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William Oakley Memorial Stone Wivenhoe town Mayor Bob Needham (left) and groundsman Michael Smither at the precious site. Photo courtesy Wivenhoe Town Council

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US Medal of Honor Dedication Ceremony in Essex, UK
A special ceremony is to celebrate the life of US Navy veteran William Oakley on November 24, 2pm, in Wivenhoe, Essex
Published on November 8, 2018
Wivenhoe Town Council Website

A dedication ceremony is being held in Wivenhoe, north eastern Essex, to honor William Oakley, a hero who served for over 30 years in the US Navy.

His service included a circumnavigation of the globe as part of Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet between 1907 and 1909. Oakley was awarded the Medal of Honor for outstanding bravery during a cable cutting operation off Cienfuegos, Cuba whilst serving on the USS Marblehead during the Spanish American War (1898).

Oakley is one of only ten MOH recipients to be commemorated in the UK, as most recipients of the medal are usually buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

William Oakley has family in both the UK and the USA and Wivenhoe Town Council would like to invite all Americans to celebrate his life and service.

The ceremony will be held at 2pm on November 24th at the Old Cemetery in Wivenhoe, with a reception to follow.

More details on the ceremony can be found via the Wivenhoe Town Council website.

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