In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Volga, South Dakota
Brookings County

November 17, 1926—September 7, 1951
Killed in action while fighting the enemy in North Korea


Kenneth Lawrence DeGroot was born in Elkton, South Dakota, on November 17, 1926, to Fred George and Ida DeGroot, Jr. Kenneth had three younger brothers, Roger, Mark, and Dennis, and two sisters, Bernice and Amy. He attended elementary school in Elkton, and then went to high school at Sinai for two years, finishing his last two years at Volga High School. Kenneth farmed with his father on their farm. He was never married.

Kenneth DeGroot joined the U.S. Army in July 1945 during World War II, and served until 1947. He remained in the Army reserve. Kenneth was recalled to serve his country on October 1, 1950. About the time of his death he had expected to be returned home on the army rotation plan, but was called to the front lines as a observer instead.

Corporal Kenneth Lawrence DeGroot was killed in action on September 7, 1951, while fighting the enemy in North Korea. Corporal Kenneth Lawrence DeGroot, 77th Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Calvary Division, was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean War Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. Corporal Kenneth L. DeGroot was buried in the Trinity Cemetery in Volga, South Dakota, September 29, 1951.

Adam Calkins, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, May 5, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. Information was gathered from the December 31 edition of the Brookings Register, and from Bernice Mullett, Volga, South Dakota, sister to Corporal Kenneth L. DeGroot. Profile approved by Mrs. Bernice Mullett, sister.