In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Marion, South Dakota
Turner Country

August 2, 1929 – October 18, 1952
Killed In Action in Korea


Leo Charles Satter was born in Marion, South Dakota on August 2, 1929, to Charles Satter and Elsie (Wautzie) Satter. He had one brother, Lloyd. Before he entered the service, Leo farmed with his father near Parker.

Leo Charles Satter was drafted into the Army and entered active service on September 21, 1951 at Sioux Falls. Satter was trained as an automatic rifleman with Company A, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Pfc. Satter was sent overseas on February 23, 1952.

On October 14, 1952, Private First Class Leo Satter was seriously wounded in action “sustaining internal wounds of chest and the top of his head by artillery fire” in North Korea and later died of his wounds. The telegram to Leo’s parents from the Major General said in part: “The Secretary of the Army has asked me to express his deep regret that your son Pfc. Leo C. Satter died of wounds in Korea 18 October 52.” His body was later returned to the United States and he was buried with military honors at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Parker. Leo was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Tyler Bury and Trevor Locati, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on May 24, 2004.This information was provided by the SDNG Museum, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, the American Battle Monuments Commission, and newspaper clippings from the Marion Record, including the 10/30/52 issue. No family contact made.