DRUSTRUP, Neils

US Navy. Born 17 Oct 1876 in Denmark. Mexican War: Enlisted from Pennsylvania. Lieutenant. Awarded the Medal of Honor for meritorious service under fire on the occasion of landing of the naval forces at Vera Cruz, Mexico, on 21 Apr 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. Sources: (“America’s Medal of Honor Recipients”. Publ. 1977, pp 411, 1013)

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