In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Grenville, South Dakota
Day County

June 22, 1930—June 14, 1953
Drowned at Camp Bender in Japan


Joseph Stanley Ewalt was born on June 22, 1930 in Grenville, South Dakota, to Anton and Anastsia (Gaikowski) Ewalt. He had two brothers, Roman and Anton, Jr. and three sisters, Esther, Josephine, and Claire. Joseph attended high school at St. Joseph in Grenville and graduated in 1949. In 1949 and 1950, Joseph attended college at State Agricultural College in Brookings. Before he entered the service, Joseph farmed with his father in rural Webster.

Private First Class Joseph Ewalt was drafted into the army in November 1951 at Sioux Falls. He had his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. On July 20, 1952, he was shipped overseas to Japan where he was stationed with the Engineers.

On June 14, 1953, Private First Class Joseph Ewalt was drowned at Camp Bender in Japan. His body was returned to the United States and he was buried with military honors at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in his hometown of Grenville on July 1, 1953.

For serving his country he was awarded the Korean Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Trevin Tetrault and Drew Fredricksen, 8th grade Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 21, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by Darlene Lesnar, Grenville, via Esther Sandve, and the Reporter and Farmer, 6/18/53 and 7/23/53 issues. Memorial stone photo by Clyde Schuemake and the Webster School District. Profile approval by Darlene Lesnar.