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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 Scheduled
The ceremony will now take place on March 23 in Wivenhoe Old Cemetery

Published on March 11, 2019

The US Medal of Honor Dedication ceremony in Essex, England for US Navy Veteran William Oakley has been rescheduled for March 23, 2019.

The ceremony, which was originally scheduled for November 2018, was delayed to avoid clashing with Thanksgiving events.

William Oakley's service included a circumnavigation of the globe as part of Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet between 1907 and 1909, and he 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 Medal of Honor 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 presided over by Wivenhoe Town Mayor Bob Needham, and will be held at 2pm on Saturday March 23, 2019 at the Old Cemetery in Wivenhoe.

For more details, check out Wivenhoe Town Council's website

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