In Memory of
Fred Iver Brevik
Watertown, South Dakota
Codington County
November 2, 1914 –September 23, 1943
Killed in action in Ireland

Fred Iver Brevik

Fred Iver Brevik was born in Lockhart, Minnesota on November 2, 1914 to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Brevik.  Fred moved with his parents to Watertown in 1930.  He attended Watertown High School in 1930-31.  He later moved with his parents to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he lived for five years before joining the armed services.  While in Sioux Falls, he was employed in the theater.   His parents later moved back to Watertown.  He had three sisters, Mrs. Carson Wiggens, Ardis and Evelyn and one brother, Elmer.  His brother was an ensign in the Navy attending Princeton University. 

Fred moved to Florida in 1938 and joined the Marines on February 4, 1942.  While in Florida, Fred married.   During a combat mission on September 23, 1943, Sgt. Brevik had successfully forded a stream.  He plunged back into the stream to attempt to rescue his two comrades Private Hughes W. Goble of Johnson City, Tennessee, and James McGowen of Lynn, Massachusetts.  He lost his life in this effort. 

Fred never met his two and one half-year-old daughter, Bonnie Jean, before being killed in the line of duty.  At the time of his death, she was living with her mother in Clearwater, Florida.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Bonnie Bjork, Pierre, South Dakota on August 7, 2002.  Information for this entry was obtained from the archives of the Watertown Public Opinion and the Watertown High School yearbook.