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