William S. Shacklette was born 17 May 1880, in Delaplane, VA. At the time of action he was a Hospital Steward, USN. His citation reads, “For extraordinary heroism while serving on the USS Bennington at the time of the explosion of a boiler on that vessel at San Diego, California, 21 July 1905.” In performing the act of heroism Shacklette incurred third degree burns over a large part of his body and was discharged from the Navy as a result of his injuries. During World War I, Shacklette returned to duty in the U.S. Army as a Chaplain. After the war he left service and continued in his ministry which culminated with his nomination as the Chaplain of the U.S. Senate.
William Shacklette died on 12 February 1945. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery (Section 10, Lot 10688).
Shacklette Hall at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth VA, was named in his honor.