WILLIAM E. UHLER, ENS, USN
William Uhler '68
Date of birth: February 11, 1846
Date of death: January 24, 1870
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.
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.