In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Hoven, South Dakota
Potter County

February 1, 1927 - October 15, 1951
Killed in action while fighting in the vicinity of Chupari, North Korea


Robert Rausch was born in Hoven, South Dakota, on February 1, 1927, to William P. and Alice (Meskel) Rausch. He was the oldest of seven brothers, Virgil, Duane, Harlan, Darrel, Vernon, and Gerald, and three sisters, Renee, Eleanor, and Charlyn. He grew up in Hoven, and graduated from high school there. Eugene was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic church and was a 4-H leader. After graduation, he helped his father raise livestock and developed a purebred herd of Herefords.

Eugene Rausch was inducted into the army at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on November 16, 1950. He was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas, for basic training, and then went to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, for advanced training. While home on furlough, he married Pauline Deis of Onaka, South Dakota, on March 17, 1951. The only time of the marriage that they were together was during their honeymoon in the Black Hills. Pfc. Rausch was shipped to Korea on May 1, 1951. Rausch was a member of Company D, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division.

Private First Class Eugene Robert Rausch was killed in action at Chupari, North Korea, on October 15, 1951. Pfc. Rausch was carrying a heavy radio pack, as he was one of the radio operators for the company commander and executive officer. He and his group were to establish a command outpost for the company commander. While they were moving near the enemy, they came under heavy artillery and mortar fire. As the enemy took the first shot, Eugene’s group missed it by diving to the ground. Then another round came screaming in, and the shrapnel killed him instantly. He was only 24 years old, and 2 weeks away from his tour ending.

John C. Zensius, a fellow radio operator, describes the time leading up to Pfc. Rausch’s death:

Gene and I were pretty close. We were in the commanding officer’s jeep when Gene said to me: “John are you going to go?” (He was referring to volunteering to go along with the heavy push toward enemy lines) I told him I wasn’t going to volunteer, but would go if assigned, and he said to me, “I’d like to volunteer, if you don’t mind.” Within the next few hours, he had been killed.

Pfc. Eugene Rausch 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. He was buried in Hoven, South Dakota.



Samantha Kay Anderson and Tyler Paul Fischbach, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, April 21, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. John C. Zensius, Burlingame, California, buddy of Pfc. Rausch, and Vern Rausch, Hoven, South Dakota, brother of Eugene Raymond Rausch provided the information for this entry. Profile approved by Vern Rausch, brother.