Lauritz Nelson

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Lauritz Nelson
Born (1860-03-26)March 26, 1860
Died September 16, 1944(1944-09-16) (aged 84)
Farmingdale, New York
Place of burial Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1885 - 1905
Rank Chief Boatswain's Mate
Unit USS Nashville
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

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.[1]

Lauritz retired from the navy in 1905 with the rank of Chief Boatswain's Mate.[2] 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.[3]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

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.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "War with Spain; Nelson, Lauritz entry". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ Service Profile
  3. ^ "Lauritz Nelson". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 

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