In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Salem, South Dakota
McCook County

May 9, 1927 – July 24, 1951
Died as Prisoner of War in Korea

Martin Carl Fluegel was born May 9, 1927, in Salem, South Dakota. He was the son of Fred W. and Alma (Gifford) Fluegel. He went to Salem High School.

Martin C. Fluegel served in the army for three years following World War II, enlisting on September 27, 1945. After he was discharged, he was self-employed as a farmer in the Salem area. Fluegel reenlisted in the army in October 1950 and was stationed at Fort Lewis and Fort Lawton in Washington. He went overseas on December 24, 1950, as a member of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division.

Corporal Fluegel’s father received his last letter from his son on January 30, 1951, which was six days before Corporal Fluegel was taken captive while fighting near Inchon, South Korea. His father reported to the local paper on July 10, 1952, that he had not heard from his son for many months but had received a few letters from him right after his capture. He went on to say that his son’s name was not on North Korea’s POW list.

It was later determined that Corporal Martin Carl Fluegel had died on July 24, 1951, while a captive of the North Koreans. His body was later returned to the United States and was buried with military honors at the Wildwood Cemetery in Salem.

Corporal Fluegel was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Alexandra Nicole Lindemann-Johnsen, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 11, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the ABMC, an application for a veteran’s bonus, the South Dakota National Guard Museum, and newspaper clippings including the Salem Special, March 1, 1951 issue. (P/S/F/A 5/24/04.)