In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Eden, South Dakota
Roberts County

April 30, 1930 – May 29, 1952
Died of Wounds in Korea


Norman Eugene Crawford was born in Lame Deer, Montana, on April 30, 1930, to Mr. Francis and Mrs. Lillian (Sansaver) Crawford. He was a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe. Norman Eugene Crawford had twin brothers: Floyd and Lloyd, and a sister, Frances. Norman went to Whapeton Indian School in North Dakota.

Norman enlisted in the U.S Army on April 11, 1951 and was part of the 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. His parents received a letter from him, postmarked May 28, in which Norman talked of coming home in October. Corporal Norman Eugene Crawford was wounded in action on May 29, 1952, and died of his wounds later that day. Norman was 21 when he died and had been in the service a little over a year.

His body was later returned to the United States. Funeral services were held for him on August 4, 1952, at the Buffalo Lake Presbyterian Church and he was buried with military honors at the Buffalo Lake Church Cemetery. There may also be a memorial to him at the Veterans’ Circle in Sisseton.

Corporal Eugene Crawford was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 28, 2004. The South Dakota National Guard Museum, the American Battle Monuments Commission, the Tribal Veterans Service Office, and the Sisseton Courier, June 5, 1952, and August 7, 1952, issues, provided information for this entry. (P/S/F/A 8/02/04.)