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Tornquist, Nels A. (1873-1950) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Tornquist, Nels A. (1873-1950)


Historical Note:

1873       Born in Torscker, Sweden

1881       Entered the United States

1884       Father, Nels F. Tornquist, naturalized

1888       Homestead filed in Salina, Kansas

1889       Graduated from 8th grade in Marquette, Kansas

1895       Father married Carrie Olsen from Lindsborg, Kansas

1896-1899  Served with Troop 6, 4th Cavalry

1899-1902  Served with 22nd Battery, Field Artillery. Saw action in the Spanish-American War in Philippines with rank of corporal

1902-1908  Served with Troop H, 13th Cav. Promoted from Corporal to sergeant

1908-1916  Served with Troop F, 15th Cav. as a Corporal

1916-1917  Saw action in Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa as a Sgt. in 1st Squadron 13th Cavalry Nels Tornquist, Camp Johnston, FL, ca 1917-1918

1917       Troop 8, 20th Cav. at Camp Funston, Ft. Riley, Kansas

1917-1918  Sgt. in Quartermaster Corps Camp J.E. Johnston, Florida

July 1918  Promoted to 1st Lt. QMC, Camp Greene, North Carolina

1918-1919  Promoted Cpt. QMC to command black 344th Labor Bn. Co. B in France during WWI

1920       Retired from active service with rank of sergeant

1921       Ordered to active duty with rank of Sgt. for ROTC assignment at University of Washington, Seattle

1922       Once again placed on retired list

1925       Married Erna Rehfeld at age of 52, in Vancouver, Washington

1934       By an act of Congress dated May 1932 advanced to the retired rank of captain

1950       Died of coronary thrombosis at age 77 in Pasadena, California




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