In Memory of
U.S. Army Sergeant Cavour, South Dakota/Beadle County
Nassau, Minnesota/Lac Qui Parle County

November 30, 1923 – July 27, 1950
Killed in Action in South Korea


Albert Carl Maass was born on November 30, 1923, in Nassau, Minnesota, to William and Clara (Redepenning) Maass. He had five brothers and four sisters. Albert was raised and educated in and around Nassau, and he worked as a mechanic in his hometown before he entered the service. His parents moved to Cavour in Beadle County of South Dakota in 1947, after Albert had fought in WW II.

Maass enlisted in the Army on March 24, 1943, at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, and served in WW II in places like North Africa, Italy, France and Germany as part of the 142nd Regiment of the 36th Infantry Division. Besides earning the Purple Heart for wounds, he won the Bronze Star for heroism in battle. After the war he stayed in the Army and was stationed in the Philippines before being sent to Korea. In Korea, Sgt. Maass was a “one of the World War II veteran non-commissioned officers in the first companies of the 24th Infantry Division that was thrown into the Korean battle hastily from Japan,” according to a newspaper clipping.

On July 27, 1950, Sergeant Albert Carl Maass was killed while fighting the enemy near Hadong, South Korea. His body was later returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Nassau, Minnesota, in April 1951. Besides the awards listed above, Sgt. Maass was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Allyx E. Mattern, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 25, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the South Dakota National Guard Museum, a newspaper clipping, and Marilyn Maass Dollenbacher, Cavour, sister of Sgt. Maass. Profile was approved by Marilyn Maass Dollenbacher.