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World War II, Day County, South Dakota

                                                          Honor Roll

 

 

 

The most destructive and far-ranging war in human history, World War II claimed the lives of countless millions. This database is a listing of American servicemen who died in the Second World War for Day County, South Dakota. This database may not contain all U.S. servicemen who died in the Second World War in Day County, South Dakota.

 

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Last Name

First

Rank

Serial No.

Comments[i]

Combat Organization

 

Date of Death

Awards

Monumental

Status

Acker

Leonard W.

Sergeant

37-323-298

KIA

407th Infantry,

102nd Division

4/11/1945

Purple Heart,

Medal Air Medal

The Netherlands

Buried

Anderson

Willis C.

T-5

37-149-711

DOW

 

 

 

 

 

Apel

Charles T.

SSgt

6-577-700

KIA

 

 

 

 

 

Baker

Daniel A.

Seaman 2nd Class

Navy

KIA

U.S. Navy Reserve

7/30/1943

Purple Heart

Ft. William McKinley,

Manlia, Philippines

Missing

Block

Ernest

Sergeant

37-584-567

DOW

701st Bomber Squadron, 445th Bomber

2/27/1945

Purple Heart,

Medal Air Medal, Additional Army Medals

Henri-Chapelle, Belgium

Missing

Bowser

Benjamin O.

PFC

37-288-136

KIA

41st Infantry,

2nd Armored Division

10/9/1944

Purple Heart,

Additional Army Medals

Henri-Chapelle, Belgium

Buried

Carlson

Zane E.

Captain

0-742-843

DOW

 

 

 

 

 

Davidson

Quentin L.

2nd Lt.

0-763-516

DOW

 

 

 

 

 

Erickson

Edward R.

Yeoman 1st Class

316-51-64

MIA

U.S. Navy

1/2/1946

Purple Heart

Honolulu, Hawaii

Missing

Gruba

Dick R.

T-5

37-032-763

DOW

 

 

 

 

 

Hatle

Lawrence A.

T-5

37-250-295

DOW

23rd Infantry,

2nd Division

2/6/1945

Purple Heart

Henri-Chapelle, Belgium

Buried

Herr

Eugene L.

Radioman 2nd Class

Navy

KIA

U.S. Navy

10/25/1944

Purple Heart

Ft. William McKinley,

Manlia, Philippines

Missing

Herr

Ordien F.

Radioman 2nc Class

Navy

KIA

 

 

 

 

 

Houde

Emery

Seaman

Navy

KIA

 

 

 

 

 

Ives

Howard E.

Pvt.

37-115-075

KIA

 

 

 

 

 

Kildahl

Paul H.

PFC

37-547-680

KIA

 

 

 

 

 

Kirchmeier

Paul A.

Pvt.

37-563-362

KIA

 

 

 

 

 

Knowles

McColley W. F.

Pvt.

17-123-09

KIA

 

 

 

 

 

Kurkowski

Edmund H.

Pvt.

37-775-372

KIA

163rd Infantry,

41st Division

4/29/1945

Purple Heart

Ft. William McKinley,

Manlia, Philippines

Buried

Moen

Midle A.

PFC

37-250-123

KIA

15th Infantry,

3rd Division

10/26/1944

Purple Heart

Epimal, France

Buried

Olson

Donald

Pvt.

37-588-207

KIA

 

 

 

 

 

Peterson

Curtiss L.

Fireman 1st  Class

Navy

KIA

U.S. Navy Reserve

6/16/1945

Purple Heart

Honolulu, Hawaii

Missing

Peterson

Harold

Seaman 1st Class

Navy

KIA

U.S. Navy Reserve

1/9/1944

Purple Heart

Battery Park,

New York City, NY

Missing

Petersen

Raymond  H.

PFC

37-250-130

KIA

134th Infantry,

35th Division

7/171944

Purple Heart

Normandy, France

Buried

Peterson

Darrel E.

Seaman 1st Class

Navy

KIA

U.S. Navy Reserve

7/30/1945

Purple Heart

Ft. William McKinley,

Manlia, Philippines

Missing

Reich

Harvey F.

Sergeant

37-024-829

KIA

 

 

 

 

 

Sakariason

Percy E.

PFC

37-313-797

DOW

 

 

 

 

 

Sebion

Robert

PFC

37-418-735

KIA

 

 

 

 

 

Shemanski

Sylvester W.

Seaman 1st Class

Navy

KIA

U.S. Navy Reserve

12/151945

Purple Heart

Ft. William McKinley,

Manlia, Philippines

Missing

Skoba

John E.

Fl. O. T

129-305

KIA

 

 

 

 

 

Sorenson

Henry

Sergeant

20-717-471

DOW

 

 

 

 

 

Stee

Wilfred A.

T-4

37-149-824

MIA

22nd Engineers Battalion,

 5th Armored

9/29/1945

Purple Heart

Luxembourg

Missing

Stern

Alvin J.

Sergeant

37-314-142

KIA

 

 

 

 

 

Utne

Clarence

SSgt

 

KIA

520th Bomber Squadron,

90th Bomber

1/8/1943

Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross

Honolulu, Hawaii

Buried

Weyh

Sulvester G.

Pvt.

37-595-527

KIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: It was extracted from “South Dakota in World War II:  An Account of the Various Activities of the People of South Dakota during the period of World War II, both in South Dakota and where South Dakotans and South Dakota units were Active Through the World”  compiled by the World War II History Commission, State of South Dakota.  File Uploaded with the kind permission of Nancy Tystad Koupal , Director of Research and Publishing, South Dakota Historical Society.

 

United States National Archives. World War II and Korea Interned Overseas, RG94, M860 in the National Archives, interred outside of the contiguous forty-eight states



[i] KIA means Killed in Action; DOW means Died of Wounds; MIA means Missing in Action