b. 08/08/1860 Colchester, Essex, England. d. 22/11/1918 Colchester, Essex, England.
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.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Gunner's Mate Second Class William Oakley, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action on board the U.S.S. Marblehead during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Gunner's Mate Second Class Oakley displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this period.
BURIAL LOCATION: WIVENHOE CEMETERY, COLCHSTER, ESSEX, ENGLAND.
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