May 23, 1877|
|Died||October 24, 1978(aged 101)|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1898–1923|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
He later served on the USS President Lincoln until its sinking and retired with the rank of Lieutenant in 1923. He died October 24, 1978 at the age of 101, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia. His grave can be found in section 11, lot 334-2. When he died he was the oldest and longest-living recipient of the Medal of Honor, and the last surviving US veteran of the Boxer Rebellion to receive the medal.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Place and date: China 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900. Entered service at: Massachusetts. Born: 23 May 1877, London, England. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901.
In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China during the battles of 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. June 13: Seach and 6 others were cited for their courage in repulsing an attack by 300 Chinese Imperialist soldiers and Boxer militants with a bayonet charge, thus thwarting a planned massive attack on the entire force. June 20: During a day-long battle, Seach ran across an open clearing, gained cover, and cleaned out nests of Chinese snipers. June 21: During a surprise sabre attack by Chinese cavalrymen, Seach was cited for defending gun emplacements. June 22: Seach and others breached the wall of a Chinese fort, fought their way to the enemy's guns, and turned the cannon upon the defenders of the fort. Throughout this period and in the presence of the enemy, Seach distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.
- "SEACH, WILLIAM". Medal of Honor recipients, China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion). United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- Service profile
- "William Seach". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "William Seach". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved January 31, 2010.
- "William Seach: Lieutenant, United States Navy". Burials at Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington National Cemetery Website. September 23, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2010.