In Memory of
U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Dixon, South Dakota
Gregory County

January 20, 1929 – April 1, 1953
Died of Wounds aboard USS Haven


Dewayne Nicolas Frank was the only son of Nicholas Bertrum and Emma M. (Fortuna) Frank. He was born in Dixon, South Dakota, on January 20, 1929. He had two sisters, Evelyn and Joan. Dewayne grew up in and around the Dixon community, graduating from Gregory High School. After high school, he was employed as a farmer for a few years before he joined the Marine Corps in August of 1951 at Sioux Falls.

Frank was stationed at Camp Pendlelon, California, before he was sent overseas on December 21, 1952, as part of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division.

Private First Class Dewayne Frank was seriously wounded in combat on the front lines in Korea. He was evacuated to the USS Haven, a hospital ship, where on April 1, 1953, he died of wounds received to his head and neck. He was 24 years old.

His body was returned to the United States and he was buried on June 15, 1953, with full military honors at Gregory Catholic Cemetery.

Private Frank was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Service Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Katherine Oldenkamp, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 11, 2004. Information was provided by an application for a veteran’s bonus, ABMC, South Dakota National Guard Museum, and newspaper clippings. Profile approval by Barb Beehler, niece.