In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Sherman, South Dakota
Minnehaha County

November 22, 1928- -October 7, 1951
Killed in Action in North Korea


Duane Burdette Megard was born on November 22, 1928, in Sherman, South Dakota, to Oscar and Mabel (Larson) Megard. Duane had one brother, Roger. Duane graduated from Garretson High School in Garretson, SD, in 1946, where, among his many activities, he was a delegate to Boy’s State and was student body president. He graduated from South Dakota State University, Brookings in 1950, with a degree in Agriculture Economics. Duane hoped to work in a bank, but he worked on the family farm instead because he knew he would soon be drafted.

Duane was drafted and entered active service on January 17, 1951, at Sioux Falls and was trained at Fort Riley, Kansas. Corporal Megard left for overseas service on May 31, 1951, with the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.

Corporal Duane Megard was killed in action while fighting the enemy in North Korea October 7, 1951. He body was later returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors in January of 1952 at the Highland Lutheran Cemetery in Sherman.

He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Kellen Thomas and Josh Wiercinski, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 20, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by newspaper clippings, an application for a veteran’s bonus, and the South Dakota National Guard Museum. Profile approved by Roger Megard, brother.