Niels Iver Qvistgaard
Corporal, United States Marine Corps
Born May 5, 1925
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
Service Number 1152177
Killed in Action
Died October 26, 1952 in Korea
Corporal Qvistgaard was a member of the 7th
Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was Killed in Action while engaged with
the enemy in Korea on October 26, 1952.
Qvistgaard, son of a Danish Admiral who was the Naval Attache to the United States in 1950, had deep admiration for the Marine Corps. He had previously served in the Danish Army and with the British Forces in Germany, but the Korean War had just broken out and he wanted to be a Marine. It took special exemtion to waive the citizenship requirements, but it was done. When he found that he had been ordered to headquarters duty, he begged for a combat assignment in Korea.
He was subsequently made a forward artillery observer and was killed in action by a shell when the Communists attacked his region in October 1952. He had said that should he fall he wanted to be buried with his Marine comrades. This request was granted and he was buried in Section 12 of the cemetery.
President Truman wrote, in part, to his father,
"He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that
freedom might live and grow and increase it blessings. Freedom lives and
through it, he lives - in a way that humbles the understandings of most
Flowers By The Danish Embassy To The United States of America
Photos By Holly, May 2009