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William Seach

Born in London, England, on May 23, 1877, he joined the Navy in 1898 and is accrediated to Massachusetts. He received the Medal of Honor for actions over four days in June 1900. He served on the USS President Lincoln until it sank and retired as a lieutenant in 1923. He died October 24, 1978, at the age of 101, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Citation: In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China during the battles of 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. June 13: Seach and 6 others were cited for their courage in repulsing an attack by 300 Chinese Imperialist soldiers and Boxer militants with a bayonet charge, thus thwarting a planned massive attack on the entire force. June 20: During a day-long battle, Seach ran across an open clearing, gained cover, and cleaned out nests of Chinese snipers. June 21: During a surprise sabre attack by Chinese cavalrymen, Seach was cited for defending gun emplacements. June 22: Seach and others breached the wall of a Chinese fort, fought their way to the enemy's guns, and turned the cannon upon the defenders of the fort. Throughout this period and in the presence of the enemy, Seach distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.