In Memory of
Army Air Force Lieutenant
Roy Dale Bristol
Custer, South Dakota
Custer County
October 23, 1919 – January 2, 1943
Killed in a plane accident at Cross City, Florida

Fallen Sons and Daughters of South Dakota in WWII

Roy D. Bristol was born on October 23, 1919, to Roy and Ruth Bristol in Valentine, Nebraska.  Mr. Bristol and his family moved to Custer, South Dakota, when he was five years old.  He attended Custer School, graduating in 1937.  After high school, he went to the University of Colorado, in which he received his degree in the spring of 1942.  There he was an outstanding athlete. 

Lt. Bristol enlisted in the service before the end of his school year on October 13, 1941 and was then sent to Kelley Field.  He went on to Cimarron Field in Oklahoma, Enid Oklahoma Army Flying School, and Lake Charles in Florida.  It was while he was in Florida that he was commissioned as a second lieutenant.  Lt. Bristol received his wings at graduation ceremonies held at the Army Air Forces Gulf Coast Training Center.  He graduated as a fighter pilot at Lake Charles, Louisiana. 

A message from the war department to Lt. Bristol’s parents informed them that Lt. Bristol was killed in a plane crash near Cross City, Florida while in the line of duty.  He was 23 years old.  He received full military honors.  At the time of his death, he was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bristol; two sisters, Mary and Evelyn, who were in Los Angeles at the time; and his fiancé, Miss Gerry Howard of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Jane Heck, English teacher at Lemmon Jr/Sr High School.  Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment and The Rapid City Journal – 12/14/42, 1/7/43, and 1/5/43.