In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Madison, South Dakota
Lake County

May 1, 1931 – April 19, 1953
Died of Wounds in North Korea


Clarence Charles Rundle was born on May 1, 1931, in Wentworth, South Dakota, to Albert Horace and Gertrude Estella (Kaske) Rundle. Clarence had two brothers, Walter and Darwin, and two sisters, Donna Mae and Jeanette. When Gertrude remarried to Clarence McKinney, the family grew to include two half-brothers, John and Terry, and a half-sister, Catherine. Clarence attended Garfield School and graduated from Madison Central High School. Before he entered the service, Clarence did various jobs around Madison.

Clarence was drafted into the United States Army and entered active service on February 12, 1952, at Sioux Falls. First sent to Fort Sheridan, Illinois and then trained at Fort Riley, Kansas in Company I, 87th Infantry Regiment. He came home to Madison for a leave before being sent to Camp Stoneman, California, and after that was shipped overseas to Japan in the fall of 1952. After four days in Japan, he went to Korea as a member of Company F, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

Private First Class Rundle was seriously wounded on January 22, 1953, hospitalized until March 2, and then returned to duty on the front lines. On April 18, 1953, near Chorwon, North Korea, Pfc. Clarence Rundle was struck in the face and stomach by exploding mine fragments, evacuated to a field hospital, where he died on April 19, 1953.

The body of Pfc. Clarence Rundle was later returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Wentworth, SD.

Private First Class Rundle was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, The United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Michaela Kiley L. Fuerstenau and Kassie Culver 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, South Dakota on May 24, 2004. This information was provided by the SD National Guard Museum, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, and the American Battle Monuments Commission. Additional information and profile approval by Darwin Rundle, brother.