In Memory of
Private First Class
Wesley Clinton Moen Adolfsen
Junius, South Dakota
Lake County
April 5, 1923 – April 15, 1945
Killed in Action in Cebu, Philippine Island

Wesley Clinton Moen Adolfsen

Wesley Clinton Moen Adolfsen was born in Rutland, South Dakota, on April 5, 1923, to Oskar and Alma Adolfsen.  He had two sisters, Helen and Tedora.

When Wesley was 17, he had a disagreement with his father and decided to leave home.  Wesley walked into the home of Katherine Deremo’s parents.  Katherine’s parents were poor farmers, as were Wesley’s, but her father gave him a job anyway.  Katherine Deremo stated, “He worked for my dad on the farm, probably for very little pay, but was treated like a family member.”

Wesley later moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he worked at Cudahy Packing Plant.  He entered the infantry on February 5, 1943.  Wesley CM Adolfsen died a Private First Class in Cebu, Philippine Islands.

Katherine Deremo of Madison, South Dakota provided the picture shown above.  She said, “I have always wondered why I kept this all these years and now I know the reason.  The picture is yours to keep.”  The men and women who gave their lives to fight for their country and beliefs hold a special place in my heart.  Like a photograph, I hope their lives are forever a link to the past and a light for the future. 

This entry was respectfully submitted by Jessica K. Hummel, 10th Grade West Central High School, Hartford, South Dakota, March 7, 2002.  Information for this entry was provided by Mrs. Katherine Deremo, Madison, South Dakota, friend of Private First Class Wesley CM Adolfsen and Mrs. Tedora Wyland, Dell Rapids, South Dakota, the sister of Private First Class Wesley CM Adolfsen.