Carl Oscar Petersen – Lieutenant, United States Navy

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Carl O. Petersen 
Born at Borre, Norway, 14 July 1897, Died 10 November 1941


Joint Resolution Authorizing the presentation of medals to the officers and men of the Byrd antarctic expedition.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Navy be, and he is hereby, empowered and directed to cause to be made at the United States mint such number of gold, silver, and bronze medals as he may deem appropriate and necessary respectively to be presented to the officers and men of the Byrd antarctic expedition to express the high admiration in which the Congress and the American people hold their heroic and undaunted services in connection with the scientific investigations and extraordinary aerial explorations of the Antarctic Continent, under the personal direction of Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, said medals to be suitably inscribed.

SEC. 2. That such amount as may be necessary for the cost of said medals is hereby authorized to be appropriated out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.

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ARLINGTON BURIAL FOR PETERSEN

WASHINGTON, November 14, 1941 – Burial in Arlington National Cemetery was ordered by the Navy today for Lieuenant Carl Petersen, veteran of two South Pole expeditions, who died last Monday in a hospital at Portland, Maine, after he had been taken from the airplane carrier Rangerwhile on active duty

Lieuetnant Petersen, who accompanied Admiral Byrd on the polar expeditions, received two Congressional Medals of Honor for his services.

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Carl O. Petersen in the newspaper  office at Little America, 1929
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PETERSEN, CARL OSCAR

  • LT USNR, NY
  • DATE OF DEATH: 11/10/1941
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 7  SITE 10118-H
    ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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