Share Your Story


As part of constructing the South Dakota World War II Memorial, we want to preserve the stories of South Dakotans during that period. Please share with us a story of your experience during that time.


Robert Dingle Martz, Sr.

Mr. Martz served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.

Submitted by his brother,  3/15/01

Paul A. Christopherson

Paul served in the navy during World War II.  He also had 2 brothers who served in the Navy during the war—Frank and Carl Christopherson.

Submitted by his wife,  3/15/01


Ezra Frank Stransky

 Ezra was in the army during World War II.

Submitted by his cousoin,  3/15/01


Lt. Herbert Knowlton

Died during training in Washington State.

Submitted by Baker American Legion Post #209, 3/16/01


M/Sgt. Franklin J. Doyen

He was killed in the Phillipines on June 7, 1945.

Submitted by Baker American Legion Post #209, 3/16/01 

Lt. Elmer Rusch

He was killed at D-Day, June 8, 1944.

Submitted by Baker American Legion Post #209, 3/16/01 

S/Sgt. Ralph P. Sehnert

He was killed in Germany on August 3, 1944.

Submitted by Baker American Legion Post #209, 3/16/01 

S/Sgt. George W. Dudley

He was killed in France in August, 1944.

Submitted by Baker American Legion Post #209, 3/16/01 

Cpl. Henry J. Kluess

He was killed in France on August 14, 1944.

Submitted by Baker American Legion Post #209, 3/16/01 

Lyman Willis Berg

Lyman Willis Berg was a Second Lieutenant and a Naval Aviator who went
missing on a combat mission over Okinawa on April 30, 1945. He was a pilot in
Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 232 (VMTB 232).

Submitted on, 3/26/01

Eugene N. Weinand

Eugene enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1945.

Submitted on, 3/23/01

Joseph R. DeMint

Joseph was killed in action in 1944.

Submitted on, 3/23/01

Floyd W. Reed

Floyd was in the merchant marines and traveled approximately 120,000 miles of ocean in the north Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Alaska.  He sailed in convoys and one trip from New York through the Panama Canal to Enuvetak solo on tankers.  He sailed nine times across the Atlantic as a noncommissioned sailor and one trip as an ensign. 

Submitted by himself, 9/07/00

Lyle Duba

Lyle flew nearly 130 combat missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. 

Submitted by his brother, 3/07/01

Alice Margaret (Leonard) Agnes

After graduation from Armour High School, she attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, SD.  She taught school for three years in Douglas County, SD.  In 1935, she entered St. Joseph’s Department of Nursing in Sioux City, IA.  While attending the School of Nursing, she was selected as one of the Outstanding Students of America.  After graduation, she was employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  She was appointed an American Red Cross nurse in 1942.  In 1944, she was appointed an ensign in the Nurse Corps of the United States Naval Reserve and reported for duty at the Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, IL.  In 1945, she was promoted to Lt. And transferred to the Naval Dispensary, Navy Yard in Philadelphia, PA.  She married Lt. Joseph L. Agnes, U.S.N. on June 6, 1945 and was later released from naval active duty. 

Submitted by her daughter, 3/27/01

Carl Adolph Anderson

Carl served in the Army in the Phillippines in the Pacific Theatre at Guadacanal.

Submitted, 3/27/01

Clifford Gordon Smith

Clifford served in the air force in England.

Submitted, 3/27/01

Gorhm Milton Smith

Gorhm served in the Army and was stationed in France.

Submitted, 3/27/01

S/Sgt. Elmer J. Boebnke

Elmer died while serving in active duty in the Air Force in France on May 26, 1944

Submitted, 3/28/01