In Memory of
Army Private
Loyd V. Bortnem
Volga, South Dakota
Brookings County
July 29,1917 - November 15,1944
Killed in Action, France

Loyd V. Bortnem

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 great-grandchildren.

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 for this
profile was provided by Carol Meyer, Sioux Falls, daughter of Loyd, Clinton Bortnem,
Brookings, brother of Loyd, and Laurine Yates, Mobridge, sister of Loyd Bortnem.