In Memory of
U.S. Army Air Corps Sergeant
Vernon E. Barclay
Rosebud, South Dakota
Todd County
August 22, 1918 – September 12, 1942
Died of Illness in Western European Area

Vernon E. Barclay

Vernon E. Barclay was born August 22, 1918, to Ira and Buena Barclay at White River, Mellette County, South Dakota. He graduated from Winner High School and then attended Chillicothe Business College in Missouri before enlisting in the Air Force.

On December 5, 1940, Vernon Barclay entered active service at Ft. Des Moines, Iowa. He completed basic training at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, and then took mechanical instruction at Chanute Field, Illinois, from which he graduated December 30, 1941. From there he went on to North Island, California, where he cracked several vertebra and was in a cast for two months.  His last assignment before going overseas was at Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale, California. On June 2, 1942, Sgt. Barclay went overseas to the European theater aboard the Queen Elizabeth with “her first load of American service men.” In August of 1942, Sgt. Barclay experienced a German bombing raid on the airfield near Grimbsy, England, where he was stationed.

On September 12, 1942, Sergeant Vernon Barclay, a member of the 71st Fighter Group, died. A letter dated September 19, 1942, to father, Ira, said in part:

It is with profound regret that I confirm the recent War Department telegram,   
announcing  the death of your son, Sergeant Vernon E. Barclay, 17,003,895, on
September 12, 1942, in the Western European Area. A brief report stated that
the death was the result of hepatitis.

After the war, his remains were returned to the United States and he was buried in the Winner Cemetery. He was awarded European Theater Ribbon.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD.  Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment, a page from a service record book, and Delvin Meyer of Mission.