In Memory of
Army 1st Lt.
Robert Garland Chesky
Selby, South Dakota
December 9, 1919 – July 14, 1945
Missing in Action Since 1945
Robert Garland Chesky was born December 9,
1919, in Selby, South Dakota, to the proud parents of William George and
Gertrude Chesky. He was one of 10 children. Robert grew up in Selby, South
Dakota, where he later graduated in 1937 from Selby High School. Robert attended
Selby High School, Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, South Dakota and
Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish, South Dakota. He became a teacher and
taught in rural schools in Walworth County.
His niece Pam Kindel provided some
information about Robert. “Robert was never married and his brothers and
sisters have all passed on. Robert’s parents have also passed on.”
Robert later enlisted in the Reserve Corp in
1942. He then went into Active Duty in 1943, when he was sent to India and
Okinawa. He held the rank of 2nd Lieutenant then was later promoted
to 1st Lieutenant.
Robert was on a trip home when his plane
disappeared crossing “The Hump” over India. The “ Hump” was a dangerous route
from India to China over the Himalayas, the world’s tallest mountain range. His
body was never found. A headstone has been placed in memory of him in the Bangor
Cemetery, near Selby, South Dakota.
Robert Garland Chesky was a great soldier. He
gave his life for his country. We will always remember him as a great soldier.
entry was respectfully submitted by Ashley Feltner, 11th Grade,
Mobridge High School, Mobridge, South Dakota, December 18, 2001. Information for
this entry was provided by Mrs. Pam Kindel, of Selby, South Dakota, niece of 1st
Lieutenant Robert Garland Chesky.