In Memory of
Herbert Leo Chivington
Hudson, South Dakota
1914 --August 13, 1942
Killed in Action in the South Pacific
Herbert Leo Chivington, Jr. was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bert
Chivington in 1914. Herbert lived with his two brothers, Tom and Clark, and his
parents on a farm. He attended rural grade school, and then Hudson High School,
taking an active part in school athletics. Herbert graduated from high school
In June 1936, Herbert
Chivington enlisted in the Marine Corps at Portland, Oregon, and spent two years
stationed in the Hawaiian Islands. After his furlough in 1938, he was sent to
the marine base at Hawthorne, Nevada. Upon his discharge in 1940, he was
awarded the Good Conduct medal. Herbert Chivington was recalled to active duty
in August 1940, and stationed at San Diego, California. While there, he earned
medals as marksman, sharpshooter, and expert rifleman, and the Browning
Automatic Rifle Award. In the summer of 1942, Sgt. Herbert Chivington was sent
to the scene of battle in the South Pacific.
On August 13, 1942, Sgt.
Herbert Leo Chivington, Jr., was reported killed in action. The Revered H.G.
Kelly spoke of the young marine, saying, in part:
…He was a hero, not in the sensational
Superman sense, but one whose
deeds and manner of life inspired others. …Herbert Chivington was
willing to lay down his life no doubt because he had the conviction others
shared his ideals of freedom and justice and would carry on in his place
to maintain them. …If this world is ever to reach the state where armed
conflict will no longer be the price of human liberties—it will be because
men and women like you and me are inspired with the vision, the
courage, and the will to make it that kind of a world. And the job, which
Herbert Chivington set out to do, will not go unfinished.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Mrs. Shirley
Swanson, Stanley County Schools, Fort Pierre, South Dakota. Information was
gathered from articles from the October 1942 Canton newspaper.