In Memory of
Army PFC
James Lewis Allender
New Underwood, South Dakota
Pennington County
February 19, 1924 - April 9, 1945

James Lewis Allender

James Allender was born on February 19, 1924 in Rapid City, South Dakota to parents Lewis Ray and Louise Rose (Coursen) Allender.  He had four brothers: David, Charles, Kenneth, and Joseph.

James attended several grade schools and attended high school for two years in Rapid City before finishing his schooling in Owanka, where he graduated on May 16, 1941.  He continued to work on the home ranch until the war.

James was drafted into the Army on May 25, 1944.  He took his physical exam in Ft. Crook, NE.  He then attended basic training at Camp Croft in South Carolina and was inducted into Company L, 394th Infantry. He left for overseas in December of 1944.  He was then stationed in the United Kingdom where he attained the rank of PFC (private first class).

While on assignment he wrote home to his grandmother and aunt on March 1, 1945, stating, Its a beautiful day in Chicago, but whos in Chicago is what I want to know?  During his stay overseas he was hospitalized with pneumonia in Belgium, and then hospitalized again with stomach disorders.

While on a combat mission in Germany with the infantry, PFC James Lewis Allender was reported missing in action and later hospitalized with wounds on the same day that he died April 9, 1945.  He was buried in Ittenback, Germany, and was later reburied in Plot KK, Row 10, Grave 234, U.S. Military Cemetery in Margraten, Holland.  Eventually his remains were sent home, and he was buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery on April 19, 1949.  The army chaplain of his brigade said, His service was a credit to himself and his country.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Zane Volmer, Kevin Tifft, and Chance Trask, 12th grade, Wall High School, Wall, South Dakota, May 2, 2002.  Information for this entry was provided by Mr. Joseph Allender, Rapid City, South Dakota, brother of Army PFC James Lewis Allender.