In Memory of
First Lieutenant
Wayne Aloysius Carmody
Sioux Falls, SD
Minnehaha County
August 21, 1921-October 3, 1944
Killed in Action at Peleliu Islands in the Palau Island Group

Wayne Aloysius Carmody

Wayne Aloysius Carmody was born in Ramona, South Dakota, to Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Carmody.  Wayne and his family moved to Sioux Falls, SD, in 1930 where he attended Cathedral High School.  He was an outstanding football player throughout high school and continued so through college.  He was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame at O’Gorman High School.  He attended college at the University of South Dakota, and he graduated in January of 1943.  He was posthumously inducted into the USD football Hall of Fame.

Wayne received his appointment for the Marine Corps for active service in April of 1943, soon after he graduated from college. 

On September 26th while in Peleliu Is. of the Palau, Islands, First Lieutenant Wayne Aloysius Carmody’s company became engaged in a tough battle.  At approximately 4 PM,  First Lieutenant Carmody was hit while leading his men in this attack.  During the time he was hit, the company was receiving a lot of fire from a hill.  Carmody’s wounds were very critical.  A doctor, the company commander, four stretcher bearers, and a corpsman risked their lives to get Carmody out of the line of fire.  All of these men thought highly of First Lieutenant Carmody and went beyond the call of duty to rescue him.  Following an operation at the airport Carmody was boarded onto a ship.  At this time the doctors gave him a 50-50 chance of survival.  First Lieutenant Carmody lived for several days after the attack.  He was doing well until one early morning on October 3 poison set in, and First Lieutenant Wayne Aloysius Carmody died only hours later. 

First Lieutenant Carmody was buried at sea Lat. Deg 8 1/2 min South, Long. 150 Deg 4 min East on October 4, 1944 from the USS RELIEF.  He was awarded posthumously the Silver Star medal at ceremonies at the Federal building in Sioux Falls after previously having been awarded the Purple Heart.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Carmody received the award in his honor.  The citation presented with the medal, by James Forrestal as secretary of the navy, in the name of the President said:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a platoon leader attached to the Second
Battalion, First Marine division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu
Island, Palau Group, on 26 September, 1944.  When terrific enemy machine-gun,
rifle and mortar fire inflicted many casualties and threatened to disorganize his
platoon, First Lieutenant Carmody unhesitatingly advanced along the entire platoon
front and reorganized his men in the face of imminent personal peril and, locating one
of the hostile machine-gun positions, courageously led a fire team forward and succeeded
in silencing the emplacement with hand grenade and small-arms fire.  Later, when one
of the tanks of his platoon bogged down and blocked off the other vehicles, he again
exposed himself to enemy fire and reconnoitered for a tank approach route until he was mortally
wounded.  First Lieutenant Carmody’s valiant fighting spirit and unyielding devotion to duty were an
inspiration to his men and in keeping with the highest traditions
of the United States Naval service.  He gallantly gave his life for his country.

First Lieutenant Carmody has one surviving sister Yvonne Due who lives in Florida as well as many nieces and nephews.

First Lieutenant Wayne Aloysius Carmody’s life and death will always be looked upon with absolute respect and admiration.  He will always be remembered for his ultimate sacrifice for the love of his country.     

This entry was respectfully submitted by Jessica Ferrie, Eleventh Grade, Sioux Falls Christian High School, Sioux Falls, SD, April 1, 2002.  Information for this entry was provided by Donna Warner, Larchwood, IA, niece of First Lieutenant Wayne Aloysius Carmody.