In Memory of
U.S. Marine Private First Class Clear Lake, South Dakota
Deuel County

August 7, 1932 –September 30, 1951
Killed in Action in Korea


Robert John Ries was born August 7, 1932, in Brandt, South Dakota, to Joseph Bernard and Edna Christina (Engwell) Ries. He had two brothers, Bernard and Clayton. Early in Robert’s life, the family moved to Clear Lake, where Robert attended schools and graduated from Clear Lake High School in May of 1950. In the months just prior to entering the service, he did odd jobs around town.

On August 29, 1950, Robert enlisted in the Marine Corps at Omaha, Nebraska, and was trained at San Diego, California. Before going overseas, Robert came home at Thanksgiving and again for nine days at Christmas in 1950. Pfc. Ries sailed for Korea in early February of 1951, as a member of C Company, 3rd Platoon, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Division.

Marine Private First Class Robert J. Ries was killed in action on September 30, 1951, in Korea. According to a source, Ries was among five Marines in his company that were killed in an action from September 28 through September 30. His body was later returned to the United States and he was buried with military honors at Lakeview Cemetery in Clear Lake.

Ries was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

I will remember the service and the sacrifice of Marine Private First Class Robert Ries.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Kristi Marie Zebroski, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by the SD National Guard Museum, an application for a veteran’s bonus, Clear Lake Courier, October 11, 1951 issue, and photo from Bernard Ries, brother. Profile approval by Bernard Ries.