In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class
Earl Ernest Bolte
Elkton, South Dakota
Brookings County
February 10, 1942
Killed in Action in Germany, Battle of the Bulge

Earl Ernest Bolte honor certificate from the Armed Forces

Earl Ernest Bolte was born in Elkton, South Dakota, to William and Ida Bolte.  Earl was one of eight children.  His siblings were Geib, Frank, Harry, Eddie, Elsie, Annie, and Jack.  Earl grew up on a farm east of Elkton, and their farm extended a half-mile into Minnesota.  From there, he enlisted in the Army.  Earl Bolte was married, but had no children.

Army Private First Class Earl Bolte was killed on February 10, 1942 at the Battle of the Bulge in Germany where over 220,000 soldiers were killed.  According to his nephew, their family was told he was decapitated.  Earl was buried at Fort Snelling Cemetery in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Many family members took a bus to the memorial service at Fort Snelling and were proud to receive the flag that draped his coffin. 

We hope Army Private First Class Earl Ernest Bolte will be remembered and honored for the service that he gave to our country.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Irina Silchuk, Nick Langner, and Paul Robinson, 8th Grade, Brandon Valley Middle School, Brandon, South Dakota, April 12, 2002.  Information for this entry was provided by Eva Williams, Elkton, South Dakota, niece of Army Private First Class Earl Bolte and Glen Bolte, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, nephew of Army Private First Class Earl Bolte.  Additional information for this entry was provided by Grace Linn, Brookings, South Dakota.