In Memory of
U.S. Army Air Corps Lieutenant
Sebastian Baumgartner, Jr.
Roscoe, South Dakota
Edmunds County 
April 14, 1922 --December 9, 1943
Killed in Plane Crash on West Coast

Sebastian Baumgartner, Jr.

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. 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.