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Oscar Frederick Nelson

  • Birth 5 Nov 1881 Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 26 Sep 1951 Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
  • Burial Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
  • Plot Section DS, Grave 64-N
  • Memorial ID 7931753

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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  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 29 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7931753
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Oscar Frederick Nelson (5 Nov 1881–26 Sep 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7931753, citing Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .