In Memory of
Oscar Raymond Brakke
Plano Township, South Dakota
December 20, 1912 – July 24, 1945
Died of Injuries in Italy
Oscar R. Brakke was born on December 20, 1912, to Lewis
and Carrie Brakke. Oscar had one brother and four sisters. Oscar graduated from
Plano Consolidated School for both elementary and high school. After graduating
in 1931, Oscar then farmed with his father near Mitchell and lived with them
until he entered the service.
Oscar Brakke entered the service in July of 1942, and was
trained at Camp Butner, South Carolina, Camp Meade, Maryland, and a camp in
Georgia. In November of 1944, Corporal Brakke was shipped overseas and served
for about a year in the Italian theater of operations. According to the
newspaper, as part of the Fifth Army in the transportation department, he was
with a technical supervision regiment whose job was to get supplies through the
mountains in Italy. “When fighting was most severe, he rode a mule pack up
through the mountain passes where jeeps or other means of transportation were
On July 15, 1945, while serving as a Corporal, Oscar Brakke
was injured in a vehicle accident during a recreational outing. On July 24,
Corporal Brakke died of his injuries without ever regaining consciousness. A
memorial service was held for Oscar near Mitchell on October 28, 1945, at the
Rock Creek Lutheran Church.
The American Battle Monuments Commission site does not list
Corp. Brakke as buried overseas, his body was returned to the
United States after the war and buried in Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell, SD.
At the time of his death, he was survived by his parents,
his brother, Lloyd, and his four sisters: Mrs. Theodore Bender, Mrs. Frank Vust,
Mrs. Elmer Plagmann, and Mrs. Norman Jorgenson.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator,
Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by the Daily Republic,
including the 8/27/45 issue, and the Alexandria Herald, issues 8/31/45
and 11/1/45, and the application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment.