In Memory of
U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class St. Francis, South Dakota
Todd County

June 12, 1930 – August 18, 1950
Killed in Action in Korea


Richard Augustine Flood was born June 12, 1930, in Okreek, Todd County, South Dakota to Daniel and Minnie (Night Pipe) Flood. He was a member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe. He had two older brothers: Irvin and Roy, and two sisters, Margaret and Velma. On May 23, 1937, Minnie died. Richard, Margaret, and Velma then mostly lived and went to school in St. Francis. Daniel married Josephine Young five years later and the family grew to include three half-sisters. Richard worked odd jobs at farms and ranches in the area in order to earn money for school clothes. After he finished his schooling, Richard went to Hastings, Nebraska, for a time to visit and work with his uncle, Bernard, and his family. He is remembered as a “hard worker who had a great sense of humor and always kept his cousins laughing.” His sister, Margaret, recalls that while he was living in Hastings, he “was fascinated by the Marines there at the Naval Depot” and soon after he enlisted.

Richard enlisted in the Marine Corps at Hastings, Nebraska, and on March 6, 1948, Richard entered active service at Omaha, Nebraska. Pfc. Flood went overseas on June 25, 1950, as part of Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division.

Just weeks after arriving on the front lines in Korea, on August 18, 1950, Private First Class Richard Augustine Flood was killed in action in Korea, supposedly on the Obongni Ridge near Miryang, Korea. According to Margaret, his death was a “great shock to the family, especially our father and his sister, Velma.” Including Pfc. Flood, five South Dakotans killed in Korea were returned to the United States for burial aboard the New Zealand in November of 1951. He was buried with military honors at the St. Francis Cemetery.

Private First Class Flood 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. In closing, Margaret told us that Richard’s sister, Velma, passed away three years ago but that she also would have been touched by our remembering Richard’s service and sacrifice.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Slade Marlin Hansen, 6th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 28, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the ABMC, SDNGM, an application for a SD Veteran’s bonus, and Collins Flood, cousin. Additional information and profile approval by Margaret Iyott, sister.