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William F. Lukes

Date of birth: February 19, 1847
Date of death: December 17, 1923
Burial location: Los Angeles, California
Place of Birth: Bohemia, Niderbergdorf
Home of record: Tientsin China

William Lukes and James Merton (a fellow MOH recipient from this action) spent months recovering from their wounds, hence their awards were presented 6 months after the rest of the heroes of that action. Lukes himself spent 39 days, unconscious in the sick bay of the USS Colorado, before recovering. His wounds made him an invalid for life.


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Marine Amphibious Landing in Korea

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Landsman William F. Lukes, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company D, attached to the U.S.S. Colorado, during the capture of the Korean forts, 9 and 10 June 1871. Fighting the enemy inside the fort, Landsman Lukes received a severe cut over the head.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 180 (October 10, 1872)

Action Date: June 09 & 10, 1871

Service: Navy

Rank: Landsman

Division: U.S.S. Colorado