In Memory of
Army Private
Elmer L. Bonrud
Flandreau, South Dakota
Moody County
August of 1915 - August 1, 1943
Killed in Action in the Southwest Pacific

Elmer L. Bonrud

Elmer L. Bonrud was born in August of 1915 in Grovena Township, South Dakota.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bonrud, and he moved to Flandreau when he was still a child.  They farmed in the Flandreau area. 

Elmer, at 28 years of age, was inducted into active service on July 10, 1942 and trained on the West Coast.  He was sent overseas to the Southwest Pacific shortly thereafter.  Elmer was attached to an infantry division, but the locality is not definitely known.  His training period was unusually short, and he was sent overseas without having the opportunity for a furlough to come home.  However, it was particularly comforting to the family that Elmer’s mother and brother were able to visit him in camp before he was transferred to duty overseas. 

Private Elmer L. Bonrud was reported killed in action in the South Pacific area on August 1, 1943.  His parents received a letter from Chaplain Joel L. Wareing of the 148th Infantry:

I regret the details of his death cannot be sent. Your son was killed while in action and was doing his duty as a good soldier.  He did not suffer but was killed instantly while we were making the drive on the enemy.  He was right in the front line, and through his effors and that of his comrades the drive was successful.

At the time of his death, Private Bonrud was originally buried at the American cemetery on Munda, Solomon Islands, in the South Pacific. After the war, his remains were brought back to Moody County and buried in the Oslo Lutheran Church Cemetery near Flandreau.

Surviving Pvt. Bonrud at the time of his death were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bonrud, his brother, Lester, from Sherman, South Dakota, two sisters, Cora Benson from Moody County, and Bernice Ambrocuissen from Colton, South Dakota, and his grandmother, Mrs. Ole Bonrud, from Dell Rapids, South Dakota.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Alicia Enterman, Grade 5, Jolley Elementary School, Vermillion, South Dakota, April 22, 2002. Information for this entry was provided by Mary Lynn Headrick of the Moody County Enterprise and by Larry Bonrud, Spearfish, South Dakota.