In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Humboldt, South Dakota
Minnehaha County

October 31, 1926 – November 4, 1954
Died of wounds, Humboldt, South Dakota


Donald F. Kolbeck was born in Salem, South Dakota, on October 31, 1926, to Anton and Mary Kolbeck. He had three brothers, Robert, Eugene and Sylvester, and seven sisters, Mildred, Delores, Marian, LaVonne, LaVera, Janette, and Rozanne. Donald attended school at St. Mary’s in Salem, South Dakota, until 1939, when his family moved to a farm, south of Humboldt, South Dakota. Donald then went to a country school where he finished eighth grade, and then worked on the farm. He enjoyed pheasant hunting, playing cards with family and friends, and helping out on the farm.

Pvt. Donald Kolbeck was drafted into the army on January 20, 1951, and was trained in Fort Riley, Kansas. He was sent to Korea that same year as a member of the 1st Cavalry Division. On October 4, 1951, he was wounded in Korea, when he was caught between the explosions of two hand grenades. After being treated in an oversees hospital in Japan, Pvt. Kolbeck was taken to Brook Army Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He received a medical discharge October 31, 1952. He was paralyzed on the left side from these wounds, and remained in poor health.

Pvt. Donald F. Kolbeck died in Humboldt, South Dakota, on November 4, 1954 from complications from these wounds. Pvt. Kolbeck was laid to rest in Humboldt, South Dakota. Pvt. Kolbeck was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, which distinguishes the actual fighting men from rear area and service troops.

Ramsey C. Sheard, 7th grade, Stanley County Schools, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, April 27, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. Janette Krier, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, sister of Donald F Kolbeck, provided this information and approved this entry.