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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

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b. 05/11/1881 Minneapolis, Minnesota. d. 26/09/1951 Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 21/07/1905 San Diego, California.

 

US Navy Peacetime Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He enlisted in the United States Navy, and was serving as a Machinist's Mate First Class on board the "Yorktown"-class twin screw gunboat "USS Bennington" when the ship's boiler exploded on July 21, 1905 while in San Diego Bay in California. He displayed extraordinary bravery in rescuing men wounded in the disaster, which resulted in the death of 66 Naval personnel. On January 5, 1906 he was awarded the CMOH for his heroism, one of ll "Bennington" crew members to be so honored for their actions that day. His Medal can be seen on display today at the Canal Park Marine Museum in Duluth, Minnesota.

 

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Serving on board the U.S.S. Bennington, for extraordinary heroism displayed at the time of the explosion of a boiler of that vessel at San Diego, Calif., 21 July 1905.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: FORT SNELLING NATIONAL CEMETERY, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA.

Section DS, Grave 64-N

Oscar Frederick Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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