In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Castlewood, South Dakota
Hamlin County

May 10, 1930 - March 7, 1951
Killed in action near Yongdan-Na, South Korea

Gene Francis Klos was born in Bemis, South Dakota, on May 10, 1930, to Frank E. and Amy (Ruesink) Klos. He had three brothers, Maynard, Francis, and Roger, and one sister, Mary. Gene entered Castlewood High School and had completed four months of his senior year when he enlisted in the army on January 21, 1949. He trained in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Fort Benning, Georgia. Gene was discharged on January 20, 1950. He then was employed at Farmers and Merchant's Bank in Watertown, South Dakota.

Pfc. Klos was recalled to active duty on October 12, 1950. After training for five weeks at Fort Lewis, Washington, he was sent to Korea. Private First Class Klos was a member of Company L, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, 8th Army. He was seriously wounded by an enemy missile in South Korea on February 8, 1951, but returned to duty on March 3, 1951. Just four days later, on March 7, 1951, Pfc. Gene Francis Klos was killed in action while fighting the enemy in South Korea. Pfc. Klos was buried in Castlewood Cemetery in Castlewood, South Dakota, on October 29, 1951.

Pfc. Gene Francis Klos was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Badge, the Korean Service Medal with 2 bronze stars, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

Roger Klos, brother of Pfc. Gene Klos, says:

I was only two years old at the time Gene was killed. Stories that have been told to me by family and friends, Gene was pretty much like most young men…I keep talking to some of his friends and find out a little more about Gene all the time. I am sure in one way or another Gene’s death influenced his three younger brothers as we all joined the military as we felt it was expected of us…

Courtney Kay Lopour, 7th grade, Fort Pierre, Stanley County Schools, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, May 6, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. Pfc. Klos's brother, Roger Klos, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, provided this information. Profile approval by Roger Klos.