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The President of the United States
in the name of
The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the

Medal of Honor

to

 

STACY, WILLIAM B.

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1838, Massachusetts. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 71, 15 January 1866.

Citation:

While coaling ship in the harbor of Cape Haiten, one of the crew of the Rhode Island fell overboard, and, after catching a rope, had been forced by exhaustion, to relinquish his hold. Although the sea was running high at the time, Stacy, at the peril of his life, jumped overboard, secured the rope around his shipmate, and thus saved him from drowning.

 

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