Rank and Organization: Boilermaker, U.S. Navy. Born: 1 March 1864,
Danzig, Germany. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 482, November 1897.
For gallant conduct while serving on board the U.S.S. Puritan and at the time of the
collapse of one of the crown sheets of boiler E on that vessel, 1 July 1897. Wrapping wet
cloths about his face and arms, Wilson entered the fireroom and opened the safety valve,
thus removing the danger of disabling the other boilers.