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Here is a group to Lieutenant Karl Rundquist who was born in Kristianstad, Sweden, on May 7, 1870. He served on various merchant ships, including a three-masted schooner smuggling arms into Haiti during one of many Haitian revolutions. On the return journey, the ship with a cargo of log-wood for New York encountered a severe winter storm. Rundquist spent the night at the helm and suffered severe frostbite when his hands froze to the ship’s wheel. The ship made landfall at Nantucket where he was taken to the Marine Hospital. He was a patient for a month while his hands healed. After being released from the hospital, Rundquist traveled to the Brooklyn Navy Yard where he enlisted in the United States Navy aboard the USS Receiving Ship Vermont on January 30, 1893. Rundquist served aboard the USS New York, the flagship of Admiral William T. Sampson's North Atlantic Squadron, during the Battle of Santiago de Cuba on July 3, 1898. This battle resulted in the complete destruction of the Spanish fleet. After the war, Rundquist was one of the divers who investigated the explosion which sunk the USS Maine in Havana Harbor. While serving on the New York, he received the Navy Good Conduct Medal dated May 17, 1899. He served aboard the USS Brooklyn, flagship of the Asiatic Squadron, and participated in the China Relief Expedition from July 7 to October 12, 1900. For his service in China, Rundquist received the Navy China Relief Expedition Medal. Rundquist also received the Sampson Medal with six bars to the USS New York, the Navy West Indies Campaign Medal, the Philippine Campaign Medal, the Navy Cuban Pacification Medal, the Mexican Service Medal and the World War I Victory Medal with a minesweeping bar. Along with the Navy medals, Rundquist received the Silver New York State Conspicuous Service Cross 1917-1919. At the end of World War I, Rundquist had advanced through all of the different grades of a United States Navy enlisted man. He became a warrant officer in 1903, a chief warrant officer in 1909, an ensign and lieutenant (jg) in 1917 and a senior lieutenant in 1918. Rundquist commanded several vessels before, during and after World War I. Lieutenant Karl Rundquist was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic efforts sweeping mines from the North Sea at the end of the First World War. His citation reads:

The Navy Cross is awarded for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service while in command of the USS Heron, engaged in the important and hazardous work of clearing the North Sea of mines.”

Lieutenant Karl Rundquist retired from the United States Navy in 1926. He died at the Hotel Osborne in Paris, France, on February 17, 1928.

 

 

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Dick.....magnificent...you are ridiculous in the best possible way. It is like going to a masters level history course every time I read the historical details of your groups

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All I can do is echo the other comments here and say that this is another amazing and historical grouping Dick. Truly you have a museum for a collection!!! Thanks for sharing another gem with all of us here!

Always looking for 325th G.I.R. and WWII USMC items!
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Just spectacular!

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Always looking for quality WWI and WWII USMC items. Particularly 4th Marine Brigade related items, medals, uniforms helmets ephemera, Also WWII USMC items including uniforms, medals, etc. to combat veterans especially Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima. Let me know what you have. Semper Fi


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Fantastic group and research. So great to see complete groups like this which have not been picked apart. Congrats!

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The sailor whose USS New York Sampson, USS New York GCM, West Indies, and WWI Victory w/Escort bar, I own, was also a New Yorker (Long Island) and undoubtedly knew your man well, as both were rated Gunner's Mates on New York during the war, Rundquist a GM1c and Rosloof a GM3c. It's interesting how the engraving style on the GCMs are different while only 8 months apart. Rosloof's GCM is #3721, is Rundquist's anywhere near that number range?

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It’s the kind of group dreams are made from. Congrats!!!

Always looking for uniquely marked helmets, WWI and WWII American Field Service items, WWII and earlier USMC items and named or numbered medals and medal groups.


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Another gorgeous group! Thanks for sharing. Bob

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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Incredible group!

 

-Ski

In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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That group is an instant medal collection in its own right!

 

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