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
The goals of this project were to:
perform a civic duty for our communities, counties and state by providing
a written record for past, present, and future generations of South
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.
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.