In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Ludlow, South Dakota
Harding County

December 18, 1932 – August 4, 1950
Died of Wounds in Korea


Ronald E. Kendall was born December 18, 1932, in Rainy River, Ontario, Canada, to Joe and Delia Kendall. Ronald had three brothers: Elmer, Chester, and Emil, and one sister, Elsie. He went to high school at Ludlow High School, Ludlow, South Dakota. From 1934 until August of 1949, Ronald lived primarily with his father in Ludlow in Harding County, South Dakota and also in Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota. In the fall of 1949, Ronald went to visit his mother in Great Falls, Montana; while he was there, he entered active service on October 4, 1949, in Butte, Montana, at the Army and Air Force Recruiting Station.

Kendall was a member of the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division. After training, Private First Class Kendall was sent overseas to Korea.

Private First Class Ronald E. Kendall was wounded badly at Chungam-ni, Korea, on August 2, 1950, was evacuated, but died from his wounds aboard a hospital ship on August 4, 1950. His body was later returned to the United States and he was buried with military honors on September 21, 1950, at the Bowman Cemetery in Bowman, North Dakota.

Ronald E. Kendall was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, 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 Tyler Bury, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on May 21th, 2004. This information was provided by an application for a SD bonus, South Dakota National Guard Museum, and newspaper clippings. No family contact made.