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First Name: Hudson

Last Name: Van Etten

Birthplace: Port Jervis, NJ, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)

Rating: Water Tender Chief Petty Officer

Home of Record: NJ

Date of Birth: 17 May 1874

Date of Death: 27 October 1941

Rank or Rate: Chief Petty Officer

Years Served:
Hudson Van Etten

•  Spanish-American War (1898)


Hudson Van Etten

Chief Watertender, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

Chief Watertender Hudson Van Etten (17 May 1874 - 27 October 1941) was a U.S. Navy sailor who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Spanish-American War.

Hudson Van Etten was born on 17 May 1874 in Port Jervis, NY. After entering the Navy, he was sent to fight in the Spanish-American War aboard the USS Nashville.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy

Citation: On board the USS Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Van Etten displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this period.

Death and Burial

Chief Watertender Hudson Van Etten died 27 October 1941. He is buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Greenland, New Hampshire.

Honoree ID: 1953   Created by: MHOH




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