Born: c. 1915


Bjarne Aanesen was one of the Norwegian merchant seamen who sailed to America during World War II instead of returning home after Norway was invaded by the Nazis. In port in New York City, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and sent to Saranac Lake to cure, along with perhaps several hundred others like him. On January 12, 1944, Dr. D. M. Brumfiel evaluated Aanesen, and recorded that he was a motorman, age 29. His previous address had been the Marine Hospital on Staten Island, and he was presently living at 71 Bloomingdale Avenue. 1 Since he is not buried in Pine Ridge Cemetery with others of his countrymen, his cure may have been successful, and with luck he returned home after the war.



1. "Report of a Case of Tuberculosis," on file in the Adirondack Collection, Saranac Lake Free Library.