In Memory of
U.S. Army First Lieutenant Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Minnehaha County

July 29, 1925 – October 30, 1954
Died in a Car Accident near Gainesville, Texas


Burdell Merle Krueger was born July 29, 1925, to Herman and Hilda Krueger in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He had a brother, Kenneth, and two sisters, Lois and Janet. Burdell graduated from Washington High School and enlisted in the Navy on January 4, 1943. Burdell served in World War II as a medical corpsman aboard a ship which was in the Invasion of Normandy, where Krueger was wounded and received a Purple Heart. After he was discharged from the Navy on July 26, 1946, Burdell attended Sioux Falls College for a time. He married Darlene Bunkers in Sioux Falls on August 30, 1947. They had three children: Marcia Lynn, Regge Dell, and Jeffrey Lane. Burdell received his university degree from Colorado A & M.

Krueger enlisted in the Army, August 8, 1949, in Denver, Colorado. He did his basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas, and then was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he earned his Officer’s commission through OCS. Regge was born. Then he and his family were stationed Germany two years with the 46th Infantry Battalion, 28th Infantry Division. The Kruegers’ youngest child, Jeffrey, was born in Germany.

The Krueger family returned to the United States because Lt. Krueger was scheduled to start pilot flight training at San Marcus Air Force Base in Texas. En route to the base, on October 30, 1954, Lt. Burdell Merle Krueger was killed in a car accident near Gainesville, Texas, along with his 18-month-old son, Jeffrey. His daughter, Marcia, died of her injuries the next day. His wife, Darlene, and son, Regge, survived the accident. Lt. Krueger was buried with military honors at the Hills of Rest Cemetery in Sioux Falls. His two children were laid to rest near him.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Hillary Stevens, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, July 15, 2004. Information for this entry was obtained from an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, the SD National Guard Museum, and the Argus Leader, October 31, 1954, issue, and the Krueger family via Regge Krueger, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Memorial stone photo by Mrs. Hansen.