In Memory of
Army Pfc
Sherlock F. Buls
Humboldt, South Dakota
Minnehaha County
April 10, 1916 – April 10, 1945
Killed in Action on the Philippine Islands

Sherlock F. Buls

Sherlock Buls was born on April 10, 1916, at Humboldt, Minnehaha County, South Dakota. Sherlock married his wife, Darlene, on May 14, 1938, in Sioux Falls. They had two daughters, Rita and Shirley. Before entering the service, he was employed by John Morrell & Company in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

On March 27, 1944, he entered the service. He received his training at Camp Roberts in California. While attached to 128th Infantry, 32 Division, Private First Class Sherlock Buls died on April 10, 1945, on Luzon in the Philippine Islands – on his 29th birthday. According to the Commanding officer of the 128th Infantry, “Sherlock was killed along the Villa Verde Trail on Luzon, Philippine Islands, by enemy machine gun fire. He was participating in an attack on what is known as Hill 506, in the Province of Pangasinan, Luzon, Philippine Islands. He did not suffer for death was instantaneous.”

Although first buried in the US Armed Forces Cemetery at Santa Barbara on Luzon, after the war, he was permanently  buried at Plot D, Row 3, Grave 121, Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. 

This entry was respectfully submitted by Amie Morgan, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, February 11, 2000, and updated 2002. Information for this entry was provided by Rita D. Boy of Sturgis, South Dakota, daughter of Army Pfc. Sherlock Buls.