In Memory of
Kenneth R. Black
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
July 30, 1919 - December 29, 1942
R. Black was born on July 30, 1919, in Luverne, Minnesota. He was born to Carl
and Emma (Iverson) Black and had one brother named Clarence. Kenneth spent most
of his years in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and attended Whittier Middle School.
He spent his free time doing his favorite hobby: roller-skating. He was also a
former Argus Leader carrier boy. While attending Washington High School,
Kenneth participated in running track. For employment Kenneth loved to sell
things and held jobs that contained that sales aspect. In fact, as a child in
the late 1920’s people recall him buying ice cream bars at Fenn’s Ice Cream Co.
and going to the local businesses downtown and selling the bars to the workers
for a few cents profit per bar. Dorothy Black said that Kenneth was also known
among his family for having a great sense of humor.
Black entered active service in the army on June 22, 1941. He was trained at
Camp Roberts in California, and remained in the states and was shipped overseas
on May 1, 1942, to Australia. Black was then sent to the island of New Guinea
on September 28, 1942. He was a Private in Company C, 128th Infantry.
While stationed in New Guinea, Black was involved in a
night skirmish on December 29, 1942. Private Kenneth R. Black was struck by a
bullet that ended his young life. Harry W. Lusk, First Lieutenant, Infantry,
Commanding Co. C sent Mr. and Mrs. Carl Black a letter “on behalf of all the
officers and men of C. Company.” This letter stated the following:
midst of your sorrow, you have just reason to be proud of your son. He had
served on the front lines during a major portion of the Battle, and had done
job. His efforts will long be remembered by all of us who were there with him.
Black was buried in New Guinea, but his body was later brought back home and
laid to rest in Hills of Rest Memorial Park.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Sarah Porter, 12th Grade, Sioux Falls Christian High
School, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, April 5, 2002. Information for this entry
was provided by Dorothy Black, sister-in-law of Private Kenneth R. Black.