In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class
Raymond E. Charging Elk
Mission, South Dakota
November 6, 1923 Ė June 3, 1944
Killed in Action in Italy
Raymond E. Charging Elk was born November 6, 1923, at
Wood, Mellette County, South Dakota, to Edward and Fannie Charging Elk. From
1939 until 1943, Raymond worked at the Rosebud Boarding School in Mission, South
On December 30, 1942, Raymond married Lydia White Horse at
Valentine, Nebraska, and they had a son, Edward, born October 15, 1943, at
On March 25, 1943, Raymond entered active service at Ft.
Leavenworth, Kansas. Pfc. Charging Elk was sent overseas in October of 1943.
On June 3, 1944, Pfc. Raymond Charging Elk was killed in
action. His wife, Lydia, received the following words from the War Department:
It is with regret that I am writing to confirm the recent
telegram informing you of the death of your husband,
Private First Class Raymond E. Charging Elk, 37,477,318,
Infantry, who was killed in action on 3 June 1944 in Italy.
In 1947, Raymondís wife, Lydia, also passed away. It is
believed that after the war, Raymondís remains were returned to the United
States for burial.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator,
Spearfish, SD.† Information for this entry was provided by an application for a
SD veteranís bonus payment.