In Memory of
U.S. Army Sergeant Wood, South Dakota
Mellette County

June 13, 1931 – March 31, 1951
Died as a Prisoner of War of the North Koreans


Orson Dale Fallis was born in Wood, South Dakota on June 13, 1931, to Mr. Antoine Dubray Fallis and Mrs. Susie (Bear Doctor) Fallis. Before he entered the service, Orson worked for farmers in the Wood area.

Orson Dale Fallis enlisted into the U.S Army on June 10, 1948, at Winner. Fallis was trained as a light weapon infantryman in Company L, 3rd Battalion, 5th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division. Sergeant Orson Dale Fallis was taken prisoner while fighting the enemy in South Korea on February 15, 1951. His family first received notice that he was missing in action. Some weeks later they were informed that he had died on March 31, 1951, while he was a prisoner of the North Koreans. His body was never recovered. His nephew, Fremont Fallis, is hoping to get a memorial stone in his honor placed at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis and wants to work with the DPMO (Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office) to find out exactly what happened to him.

Sergeant Orson Dale Fallis was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

Although all have since passed away, Orson was survived by three brothers: Joseph, Stephen, and Claire, and a sister, Leona.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 28, 2004. The American Battle Monuments Commission, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, and Fremont Fallis, White River, nephew of Orson, provided information for this entry. Profile approved by Fremont Fallis.