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Folke A. Ahlquist

Master Sergeant (Retired) Folke A. Ahlquist, 88, died on Wednesday October 20, 2004, in Columbus, Georgia.

MSG Ahlquist retired from the U.S. Army after thirty years of service while serving during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam.

At the beginning of World War II, he landed at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, on D-Day plus four with the 90th Infantry Division.  He fought with the 90th Infantry Division through France and Germany to central Europe on VE Day.  After World War II, he served with the 569th Ordinance Company until returning to Fort Benning with an assignment to the U.S. Army Infantry School Brigade.

MSG Ahlquist also served a tour of duty in Korea and Vietnam as a military advisor and a second tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Sniper Team.

His military award include the World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with Silver Battle Star, Air Medal, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, and Good Conduct Medal (5th award).

MSG Ahlquist retired from the U.S. Army at Fort Benning on June 30, 1971.  After his military retirement,  he was employed by USAMU as a Weapon and Ammunition Tester for fifteen years at Parks Range, Fort Benning, Georgia.  He retired from civil service on July 30, 1988.

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