In Memory of
Marine Second Lieutenant
Lyman Willis Berg
Aberdeen, South Dakota
October 22, 1922 – April 29, 1945
Killed in Action at Okinawa
Lyman Willis Berg was
born in Aberdeen on October 22, 1922. His parents were Harold and Mary Jane
Berg. He had a sister, Betty. Lyman graduated from Central High School in
1940. He first attended Northern State Teacher College in Aberdeen from
September 1940 until June of 1942 and then went to Rapid City School of Mines
before entering the service. Lyman married Frances Elma Welch on September 8,
1944, at Santa Barbara, California.
Lyman Berg took CPT
training at Denton, Texas, until May of 1943. He then attended preflight school
at Athens, Georgia, and primary training school at Dallas, Texas. He earned his
wings and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps
Reserve at Pensacola, Florida, on April 25, 1944. Lt. Berg was stationed at
Deland, Florida and Santa Barbara and El Toro Marine Base, California before
being sent overseas on February 1, 1945.
Lt. Lyman Berg, who piloted
a torpedo diver bomber, was declared missing in action on April 29, 1945, when
his plane was shot down over enemy territory on Okinawa. He was declared killed
in action on April 30, 1946. His name is on the Tablets of the Missing at
Honolulu Memorial in Hawaii.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Adam
Feser and Luke Lesher, Groton High School, Groton, SD, Information for this
entry was provided by 5/10/45 issue of the Aberdeen American News at
Alexander Mitchell Library Aberdeen, SD, by an application for a SD veteran’s
bonus payment, and by Betty Werth, Aberdeen, sister of Lyman Berg.