b. 26/03/1860 Norway. d. 16/09/1941 Farmingdale, New York.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 11/05/1898 Cienfuegos, Cuba.
Nelson was born March 26, 1860 in Norway and entered the US navy in 1885. Later he was sent to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the torpedo boat USS Nashville as a sailmaker's mate.
Lauritz retired from the navy in 1905 with the rank of Chief Boatswain's Mate.
On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Nelson displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.
BURIAL LOCATION: LONG ISLAND NATIONAL CEMETERY, FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK.
Section DSS, Grave 2
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