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William J. Wheeler

Date of death: Deceased

William Wheeler graduated from Virginia Tech in 1897. He retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral in 1939.


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain William J. Wheeler, United States Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SENECA, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, and especially for his prompt and judicious action upon two occasions of encounters with submarines, on 25 April 1918 and on 28 June 1918.

Action Date: April 25 & June 28, 1918

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Captain

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Seneca