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William Uhler '68

Date of birth: February 11, 1846

Date of death: January 24, 1870

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

William Edward Uhler was admitted to the Naval Academy from Pennsylvania on July 27, 1864 at age 17 years 6 months.


William was lost on January 24, 1870 when USS Oneida was sunk following a collision with a British merchant steamer while departing Yokohama harbor, Japan. One hundred twenty-four other officers and men were also lost.

A detailed account of the event is available here.

He has a memory marker in Pennsylvania.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 27 July, 1864. Graduated 2 June, 1868. Ensign, 19 April, 1869. Lost in Oneida, 24 January, 1870.


From the Marysville Daily Appeal, 24 March 1870, via the records of the US Naval Academy Alumni Association:

The Officers of the Oneida. Below we give sketches of some of the officers who perished in the ill-fated Oneida:

MIDSHIPMAN W.E. UHLER wat appointed from Pennsylvania in July, 1864, and held a high and honorable position in hit class. Ha was a fine young officer.

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Edward Williams '53, William Stewart '61, John Phelan '66, Charles Brown '67, James Cowie '67, Charles Copp '68, James Hull '68, George Bower '68, and George Adams '68 were also lost aboard Oneida.

Class of 1868

William is one of 11 members of the Class of 1868 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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