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Fallen Sons and Daughters of South Dakota in WWII

The Fallen Sons and Daughters of South Dakota are the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy today. School children across South Dakota completed a yearlong project in September, 2002 to memorialize the South Dakota men  and women who died in World War II. The Spearfish Middle School and their teacher, Sheila Hansen, started the Fallen Sons of South Dakota project. The project involved composing biographical profiles on the South Dakota casualties of World War II. Governor Janklow invited Mrs. Hansen to work with schools across the state to take this project statewide and to step up the effort to complete these biographical profiles. School children across South Dakota researched, wrote, compiled and published biographies of these men and women.

The goals of this project were to:

    To perform a civic duty for our communities, counties and state by providing a written record for past, present, and future generations of South Dakotans.

    Connect and communicate with the next-of-kin of these fallen men, we are reaching across the state and across generations to bond in common purpose.

We thank all the school children, teachers, families and friends, and others who helped to make this project possible.  The best effort was made to gather information on all the casualties.  While that was not possible, all confirmed casualties are listed. 

We invite you to explore these biographical profiles.