In Memory of
U.S. Army Sergeant
Kent Lyle Carpenter
Murdo, South Dakota
July 31, 1910 -- January 5,1945
Died at Fitzsimons General Hospital, Denver, Colorado
Kent Lyle Carpenter was born July 31, 1910, in Murdo, South Dakota, to Fred
and Abbie Carpenter. He had a sister. Kent spent most of his life in Jones
County, where he attended grade and high schools in Murdo, participating in
football and basketball. Then in 1928 Kent graduated form Murdo High School.
Kent married Marlys Sheldon on October 2, 1928, and they had two children:
Abbie Mae and Kenneth Fred. Before he entered the service, Kent worked for the
Jones County Department and the State Highway Department, and then became
self-employed “when he purchased half interest in the Murdo Auto Company garage
and implement business.”
Carpenter entered active service at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota, on May 10, 1944.
As part of the U.S. Army Engineers, Carpenter trained at Camp Bowie, Texas, and
in September of 1944 he earned a technical rating.
In September of 1944, Sergeant Kent Carpenter “was taken seriously ill while
enroute home on furlough.” First cared for at the hospital in Parkston, he was
then sent to the Army Air Base Hospital at Sioux Falls and from there flown to
the Fitzsimons General Hospital in Denver, Colorado. According to the Murdo
Coyote, “Everything humanly possible was done to save his life, but in spite
of this and his brave fight death he himself made, death came in the early
morning hours.” His wife, Marlys, was at his side throughout his illness. Kent
Lyle Carpenter was buried at the Murdo Cemetery in Murdo, South Dakota.
This entry was respectfully
submitted by Tyler Bruckner, 11th Grader at Stevens High School,
Rapid City, South Dakota, March 20,2002. Information for this entry was
provided by the Murdo Coyote and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus