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First Name: Niels

Last Name: Drustrup

Birthplace: DNK

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Home of Record: PA

Date of Birth: 17 October 1876

Date of Death: 15 March 1957

Rank or Rate: Lieutenant Commander

Years Served:
Niels Drustrup

•  Mexican-American Wars (1846 - 1848)
•  Occupation of Veracruz (1914)
•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


Niels Drustrup

Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Occupation of Veracruz

Lieutenant Commander Niels Drustrup (17 October 1876 - 15 March 1957) was a U.S. Navy officer who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Occupation of Veracruz.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy

Citation: For meritorious service under fire on the occasion of landing of the naval forces at Vera Cruz, Mexico, on 21 April 1914. For several hours Lt. Drustrup was in charge of an advanced barricade under a heavy fire, and not only displayed utmost ability as a leader of men but also exerted a great steadying influence on the men around him. Lt. Drustrup was then attached to the U.S.S. Utah as a chief turret captain.

Death and Burial

Lieutenant Commander Niels Drustrup died on 15 March 1957. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, in Section 3, Lot 4378-RH.

Honoree ID: 1990   Created by: MHOH




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