In Memory of
Dwayne Francis Bruns
Wentworth, South Dakota
December 18, 1922 – January 21, 1945
Killed in Action in Luxembourg
Dwayne Francis Bruns was born on December 18, 1922. His parents were Mr. and
Mrs. George J. Bruns. Dwayne had four siblings. Their names were: Eldyn, Lowell,
Delman, and Georgia. Dwayne Bruns graduated from Oldham High School in 1941.
Dwayne worked on the farm until he entered the service. Dwayne had no wife or
children. His interest was farming. He had a special love for animals.
Dwayne Bruns entered active service in Lake County on May 3, 1944. He was
sent to Fort Mead for training. On December 12, 1944, he left for overseas and
was stationed in Luxembourg. Private Bruns was a member of the Second Battalion
of the 317th Infantry. In January of 1945, the Second Battalion was
attacked while guarding against enemy positions near Ringel, a duchy of
Luxembourg. In February of 1945, his family received a telegram that Dwayne
Bruns was missing. The family received official notice of his death two weeks
later. His sister, Georgia, recollects:
“I do remember I was in school when we received the second
one (telegram) and my
brother, Eldyn, coming to get me and my brothers, Delman and Lowell, and
telling us Dwayne
Private Dwayne Bruns was killed by heavy combat fire. He was initially buried
at the United States’ cemetery in Hamm, Luxembourg. Three years later, he was
laid to rest at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Wentworth, South Dakota. Private Bruns
was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
Dwayne Bruns is currently survived by three brothers: Eldyn, Lowell, and
Delman; and one sister, Georgia Thomas.
Tara Valdez, 12th grader at West
Central High School, Hartford, South Dakota on March 1, 2002, respectfully
submitted this entry. Mrs. Georgia Thomas of Hermosa, South Dakota provided the
information for this entry.