In Memory of
U.S. Army Air Corps Lieutenant
Sebastian Baumgartner, Jr.
Roscoe, South Dakota
April 14, 1922 --December 9, 1943
Killed in Plane Crash on West Coast
Sebastian Baumgartner was born April 14, 1922, in Strasburg, North Dakota.
He, his parents, and his six brothers and seven sisters lived on a farm south of
Roscoe. Sebastian married Rosalie Geier and they had a daughter, Dianne, who was
born August 29, 1944.
Sebastian was trained in the Air Corps and subsequently received his wings
and commission. Lt. Sebastian Baumgartner, 329th Fighter Squadron,
was killed in a plane crash on December 9, 1943. The Chaplain wrote:
“I hereby certify that on the 11 day of December, 1943, I buried Sebastian
Baumgartner, 2nd Lt., of the 329th Fighter Squadron at the
Portland Army Air Base Chapel, Portland, Oregon. Internment of the body took
place at Seattle, Washington.”
Sebastian was listed on the History Commission’s list as a South Dakota
casualty, but he appears on Washington’s Honor List of Dead and Missing
issued by the War Department in 1946.
http://www.historylink.org/wardead/ww2/ww2-b.htm also lists him in their
“comprehensive roster of Washington state citizens -- nearly 9,000 as of 2002 --
who gave their lives in the service of their communities and country.”
This entry was respectfully
submitted by Jeremy Wolf and Baron Brausen, Edmunds Central School, Roscoe,
South Dakota, and revised by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State
Coordinator, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by a Roscoe
Centennial book, several documents, and Internet sources.