In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Rosebud, South Dakota
Todd County

July 14, 1932 –July 18, 1953
Killed in Action in Korea


Charles “Mickey” James Eastman, Jr. was born on July 14, 1932, at Rosebud, Todd County, South Dakota, to Charles, Sr. and Anna (Fast Bull) Eastman. He was a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sican Gu Nation). His siblings were William “Billy Bumps,” who went on to be a well-known area announcer, Charlene, Barbara, and Alvin. The Eastman side of the family was involved in ranching and rodeos. Charles attended schools at St. Francis. His mother died after childbirth at St. Francis in 1945; since Charles, Sr. was serving in the Navy during WW II, it took a year for him to return home to his children. During that time the Eastman grandparents, Rufus and Charlotte, raised the children. From 1947 until he was drafted, Charles and his father worked at the Black Hills Ordnance Depot at Igloo in Fall River County.

Charles entered active service on December 3, 1952, at Sioux Falls. Eastman went overseas in May of 1953 as part of the 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. Private Charles James Eastman, Jr. was killed in action on July 18, 1953. His body was later returned to the United States and buried with military honors at the St. Francis Cemetery.

Among his awards were the Purple Heart, 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. Since he was registered with the draft board in Fall River County, Charles was classified as a casualty of Fall River County; however, he should be a casualty of Todd County, the county of his birth and burial.

He is currently survived by his brother, Alvin, and sister, Charlene.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, teacher, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, the ABMC, SDNGM, and the Eastman family.