In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Edgemont, South Dakota
Fall River County

January 12, 1932--October 17, 1950
Killed in truck accident in Korea

    

Kenneth Ralph Forman was born in Flandreau, South Dakota, on January 12, 1932, to Mr. Ralph W. and Mrs. Ruth K. Forman. Kenneth had two brothers, Wilbur and LaWayne, and one sister, Beverly. Kenneth and his family moved to Edgemont in 1944, where he continued his education in the Edgemont schools. His sister, Beverly, remembers that Kenneth liked to be outdoors; he liked farm work in the summer time mostly because he could be outside.

When he was 17, Kenneth Ralph Forman enlisted into the U.S Army on January 21, 1949, at Rapid City, and became part of the 5th Ordnance Medium Maintenance Company at Camp Riley. He went overseas on May 6, 1949, as part of the Occupation forces in Japan.

Corporal Kenneth Ralph Forman was killed in an accident in Chindong, Korea on October 17, 1950, “as a result of injuries incurred when a truck in which he was riding overturned.” Later the family received another letter from the Commanding Officer of the 5th Ordnance that contained these words:

As a member of this command your son was liked by all of his associates. He was an excellent soldier performing all tasks assigned to him in a cheerful and efficient manner, thereby winning the commendation of his immediate superiors and the respect of his comrades. News of his death comes as a real shock to all who knew him, and his loss will be felt keenly in the organization.

The body of Corporal Forman first buried at a military cemetery in Korea and was later returned to the United States. He was buried with military honors at the Edgemont Cemetery.

Corporal Kenneth Ralph Forman was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal. Kenneth is currently survived by his sister, Beverly Rowley, and her three daughters: Kathy Novak, Diane Scott, and Junetta Wells, and a nephew, Kenneth LaWayne Forman. Kenneth’s brothers, Wilbur and LaWayne, now deceased, were also veterans.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 13, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the SDNGM, the ABMC, the Edgemont Tribune, November 1, 1950, November 8, 1950, November 29, 1950, issues, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus. Additional information and profile approval by Beverly Rowley. Memorial stone photo by Esther Porter, Edgemont.