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.


Glenn Wohler

Glen was a prisoner of war of the Japanesse after the fall of Bataan.  He was lost on a Jap transport which was torpedoed in October, 1944.  He was a Captain.

Submitted 6/11/01

Richard Bergh

Richard was a Staff Sergeant and served as the photographer on a B-29 Superfortress.  He was lost in action over Japan in February, 1945.

Submitted 6/11/01


Henry F. Volmer

Henry served In England, South Africa, Italy, Corsica and France during World War II.

Submitted by his sister, 6/19/01

Garland Ordell Husby

Garland died December 25, 1944 in the English Channel. His ship sank in the channel.

Submitted 6/19/01


Clint Webber

Clint was drafterd in the Spring of 1945.  He served in the Occupation Forces in Japan in 1945-46. 

Submitted by his daughter, 6/19/01


Pete W. Kleinsaser

Pete served in the European Theater from March, 1942 to November, 1945.

Submitted 6/19/01


William P. (Bill) Kleinsasser

Bill served with the US Army in Greenland from November, 1942 to February, 1946.

Submitted 6/19/01


Leo C. (Charlie) Kleinsasser

Charlie served in the Army of Occupation in Japan from February 1946 to December 1947.

Submitted 6/19/01


Goldie Kleinsasser

Goldie was a “Rosie the Riveter” at Douglas Aircraft, Long Beach, CA during part of 1943 and 1944.

Submitted 6/19/01


Claude A. Roth

Claude was in the 90th Infantry Division at Camp Barkley, Texas.  His division participated in the Normandy Invasion.  He came in November, 1945.  He was in Patton’s 90th Division 315 Engineers. 

Submitted by his wife, 6/19/01


Herman H. Hieb

Herman served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II and participated in the campaigns of New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

Submitted by his wife 6/19/01


Ervin H. Wahl

Ervin served in the army and participated in six invasions.  He was wounded in action.

Submitted 6/19/01


Charles P. Hardin

Charles a member of the second class of the organization servicing in World War II in Japan, Germany and Korea.

Submitted 6/19/01


Zelton B. Hauk

Zelton served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Air Force.

Submitted 6/19/01


Wesley W. Hauck

Wesley was in the Navy in World War II.

Submitted 6/19/01


Gerhard G. Magnuson

Gerhard was in the Army Air force in World War II and a Warrant officer in the National Guard during the Korean War. 

Submitted 6/19/01


Ruben R. Stahl

Ruben was stationed at NTX Great Lakes, NTS Toledo, Ohio, Tanforan, CA and Manis Island, South Pacific.  He was a SKG in the U.S. Navy.  He was discharged 11/14/1945.

Submitted 6/19/01


Katherine Marie (Mullaney) Stahl

Katherine enlisted on 6/9/1944 in the US Coast Guard.  She was stationed a TS Palm Beach, Florida, TS Atlantic City, NJ, DCGO St. Louis, MO, and NY, NY Air Sea Rescue.  She was discharged on March 16, 1946.

Submitted 6/19/01


Claude Hone

Claude enlisted as a Marine who served as a fighter pilot aboard the carrier Wasp.  He flew support in the invasion of Guam, Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.  He was one of the first eight marine pilots to strafe Tokyo airfield as the Zeros were taking off.  The Japanese shot down four of us and only four survived their deadly firepower. 

Submitted by himself, 6/21/01


Wayne A. Carmody

Wayne was a 1st Lieutenant in the Marines.  He died October 3, 1944 from wounds received in action on Peleliu Island.  He was buried at sea.

Submitted 6/21/01


Robert S. Shur

Robert served in the navy in World War II from 1943-47.  He was stationed in the Pacific.

Submitted 6/21/01


Charles E. Keeler

Charles served in the Pacific area with the U.S. Marine Corps.  He participated in the battles of Guam and Iwo Jima.

Submitted 6/21/01


Alfred Roger Moore

Alfred was the Chief Signalman in the U.S. Navy

Submitted 6/20/01


Clarence Miller

Clarence served in the South Pacific.

Submitted 6/20/01


Roger L. Kehm

Roger served in the U.S. Coast Guard.  He was stationed on the South Pacific on Loran Duty.  He was drafted in 1943.

Submitted 6/20/01


James Williams

James served with the SD National Guard 109th Engineers Company from Huron, SD. From 1939-1941 and with the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942-1945. 

Submitted 6/20/01


Arnold Rieckman

Arnold served in the U.S. Naval Air Corps from 1944 to 1946.

Submitted 6/20/01


Clinton Samuel Knox

Clinton served as a glider pilot.

Submitted 6/20/01


Evelyn M. Knox Miller

Evelyn served in the Marines.

Submitted 6/20/01


Curtis D. Griffith

Curtis served in the Pacific during World War II.

Submitted 6/20/01


Merle Westcott

Merle served in Africa, Sicily, Italy and Europe.  Only three people came home alive out of his outfit.

Submitted 6/20/01


Harvey G. Luke

Harvey was killed on Okinawa, June 15, 1945.

Submitted 6/20/01


Donald L. Mahvold

Donald was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in World War II from 1942 to 1946.

Submitted 6/22/01


Lawrence Elmer Mahvold

Lawrence was a private first class serving as an Army Engineer.  He was killed in August, 1944 in Anzio, Italy.  He joined the South Dakota National Guard in January, 1942.

Submitted 6/22/01


Ludolph Bakker

Ludolph was on the USS Maryland when it was attacked by Japanese suicide planes.  We were told by the media that the ship sunk.  His sister remembers the day her father got the telegram that Ludolph was alive and well and the ship had not such.  It was a very happy day.  I was seven years old. 

Submitted 6/22/01


August Winter

August Winter died in World War II.

Submitted 6/22/01


John Baille Davis

John was killed in action on May 19, 1944 during an air mission over Berlin, Germany.

Submitted 6/22/01


Muriel Barns

Muriel (Francis) served as an Army Nurse in World War II.

Submitted 6/22/01


Don Davis       

Don served in World War II and was a prisoner of war.

Submitted 6/22/01


Edward D. Morrill

Edward served in the U.S. Army and came back to the United States in the Fall of 1945 on a hospital ship. 

Submitted 6/14/01


Melvin Rosenthal

Melvin was drafted into the Army in the March of 1941 prior to the beginning of the war.  He served in the 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion and participated in the invasion of North Africa at Oran, and fought General Rommel and then served under General Patton as the allies fought in Tunisia campaign.  He was part of the invasion on Sicily at the Anzio invasion.  In subsequent fighting in Italy his tank hit a land mine and the four other soldiers in the tank were killed and he ended up in the hospital in Naples for seven months and had a steel plate put in his head that he carried the rest of his life.  He returned to the States in 1944.  He was also wounded on a previous occasion in North Africa.  In total, he served over 4 ˝ years and received numerous medals including the Purple Heart with Gold Leaf clusters, several Presidential Unit Citations, 2 combat invasion ribbons and the French Croix de Guere.

Submitted 6/14/01


Irvin Hertzman

Irvin previously served in World War I.  He took a payment from a man who bought his way out of the draft in World War I.   He served as an ambulance driver and never was sent overseas, as he did not enlist until June of 1918.  After the war, he decided to stay in the active reserves, later attending OCS where he rose to rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  During the 1930s, he was very active in the cause of veteran’s affairs.  He served as a Commander of the Kentucky American Legion and was Marshall several times for Armistice Day parades in Louisville, KY.  When the army was mobilized in 1941, he decided to serve although at 43 years of age he could have opted out.  He left his insurance business and went on active duty.  During the war, he served as the commanding officer of an intelligence company in Southern China along the Yangtze River just over the Himalayas from India.  He was commissioned as a full colonel.  After the war he served in the active reserves as commanding office of a training battalion until his death in 1953.

Submitted 6/14/01


Edwin Hayden Ashworth

Edwin was a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II.

Submitted 6/14/01


Raymond M. Kaasa

Raymond was in the 354th Infantry Regiment of the 89th Infantry Division.  He served as a private first class from May, 1944 to January, 1946.

Submitted 6/25/01


Dr. Maynard Porter

Dr. Porter served in the Navy.

Submitted 6/14/01


Alfred Kabeiseman

Alfred served in the Army.

Submitted 6/14/01