In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Gayville, South Dakota
Yankton County

December 17, 1929–September 19, 1950
Killed in Action in South Korea

    

Alfred LeRoy Kaufman, often called LeRoy by friends and family, was born in Barnes, Wisconsin, on December 17, 1929, to Alfred and Clara Kaufman. He moved to Gayville, South Dakota when he was seven, where he was raised by Kate and John Kaufman, his aunt and uncle. He had two brothers and a sister who stayed in Wisconsin He attended Union School District 5, and Gayville High School; after his schooling he was a farm worker until he entered the Army.

He enlisted in the Army on September 3, 1948, at Sioux Falls. He was sent to Fort Lewis, Washington, for basic training. Corporal Kaufman was a cook in the Indian Head Combat Division of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was home on leave on June 26, 1950, before he was shipped overseas to South Korea, on September 19, 1950.

On September 19, 1950, Corporal Kaufman’s company launched an attack against the enemy. Corporal Kaufman stopped his cooking duties, left his safe position in the rear and joined his comrades in a “charge up the fire swept slope.” During this time he killed four of the enemy soldiers, overrunning the enemy positions. After the battle as they were “mopping up,” Corporal Alfred Kaufman “was killed by hostile artillery fire.”

Although he was killed in battle, Corporal Kaufman was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for “gallantry in action.” According to the citation, “the inspirational gallantry displayed by Corporal Kaufman reflects great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service.”

The body of Corporal Alfred Kaufman was returned to the United States along with other casualties aboard the Bartlesville Victory in May of 1951 and buried with military honors at Danish Cemetery in Gayville, South Dakota. Along with his Silver Star, Alfred 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 Cali Rose Ewing, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on May 24, 2004. Nedra Kaufman, wife of Corporal Kaufman’s cousin, Yankton, South Dakota, provided information for this entry. Profile approval by Nedra Kaufman.