In Memory of
U.S. Army Air Corps Captain
Virgil Calvin Alleman
Kirley, South Dakota
Stanley County
October 28, 1913 – June 11, 1942
Killed in Action in Battle of Kiska Harbor

Virgil Calvin Alleman

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.