In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class
William Hobert Bird Horse
Wakpala, South Dakota
May 8, 1915 -- June 11, 1944
June 8, 1915
Killed in Action at St. Mere Eglise, France
William Hobert Bird Horse was born in Wakpala,
South Dakota in 1915. He was the child of Moses and Eliza Birdhorse. Robert
Bird Horse was his brother. Mr. Bird Horse attended school in Fort Yates, North
Dakota. His hometown was Wakpala, South Dakota.
William Bird Horse enlisted in McIntosh, South
Dakota, and entered active service at Fort Meade, South Dakota, as a member of
Troop B, 4th Cavalry. Pfc. Bird Horse was trained at Fort Meade and sent
overseas sometime later. Pfc. William Bird Horse reportedly died June 11, 1944
at St. Mere Eglise, France, during the Invasion of Normandy. He was missing in
action from June 6, 1944 until February of 1945, when word of his death was
related to his brother, Robert. William was awarded the Sharp Shooter’s Medal
and the Purple Heart posthumously.
Because his parents had both preceded him in death,
his sole surviving heir was his brother, Robert. After the war, his remains were
returned to the United States and reburied at the Long Hill Cemetery eight miles
west of Wakpala.
entry was respectfully submitted by Rowdy Benson and Teri Bartells, 8th
Grade, Lemmon High School, Lemmon South Dakota. Information for this entry was
provided by the application for South Dakota Veterans’ Bonus and by a
small clipping in the Corson County News, 2/1/45 issue. Photo courtesy of
Herman Kraft, Timber Lake.