William “Captain Invoice” Carlson obtained the Convoy Cup award Friday on the Honorary Norwegian Consulate in Minneapolis. The medal acknowledges his braveness beneath enemy hearth and his bravery within the tough circumstances that adopted.
Carlson was 17 when he joined the Navy Armed Guard in the course of the warfare. Assigned to guard provide convoys heading to Europe, he was aboard the SS Metropolis of New York when a German U-boat struck it with torpedoes off Cape Hatteras in North Carolina.
Carlson fought off enemy combatants with fixed gunfire because the ship sank; then he swam to a lifeboat, which he helped navigate for 16 days.
Throughout that point, Carlson oversaw the beginning of an toddler, Jesse Roper Mohorovicic, who grew to become often known as “the infant Hitler could not get,” in his lifeboat.
Almost 80 years later, Carlson obtained the reward and far reward for his service. Household and “shut associates” joined him for the ceremony.