In Memory of
U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Britton, South Dakota
Marshall County

September 7, 1928—March 8, 1954
Died in a non-hostile accident in Japan


Harold “Peewee” Dean Livingston was born in Avolon, Missouri on September 7, 1928, to Mr. Howard and Mrs. Rachel A. Livingston. Harold had two brothers, Billy and Howard, and three sisters. After his father died, Harold’s mom married Ralph LaMee and the family grew to include five half brothers and one half sister. Harold spent most of his life in Britton, where he is remembered for his “winning personality.”

Harold entered the U.S Air Force and served for eight years. At the time of his death, Staff Sergeant Livingston was a member of the 1st Mobile Radio Squadron, Niigata Air Force Base, Japan. On March 8, 1954, S/Sgt. Harold Livingston died “by carbon monoxide poisoning in a hotel [Shimomura Hotel] in Niigata where he was sleeping.” His commanding officer wrote to Harold’s mother, and the following is from that letter:

[Harold] was an extremely likable young man, and made many friends and no enemies. His work was always done conscientiously and well. On several occasions he had performed duties over and above his normal routine without being asked, simply because he knew that they must be done….It may also help to know that your son led an exemplary life and that he lived up to the highest standards of the Air Force and his country.

The body of Staff Sergeant Livingston was returned to the United States and buried with military honors at the cemetery in Britton on April 19, 1954.

During WW II, Harold’s brother, Howard, served in the Merchant Marines and the Army and his brother, Billy, served in the Navy.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 18, 2004. An application for a SD veteran’s bonus, the South Dakota National Guard Museum, and the Britton Journal, April 22, 1954, issue provided information for this entry. Photo and profile approval by Howard Livingston, Sisseton.