In Memory of
Second Lieutenant
Margie A. Camper
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Minnehaha County
Sept. 26, 1920 - March 4, 1945
Killed in Plane Crash over India

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Margie A. Camper was born on September 26, 1920, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Lester and Augusta Camper.  She was the granddaughter of S. D. Wadsworth, a prominent Sioux Falls implement dealer.   She grew up in Sioux Falls and attended Washington High School.  Margie was part of the Biology Club and was in the upper one-fifth of her senior class.  She graduated from Washington High School in 1938.  After high school, Margie attended San Diego County General Hospital for nurseís training.

Directly after graduating from nurseís training, Camper enlisted on April 1, 1942, with the United States Army as a nurse.  She served two years in the continental United States at Camp Cook, California.  On January 12, 1944, Lt. Camper  was sent overseas and served nine months at New Caledonia.  Camper was then stationed in a general hospital at Assam, India. 

Lt. Camper had been on leave at Calcutta before her death.  On the journey returning to Assam, the airplane went down, killing Army Lt. Margie A. Camper on March 4, 1945, at the young age of twenty-four.

Lt. Camper was buried in Honolulu, Hawaii in the Honolulu Memorial there.  At the time Lt. Camperís death, she was survived by her mother and one sister, Lt. Catherine Camper, an army nurse assigned to an evacuation hospital in the European Theatre.

Lt. Margie A. Camper will be remembered for generations as one of the many World War II veterans of South Dakota who helped our country be what it is today.  We know that nurses played a very important role in the war, and we are so grateful for people like Lt. Margie A. Camper.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Michelle R. Foster and Elizabeth E. Wilcox, Tenth Grade, Sioux Falls Christian High School, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, April 5, 2002.  Information for this entry was provided by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and South Dakota Veterans Bonus Records.