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Medal of Honor citation
The words of Williams' citation explain:
For heroism in effecting the rescue of a woman from the burning Grand Hotel, Yokohama, Japan, on 1 September 1923. Following the earthquake and fire which occurred in Yokohama on 1 September, Ens. Ryan, with complete disregard for his own life, extricated a woman from the Grand Hotel, thus saving her life. His heroic conduct upon this occasion reflects the greatest credit on himself and on the U.S. Navy, of which he is a part.
- US Army Center of Military History, "Medal of Honor Recipients, Interim Awards, 1920-1940"; retrieved 2012-11-23.
- Naval Historical Center, "The Medal of Honor, Navy Medals of Honor, 1861-1941", Photo #NH 46075; retrieved 2011-11-23.