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Spanish-American War - U.S. Navy

Anton Olsen

Details
  • Rank: Ordinary Seaman (Highest Rank: Quartermaster Third Class)
  • Conflict/Era: Spanish-American War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Marblehead
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 11, 1898
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Cienfuegos, Cuba
Citation
On board the U.S.S. Marblehead during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Olsen displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this period.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: July 13, 1873, Christiana (now Oslo), Norway
  • Died: June 23, 1924
  • Buried: Cypress Hills National Cemetery (MH) (2-9158), Brooklyn, NY, United States
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