In Memory of
Private
James Robert Baldridge
Huron, South Dakota
Beadle County
December 21, 1925 – November 29, 1944
Killed in Action near Itterswiller, France

Fallen Sons and Daughters of South Dakota in WWII

James Robert Baldridge was born in Chillicothe, Missouri on December 21, 1925 to Rosetta and Thomas Baldridge. He was raised in Ottumwa, Iowa by his sister Hazel Siegrist Thompson.  From l941 to l943, he worked in at the Montgomery Wards & Company in Madison, South Dakota.  He took temporary employment at John Morrell & Company in Huron, South Dakota until his induction into the service. 

Private Baldridge entered the service on March 29, 1944 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.  He was sent overseas on October 6, 1944 to France where he was with Company B, 410th Infantry Regiment, 103rd Infantry Division. 

Private James Baldridge perished  in Itterswiller, France on November 29, 1944.  His name is engraved on a granite obelisk in front of the Huron Public Library, Huron, South Dakota.

This entry is respectfully submitted by Emily Gruenwald, 9th Grade, Redfield High School, Redfield, South Dakota, May 23, 2002. Information for this entry was provided primarily from an application for a South Dakota Veteran’s bonus payment.