b. 17/10/1874 Finland. d. 31/01/1914 at sea off Virginia.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 11/05/1898 Cienfuegos, Cuba.
Eglit was born October 17, 1874 in Finland and after entering the navy he was sent to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the U.S.S. Nashville.
He continued to serve in the navy after the war and went on achieve the rank of Chief Master At Arms. On January 31, 1914 he was a passenger aboard the Old dominion steamer Monroe when it sank off Virginia’s eastern shore.
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, Eglit set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.
BURIAL LOCATION: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.
Section Memorial I Site 306A
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