John Olof Dahlgren

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John Olof Dahlgren

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Dahlgren's headstone at Golden Gate National Cemetery
Born(1872-09-14)September 14, 1872
Kalmar, Sweden
Died February 11, 1963(1963-02-11) (aged 90)
Place of burial Golden Gate National Cemetery San Bruno, California, United States
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1896–1901
Rank Corporal
Battles/wars Boxer Rebellion
Awards Medal of Honor

John O. Dahlgren (September 14, 1872 – February 11, 1963) was an American corporal serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Boxer Rebellion who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.

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Biography

Dahlgren was born September 14, 1872 in Kalmar, Sweden and after entering the Marine Corps he was sent to fight in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion. [1]

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He received the Medal for his actions in Peking, China from June 20 – July 16, 1900 and it was presented to him July 19, 1901. [1]

He died February 11, 1963 and is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California. [2] His grave can be found in section Z, grave 1950. [2]

Golden Gate National Cemetery

Golden Gate National Cemetery is a United States national cemetery in California, located in the city of San Bruno, 12 miles (20 km) south of San Francisco. Because of the name and location, it is frequently confused with San Francisco National Cemetery, which dates to the 19th century and is in the Presidio of San Francisco, in view of the Golden Gate. Around 1937, San Francisco residents voted to bar the opening of new cemeteries within the city proper and, as a result, the site for the new national cemetery was selected south of the city limits in adjacent San Mateo County.

San Bruno, California City in California, United States

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Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: September 14, 1872, Kahliwar, Sweden. Accredited to: California. G.O. No.: 55, July 19, 1901.

Citation:

In the presence of the enemy during the battle of Peking, China, 20 June to 16 July 1900, Dahlgren distinguished himself by meritorious conduct. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "DAHLGREN, JOHN OLOF". Medal of Honor recipients, China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion). United States Army Center of Military History . Retrieved February 6, 2010.
  2. 1 2 "John Olof Dahlgren". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave . Retrieved February 6, 2010.