Lieutenant William Zuiderveld, USN, (Retired), (1888-1978)
William Zuiderveld was born on 24 January 1888 in Michigan. Enlisting in the US Navy from that same state, he was promoted to Hospital Apprentice First Class. While serving on board USS Florida , he participated at the intervention at Vera Cruz, Mexico. On 21 April 1914, during the seizure of the city, Zuiderveld displayed "extraordinary heroism" while performing his professional duty. For his action on this occasion, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
In September 1938, Zuiderveld retired from enlisted service but was recalled to active duty in October 1942 during World War II, serving as an officer within the Chief Pharmacist speciality. In October 1943, he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade, with a subsequent promotion in January 1945 to Lieutenant. At the end of the war, he was placed on the retired list with the rank of Lieutenant. William Zuiderveld died on 5 February 1978 and is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California.
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Medal of Honor citation of Hospital Apprentice William Zuiderveld, USN (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 103):
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