In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Erwin, South Dakota
Kingsbury County

June 27, 1933 - March 3, 1951
Died from peritonitis as Korean POW


Delano Burdell Mulder was born in Elkton, South Dakota, on June 27, 1933, to William (D.B.) and Susan Mulder. He had 4 brothers, Dudley, Ervin, William, and Wallace, and a sister named Naomi. Instead of high school, he worked on the farm with his father. He enjoyed working with cars.

Delano Mulder entered the army in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, along with a friend, on February 28, 1950 when he was16. Because he was not old enough to volunteer on his own, he badgered his mother into signing for him. According to Delano’s sister, Naomi, his mother never forgave herself for that. Cpl. Mulder attended basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas. He went overseas in June 1950, and drove trucks hauling ammo up to the front lines.

Cpl. Delano B. Mulder was declared missing in action while fighting near Kunu-ri, North Korea soon after December 1, 1950. After being captured, the North Koreans held him prisoner at Camp 1 for several months until he died of peritonitis on March 3, 1951. His body was never recovered.

Cpl. Delano Mulder was a member of Battery A, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Medal.

Travis Ruby, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, April 23, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. Naomi Janssen, DeSmet, South Dakota, sister of Delano B. Mulder, and Randy Janssen, Minot, North Dakota, nephew to Cpl. Delano Mulder provided information for this entry. (P/S/F/A 5/13/04.)