In Memory of
Private First Class
Ralph O. Aljets
Clear Lake, South Dakota
December 16, 1911-- June 6, 1944
Killed on D-Day in France
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 ½ 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,
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.