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