In Memory of
U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Midland, South Dakota
Haakon County

October 26, 1928 – March 2, 1951
Killed in Action in Korea


Daniel Julius Eng was born in Vienna, South Dakota, in Clark County on October 26, 1928, to Julius C. and Idella (Ross) Eng. He had three brothers: Stanley, Dean, and Noel and four sisters. He went to high school at Elkton High in Elkton, South Dakota, and college at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Daniel first served his country in WW II. Actually, five of the Eng siblings served in WW II. At some point Daniel’s family moved to Midland in Haakon County, and in six months prior to reenlisting, he helped his mother in a store.

In September of 1950, Daniel Eng reenlisted and was sent to San Francisco on January 25, 1951; from there he departed for overseas service as part of Company H, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division. As his brother, Dean, was already overseas, Pfc. Eng stopped to visit him for three days when he arrived in Japan. Another brother, Noel, a veteran of WW II, was also serving in the Korean War, although he was in pre-flight school in west Texas.

Private First Class Daniel Eng was killed in action on March 2, 1951, “while attacking the Chinese near Hoensong, Korea during Operation Killer.” His body later was returned to the United States. Idella requested that her son, Noel, be allowed to escort Daniel’s body from the mortuary in Oakland, California. Noel said, “I accepted the task, but it was one of the more wrenching chores in my life.” Daniel was buried with full military honors at Union Cemetery in Flandreau, South Dakota. Noel remembers his mother’s overwhelming grief when the final words were said and the flag was presented at the burial.

His parents received notice that Daniel had been awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” “for outstanding courage and initiative in the performance of his duties as an ammunition carrier,” because although he was badly wounded, Daniel went back behind the lines and got fresh ammunition. Besides the Bronze Star, Pfc. Eng was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean War Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

Idella Eng had “a real understanding about what is given by a mother,” and wrote a poem called “Gold Star Mother” which was later published. Noel said in closing about his brother, Daniel, “He is one great hero, and we do remember all who died for our peace.”

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chase Eiler Krog, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 11, 2004. This information was provided by the Midland Mail, March 15, 1951 issue, the Daily Capital Journal, February 14, 1952 issue, the ABMC, SDNGM, and an application for a veteran’s bonus. Additional information and profile approval by Noel L. Eng, O.D., brother.