In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Carlock, South Dakota
Gregory County

January 19, 1929 – October 14, 1952
Killed in action, North Korea


Philip Gustave Lindwurm was born near Carlock, South Dakota, on January 19, 1929, to John William and Magdalena (Kahler) Lindwurm. He had eight siblings: Christena, Elsie, Ella, William, Rosie, Alvina, Esther, and John. Philip went to Pleasant View country school near Gregory, South Dakota, through the eighth grade. Philip helped with the family farm, and also cared for his invalid father. He enjoyed horseback riding and farming, and helped teach Sunday school, as church and prayers were important to him.

Philip Lindwurm’s induction into the United States Army was on February 5, 1952. He received his basic training in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and on July 12, 1952 he was sent overseas, arriving in Korea on July 17, 1952. In a letter to his sister, Esther, written September 14, 1952, on a Sunday morning in Korea, Pfc. Lindwurm writes: (Sic)

Dear Esther Helmer and kids, Well, I have been slow in writing, but if you knew the situation over here you would know why… I have been getting a lot of letters and boy that sure does help. So you might go back out on the farm well, I guess I can’t blame you if that’s the life you like. Well, I’ll tell you one thing, the last 14 days hasn’t been good at all. To bad for some of the guys but so far I have been lucky and the Lord has been with me. I hope this doesn’t keep up to much longer. No, I never got on the tanks, but I wish I would have, I am just plain infantry now. My bed has been nothing but the ground and a blanket for the last two weeks and since we are up on front line there just isn’t any light at night. One good thing is they haven’t bombed up. I’d sure hate to face that… Love, Phil

Pfc. Philip Gustave Lindwurm, Company A, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, was killed in action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on Triangle Hill on October 14, 1952. His mother received the word by telegram on Oct 26 or 27, 1952. His casket arrived at Clausen’s Mortuary in Burke, South Dakota, on December 19, 1952.



Private Lindwurm was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star Service, the United Nations Service Medal the National Defense service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

His family describes as very pleasing and loving, who was very much loved by his parents, sisters, brothers, and friends. He always had a great smile for everyone.

Samantha Ostarello, 7th grade, Stanley County Schools, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, April 21, 2004 respectfully submitted this entry. This information was provided by William and John Lindwurm, brothers to Pfc. Philip Lindwurm, and Esther Braun and Alvina Wonnenberg, sisters to Pfc. Philip G. Lindwurm. This profile was approved by the Lindwurm family.