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Cdr. Guðmundur H. H. Kjærnested
Born (1923-06-29)June 29, 1923
Died September 2, 2005(2005-09-02) (aged 82)
Place of birth Hafnarfjörður, Kingdom of Iceland
Place of death Reykjavík, Republic of Iceland
Allegiance Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland
Service/branch Flag of Iceland (state) Icelandic Coast Guard
Years of service 1940–1984
Rank Generic-Navy-O6 Commander
Commands held ICGV Týr
Battles/wars First Cod War
Second Cod War
Third Cod War
Awards ISL Icelandic Order of the Falcon - Grand Knight BAR Cross of Grand Knight of the Order of the Falcon (Iceland)
DNK Order of Danebrog Knight BAR Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog (Denmark)
Order Sint Olaf 5 kl Knight of the Order of St. Olav (Norway)
This article is about the Icelandic commander. For the American co-founder of a shipping company, see TransAtlantic Lines.

Cdr. Guðmundur Kjærnested was born Guðmundur Hjaltason Halldórsson Kjærnested in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland on 29 June 1923. Cdr. Kjærnested was a commander in the Icelandic Coast Guard and took part in all three Anglo-Icelandic Cod Wars; he is most famous for being the commander of ICGV Týr and for his achievements while protecting disputed changes to Icelandic territorial waters from the Royal Navy and British trawlers during the Cod Wars. Guðmundur died on 2 September 2005. He is regarded as a national hero and a true patriot in Iceland.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Icelandic Presidency Website, Guðmundur Kjærnested

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