William Henry Harrison Seeley VC (April 21, 1840 - October 1, 1914) was an American recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
He was 24 years old, and an Ordinary Seaman
in the Royal Navy
during the Shimonoseki Expedition, Japan
when, on 6 September 1864
, during the capture of the enemy's stockade, Ordinary Seaman Seeley of HMS Euryalus
distinguished himself by carrying out a daring reconnaissance to ascertain the enemy's position, and then, although wounded, continuing to take part in the final assault on the battery. He was presented his medal at Southsea on September 22
together with Thomas Pride
and Duncan Gordon Boyes
who also won their Victoria Cross's at Shimonoseki. He is the first American citizen to win the Victoria Cross. His medal is not publicly displayed.