Seach, William, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
616X-Limited Duty Officer - Ordnance - Surface
Last Rating/NEC Group
Limited Duty Officer
Primary Unit
1917-1917, 110X, USS President Lincoln (1917)
Service Years
1898 - 1923

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Home Country
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Weymouth, Massachusetts

Date of Passing
Oct 24, 1978
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section: 11 Grave: 334-2

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Namesake~ William Seach Primary School posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 437
SERVED UNDER JOHN PAUL JONES by Grandso... posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 437
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1899-1902, USS Newark (C-1)
  1917-1917, 110X, USS President Lincoln (1917)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War
  1899-1900 Philippine-American War/Philippine Insurrections
  1900-1902 China Relief Expedition
  1916-1916 US Occupation of Haiti
  1917-1918 World War I
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 01, 1918, Promoted to LT
  Nov 30, 2016, General Photos14
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Lieutenant William Seach, an emigrant from England with a third-grade education, he gained his citizenship by enlisting in the U.S. Navy. One of his favorite stories was of serving under John Paul Jones, a feat he accomplished by jumping beneath the Admiral's coffin as it was lowered to the deck of the U.S. Navy vessel on which young Seaman Seach served.

He was a small man in stature but a giant in courage. He went up through the ranks, winning the Congressional Medal of Honor in the Boxer Rebellion's Peking Relief Expedition in 1900, and retired for medical reasons, a full lieutenant, after surviving the torpedoing of the troopship USS President Lincoln in World War I.

Ordinary Seaman Seach's Medal of Honor had been approved by President William Mckinley as the Nation's Highest Award for Valor but it was delayed in 1901 when McKinley was assinated. Seach Finally received the Medal of Honor from President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.

Theodore Roosevelt said to him in his White House office, "I would rather have won a Congressional Medal of Honor than be President!" But though he met many presidents, His greatest honor was the elementary school named after him in Weymouth, Massachusetts, the William Seach School.

Boppie, the name his grandchildren called him, now rests in Arlington Cemetery. He died at 101 years of age and was the oldest Medal of Honor Reciepient alive, He was still sharp as a tack mentally when his body gave up the struggle in 1978.

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Name of Award
Navy Medal of Honor
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the China Relief

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Ordinary Seaman William Seach, United States Navy

"for extraordinary heroism in action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China during the battles of 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900, while serving with a detachment from the U.S.S. Newark. On 13 June Ordinary Seaman Seach and six others were cited for their courage in repulsing an attack by 300 Chinese Imperialist soldiers and Boxer militants with a bayonet charge, thus thwarting a planned massive attack on the entire force. On 20 June during a day-long battle, Seach ran across an open clearing, gained cover, and cleaned out nests of Chinese snipers. On 21 June during a surprise saber attack by Chinese cavalrymen, Seach was cited for defending gun emplacements. On 22 June Seach and others breached the wall of a Chinese fort, fought their way to the enemy's guns, and turned the cannon upon the defenders of the fort. Throughout this period and in the presence of the enemy, Ordinary Seaman Seach distinguished himself by meritorious conduct."

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 55 (July 19, 1901)
Action Date: June 13 & 20 - 22, 1900
Service: Navy
Rank: Ordinary Seaman
Ship: U.S.S. Newark
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Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyUnited States Navy Memorial
  2016, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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