b. 14/11/1860 Germany. d. 22/12/1914 Norfolk, Virginia.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 11/05/1898 Cienfuegos, Cuba.
Spanish-American War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He entered the US Navy at New York and served as a Boatswain's Mate First Class.
On board the USS Marblehead during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Wilke displayed extraordinary and bravery and coolnes throughout the action.
BURIAL LOCATION: CAPTAIN TED CONAWAY MEMORIAL CEMETERY, PORTSMOUTH, VA.
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