In Memory of
U.S. Naval Fireman Second Class Wagner, South Dakota
Charles Mix County

June 22, 1931 – May 30, 1951
Lost at Sea aboard the USS Burlington in Korean Waters

James “Jimmy” John Krcil, Jr. was born to James and Carrie (Klufa) Krcil on June 22, 1931, in Wagner, South Dakota. He had three sisters: Delores, Marlene (Schramm), and Joyce (Carda). He grew up and went to school in the Wagner area. He worked with his father on the family’s farm.

On December 15, 1950, James Krcil enlisted in the Navy and entered the Naval Training Center, in San Diego, California, for training. F2C Krcil went overseas for duty on March 26, 1951. He was stationed in Korea waters aboard a patrol frigate, U.S.S Burlington, where it “operated with Task Force 95 during a Naval siege on 250 miles of Korea’s northwest coast.”

Fireman Second Class James John Krcil was lost overboard from the USS Burlington on May 30, 1951. His parents received a letter which had these words: “The records indicate that your son is presently being carried in the missing status on the records of this Bureau, apparently having been lost overboard from his ship at Songjin, Korea. His body was never recovered, so his status is missing in action, presumed dead. In his memory, his family had his name engraved on the family head stone at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton, South Dakota.

James Krcil was awarded the Korean Service Medal, U.N. Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. At the time of his death he was survived by his parents and three sisters.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Hillary Stevens, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, July 30, 2004. Information for this entry was obtained from the ABMC website, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, the South Dakota National Guard Museum, and a newspaper clipping from the Wagner Post. Additional information and profile approval by Joyce Carda.