In Memory of
Army Capt.
Boyd E. Aringdale
Winner, South Dakota
Tripp County
August 19, 1917 – December 17, 1944
Killed in Action in the Battle of the Bulge

 Boyd E. Aringdale

Boyd Ernest Aringdale was born in Nebraska on August 19, 1917.  He was the only son of the five children of George and Clara Aringdale. Boyd graduated from Linwood High School in Nebraska in 1935. Boyd then spent four years at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. While he was at the University, he enrolled in ROTC and Advanced ROTC.

When war was declared on December 7, 1941, Boyd was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army.  2nd Lt. Aringdale was assigned to the 38th Infantry, Second Division. While stationed in Texas, Boyd met and married Margaret Jordan on July 4, 1942. On May 23, 1943, while stationed at LaCrosse , Wisconsin, Boyd Thomas Aringdale was born to Boyd and Margaret.  In the fall of 1943, Boyd was sent overseas and was stationed near Belfast, Ireland, and later, England.

In one letter home, Boyd wrote of

“listening to the last game of the World Series last night and it sure sounded like home.”

Another letter spoke of his being

“somewhere in France,” and that this is sure a hell of a place here in France. As close to my foxhole as I can get, celebrating my second wedding anniversary, thinking of sitting in the cool, comfortable Peroux Room of the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio today with my wife, celebrating this great event.

2nd Lt. Boyd Aringdale’s division was directly involved in the invasion of Europe, and there he lost his life on December 17, 1944, in the Battle of the Bulge. His body was kept in a church for some six weeks and then transported to a military cemetery.

2nd Lt. Boyd Aringdale was buried in Henri Chapelle, Belgium and later returned to the United States for reburial in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

Boyd’s widow,  Margaret, later remarried. She died in August of 2000. Boyd’s son, Boyd Thomas Aringdale, who was nineteen months old when his father was killed, passed away in 1991, following a lengthy battle with cancer.  Boyd Aringdale’s surviving family includes his two sisters, Ferne Ringstmeyer of rural Winner, South Dakota and Bernice Backeberg of Winner, South Dakota.

Boyd E. Aringdale

This entry was respectfully submitted by Mahri Cooper, 8th Grade West,
Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, October 27, 2000. Information for this entry was provided by Bernice Backeberg of Winner, South Dakota, sister of Boyd Ernest Aringdale.