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was drafted into the armed services in July, 1941.
He was sworn into the infantry and it did not appeal to him so he
signed up for the Air Force for three years.
He took maintenance training for 22 weeks, was sent to Davis
Monthan at Tucson, AZ in February, 1942.
was chosen with a group of 15 to receive bombardier training,
As a buck private was sent with a group of 13 to 17 in May to
California on patrol. He was
at San Diego when the Dutch harbor was bombed.
He was returned to Davis Monthan.
July 4, 1942, we were headed for staging area when orders were received
for no more enlisted bombardiers. We went back to Davis Monthan in October, 1942 where the 94th
was organized. We completed
three phases of training.
left New York in May, 1943 for England.
We stayed in England until December, 1943.
He entered OCS in January, 1944 graduating
on April 29, 1944 and joined the Eastern flying training command
that trains French pilots.
VE day, he was sent to Selma, Alabama until VJ Day then on to Minnesota
where I was separated from service placing me in the reserve for 10 years.
I received an honorable discharge in October, 1945.
Floyd has three honorable discharges and one separation from
by himself, 10/16/2000
Bernard & Ida Poppenga
and Ida were young farmers at the time.
They knew many of the veterans, at least twelve or more of their
cousins were called to service. They
all came home. We are
thankful for that.
by Ida, 11/28/00
Eckert was among the 15 victims of a B-24 bomber crash found near
Tollgate, Oregon on August 25, 1945.
Eleven of the men were from Sioux Falls Army AirField.
The tragic flight was a routine training mission, which began early
in the morning when the 11 men were picked up at the Sioux City air base
by the bomber from Walla Walla, Washington.
The plan was reported missing later that day.
It was found the next day seven miles east of Tollgate.
All of the men were killed. Cause
of the crash was never determined. Another
plane in the flight arrived at Walla Walla with foliage from treetops in
its bomb bay, and a third plane crash landed at Butte, Montana with no
by a friend, 11/29/00
was killed in action in Normandy, France on July 13, 1944.
by his sister, 11/29/00
These five sons of Perry and
Emma Greek served in the military service at the same time during World
War II: from the left, they are Irving, Lester, Daniel, Henry and
P. Byington was 32 years old and an employee of the McLaughlin Messenger
newspaper at McLaughlin, SD when he was drafted into the Army on April 27,
1942. He received 13 weeks of basic infantry training at Camp Roberts, CA.
basic training, Byington was sent to Seward, AK, then took a train to
Fairbanks. He and the rest of
Company E, Old 4th Infantry Regiment spent 14 months providing security at
Ladd Field, AK. The men spent much of their time performing drills and
practicing army maneuvers. They patrolled in full winter attire, including
mukluks and snowshoes. While at Ladd Field, Byington also was the company
columnist and wrote for the Midnight Sun, a wartime newspaper.
4th Regiment fought in the Battle of Attu and lost 52 men and five
officers. Originally the 7th Division was supposed to fight, but they did
not have the proper winter equipment so the 4th stepped in. After
the battle, there was no need for security at Ladd Field, so the men were
Byington was sent to Ft. Benning, GA to train new officers. He served as
company clerk, mail orderly,
charge of quarters, handyman, and 1st sergeant. His duties
included writing up the officersı problem of the day, preparing the
morning report, and filling out ration requests.
June 11, 1945 Byington was shipped to Cebu, in the Philippines. There he
earned rifle sharpshooter and expert sharpshooter honors as well as being
promoted to staff sergeant.
the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan, Byington was on the island of
Odawara from September 8 to early December of 1945. His company picked up
Japanese ammunition and loaded it onto trains to be dumped into the ocean.
They also obtained rice from hoarders and rationed it out to the
townspeople. ³Iım thankful that the United States dropped the bomb,²
Byington said. ³Otherwise the war would have continued and my company
would have fought
Submitted by the Timber Lake Topic,
age 24, Adolph Singer volunteered for the U.S. Army on November 17, 1943
after he was unable to join the Navy because of his eyesight. He underwent
17 weeks of basic training before being sent to New Caladonia in the South
Pacific as a part of the Infantry Army 322nd Regiment, which made up the
81st Infantry Wildcat Division. When they reached Angur Island the
Singer was sent to Lyte, in the Philippines, with a fleet of 500 ships.
A torpedo was fired at his ship but it went underneath the craft
and everyone avoided injury. ³We were unloading a ship one night in the
Philippines,² Singer recalled. ³The rope holding the load broke and all
of the food went into the ocean. Then a large shark swam up and ate all of
what had fallen into the water. That was a wake-up call for us, since we
didnıt have any docks and had to
322nd Regiment was the first group to land at Amori, Japan (south of where
the atomic bomb was dropped) in 1946.
Singer was then sent to Hokaido for four months. While there, each
of the soldiers acquired a 25 caliber Japanese rifle, and Singer shipped
February 16, 1946 Adolph made it home after 22 months of duty. He took a
ship from Yokohama, Japan to San Francisco.
³When I landed in San Francisco, I bent down on my knees, kissed
the ground, and gave thanks to the Lord that I made it home safely,² he
San Francisco, Singer went by train to Ft. Leavenworth, KS, where the men
got their ³mustering out² pay.
They received $100 cash and the other $200 was sent home. He and some others hired a car to Omaha and Sioux City, then
he caught a train to Mobridge. ³I
got in at night and there were some people
at Mobridge at the show and I caught a ride home with them to Timber
Lake,² he said. Singer has a collection of World War II newspapers
and photos which will someday be in the Timber Lake Museum for everyone to
see, he said.
Submitted by the Timber Lake Topic,
October 20, 1942 Pat Peterson and his brother Gorman enlisted in the U.S.
Army Air Corps. Pat was employed at Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego, CA
at the time. His employer wanted him to remain at home and request another
deferment, but the brothers had made up their minds to enlist. The two
brothers had several friends and relatives who were already overseas,
including a cousin in a German prison camp.
and Gorman were sent to Ft. Snelling, MN.
³The clothes we were issued there were about three sizes too big,
so we knew that we were in the service for sure,² Pat said. They received
some basic training in Minnesota and were then sent to Marama Air Force
Base near Tucson, AZ.
the two reached Arizona, a staff car was sent to pick them up. When they
reached the gate of the base, the guard gave them a big salute, until he
looked in the car window and saw them in their big clothes.
The officer declared, ³Iıll be damned; Iıve seen everything now.²
Evidently he wasnıt used to seeing recruits in a staff car, which
was normally reserved only for
late December, 1943 Pat was called back to Consolidated Aircraft on
detached service. After six months, he requested to be returned to the Air
Corps. A few days later he was given orders to report to the base at
Monterey, CA. From there Peterson was sent to Tonopah, NV.
was still at the Tonoaph base when President Truman ordered the atomic
bomb to be dropped on Japan. He was officially discharged at Camp McCoy,
WI on February 1, 1946.
Rance Percy Zipf
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps
from Dec ember 1942 to October 1945. Served with 'I' Company, 3rd Battalion,
27th Marines of the 5th Division. Trained in paratroops. Participated in raid on
Choiseul. Attained rank of Corporal. Wounded on Iwo Jima on D-Day+3, Febuary 21,
1945. Awarded Purple Heart.
ember 1942 to October 1945. Served with 'I' Company, 3rd Battalion, 27th Marines of the 5th Division. Trained in paratroops. Participated in raid on Choiseul. Attained rank of Corporal. Wounded on Iwo Jima on D-Day+3, Febuary 21, 1945. Awarded Purple Heart.
Submitted by son Randy Zipf