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Karl Westa
Birth: Apr. 8, 1875, Norway
Death: Mar. 3, 1949

Interim Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Norway, he immigrated to New York City and joined the US Navy on September 5, 1905. On September 8, 1910, while the U.S.S. North Dakota (BB-29) was conducting fuel tests an explosion occurred, killing three sailors and endangering the ship. Chief Machinist Mate Westa with five other men of the ship's engineering department entered the engine room to contain the boiler fires and perform other tasks necessary to prevent another explosion. After ensuring the safety of the ship, he searched for and removed the bodies of the three sailors killed in the initial explosion. For extraordinary heroism in the line of duty, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on October 4, 1910. He died at age 73 in New York City. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 11 Lot 83-SH
 
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Record added: Sep 25, 2003
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