In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Webster, South Dakota
Day County

February 15, 1932 – November 11, 1951
Died in a Car Accident near Webster

    

Donald Gust Schlotte was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on February 15, 1932. At the age of three months, he was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Gus Schlotte and spent his whole life in the Webster community. He had a brother, Martin. Donald attended Webster High School but enlisted in the Army before he could graduate.

On January 12, 1949, Donald Schlotte enlisted in the Army at Webster and was sent to Camp Chaffee in Arkansas for training. He was then sent to Oskheo, Japan and a year later was sent to Korea as a private in the Signal Corps, where he withstood many battles and near death situations. One such time was when the vehicle he was in was blown up by a mine and the driver killed, yet Private Schlotte survived. After sixteen months of combat, Donald made plans to return to Webster and make plans to finish up his high school degree by correspondence while he was still in the Army.

After returning to the United States and home to Webster, Private Donald Schlotte and a friend went to a dance near Webster. On November 11, 1951, on their way home, their car skidded on a frost-covered highway and the car overturned, throwing both men from the car. Private Donald Schlotte was killed in the accident, but his friend survived.

Private Donald G. Schlotte was buried with military honors at the Webster cemetery. It should be noted that although his memorial stone says he was born in 1931, all other records indicate 1932.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Cali Ewing, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, July 28, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the Reporter and Farmer, 11/13/54/ issue, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus. Photos provided by Marty Schlotte, Webster, cousin.