Lundquist (HQ, 3rd BN, 506th PIR, 1944-1945)
(R): Richard "Swede" Stockhouse (HQ, 3rd BN, 506th PIR, 1942-1945)
Some years ago Mikael Sundberg of Stockholm, Sweden,
looked in a trunk that had belonged to his father. In the trunk
were photos of an American soldier, including one of his gravestone,
Intrigued by what he had found, Mikael began to ask his relatives in Sweden about the identify of the American soldier.
Stockhaus had been the maiden name of Emma Gunilla Sundberg, Mikael's grandmother. Emma Stockhaus had 8 brothers and sisters, 7 of whom had left Sweden in the early 1900's to emigrate to the United States. Among Emma's siblings who moved to the U.S. were Fred, Maja, John and Paul. Once in the U.S., the spelling of their last name was changed from Stockhaus to Stockhouse.
Maja Stockhouse, Mikael's grandmother's sister who had immigrated to the U.S., married Eugene Lundquist, and they had two sons. Elmer and Leonard. Elmer Lundquist served in the US Navy and had survived WWII, but it was Maja's son Leonard whose photos Mikael had found in his father's trunk. This meant that Mikael and Leonard were second cousins.
To find out more about Leonard Lundquist, Mikael placed an ad in a 506th PIR newsletter and soon received a response from CPT(R) William P. Wedeking, who as a lieutenant, had been the HQ, 3-506th PIR Machine Gun Platoon leader, 1943-1945. Not only did Wedeking remember Leonard Lundquist, but he told Mikael about Leonard's cousin, Richard "Swede" Stockhouse, both of whom had served in the HQ, 3-506th PIR Machine Gun Platoon.
Richard Stockhouse had died in 1983, but Wedeking gave Mikael the address of Richard's widow, Erin, and after exchanging several letters with family members in the U.S., Mikael was able to piece together the following information.
Fred Stockhouse, one of Mikael's grandmother's brothers who had immigrated to the U.S., had settled near Chicago about 1919 and worked as a steelworker. He married Maria, and they had two sons: Freddy and Richard. Freddy Stockhouse served in the Pacific; PFC Richard Stockhouse served as a Machine Gunner in HQ, 3-506th PIR, parachuting into Normandy and Holland, fighting at Bastogne and into Germany, and was awarded the Purple Heart. After the war Richard went to college and worked as an accountant in Chicago. He married Elin Johnson, and they had two daughters: Janis and Carla.
PFC Leonard E. Lundquist was assigned to the HQ,
3-506th PIR Machine Gun Platoon as a replacement paratrooper
in the fall of 1944, probably after the 506th PIR jumped
into Holland. After Leonard was assigned to HQ, 3-506th, he and
Richard Stockhouse discovered that they were first cousins. Leonard
was KIA in Belgium on January 9, 1945 (note there is a discrepancy
between the date of death on Leonard's gravestone and the official
records). At the request of his family, Leonard's body was returned
to the U.S. in 1949 and buried in New Albany National Cemetery, Floyd County,
Contact Mikael Sundberg at email@example.com if you have any additional information about Leonard E. Lundquist and/or Richard Stockhouse.