In Memory of
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Second Class Hot Springs, South Dakota
Fall River County

January 4, 1896 - April 26, 1954
Died in Crash of Taylor Aircraft near Clark, South Dakota


Lawrence Raby was born January 4, 1896, at Lemont, Illinois, to Joseph and Frances Raby. Lawrence had three brothers: Tom, Carl, and Jim, and a sister. At some point, the family moved to the Edgemont and Hot Springs area of South Dakota. Lawrence was a long-time member of the South Dakota National Guard in Fall River County. Lawrence’s first wife, Edna (Moore), to whom he was married in 1927, died in 1944 at Hot Springs. He married his second wife, Bessie (Moore), on October 4, 1951. Lawrence had no children.

Raby had the distinction of having served in World War I, World War II, and Korea. In World War I, Lawrence was in Company C, , 109th Engineer Regiment, 34th Infantry Division. In World War II, Raby transferred to the 196th Dump Truck Company at Fort Dix and “was assigned to the Port Commander of the New York Port of Embarkation drawing its trucks from the Port motor pool.” During this time, the unit went all over “the eastern seaboard.” The unit, including Lawrence Raby, finally went overseas on August 6, 1942, dispatched to North African theater of WW II. First Sergeant Raby was one of the first from the 196th Dump Truck Company to be rotated back to the United States in November of 1943. He was subsequently discharged from active service in February of 1945 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. From 1946 until 1950, Lawrence worked for the state of South Dakota in Rapid City.

A few years later, on September 1, 1950, Lawrence Raby was reactivated at Edgemont as part of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 196th Infantry (NG) and was sent to duty in Alaska, from July 30, 1951 to August 13, 1952, at which time he returned home.

On April 26, 1954, while returning home from a business trip in Brookings, Chief Warrant Officer Lawrence Raby was killed when his Taylor craft airplane crashed in the Clark/Willow Lake area. As he was described as a “very careful and competent pilot and an expert mechanic,” it was believed that CW2 Raby had a heart attack while in flight and probably “passed away before the plane landed.” Lawrence Raby was survived by his wife, Bessie. He was buried in the cemetery at Edgemont.

Respectfully submitted by Miranda Reed, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, July 20, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, the Edgemont Tribune, 4/28/54 issue, and South Dakota in World War II. No family contact made. Memorial stone photo by Esther Porter, Edgemont.