In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Peever, South Dakota
Roberts County

September 29, 1931--July 27, 1953
Killed in Action in Korea on the Last Day of the War


Burnell Carmen Pond was born near Summit in Grant County of South Dakota on September 29, 1931, to Mr. William L. and Mrs. Ebba (Swanson) Pond. When he was three, he moved with his family to Wilmont, where he started school. Burnell had five sisters: Agnes, Venoy, Sheila, Wilma, and Rae Marie, and six brothers: Wendell, Harland, Delos, Charles, Merle, and Roland. In 1941, the family moved again to Peever, where Burnell attended high school. Burnell’s father, William, worked in the shipyards in the West during WW II and then started a dairy business when he returned home. The family sold and delivered milk in glass bottles to people in Peever. After chores, the family would play music that would draw their friends and neighbors: William on the banjo, the brothers on their guitars, and Burnell tap dancing and sometimes clogging. Burnell was also a very good baseball player. He always kept neat because, as his family said, “He did seem to like the pretty girls!” The local paper said that he was “loved by everyone in Peever and vicinity.” His father, William, passed away in 1950, leaving Ebba responsible for the family.

Burnell Carmen Pond was drafted into the U.S Army on April 10, 1952, at Sioux Falls. Burnell was a part of the 65th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. Private First Class Burnell Carmen Pond was killed in action on July 27, 1953 in Korea, on the last day of fighting in the war before the armistice was signed. He had been on the verge of being discharged and returning home. Burnell’s body was returned to the United States aboard the USS Mankato Victory, along with over 200 other war dead. Pfc. Pond was buried in Peever Cemetery, Peever, South Dakota, with military honors.

Private First Class Burnell Carmen Pond was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean Was Service Medal.

His brother, Roland, said in closing: “I shall never forget when I cast my eyes on his flag-draped coffin and the hurt I felt.” And his sister, Rae M. Lehrke, said, “We were a close family and didn’t have much money, but we did have a lot of love to go around.”

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 19, 2004. The ABMC, the SDNGM, the Sisseton Courier, September 24, 1953, and October 15, 1953, issues, Roland Pond, Burnell’s brother, and Rae M. Lehrke, sister, provided information for this entry. Profile approval by the Pond family.