In Memory of
U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Lead, South Dakota
Lawrence County

September 16, 1929 - June 8, 1951
Killed in Action in Korea


Glen Kenneth Pullins was born at Bixby, North Dakota, on September 16, 1929, to Charles A. and Genevieve (Hard) Pullins. Glen had two sisters and a brother, Gaylord. Glen went to school in Hill City, South Dakota. He worked for several years for the Black Hills Power and Light Company before he entered the service.

On September 6, 1948, Glen Pullins enlisted in the Marines Corps. About a year later he married Christina Blickenstaff. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina before being sent overseas. Corporal Pullins was a member of Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division and went overseas in August of 1950. After his arrival in combat in Korea, Corporal Pullins was awarded the Bronze Star for “meritorious action” in the area of Seoul.

Not long after, on June 8, 1951, Marine Corporal Glen K. Pullins was killed in action in Korea. His body was later returned to the United States and buried with military honors at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis on November 21, 1951. Besides his Bronze Star, Corporal Pullins was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the Untied Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

He was survived by a four-month-old daughter, Catherine O’Dessa; his wife, Christina; a brother; two sisters; and his parents.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Miranda Reed, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, July 20, 2004. The South Dakota National Museum, American Battle Monuments Commissions, and the Lead Daily Call, 6/15/51 issue, provided information for this entry. Memorial stone photo by Mrs. Hansen. No family contacts made.