and fidelity displayed in the loss of the U.S.S. Huron, 24 November 1877.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Interim Awards, 1901-1911; Williams, Antonio entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Archived from the original on 4 November 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Huron". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History & Heritage Command. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 

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