b. 01/03/1864 Danzig, Germany. d. ?
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 01/07/1897 USS Puritan.
Wilson was born March 1, 1864 in Danzig, Germany and emigrated to the U.S., joining the Navy from New York state. On July 1, 1897, he was serving as a boilermaker on the USS Puritan (BM-1) when one of the crown sheets collapsed on boiler E. He entered the fireroom after wrapping wet cloths around his face and arms to protect him from the heat and flames. Once in the fireroom he opened the safety valve to prevent the other boilers from being damaged or destroyed. For his actions he received the Medal of Honor.
For gallant conduct while serving on board the U.S.S. Puritan and at the time of the collapse of one of the crown sheets of boiler E on that vessel, 1 July 1897. Wrapping wet cloths about his face and arms, Wilson entered the fireroom and opened the safety valve, thus removing the danger of disabling the other boilers.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
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