In Memory of
Private, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division
James C. Aldrich
Salem, South Dakota
McCook County
Died November 16, 1944
Killed in Action in France

James C. Aldrich

James Clayton Aldrich was born in Wakonda to Teresa and E.D. Aldrich.  He had three sisters and five brothers.  At the age of two, he moved to Salem, SD with his parents.  He attended Salem High School and graduated in 1935.

After he graduated, Aldrich worked for the International Harvester Company in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and for Montgomery Ward & Co. at Washington, D.C., and in Omaha, Nebraska.  He was married to Ruby Brown of Sioux Falls.  They had two children.

Aldrich entered the service from Iowa, and was inducted into the army in April of 1943.  He was then sent overseas in September of 1944.  Aldrich was killed in France.  He is buried at Plot J Row 42, Grave 31 at the Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold, France.  Lorraine, also known as Alsace-Lorraine, is an historic region now part of France.  For centuries, this region was a source of conflict between France and Germany because of its fertile land, rich mineral deposits, and central location.  Aldrich was awarded the Purple Heart. 

I will remember the service and sacrifice of Private James C. Aldrich.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Allison Herman, 10th grade, West Central High School, Hartford, South Dakota, March 7, 2002.  Information for this entry was provided by a newspaper clipping from Sheila Hanson, Fallen Sons project coordinator.