in the U.S. Marine Corps. Service with Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Regiment,
Third Marine Division.
He was awarded the Bronze Star for outstanding
bravery as well as the Purple Heart for his actions on
Iwo Jima on February 27, 1945.
He was hospitalized for 13 months recovering from
wounds that he received that day.
He died September 1, 2000.
by his cousin, 9/14/200
Roy Otis Nanson
Falls/Crooks, SD. Enlisted in U.S. Army in 1942.
He completed basic training at Ford Ord and other
areas in California and Hawaii.
He fought for his country in the Aleutian
Islands, Phillipine Islands and Okinawa. He returned to the states on October 8, 1945 and was
honorably discharged on October 16, 1945.
Roy died on July 5, 1997.
by his son and daughter, 9/20/00
Ellsworth John Karrigan
enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 2, 1942.
He was stationed in England and fought for our
country from the beaches of France to the gates of
was honorably discharged in 1945.
Ellsworth celebrated his 92nd birthday
on September 23, 2000.
by his sons, 9/20/00
Donald Gordon Whitman
was born in Timber Lake, SD and later moved with his
family to Mobridge and Aberdeen. He graduated from Aberdeen High School. He attended SDSU and graduated from USD in 1939 with a degree
in Business Administration.
He was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.
As a member of ROTC, he served as a 2nd
Lieutenant in the US Army at Ft. Snelling
in Minnesota and Ft. Benning in Georgia.
On August 29, 1940, he married Helen Leyse in
Sioux Falls and together they sailed on the USAT Grant
to the Phillipine Islands arriving on November 1, 1940.
He was stationed at Fort Storsenburg,
approximately 60 miles north of Manila. On May 14, 1941
under government orders, Helen and all the other
American wives were ordered by President F.D. Roosevelt
to return to the U.S.
On December 7, 1941, the Phillipine bases
including Fort Stotsenburg were bombed.
The Japanese captured the American soldiers and
made them prisoners of war. Don was among the soldiers in the Bataan Death March and
remained a POW for 3 ½ years in Camp 2 at Cabantuan,
north of Manila. He
was on a Japanese prison ship that was not marked.
American planes bombed the ship off the coast of
Luzon Bay and most of the men on board were lost to sea.
That day was December 15, 1944.
by his wife, 9/20/00
at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and was also present
at the Peace Treaty signing aboard the USS Missouri.
by his wife 10/5/00
killed in the Battle of Leyte Gulf on October 24, 1944.
His ship the USS Birmingham was fighting fire on
the carrier Princeton.
His body was buried at sea on October 25, 1944.
by his sister, 10/5/00
sons of the John and Mary Liechti of Seneca served in
the military during World War II. Alfred Liechti was a Tech-4 with the Headquarters Battery 147th
Field Artillery as a radio operator.
He enlisted in the National Guard at Flandreaw on
September 29, 1939 and was called to active duty on
November 25, 1940.
He served in New Guinea, Luzon, and the East
was discharged on June 15, 1942 at Ft Snelling, MN.
He died on June 25, 1942.
Liechit enlisted in the National Guard on February 4,
was a private, serving as a truck driver in Tunisia, and
Italy near Naples and Foggia.
He was wounded on January 3, 1944 and received
the Purple Heart. He
was discharged at Camp McCoy, WI on August 30, 1945. He lived in Faulkton, SD until his death in 1988.
Liechti enlisted February 4, 1941 at Aberdeen and was a
corporal in Battery D 749th Anti-Aircraft
Artillery Gun Battalion and served as squad leader for
squadron 745. He
saw action in France, the Rhineland, Ardennes, and
central Europe. He
was honorably discharged on October 31, 1945 at Camp
McCoy, WI. He
farmed near Seneca until his death in August, 1969.
Liechti enlisted in the Navy on January 14, 1943 and
served in the Pacific Theather.
He received his honorable discharge at the
separation center in Minneapolis, MN.
by one of the brothers, 10/11/00
Orville A. Stangl
enrolled in advanced R.O.T.C. at South Dakota State when
was declared on Japan and Germany.
I enlisted in the Army Reserve on June 1, 1942,
graduated from State in March, 1943 and reported for
active duty to Ft. Snelling, MN on April 6, 1943.
I was ordered to Officer Candidate School at Ft.
Benning, GA Infantry School and received my Reserve
Officer Commission as a 2nd Lt. Inf. Reserve
on August 2, 1943.
I served briefly in Texas training new recruits,
then joined Co. D 409th Infantry of the 103rd
Division on Louisiana maneuvers.
After maneuvers, we moved to Camp Howe, Tx for
Advanced Combat Training.
On May 1, 1944, I reported to Ft. George G.
Meade, MD as an individual officer replacement destined
for overseas combat service.
I became part of an Infantry Replacement Company
of six officers and 200 enlisted men.
We were processed and trained at Camp Shouks, NY
on the banks of the Hudson River near New York City.
We shipped out of NY harbor (Brooklyn) on June
16, 1944 on the U.S.S. Lejune.
We landed at Glascow, Scotland on June 29, 1944.
We proceeded by train to a Replacement Center
near South Hampton, England.
We crossed the Atlantic in a large convoy of
On July 16, 1944, our replacement company landed
on Utah Beach in Normandy.
On July 19, I was ordered to the 9th
Infantry Division along with about 24 other Lieutenants
and 500 enlisted men.
We were replacements for battle casualties as the
Division had been in Combat since D plus 2.
I joined M Company 60th Infantry 9th
Division on July 20th.
On July 26th, I was wounded in the
left lower leg by a shell fragment, as we were advancing
down a narrow lane.
I was evacuated to England.
I got back to the outfit in early November, 1944,
just inside Germany.
I served with M Company as a F.O. for 81 MM
mortar and artillery, always up with the forward
infantry units. On February 1, 1945, I transferred to I
Company as a Rifle Platoon Leader.
We crossed the Rhine River on the Reunagen Bridge
the second day we had it on March 8, 1945.
Enlarging and securing the bridgehead was out
were heavy. I
was nicked in the neck by a shell fragment on March 13. On March 18, I received a head wound from an artillery shell
fuse and was evacuated to a hospital in Paris.
I rejoined my outfit about V-E Day in 1945. I served on occupation duty till November 1945 and returned
home. I was
released from active duty in December, 1945.
by himself, October 19, 2000.