NELSON, Lauritz, BMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1896-1900, USS Nashville (PG-7)
Service Years
1885 - 1905
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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Home Town
Home of record: Farmingdale, New York
Last Address
Long Island National Cemetery Farmingdale, NY.
His grave can be found in section dds, site 2.

Date of Passing
Sep 16, 1941
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Sailmaker 2n/c  • US Navy
Medal of Honor
Spanish American War

Lauritz Nelson (March 26, 1860-September 16, 1941) was a sailmaker's mate 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 after entering the navy was sent to fight in the Spanish-American War aboard the torpedo boat U.S.S. Nashville as a sailmaker's mate. The Sailmaker rating did not advance beyond 1st Class and so Nelson retired as a Chief  Boatswain's Mate.

He died September 16, 1941 at age 81 and is buried in Long Island National Cemetery Farmingdale, New York. His grave can be found in section dds, site 2.
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Medal of Honor
Awarded for actions during the Spanish-American War

For The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sailmaker's Mate Lauritz Nelson, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action 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, Sailmaker's Mate Nelson displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 521 (July 7, 1899)
Action Date: May 11, 1898
Service: Navy
Rank: Sailmaker's Mate
Division: U.S.S. Nashville

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