Bruno Albert Forsterer

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Bruno Albert Forsterer
Born (1869-07-14)July 14, 1869
Königsberg, Prussia
Died June 13, 1957(1957-06-13) (aged 87)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1896–1909
Rank Gunnery Sergeant
Battles/wars Philippine–American War
Awards Medal of Honor
Other work Oakland Tribune, publisher/editor

Bruno Albert Forsterer (July 14, 1869 – June 13, 1957) was a U.S. Marine Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Philippine–American War for "distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy at Samoa, Philippine Islands, April 1, 1899."[1] His Medal of Honor was awarded by President Theodore Roosevelt, by General Order No 55, dated July 19, 1901.[2]

Forsterer joined the Marine Corps from Boston in November 1896, and was honorably discharged 13 years later. [3]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: July 14, 1869, Koenigsberg, Germany. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 55, July 19, 1901.


For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy at Samoa, Philippine Islands, 1 April 1899.

After the war[edit]

William E. Dargie appointed Bruno Forsterer general manager of the Oakland Tribune. Upon Dargie's death on February 10, 1911, Forsterer succeeded Dargie as the publisher of the paper (1911–1915). Forsterer also served as the executor for the Dargie's will. Forsterer would serve new Tribune owner, (former U.S. Congressman) Joseph R. Knowland as Business Manager of the Oakland Tribune, (1915–1957).[citation needed]

In 1936, Joseph Knowland, Bruno Forsterer and Joseph Blum founded the Franklin Investment Company (later, the Franklin Credit Union). His son, Harold B. Forsterer (1900–1974) served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Oakland Tribune (1957–1965).[citation needed]

Bruno Forsterer is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His grave can be located in section 53, Lot 2757.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Medal of Honor citation for Bruno Forsterer". Retrieved 2006-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Philippine Insurrection Medal of Honor recipients". Congressional Medal of Honor awarded by Theodore Roosevelt. Retrieved 2007-03-10. 
  3. ^ USMC History Division
  4. ^ "Bruno Albert Forsterer", Arlington National Cemetery.
  5. ^ "Bruno Albert Forsterer". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2006-10-21. 


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