In Memory of
U.S. Army First Lieutenant, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division Madison, South Dakota
Lake County

July 30, 1924 – September 19, 1950
Killed in Action in Korea


Guy Everett Mitchell was born July 30, 1924, in Madison, South Dakota, to Elsie (Von Wald) and Guy Everett Mitchell, Sr. The Mitchell family had lived in Madison since 1897 and Guy, Sr. was a respected businessman in the community. Guy, Jr. was their only child. He graduated from Madison Central High School in 1942. Guy went on to attend General Beadle College for a year and then entered the service and saw combat in Germany during his 2 ½ years of service. He received the Purple Heart and three battle stars.

After he was discharged, Guy enrolled in the University of South Dakota, where he majored in government. While there, Guy joined the ROTC. After he graduated in 1948, he was commissioned as second lieutenant in the Army, stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, and Fort Benning, Georgia. Lt. Mitchell was sent overseas on August 15, 1949 as part of Headquarters Company, 21st Infantry, 24th Infantry Division. The family last heard from Guy several weeks before his death, when his unit, one of the first to be mobilized, had been moved into a rest area and he was promoted to first lieutenant.

Lt. Guy Mitchell was killed by sniper fire during a battle in Chonui, South Korea, on September 19, 1950. For “gallantry in action” Mitchell was awarded the Silver Star after his death. His body was later returned and he was buried with military honors at the cemetery in Madison. His father, ill at the time of his son’s death, died less than a year later.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Alicia Lahren, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on May 12, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by Madison Daily Leader, October 2, 1950, and December 18, 1950 issues, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, and the SDNG Museum. No family contact made.