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