In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Tolstoy, South Dakota
Potter County

June 28, 1932 – November 10, 1954
Died non-battle in Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado


Melvin Laverne McRoberts was born in Seneca, South Dakota, on June 28, 1932, to Clarence Martin and Grace Hazel (Converse) McRoberts. He was one of seven children in his family. Melvin had four brothers: Gene, Albert, Marvin, and James, and three sisters: Arlene, Janice, and Mildred. Melvin graduated from Gettysburg High School. After high school Melvin farmed with his parents and siblings near Tolstoy.

Melvin Laverne McRoberts was inducted into the U.S. Army on December 4, 1952. He went to military training at Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, before being sent overseas for fifteen months of duty with the infantry in Korea. After returning from Korea on July 27, 1953, Melvin returned to his home for a short leave before going to Camp Carson, Colorado to be discharged.

Instead of being discharged, Corporal Melvin McRoberts was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was sent to Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, where he died on November 10, 1954. He was 22 years old.

U.S. Army Corporal Melvin Laverne McRoberts was buried at the Gettysburg cemetery in Gettysburg, South Dakota.

I will remember the service and sacrifice of U.S. Army Corporal Melvin Laverne McRoberts.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Kelsey Bosworth, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 25, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a veteran’s bonus and by an article in the Potter County News, November 18, 1954 issue, sent by Kathleen Nagel, Dakota Sunset Museum, Gettysburg. (P/S/F/A 6/9/04.)