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For another William Wells who also received the Medal of Honor in the Civil War, see William Wells (general). For other people of this name, see William Wells.
William Wells
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Born: 1832
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Navy
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Rank: Quartermaster
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Unit: USS Richmond
Battles: American Civil War
*Battle of Mobile Bay
Awards: Medal of Honor
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William Wells (born 1832, date of death unknown) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the American Civil War.

Wells had reached the rank of quartermaster by the time his Medal of Honor was awarded on December 31, 1864.

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Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1832, Germany. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, December 31, 1864.


As landsman and lookout on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Wells performed his duties with skill and courage throughout a furious 2_hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.

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