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