In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Humboldt, South Dakota
Minnehaha County

January 17, 1928 – October 3, 1951
Killed in Action in Korea


Robert Calvin Rand was born to Eilert and Annie (Gortmaker) Rand on January 17, 1928, in Monroe, South Dakota. He had two brothers, Marlyn and Ivan. Robert went to Parker High School in Parker, South Dakota, graduating in 1947. After his schooling, he farmed along with his father on the family farm near Humboldt.

Rand was drafted and entered active service on January 18, 1951, at Sioux Falls. After his basic training he was sent overseas on May 31, 1951, attached to Company G, 7th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division.

On October 3, 1951, Private First Class Robert C. Rand was killed in action while fighting the enemy in Korea. His body was returned to the United States and he was buried with military honors at the Monroe Cemetery.

Robert Rand was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United States Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Jessica Gallagher and Katie Heggem, 8th Grade, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 25, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the South Dakota National Guard Museum, an application for a veteran’s bonus, and the American Battle Monuments Commission. Profile approval by Ivan Rand, brother.