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posted 4/4/2016 12:19:19 PM  Reply w/Quote
I recently purchased an old WWII Jeep (Willys MB) and thought it would be neat to change the unit markings to the unit my great uncle served in. The majority of these jeeps seem to all show the 501st after band of brothers came out. I wanted to do something different and that had a family tie in.

My great uncle was Mark Rosenqvist (sometimes incorrectly spelled Rosenquist), he was in the 12th armored, 23rd tank battalion. From what I can tell, he was killed in action on 12/10/44, when a German 88 hit a halftrack he was in. There is a paragraph in one of the hellcat news about him getting hit that was written by another guy in the halftrack.

I would like to know any information anyone might have on Mark, and specifically what company, etc. he was in.

For the jeep, I will be marking the left front bumper with the 12/23 with the triangles, same on the rear left, but I would like to use the actual company to mark the right front bumper and right bumperette on the rear.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Paul

harry dhans
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posted 4/5/2016 4:21:31 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
he was in HQ CO., PFC, radio operator
listed as KIA at Rohrbach or Bining
buried at Lorraine Cemetery but doesn't show in their records. He may have been transferred to be buried in the States

Alan Ostergaard
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posted 4/7/2016 3:27:21 PM    Click here to view the profile for Alan Ostergaard  Click here to email Alan Ostergaard  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Guest, I hope you're enjoying your Jeep. My dad, Tech. 4, Arthur Ostergaard, served in Hq. Co. 23rd Tank Bn. with the tank section as a driver in the S-3 tank, and later in the battalion command tank. He was with the 12th Armored from the beginning, and knew a lot of guys in Hq. Co. I have a letter to my dad from Robert Wachs, one of his army buddies, dated 1991. Wachs was communications chief of the radio net in a half-track in Hq. Co. He probably knew your G-Uncle, but he did not mention his name in the letter. Wachs does mention names of others who served with him in Hq. Co. and communications. He mentions Don Butts as his half-track driver, Willard John and Ed Sackowitz were with him. Other names of Hq. Co. men that he mentions are, Ted Blostein, Guy Richards, Nick Fazio, Sanford Alter, Sgt. Hadley, Manny Golinko (S-3 radio operator), Sgt. John Griffin, Benny Cassara, John Pieracini, Wes Cadden, Ted Bloxsom, Captain Virgil Thorpe (company commander). Judging from the date your G-Uncle was KIA, Dec. 10, 1944, that was the 23rd Tank Battalion's first combat action, in which Battalion Commander Lt. Colonel Meigs was KIA. There were many casualties of the 23rd Tank Bn. on that day. I believe the 23rd Tank Bn. also had a recon platoon with half-tracks.

Alan Ostergaard
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posted 4/7/2016 4:16:57 PM    Click here to view the profile for Alan Ostergaard  Click here to email Alan Ostergaard  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I have information there is a memorial marker in Valley Grove Cemetery, Rice County, MN, for PFC Mark Rosenqvist. The marker states that he is buried in Saint Avold, France. That would be the Lorraine American Cemetery.

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posted 4/7/2016 6:02:55 PM    Click here to view the profile for PKDallas  Click here to email PKDallas  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the responses guys. I really appreciate it.

He is indeed buried in St. Avold in France. I saw a picture of his grave at one point when I was searching for information. I have also been to the memorial in Valley Grove many times. It is a beautiful spot in the middle of Minnesota, next to an old stone church where my great grandfather was a minister. There is a flag flying directly behind the memorial, very pretty.

My grandmother always kept a picture of Mark in her den, right next to his purple heart under a little glass dome.

I'm hoping (if my wife doesn't kill or divorce me first) to start restoring a half track in the next 5-10 years. I'll probably keep using the 12/23 for any additional vehicles going forward.

PK

Alan Ostergaard
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posted 4/7/2016 10:28:35 PM    Click here to view the profile for Alan Ostergaard  Click here to email Alan Ostergaard  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Good luck on the half-track project!

BarryEagel
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posted 4/17/2016 5:29:06 PM    Click here to view the profile for BarryEagel  Click here to email BarryEagel  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
PFC Mark D. Rosenqvist, Serial # 37568014 is buried at Plot A Row 20 Grave 2 at the Lorraine American Cemetery. The record of his burial is at the American Battlefield Monuments Commission website https://www.abmc.gov/node/401068#.VxP_ZjArKCg.
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Barry