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