In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class
Frank A. Carter
Nemo Route, Deadwood, South Dakota
Lawrence County
December 10, 1916 – May 21, 1944
Killed in Action in Italy

Frank A. Carter

Frank Arthur Carter was born on December 10, 1916, at Thurston, Nebraska, to Rush and Julia Carter. He had a sister and two brothers. Frank “attended school in Hot Springs,” according to a newspaper clipping. Before entering the service, Frank was self-employed as a timber cutter at Deadwood.

On September 25, 1942, Frank Carter entered active service at Camp Funstan in Kansas. He served within the continental United States until June 10, 1943, when he was shipped overseas.  On July 6, 1944, Frank’s mother received a letter from the War Department, which said, in part:

It is with profound regret that I confirm the recent telegram
informing you of the death of your son, Private First Class
Frank A. Carter, 37,265,538, Infantry, who was previously
reported missing in action on 21 May 1944 in Italy.

An official message has now been received which states that he
was killed in action on the date he was previously reported missing
in action.

Frank received a Purple Heart award and the Bronze Star. He is listed on the Tablets of Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Marlee Golz, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, SD, May 3, 1999, and updated in 2002. Information for this entry was provided by Kenneth Carter, Spearfish, nephew of Frank Carter, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment, and newspaper clippings.