In Memory of
U.S. Army Private
Peter J. Brugman
Brookings, South Dakota
Brookings County
Killed in Action in Germany
June 12, 1921 - March 17, 1945

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Peter J. Brugman was born in Brookings, South Dakota, Brookings County.  Little is known about his youth, but his employment before the war included being a Yellow Cab Driver, a Colby Service Station worker in the Brookings area, and a worker at the college dairy at South Dakota State College.  On June 30, 1944 he married Majorie Clark.

Brugman entered the service in September 1944, going to Fort Snelling, Minnesota.  From there, he went to Camp Fannin, Texas, where he spent 15 weeks.  Later, he was at Camp Fort Meade, Maryland, until he was alerted and sent to Germany on February 15, 1945.  He landed in France on March 3, and then was alerted to Germany on March 12, until March 17, as a private in the United States Army.

On the Western Front line in Germany on March 17, 1945, Private Brugman was killed in action.  He had only been engaged in the war for five days.  His wife, parents, three brothers, and two sisters were at his memorial service, held in Brookings, South Dakota, in April 1945.

We should be thankful that Private Brugman, along with other soldiers, gave the ultimate gift to this country, so that we might be free.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sam Gaston, Sheridan McGaffee, and Jeff Dieters, 8th Grade, Brandon Valley Middle School, Brandon, South Dakota, April 12, 2002.  Information for this entry was researched in the Brookings Register and provided by Grace Linn, Brookings, South Dakota.