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William Joseph Sharkey

William Joseph Sharkey

 Navy Cross

Rank/Rate Lieutenant, Junior Grade
Service Number 191 74 31 (Enlisted Service Number before he was Commissioned as an Officer)
Birth Date March 20, 1885
From Auburn, New York
Decorations Navy Cross
Submarine USS O-5 (SS-66)
Loss Date October 5, 1918
Location New York Navy Yard
Circumstances Battery explosion

Navy Cross awarded posthumously for actions during World War I.


The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade William Joseph Sharkey, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service on board the U.S.S. O-5, at the Navy Yard, New York 6 October 1918. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Sharkey called the attention of his Commanding Officer to the fact that the batteries were gassing, and together with his Commanding Officer started forward in the Submarine when the battery exploded and Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Sharkey was killed, his head being crushed.

*Service Number information courtesy of Kent Weekly, EMCS (SS) USN (Ret.).  Remarks courtesy of Ric Hedman.


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