In Memory of
U.S. Army Air Corps Captain
Virgil Calvin Alleman
Kirley, South Dakota
October 28, 1913 – June 11, 1942
Killed in Action in Battle of Kiska Harbor
Virgil Calvin Alleman was born on
October 28, 1913, to William and Maud Alleman. He grew up on a ranch in
northeastern Haakon County, South Dakota, and attended a rural one-room school
for eight years and then went to high school in Pierre, South Dakota. He then
attended the School of Mines in Rapid City, South Dakota, graduating with a
geology degree in 1937.
Virgil Calvin Alleman entered active
service on September 25, 1939, at the United States Recruting Office in Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma. He did his flight training in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Randolph Field in
Texas, and Kelly Field in San Antonio. Alleman earned his commission and wings
June 21, 1940. On June 22, 1940, Virgil married Mary Louise Carr in San Antonio,
Texas. Alleman was promoted to first lieutenant on November 1, 1941, and to
Captain on April 9, 1942. Capt. Alleman went overseas on June 7, 1942.
On June 11, 1942, while serving in the
38th Bombardment Squadron, 30th Bombardment Group, Capt.
Virgil Alleman’s plane was shot down during the Battle of Kiska Harbor on the
Aleutian Islands. He was then listed as “missing in action,” and later the
remains of the crew were returned to the United States and buried in a memorial
service in the National Cemetery, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Captain Alleman received the Purple
Heart, the Air Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign
Medal with one Bronze Service Star, the Asiatic-Pacific-Campaign Medal with one
Bronze Service Star, the WW II Victory Medal, and the Aviation “Pilot” Badge.
This entry was respectfully submitted by
Doug Johnson, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish,
South Dakota, February 9, 2000. Information for this entry was provided by
Carmen Alleman of Hayes, South Dakota, distant cousin of Captain Virgil Calvin
Alleman, and a SD veteran’s bonus payment application.