In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Fairfax, South Dakota
Gregory County

August 11, 1931—April 1, 1953
Killed in Action in North Korea


Lawrence Harold Delany was born August 11, 1931, in Fairfax, South Dakota to Earl and Dora (Speidel) Delany. He had one brother, Raymond, and one sister, Luella. He went to school in Fairfax and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1950. After high school Lawrence farmed with his father.

Lawrence was drafted into the service on September 16, 1952, in Sioux Falls and was trained at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Private Delany went overseas on February 19, 1953, as part of the 143rd Field Artillery Battalion, 40th Infantry Division.

On April 1, 1953, just a month after his arrival, Private Lawrence Harold Delany was killed in action in North Korea when an “American shell prematurely exploded behind his gun.” Lawrence was 21 years old. His body was later returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at Highland Cemetery in Fairfax.

Private Delany was awarded the following medals: the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Slade Marlin Hansen, 6th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, July 1, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the South Dakota National Guard Museum, Gregory-Times Advocate, June 18, 1953 issue, and an application for a South Dakota Veteran’s bonus. Profile approval by Luella Boer, sister, Mitchell.