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'''See also:''' ["Hjalmar Berentsen"]
Norwegian Sailors' tombstone in Pine Ridge Cemetery When the Nazis invaded Norway on 9 April 1940, many Norwegian merchant seamen who were at sea at the time came to the US and other allied countries, in the hope of joining the war effort. Given a medical examination in New York City, a number were found to be suffering from tuberculosis, and many of these found their way to Saranac Lake. It is difficult to know how many came, as they were spread among many different cure cottages, but the number may have been as high as five hundred. Sixteen died in Saranac Lake, fifteen men and one woman, a sea captain's daughter; they are buried in a special section of Pine Ridge Cemetery that is maintained yearly at the expense of the Norwegian government.
Their memorial reads: TIL MINNE OM NORSKE SJØFOLK SOM DØDE I KAMPEN FOR SITT LANDS FRIGJØRING, 1940-45 (In memory of Norwegian seafarers who died fighting for the liberation of their country, 1940-45).
They cured in many places in the village, including the Sageman, Leonard and Walker Cottages on Park Avenue, the Spear Cottage on Riverside Drive, 47 Franklin Avenue and the Robinson Cottage on Franklin Avenue.
See also: Hjalmar Berentsen
Norwegian Sailors Buried at Pine Ridge Cemetery
|Patient Name||Dates of Birth & Death||Photo|
|Hilda E. Aass||1913-1943|
|Harry J. Bohler||1921-1944|
|John L. Nyberg||1917-1944||
I searched the “Report of a Case of Tuberculosis” cards on 6/9/2010 for Norwegian sailors, looking first for those memorialized in Pine Ridge Cemetery. There are cards for Olav Berge, Karl Forsberg, Anker Halvorsen, Alfred R. Larsen, John Nyberg and William Paulsen, all listed above; I have added the information I found to their individual pages.
In addition, there are cards for the following Norwegian sailors discovered while searching for others:
There are very likely cards for other sailors. All of the cards for Norwegian sailors are typewritten.
There is also a card for Mr. Carl Lumholz (sic), the renowned Norwegian anthropologist and explorer. His card was handwritten on 12/16/1921.