In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Pierre/Mission Ridge, South Dakota
Hughes/Stanley County

October 19, 1931 – August 10, 1950
Killed in Action in Korea

Donald “Don” Everett Ramsey was born on October 19, 1931, in Pierre, South Dakota to Samuel E. and Nora (Meredith) Ramsey. He had two brothers, Dave and Daniel, and two sisters, Regina and Mary. He was raised and educated in the Ft. Bennett area northwest of Ft. Pierre. Don stayed with an aunt and uncle and attended Pierre Senior High School, as did his brothers. Don enlisted in the South Dakota National Guard on February 28, 1949, at Pierre and was part of the Service Company, 196th Infantry. He was discharged on November 8, 1949, so that he could enlist in the regular Army. Don is remembered as being “talented and resourceful in most projects and work around the ranch where he grew up.”

On November 29, 1949, Donald E. Ramsey entered active service at Aberdeen. He then was married to Shirley Ann Thompson in Pierre. They had a son, Samuel Lee, who was just a baby when Donald was sent overseas for duty in Korea on July 14, 1950. Private Ramsey was a member of Company E, 9th Infantry Regiment.

Just days after arriving on the front lines in Korea, on August 10, 1950, Private Donald Everett Ramsey was killed in action. He was first reported missing in action to his family but they were soon informed that he had been killed in action. Private Ramsey’s body was returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at Riverside Cemetery in Pierre.

Donald Everett Ramsey was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Miranda Reed, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, July 28, 2004. This information for this entry was provided by American Battle Monuments Commission, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, and the SD National Guard Museum. Additional information and profile approval by Dan Ramsey, brother.