Hudson Van Etten

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Hudson Van Etten
Born (1874-05-17)May 17, 1874
Port Jervis, New York
Died October 27, 1941(1941-10-27) (aged 67)
Place of burial Prospect Hill Cemetery Greenland, New Hampshire
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Seaman
Unit U.S.S. Nashville
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Hudson Van Etten (May 17, 1874 – October 27, 1941) was a seaman serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Van Etten was born on May 17, 1874, in Port Jervis, New York, and after entering the navy was sent to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the USS Nashville as a seaman.[1]

He died on October 27, 1941, and is buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Greenland, New Hampshire.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 17 May 1874, Port Jervis, N.J. Accredited to: New Jersey. 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, Van Etten displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this period.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "War with Spain; Van Etten, Hudson entry". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hudson Van Etten". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 

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