Henry Williams (Medal of Honor)
February 6, 1834|
|Died||October 17, 1917(aged 83)|
|Place of burial||West Laurel Hill Cemetery Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Williams was born on February 6, 1834 in Canada. After emigrating to the United States, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 27, 1873.
He was stationed aboard the USS Constitution as a carpenter's mate when, on February 13, 1879, he risked his life to repair the ship's rudder in a heavy gale. For his actions he received the Medal of Honor October 18, 1884.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Carpenter's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born 1833 Canada. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884
For going over the stern of the U.S.S. Constitution, at sea, 13 February 1879, during a heavy gale, and performing important carpenter's work upon her rudder.
- "Interim Awards, 1871-1898; Williams, Henry entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010.
- U.S. Navy Register. 1897. pg. 109.
- "Henry Williams". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. October 11, 2000. Retrieved October 1, 2010.