In Memory of
U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Rapid City, South Dakota
Pennington County

May 31, 1934 –February 21, 1953
Killed in Action in Korea


Robert Charles Colvin was born in Eli, Nebraska on May 31, 1934, to Clinton and Eloise Colvin. Robert’s family moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, when Robert was around 11 years old. He attended Rapid City High School.

Robert Charles Colvin enlisted in the U.S Marine Corps in May of 1951 at Rapid City and was then sent to Omaha, Nebraska. He became part of Company B, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division and was sent overseas in December of 1952.

Corporal Robert Charles Colvin was killed in action on February 21, 1953, in Korea while fighting the enemy. His body was later returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota.

He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 28, 2004. The American Battle Monuments Commission, the South Dakota National Guard Museum, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus provided information for this entry. Memorial stone photo by Mrs. Hansen. (P/S/F/A 8/03/04.)