In Memory of
U.S. Army Private
Leonard Raymond Blacksmith
Greenwood, South Dakota
Charles Mix County
August 27, 1921 – July 11, 1944
Killed in Action in France
Leonard R. Blacksmith was born August 27, 1921, at
Greenwood, Charles Mix County, South Dakota, to Raymond and Winifred Blacksmith.
The Blacksmith family moved to the Huron area in 1929 around 1929. Before he
entered the service, Leonard worked at the Army Base Defense Plant in Sioux
On September 4, 1942, Leonard Blacksmith entered active
service at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota. After training, Pvt. Blacksmith was sent
overseas to the European theater.
On July 11, 1944, Private Leonard Raymond Blacksmith was
killed in action in France. It is believed that after the war, Leonard
Blacksmith’s remains were returned to the United States and buried locally.
Of Sioux heritage, Leonard also had five brothers and a
sister who faithfully served America in WW II: Vera Mae was in the Marines,
Clement, Walter, and Sylvester were in the Navy, Stanford was an officer in the
Air Corps, and Edward was in the Army.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator,
Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a
SD veteran’s bonus payment, the Daily Republic issue 8/11/44, and the
Daily Huronite issue 5/29/45.