In Memory of
U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Viborg, South Dakota
Turner County

March 16, 1929 – December 3, 1950
Died of Wounds Received in Battle in Korea


Daryl Delane Lund was born to Peter and Ina Marie (Sorenson) Lund, on March 16, 1929, at Viborg, South Dakota. He was raised and educated in Viborg, graduating from Viborg High School. For at least a year before he entered the service, Daryl was an electrician with the T-H Electric Cooperative.

On January 12, 1949, Daryl Lund enlisted in the Marines in Omaha, Nebraska. Private First Class Lund went overseas as part of I Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division on November 16, 1949. He was first sent to Japan to be a part of the USMC Band before the Korean War started. According to one source, once war had broken out, ten members of the band, including Pfc. Lund, volunteered to go to Korea as replacement Marines and are said to have arrived as the Chinese entered the war; only three of the ten survived. On December 3, 1950, U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Daryl Delane Lund died aboard the hospital ship USS Consolation of head wounds he received in battle. His body was returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at the Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, three miles west of Viborg.

Pfc. Lund was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, 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 for this entry was obtained from the South Dakota National Guard Museum, the ABMC website, an application for a South Dakota veteran’s bonus, and the Viborg Enterprise, December 7, 1950 issue. No family contact made.