||Lieutenant, Junior Grade
||191 74 31 (Enlisted Service Number before he was Commissioned as an Officer)
||March 20, 1885
||Auburn, New York
||USS O-5 (SS-66)
||October 5, 1918
||New York Navy Yard
Navy Cross awarded posthumously for actions during World War I.
The President of the United
America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross
(Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade William
Sharkey, United States Navy, for exceptionally
and distinguished service on board the U.S.S. O-5,
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
together with his Commanding Officer started
forward in the
Submarine when the battery exploded and Lieutenant,
Grade, Sharkey was killed, his head being crushed.
*Service Number information courtesy of Kent Weekly, EMCS (SS) USN (Ret.). Remarks courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Pre-WWII Post-WWII Sources
Sharkey, William Joseph