In Memory of
Army Corporal
Oscar Raymond Brakke
Plano Township, South Dakota 
 Hanson County
December 20, 1912 – July 24, 1945
Died of Injuries in Italy

Oscar Raymond Brakke

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 impossible.”

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.