In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Mud Butte, South Dakota
Meade County

May 16, 1931 – September 8, 1951
Died in an Car Accident near Uniontown, Kentucky

    

Harold Steven Schuelke was born on May 16, 1931, to Albert and Elisabeth Schuelke at Mud Butte in Meade County of South Dakota. He had four brothers: Robert, Darrel, Everett, and Gerald, and seven sisters, who all currently survive: Lola, Lois, Faye, Margaret, Mamie, Earleen, and Berma. Harold attended Eagle School in the country between Mud Butte and Cedar Canyon. Harold liked to ride horses and be with friends. He liked to ranch and farm and did so for family and neighbors.

He enlisted in the Army on January 6, 1951. He started training as a rifleman but transferred to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to the Airborne division. He completed training as a paratrooper at “Southern Pines” operation in North Carolina and made five parachute jumps in Georgia to earn his parachutist’s wings as a member of the 511th Airborne. Private Schuelke was then granted a short furlough and arranged to come back to South Dakota with several other soldiers on leave.

On September 8, 1951, Private Harold S. Schuelke was killed when the car he was riding in struck a bridge near Fort Breckenridge, Uniontown, Kentucky. Harold’s body was returned to South Dakota, with military escort, Raymond Issac. He was buried with military honors at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. The two South Dakota soldiers who were with him in the car when it crashed came to his funeral.

His sister, Margaret, said in closing, “Harold had 11 brothers and sisters and many aunts and uncles, and a great big family who was shocked and so saddened by his death. All the rest of his family got married and if he were here today, he would be a member of, I believe, the largest family in South Dakota, with the total of direct descendants at 245.”

This entry was respectfully initiated by Bethany Weber, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, and completed by Mrs. Hansen, July 25, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by Ms. Margaret Vansickle, Spearfish, sister to Harold Schuelke, and from the Sturgis Tribune, 9/13/51 and 9/20/51 issues. Profile approved by Margaret Vansickle.