In Memory of
U.S. Army Technical Sergeant Alexandria, South Dakota
Hanson County

August 25, 1931 – September 9, 1954
Died in a car accident near Mitchell, South Dakota


Clyde Ward Robertson was born on August 25, 1931, to Mr. and Mrs. Russell Robertson of Hanson County in South Dakota. Clyde had two brothers and two sisters. He attended grade school in rural Hanson County and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1949. He then farmed with his father for four years until he entered the service.

On October 14, 1952, Clyde entered active service at Sioux Falls and was sent to Camp Chaffee, Arkansas where he received his basic training. Robertson went overseas to Korea, landing in April of 1953 as a gunner for the 555th Field Artillery Battalion.

Tech Sergeant Robertson “soon went into active combat and served with such distinction that he was awarded a bronze star for bravery in action near Kumsong, Korea, on the night of July 13, 1953.” On May 3, 1954, TSgt. Robertson returned to Camp Carson, Colorado, and was released from active service on August 24, 1954, returning to Alexandria two days later. Clyde received the Korean Service Medal, the Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, the Bronze Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Less than a month later, in the early morning hours of September 9, 1954, Korean War veterans Clyde Robertson and his friend, Walter L. Geppert, were killed instantly when their car struck the back of a loaded cattle truck that was stalled on Highway 16 near the radio tower on the outskirts of Mitchell.

Although Robertson is listed in the US National Archives as being a non-hostile casualty from South Dakota, Walter Geppert is not. We wish to pay tribute to Walter as well because he survived several months as a prisoner of war in Korea only to be discharged, return home, and die in the same tragic accident as Clyde.

Clyde Robertson was buried with military honors at the cemetery in Alexandria.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Melissa Bendickson, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, SD, May 15, 2004. Information for this entry and profile approval were provided by Lenore Robertson, Mitchell, SD, sister-in-law of Clyde.