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

September 1, 1930 -- August 9, 1952
Killed in Action in North Korea

Eugene “Gene” W. Martin was born on September 1, 1930, in Webster, South Dakota, to Mike and Margaret B. Martin. He had a brother and a sister. Eugene attended schools in Eden, South Dakota, and Huntington Park High School in Los Angeles, California, before returning to South Dakota to graduate from Webster High School in 1948. After his schooling, he went to work for the South Dakota State Highway Department in Webster, then Aberdeen, and finally, Sisseton. He married his wife, Gloria Nieland, on January 6, 1951, at Sisseton. Their baby daughter, Jody Roe, was stillborn.

Eugene W. Martin was drafted into the army and entered active service at the age of 21 on January 28, 1952. He was trained at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky, and was sent overseas on July 11, 1952, as a member of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. On August 5, 1952, Private Martin was sent into combat on the front lines in Korea.

Only four days later, Private Eugene W. Martin was killed in action in North Korea on August 9, 1952. According to a newspaper article, “he met his death while in his bunker. The enemy was sniping and one of their 57 MM recoilless rifle shells hit his bunker causing it to fall in on him thus suffocating him.”

His body was returned to the United States and he was buried with military honors in the family lot at the Sisseton cemetery on October 20, 1952. Private Eugene W. Martin was awarded with the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the National Defense Service Medal and the United National Service Medal.

The entire family of Eugene Martin is deceased.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Trevor J. Locati, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on May 14, 2004.This Information was provided by an application for a SD bonus, the Britton Journal, October 30, 1952 issue, and the American Battle Monuments Commission. Profile approved by Ms. Gloria Haggerty, widow.