Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1831, Norway, Accredited
to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 11, 3 April 1863.
Citation: Serving on board
the U.S.S. Ironclad Steamer Monitor, Hampton Roads, 9 March 1862. During
the engagement between the U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S. Merrimack, Williams
gallantly served throughout the engagement as quartermaster, piloting the
Monitor throughout the battle in which the Merrimack, after being damaged,
retired from the scene of the battle.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)