In Memory of
Walter E. Babcock
Springfield, South Dakota
Bon Homme County
March 21, 1922 -- October 19, 1944
Killed in Action in Germany
Pvt. Walter E. Babcock was
born to Maurice P. and Blanche Babcock on March 21, 1922, and was raised in the
Springfield area of Bon Homme County. Walter attended three years of high school
at Springfield and spent his final year at “Aggie School at State College.” He
then enrolled at the University of South Dakota for a year; while there he was
in ROTC training.
Babcock enlisted in the
Army Infantry on September 22, 1943, at Fort Crook in Nebraska. Pvt. Babcock
was trained at Camp Fannin in Texas and from New York was shipped overseas to
the European theater of operations on April 7, 1944. He arrived in England
where he received further training in preparation for the D-Day Invasion.
Pvt. Walter Babcock went in
“with the Normandy Invasion on June 6.” While in Europe, he was slightly
wounded on August 9, 1944, received his first Purple Heart, and was then sent
back into active combat in September.
Army Pvt. Walter E. Babcock
was killed in action in Germany on October 19, 1944, as part of Company B, 18th
Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. He was buried at Plot C,
Row 6, Grave 41, Henri-Chapelle American Military Cemetery in France. Babcock
was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Jared
Davis, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South
Dakota, December 1, 2000. Information for this entry was provided by Clark
Thomas, curator of Springfield Historical Society, an application for a SD
veteran’s bonus payment, and a newspaper clipping.