In Memory of
Winner, South Dakota
April 7, 1925 – March 1, 1945
Killed in Action in Luzon, Philippine Islands
Fred Colombe was born on April 7, 1925 in Mellette
County, South Dakota, to David and Amy Colombe. From the time of his birth until
1942, Fred lived in Winner and St. Francis.
Fred joined the service as soon as he healed after an
appendectomy. At Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on July 1, 1943, Private Colombe
entered into active service of the Armed Forces. He served in the United States
until March 19, 1944. He was trained as a parachutist and joined Company “C” of
the 187th Glider Infantry. Colombe served at Luzon in the Philippine
Islands with his company.
His sister, Bea Mulford of Kenesaw, Nebraska, remembers
Private Colombe being home for Christmas on leave before he was sent overseas.
She noted that he was very quiet and had deep dimples in his cheeks and brown,
On March 11, 1945, Private Colombe gave his life for his
country while fighting the enemy in the area of Tanay Hill, Luzon, Philippine
Islands. He was originally buried in the United States cemetery No. 1 at Nasugbu,
Luzon, Philippine Islands.
Captain Charles A. Olson of the 187th Glider
Infantry wrote a letter to his parents. The following is an excerpt from his
Fred’s passing away is deeply felt by all the officers
and enlisted men of this company. God took your son from us but in his place he
left the memory of an excellent soldier and a loyal friend. His absence from
this company is deeply felt by all of us and his deeds in combat will be an
inspiration to all the officers and men for the difficult tasks, which lay ahead
At the time of his death, his survivors included his
parents and his brothers and sisters: Irvin, David, Myrtle, Ruby, Leona, Lester,
Beatrice, and Maria.
I am thankful for the dedication and sacrifice of Private
Colombe for our country.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Julie Rohde, Colome Jr. High School, Colome, South
Dakota, April 1, 2002. Information for this entry was provided by Bea Mulford,
Kenesaw, Nebraska, sister of Private Fred Colombe.