In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Cavour, South Dakota
Beadle County

October 24, 1929-- November 30, 1950
Missing In Action, Presumed Dead in Korea

Dale Albert Dollenbacher was born October 24, 1929, to Albert F. and Lillian Mae (Knouse) Dollenbacher. Dale had one brother, Francis, and three sisters, Betty, Barbara, and Catherine. Dale attended school in and around the Cavour area and graduated from Cavour High School in 1947 before going to Notre Dame in Indiana. He returned home after a year because he was so homesick. He became a member of the South Dakota National Guard and served until June of 1948.

On March 15, 1950, Dale entered active service with the U.S. Army. He was sent overseas to Korea in early October of 1950 as a bazooka gunner in Company B, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division and moved with his division all the way across North Korea. In a letter written home, dated November 18, 1950, Corporal Dollenbacher mentioned that the weather was “too damn cold” and that supplies and mail weren’t getting through.

On November 30, 1950, Corporal Dale Dollenbacher was declared missing in action; his parents received the telegram just two days after Christmas of that year. There was no more information about Dale for almost three years. In February of 1953, Marvin Black, a war buddy of Dale’s, told Dale’s mother about the battle where Dale probably was killed. He said his outfit “had watched the Chinese gather on the hills near the Yalu River, but nobody knew just what to do. Finally the big attack came. Dale and Black were surrounded on a hill by the hordes of screaming, club-wielding Chinese…” Black saw Dale “crawl to the crest of the hill and lob a grenade down at the Chinese” before he “clutched his stomach…and tumbled down the hill.” On December 31, 1953, he was declared presumed dead.

No one actually saw what happened to Dale nor was he seen or heard from again. Dale’s mother once said, “He’s a little boy that’s lost and we can’t find him.” His name is on the Memorial of the Missing at Punch Bowl, Hawaii. He was awarded 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.

This entry is respectfully submitted by Jean M. Kingsley, 8th grade Spearfish Middle school, South Dakota May 13, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by a newspaper clipping, the South Dakota National Guard Museum, an application for a veteran’s bonus and Marilyn Maass Dollenbacher, Cavour, sister-in-law of Dale’s. Profile approval by Marilyn Maass Dollenbacher.