In Memory of
Loyd V. Bortnem
Volga, South Dakota
July 29,1917 - November 15,1944
Killed in Action, France
Loyd Vincent Bortnem was
born in Lake County, SD on July 29,1917 to Oscar and Emma Bortnem. He had three
brothers, Clinton, Burdett, and Robert, and five sisters, Violet, Merriam, Fern,
Ethel, and Laurine. Lloyd's hometown was Volga, ~here he attended the
Washington Rural School.
Loyd, along with many family and friends, enjoyed roller- skating at the Lake
Campbell skating rink where he even worked as a skate-strapper. Loyd also spent
much of his time on the family farm. Loyd did not graduate from high school, as
he, like many at that time, did not have the opportunity to go. He married
Dorothy Rosenwald on June 15, 1939, in Volga, and together they had one
daughter, Caroline Ruth Bortnem, who was born in Detroit. Mr. Bortnem was
employed on a plastering crew in Detroit, Michigan at the time.
Loyd Bortnem was drafted
for the United States Army on December 11, 1943 at the age of 26 from the
Flandreau area. He trained in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Camp Shelby,
Mississippi. Mr. Bortnem received additional training in a boot camp. Loyd was
sent overseas to France, where he held the rank of Private First Class. Pvt.
Bortnem was a truck driver in the 26tb division.
Private Bortnem, who was
issued a Purple Heart, died in action in France and is buried in the Lorraine
France Cemetery. He was 27 when he died, on November 15tb, 1944, and had served
11 months in the Armed Forces. His wife Dorothy, living in Flandreau at the
time, received a letter from the Major General, confirming his death. Dorothy
never remarried, but spent much of her life contributing to the lives of others
and spending time with their daughter Carolyn, three grandchildren, and 11
The names of surviving
family members at the time of Mr. Bortnem's death were his wife Dorothy, his
mother Emma, and his daughter Caroline. Everyone in his immediate family was
alive as well, except for his sisters, Violet and Merriam.
This profile is respectfully
submitted by Sarah Thaler, sixth grade, and Evan Schnabel,
seventh grade, Mickelson Middle School, Brookings, SD, June 2002. Information
profile was provided by Carol Meyer, Sioux Falls, daughter of Loyd, Clinton
Brookings, brother of Loyd, and Laurine Yates, Mobridge, sister of Loyd Bortnem.