In Memory of
Orin Brendsel Amdahl
Flandreau, South Dakota
December 8, 1920 Ė April 14, 1945
Killed in Action in Germany
Orin Brendsel Amdahl was born December 8, 1920, in
Flandreau, SD, to Anton and Inga (Brendsel) Amdahl. After a few years in town,
Orin spent most of his life on a farm in Blinsmon Township. Orinís elementary
education was received in a rural school, Blinsmon #9. After graduation he
entered Flandreau High School in 1934 but took his second and third years of
high school at Egan Consolidated School. He completed his high school education
at Augustana College but preferred to be working outdoors on the farm.
Orin was inducted into the
Army in late January of 1943. Enrolled in the 86th Reconnaissance
Troop of the Mechanized Cavalry, he took his training at Camp Howze, Texas; Camp
Livingston, Louisiana; Camp Crook and Camp San Luis Obispo in California. Orin
received the highest score in the whole troop at the rifle range and was
classified as an expert.
Sgt. Orin Amdahl sailed for
overseas service in February of 1945 and was killed in action April 14, 1945, in
Germany, later identified as in the city of Hagen.
The letter that Sgt.
Amdahlís captain wrote to Orinís mother stated in part:
On the 14th of April your son
was concerned to fulfill his assigned task according to
the best American tradition. He and other men of his platoon had the
of clearing out a hostile position which was greatly hindering the progress of
troops. His death occurred instantly as the result of a shell fragment wound.
received a Christian burial in the American Military Cemetery in Breuna,
16th April 1945.
We will not forget Army
Sgt. Orin Brendsel Amdahl.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Red
Tail Zephier, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish,
South Dakota, May 7th 1999. Information for this entry was provided
by Mrs. Evelyn Olson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, sister of Sgt. Amdahl.