In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Winner, South Dakota
Tripp County

January 13, 1930 -- October 3, 1952
Killed in Action in Korea


Richard William Rysavy was born in Jordan in Tripp County, South Dakota, on January 13, 1930, to William and Amalie G. (Cahoy) Rysavy. Richard’s hometown was Winner, where he attended high school. After high school, Richard farmed with his father. Richard is remembered by his sister, Pauline, as being “a very loving, caring person and he was always there when we needed him.”

On December 4, 1951, Richard Rysavy was drafted and entered active service at Sioux Falls. After his training, Private Richard Rysavy was sent overseas on May 17, 1952, as part of the 2nd Reconnaissance Company, 2nd Infantry Division.

Army Private Richard William Rysavy was killed in action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on October 3, 1952. His body was later returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at the cemetery in Winner.

Private Rysavy 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.

Richard was survived by his parents, his sister, Pauline (English- Bortz), a brother, August, and a brother, Donald, and his wife Doris.

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 ABMC, an application for a South Dakota veteran’s bonus, and the SD National Guard Museum. Additional information and profile approval by Pauline Bortz, sister, and Doris Rysavy, sister-in-law.