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August Wilson
Born (1864-03-01)March 1, 1864
Place of birth Danzig, Germany
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Boilermaker
Unit USS Puritan (BM-1)
Awards Medal of Honor

August Wilson (March 1, 1864, date of death unknown) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.

BiographyEdit

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.[1]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Boilermaker, U.S. Navy. Born: 1 March 1864, Danzig, Germany. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.. 482, November 1897.

Citation:

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.[1]

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