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Carl E. Petersen
Born (1875-08-24)August 24, 1875
Died November 17, 1971(1971-11-17) (aged 96)
Place of birth Hamburg, Germany
Place of burial Clover Leaf Memorial Park
Woodbridge, New Jersey
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Chief Machinist
Unit USS Newark
Battles/wars Boxer Rebellion
Awards Medal of Honor

Carl Emil Petersen (August 24, 1875 – November 17, 1971) was an American sailor serving in the United States Navy during the Boxer Rebellion who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Petersen was born August 24, 1875 in Hamburg, Germany, and after entering the navy he was sent as a Chief Machinist to China to fight in the Boxer Rebellion.[1]

He died November 17, 1971, and is buried in Clover Leaf Memorial Park Woodbridge, New Jersey.[2] His grave can be found in the clover section, plot 285, grave 1.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Chief Machinist, U.S. Navy. Place and date: Peking, China, 28 June to 17 August 1900. Entered service at: New Jersey. Born: 24 August 1875, Hamburg, Germany. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901.


In the presence of the enemy during the action at Peking, China, 28 June to 17 August 1900. During this period Chief Machinist Petersen distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "PETERSEN, CARL EMIL". Medal of Honor recipients, China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion). United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Carl Emil Petersen". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 

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