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Lauritz Nelson

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Years of service  1885 - 1905
Awards  Medal of Honor
Rank  Chief Boatswain's Mate

Name  Lauritz Nelson
Born  March 26, 1860 Norway (1860-03-26)
Place of burial  Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York
Died  September 16, 1944, Farmingdale, New York, United States

Battles/wars  Spanish–American War
Service/branch  United States Navy
Battles and wars  Spanish–American War
Allegiance  United States of America

Lauritz Nelson (March 26, 1860 – September 16, 1944) was a sailor serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.



Nelson was born March 26, 1860 in Norway and entered the US navy in 1885. Later he was sent to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the torpedo boat USS Nashville as a sailmaker's mate.

Lauritz retired from the navy in 1905 with the rank of Chief Boatswain's Mate. He died September 16, 1944 and is buried at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York. His grave can be found in section dds, site 2.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Sailmaker's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 26 March 1860, Norway. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.


On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Nelson displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.


Lauritz Nelson Wikipedia

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