USS UTAH BB-31 / AG-16
The Forgotten Ship of Pearl Harbor
Edwin N. Odgaard
Electricians Mate 2nd Class
Edwin Nelson Odgaard was born on November 12, 1917 in Humboldt, Iowa. He was the son of Christian Nielsen Odgaard and Petra Jensen. He enlisted in the Navy on January 25, 1939 at Des Moines, Iowa and reported for duty on the USS Utah on May 24, 1941. Edwin was killed in action on December 7, 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously and remains on duty with his shipmates aboard the Utah. Edwin is commemorated on the Memorial Tablets of the Missing, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.