In Memory of
Private First Class
Ralph O. Aljets
Clear Lake, South Dakota
Deuel County
December 16, 1911-- June 6, 1944
Killed on D-Day in France

 Ralph O. Aljets

Ralph O. Aljets was born near Plymouth, Iowa to John and Alvira Aljets.  After leaving Iowa, the Aljets moved to Hugo, Minnesota in 1934 and then to Clear Lake, SD.   They had farmed in Deuel County before moving there in the early forties.  Their farm was about 2 miles east of Clear Lake.   Before enlisting into the army, Ralph had farmed with his parents.  Later the family moved to Forest Lake, Minnesota.

Ralph enlisted in the army on July 3, 1942 and was sent to Camp Robert, California and then to Camp Riley, Texas.  

Ralph was part of the second wave of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, which is where he died from wounds.  Ralph was part of the 29th Division.   He is buried at Ft. Snelling, MN. 

While in the service Ralph was awarded medals for gallantry and for his skills in gunnery and rifle. 

He was survived by brothers John, Frank, James, Charles and Lawrence and by sisters May (Grummonds), Ruby Smedstad, Pearl, Betty Jane, Margaret and Irene. 

This entry was respectfully submitted by Dawn Jaeger, Deuel High School, American History teacher.  It was compiled from information found in the Clear Lake Courier and from information obtained from Frank Aljets, a brother.