Oscar Verner Peterson

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Oscar Verner Peterson

Birthdate: (42)
Birthplace: Prentice, Wisconsin, USA
Death: May 7, 1942 (42) (KIA)
Place of Burial: Manila, Manila City, Philippine Islands
Managed by: Marvin Caulk, (C)
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About Oscar Verner Peterson

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Chief Watertender Oscar Verner Peterson, United States Navy, 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, Chief Watertender 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.

Action Date: 7-May-42

Service: Navy

Rank: Chief Watertender

Division: U.S.S. Neosho (AO-23)

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Oscar Verner Peterson's Timeline

August 27, 1899
Prentice, Wisconsin, USA
May 7, 1942
Age 42
Manila, Manila City, Philippine Islands