In Memory of
Army Private
Walter E. Babcock
Springfield, South Dakota
Bon Homme County
March 21, 1922 -- October 19, 1944
Killed in Action in Germany

Walter E. Babcock

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.