In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Watertown, South Dakota
Codington County

July 12, 1926 – February 4, 1951
Died of Wounds Received in Korea


(Date on cross is incorrect)

Stanley Richard McConnell was born July 12, 1926, in Watertown, South Dakota to Frank and Marie (Brovold) McConnell. He had a brother, Milo, and two sisters. He attended Watertown High School until 1944 when he enlisted in the Army during WW II. McConnell served until 1947 when he was discharged. Stanley then went back to Watertown and worked at the Watertown Potato Co.

On May 26, 1948, Stanley McConnell reenlisted in the Army at Watertown and then was soon after sent overseas to Japan as part of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Private McConnell was stationed with the Far East Command in Japan until June 25, 1950, when the war broke out and his unit was sent combat in Korea. In October of 1950, Private McConnell was awarded the Bronze Star for valor.

US Army Private Stanley Richard McConnell was wounded by a missile on Pork Chop Hill in South Korea on February 3, 1951, and died the following day, February 4. His body was later returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown.

Besides his Bronze Star, Private McConnell 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 was respectfully submitted by Hillary Stevens, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota. Information was obtained from the ABMC website, the SD National Guard Museum, and a South Dakota veteran’s bonus application, and the Watertown Public Opinion, February 19, 1951, issue. (P/S/F/A 8/5/04.)