In Memory of
Aaron Grover Bettelyoun
Allen, South Dakota
March 21, 1913 – October 1, 1944
Killed in Action in Holland
Aaron Grover Bettelyoun was born on March 21, 1913, at
Martin, Bennett County, South Dakota. His parents were Edward and Pearl
Bettelyoun. They lived in rural Allen, South Dakota, where until entering the
service he worked on a ranch with his father.
After entering the military on March 19, 1942, at Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas, Grover became a paratrooper and served in Europe. While in
England, he met and married Margaret Church; they were married August 12, 1944,
at Leisleices, England. They had no children.
While serving in Holland as a paratrooper, Grover
Bettelyoun was killed in action on October 1, 1944. Memorial services were held
at Martin on November 14, 1944, to honor Grover.
Aaron Grover Bettelyoun is listed on the World War II:
Honor List of Dead and Missing: State of South Dakota as a Kingsbury County
casualty. Since the Rapid City Journal wrote that he was “a lifelong
resident of Bennett County,” it is believed to be an error.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Justin Moreno, White River Middle School, 8th
Grade; information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD
veteran’s bonus payment and the Rapid City Journal.