In Memory of
James A. Boyd
Huron, South Dakota
Beadle County
August 25, 1914 – July 10, 1943
Killed in Action in North Africa

James A. Boyd

James A. Boyd was born in Wendell, Minnesota on August 25, 1914 to of Donald J. Boyd and Mathilda Komstdius Boyd.  He lived on the family farm with his sisters Donna and Flora and brothers Dellos and George.  The family then moved to Watertown, South Dakota and finally to Huron, South Dakota. With the frequent moves the siblings found they were best friends among themselves. The family also included the maternal grandmother who was a strong part of the Boyd family.  Her grandchildren would frequently plead with her to learn English, but she would only talk in her native Swedish language.  While in high school, James worked at Swift and the old State Theater.  After graduation in 1933, he attended the University of Idaho.  Participation in the ROTC program helped him with college expenses.  He also was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.  

He entered the Army on December 1940 taking his training at Fort Lewis, Washington.  He Initially he thought he would be an instructor, but the army was in dire need of officers, so he was shipped overseas.

Lieutenant James A. Boyd was killed in action in North Africa on July 10, 1943 during the liberation of Sicily. The chief of staff from the War Department wrote Donald Boyd about his son James:

He died a gallant solders death in our battle for liberty and decency.
I hope you will find consolation in the fact that he sacrificed his life
in the service of the people of sacrificed has life in the service of the
people of America and the cause of democracy throughout the world.

Boyd’s body was never returned to the United States.  It, along with 7862 American military dead, lies beneath the Roman pines in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial on the north edge of Nettuno, Italy.  He did leave his family a legacy of training films that he used while an instructor.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Amber Haessig, 9th grade, Redfield High School, Redfield, South Dakota, April 15, 2002. Information for this entry was provided by Dr. Vicki Boyd, Vashon, Washington, niece of James Boyd.