Nelson, William Severin, MMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1915-1915, MM-0000, USS F-4 (SS-23)
Service Years
- 1915
MM-Machinists Mate

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Nelson, William Severin, MMC.
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Home Town
Malm÷, Sweden
Last Address
US Submarine F-4 (Skate, No.23)

Date of Passing
Mar 25, 1915
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec: 2, Site: 3387

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William was born in Malm├Â, Sweden, and was a son of Sven Nilsson (born in 1843) and his wife Selia Persson (born in 1844). He emigrated to the United States in 1894.

When the United States submarine F-4 submerged two miles off Honolulu Harbor for a trial cruise on the morning of March 25, 1915 bearing with her a crew of 21 men, another of the tragedies of American history took place. All 21 crew members perished. The submarine sank in 300 feet of water and recovery efforts were not successful until mid August. Only four bodies were identified and returned to their families for burial. The remaining 17 were buried here at Arlington National Cemetery on September 28, 1915. The grave was marked only by a small single size headstone inscribed "Seventeen Unknown US Sailors, Victims of USSF-4, March 25, 1915." After 85 years, through efforts of several submariner veterans groups, the small stone was replaced by a larger memorial type stone that lists the names of the 17 sailors buried here.
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