January 20, 1867|
|Died||February 10, 1930
Brooklyn, New York
|Place of burial||Cypress Hills National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1889–1925|
|Unit||USS Missouri (BB-11)|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Warranted gunner in 1904, he was serving in USS Missouri (BB-11) April 13, when a charge ignited while a 12-inch gun was being loaded for target practice. Eighteen officers and men lost their lives. Monssen entered the burning magazine through the scuttle and threw water on the fire with his hands until a hose was passed to him. For his actions he received the Medal of Honor.
He was commissioned lieutenant in July 1918 and he retired December 15, 1925.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization. Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: January 20, 1867, Norway. G.O. No.: 160, May 26, 1904.
Serving on board the U.S.S. Missouri, for extraordinary heroism in entering a burning magazine through the scuttle and endeavoring to extinguish the fire by throwing water with his hands until a hose was passed to him, 13 April 1904.
See USS Monssen for the two ships named in his honor.
- "Monssen". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History & Heritage Command, Department of the Navy. Retrieved 2005-10-28.
- "Mons Monssen". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
- "MOH Citation for Mons Monssen". HomeofHeroes.com. Retrieved 2006-06-08.