In Memory of
U.S. Army Sergeant
Vernon P. Chasing Crow
White River, South Dakota
Mellette County
December 7, 1913 – May 28, 1944
Killed in Action in Italy

Vernon P. Chasing Crow

Vernon P. Chasing Crow was born December 7, 1913, at White River in Mellette County, South Dakota, to Louis and Mary Chasing Crow. Before he entered the service, Vernie, as he was called, was a laborer in the Mellette County area.

On September 12, 1940, Vernon Chasing Crow entered active service at Ft. Meade, South Dakota. As a Sergeant in the 7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, Chasing Crow was sent overseas on December 14, 1942.

Sergeant Vernon Chasing Crow was killed in action on May 28, 1944, in Italy. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. A letter accompanying the citation contained the words, “Little that we can do or say will console you for the death of your loved one. We profoundly appreciate the greatness of your loss, for in a very real sense the loss suffered by any of us in this battle for our country, is a loss shared by all of us.”

After the war, Vernie Chasing Crow’s remains were returned to the United States and buried at the National Cemetery near Sturgis.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Nikita Black Bear, White River Middle School, 8th Grade. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment.