In Memory of
U.S. Army Private
Leo L. Colwill
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
September 2, 1920 – February 3, 1943
Lost in the North Atlantic Sea
Leo L. Colwill was born September 2, 1920, at Canton,
South Dakota, to William and Lillian Colwill. His siblings were Frank, Grace,
Irvine, Virgil, Lloyd, and Clarence. Leo was raised and educated in the Canton
and Sioux Falls area, having attended country school in Lincoln County. He
enjoyed roller skating, hunting, and fishing.
Colwill was a Private in Co. B, 56th Medical
Training Battalion. On February 3, 1943, Private Leo L. Colwill was killed when
the Germans torpedoed his ship in the North Atlantic. It is believed he was
aboard the USAT Dorchester, a troop transport headed to Greenland.
Private Leo Colwill was lost at sea. He has a memorial
marker in the family plot at Harrisburg and also is listed on the Tablets of the
Missing at East Coast Memorial, New York City, USA. He was awarded the Purple
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator,
Spearfish, South Dakota. Information for this entry was provided by George
Colwill, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, first cousin to Leo Colwill.