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World War II - U.S. Navy

Oscar Verner Peterson

  • Rank: Chief Watertender
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Neosho
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 7, 1942
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Coral Sea

For extraordinary courage and conspicuous heroism above and beyond the call of duty while in charge of a repair party during an attack on the U.S.S. Neosho by enemy Japanese aerial forces on 7 May 1942. Lacking assistance because of injuries to the other members of his repair party and severely wounded himself, Peterson, with no concern for his own life, closed the bulkhead stop valves and in so doing received additional burns which resulted in his death. His spirit of self-sacrifice and loyalty, characteristic of a fine seaman, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.

Medal of Honor Recipient Oscar V. Peterson
Medal of Honor Recipient Oscar V. Peterson
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Wisconsin
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: August 27, 1899, Prentice, Price County, WI, United States
  • Died: May 13, 1942, Philippine Islands
  • Buried: buried at sea; Richfield Cemetery (IMO marker), Richfield, ID, United States

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