posted July 6, 2012, 2:26 PM by

Robert M. Pendleton is an author working on a book-length manuscript concerning the sinking of the U.S.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tampa and the loss of her crew and British passengers on Thursday, September 26, 1918. She was torpedoed by the Imperial German submarine UB 91.

On April 22, 1999, Admiral James M. Loy, Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard, approved the unanimous recommendation of the Coast Guard Headquarters Military Board of Awards to authorize the posthumous award of the Purple Heart medal to those crew members who perished. On Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, 1999, the award ceremony took place at the Coast Guard World War I Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The Secretary of Transportation, the Honorable Rodney E. Slater, and the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, Admiral James M. Loy presented Purple Heart medals to all Coast Guard members of the crew that perished.

As a consequence of the Purple Heart presentation, Mr. Pendleton is seeking a bona fide current relative of Warrant Acting Machinist Wilhelm Knudsen, U.S. Coast Guard, who will, after being vetted by the U.S. Coast Guard, be presented with Wilhelm Knudsen’s posthumous Purple Heart Medal. If you have a photo of Wilhelm Knudsen, especially one in which he is wearing his Coast Guard uniform, Mr. Pendleton would use the image in his book as well. Here is the data we have so far:

Warrant Acting Machinist Wilhelm Knudsen,
U.S. Coast Guard
Date of Birth: December 28, 1884
Aged: 33 years, 8 month, 28 days
Place of Birth: Copenhagen Denmark
Next of Kin: Mrs. Marie N. Knudsen (mother), Dybbolsgade 55, Copenhagen, Denmark
Memorial: Arlington Nation Cemetery

If you have any information to further identify Wilhelm Knudsen’s relatives or descendants, please contact us by telephone, e-mail or USPS at:

Danish American Archive and Library
1738 Washington Street
Blair, NE 68008