In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Greenwood, South Dakota
Charles Mix County

April 23, 1936 – July 27, 1954
Died in Puson, Korea


Douglas Ambrose Flying Hawk was born on April 23, 1936, in Greenwood, South Dakota to Lavina and Theodore Flying Hawk. He was a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. He had three sisters. Before he entered the service, he farmed for Robert Rezac in Greenwood.

Right after his seventeenth birthday, Douglas enlisted in the Army and entered active service on April 29, 1953, at Sioux Falls. He was sent to Fort Sheridan, Illinois, for training. Private Flying Hawk went overseas to Korea as part of the 5th Regimental Combat Team on May 19, 1954.

U.S. Army Private Douglas Flying Hawk died in Puson, Korea, of unknown causes on July 27, 1954. His body was returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at the cemetery in Greenwood.

He is currently survived by one sister, Gloria Sully Flying Hawk. Douglas’ nephew, Sam Sully wrote in closing, “No one likes war but we owe our freedom to these individuals and all others who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

This entry was respectfully submitted by Slade Hansen, 6th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, SD, July 20, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus and Sam Sully, nephew of Douglas Flying Hawk. (P/S/F/A 8/4/04.)