In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Sisseton, South Dakota
Roberts County

November 22, 1929 - April 24, 1951
Killed in Action in Korea


Herbert Robert Max was born in Sisseton, South Dakota, on November 22, 1929, to Robert and Helen (Nahoton) Max. Herbert attended Flandreau Indian High School in Flandreau, South Dakota. Herbert was in the National Guard while at Flandreau.

Herbert Max entered active service in August of 1950 and was trained at Camp Carson, Colorado. After his training he went to Japan with the 8th Army and then on to the front lines in Korea in January of 1951. Private First Class Max served more or less continually on the front lines during the three months before his death.

On April 24, 1951, Private First Class Herbert Robert Max was killed in action in Korea. He was 22 years old. His body, as well as that of five other South Dakotans, was returned to the United States aboard the ship Loma Victory, arriving at the San Francisco port in December of 1951. From San Francisco, his body received a military escort back to his hometown of Sisseton, where he was buried with military honors at the Veterans’ Circle in the Sisseton Cemetery.

Herbert R. Max was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, 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 Miranda Reed, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, July 20, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the Sisseton Courier, 5/3/51, 12/20/51, and 1/31/52 issues, and information provided to the SD National Guard Museum via Lisa Gonsalves, TVSO, Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. (P/S/F/A 8/8/04.)