In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Salem, South Dakota
McCook County

April 19, 1928 – July 24, 1953
Died non-battle in Madison, South Dakota


Elmer was born to Mr. Elmer H. and Louise (Wobig) Rabenhorst on April 19, 1928, in Salem, South Dakota. Elmer went through school in Pearl Township and Spencer High School. Elmer had one sister, Ardis, and a brother, Robert. After his schooling, Elmer farmed.

Elmer A. Rabenhorst entered active service on April 10, 1951, at Sioux Falls and was trained at Fort Lewis, Washington, before being sent overseas on September 26, 1951, as a Private First Class. After serving in Korea for almost two years, Pfc. Rabenhorst returned to the United States and received his discharge at Camp Carson, Colorado, on April 1, 1953, and returned home to continue farming.

On July 24, 1953, Elmer A. Rabenhorst died of injuries received in a car accident near Madison on July 18. He was buried with military honors at Wild Wood Cemetery in Salem.

Elmer A. Rabenhorst was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.

Although he was discharged shortly before his death, Elmer is officially considered a non-battle casualty of the Korean War era, as supplied by a list from the US National Archives and Records.

This entry was respectfully entered by Chantelle Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 25, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by American Battle Monuments Commission, South Dakota National Guard Museum, an obituary from the Salem Special on July 30, 1953, and an application for a South Dakota Veteran’s bonus. Picture and profile approval by Robert Rabenhorst, Salem.