In Memory of
Julius V. Baca
Keystone, South Dakota
April 12, 1918 – March 28, 1945
Killed in Action in Germany
Julius “Julio” Baca was
born on April 12, 1918, in Crowheart, Wyoming, to Christ and Isabel (Valdez)
Baca. Isabel moved the family to Keystone, South Dakota, to be near her two
brothers, Zeke and Adolph Valdez. Before he entered the service, Julius worked
for Consolidated Feldspar in Keystone.
On February 25, 1943,
Julius Baca entered active service at Fort Crook, Nebraska, and was transferred
to the Enlisted Reserve Corps. He reported for active duty on March 4, 1943. For
a time he was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he was promoted to
Sergeant. On April 22, 1944, Sergeant Baca went overseas as part of Company A,
17th Tank Battalion, 7th Armored Division.
On March 28, 1945,
Sergeant Julius Baca was killed in action in Germany. He is buried at Plot B,
Row 11, Grave 27, Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands. He
was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Dustin W. Walker,
Meghan J. Byrum, and Merrick Golz, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle
School, Spearfish, South Dakota, December 4, 2000. Information for this entry
was provided by Mr. Tom Valdez, Gillette, Wyoming, by a newspaper clipping, and
by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment.