In Memory of
U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Reliance, South Dakota
Lyman County

January 3, 1931- May 31, 1952
Died of wounds in Korea


Dale Eugene Clutter was born in Pukwana, South Dakota, on January 3, 1931 to Floyd C. and Pearl (Hawn) Clutter. He had two brothers, William and Jerald, and two sisters, Edith and Lula. Dale lived on a ranch with his family and helped work it. He attended county schools and attended high school in Reliance, South Dakota, but did not graduate. Dale was never married, but according to his brother Jerald, he was popular with the girls.

His sister, Edith, said that at that time there were not many opportunities in South Dakota for boys of his age, so he and two other young men decided they would enlist. Dale and his buddies spent the night with Edith and her husband, who had been in WWII and had seen heavy fighting. Edith’s husband stayed up all night trying to talk the boys into going to a vocational school for mechanics, but they insisted they would rather join the service.

Dale Eugene Clutter enlisted into the Marine Corps on October 3, 1951 in Pierre, South Dakota, and attended boot camp at San Diego, California. After a furlough, he continued his training at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. On March 21, 1952, he left for Korea. Corporal Clutter was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division.

Corporal Dale Eugene Clutter was seriously wounded while fighting the enemy in Korea on May 28, 1952. He died in an evacuation hospital three days later. He was 21 at the time of his death. Corporal Clutter was laid to rest in the Kimball cemetery in Kimball, South Dakota, on July 26, 1952.

Corporal Clutter was awarded the Purple Heart, the United Nations Service Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

Survivors of Corporal Dale Eugene Clutter at the time of this writing are his sister, Edith Hansen, Rapid City, South Dakota; and his two brothers, William Clutter, Texas; and Jerald Clutter, New Cuyama, California.

Sondra Anderson and Kirsten Wilcox, 7th grade, Stanley County Schools, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, May 6, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. Information for this entry was submitted by Leola Peterson, Lower Brule, SD; Corporal Clutter’s sister, Edith Hansen, Rapid City, SD, his brother and sister-in-law Jerald and Ann Clutter, New Cuyama, CA, and Lula (Clutter) Fredericksen, recently deceased sister of Corporal Clutter. Profile approved by Clutter family.