In Memory of
U.S. Army Sergeant Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Minnehaha County

October 14, 1925 – January 1, 1951
Killed in Action in Korea

Marvin Edward Pascoe was born on October 14, 1925, at Parker, South Dakota, to Charles and Alice May (Bertsch) Pascoe. Marvin attended schools in Sioux Falls, including Washington High School for two years. While he was in there, he played on the basketball team. He first entered the service on December 29, 1943, and served overseas during WW II. He was discharged on April 1, 1946. When he returned to South Dakota, Marvin farmed near Sioux Falls. In March of 1947, Marvin married Celestia Heaton at Redwood City, California. They later had three children, all born in Sioux Falls: Edward, Marvin, and Glendola.

On April 21, 1947, Marvin reenlisted at San Francisco, California, and was trained at Fort Ord, California. He was stationed in the Philippines, where he wished to be buried if anything should happen to him. He served until April 27, 1950, when he was discharged. He reenlisted the next day at Camp Stoneman, California. Sergeant Pascoe went overseas with the 728th MP Battalion and then transferred to Company L, 19th Infantry, 24 Infantry Division in Korea.

Sergeant Marvin Edward Pascoe was killed in action on January 1, 1951, in North Korea. However, his body was not recovered, so he was declared ‘missing in action’ until May of 1953, when his remains were recovered. He was identified by his bone structure, hair, and dental work as well as the location of his remains. Due to a mix-up, the military shipped his remains home to California. His family decided to have him buried with military honors at the Hills of Rest Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux Falls, where they were living at the time.

Marvin Pascoe was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Miranda Reed, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, July 28, 2004. The information for this entry was provided by the American Battle Monuments Commission, South Dakota National Guard Museum, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus. Memorial stone photo by Mrs. Hansen. Additional information and profile approval by Celestia Hymore, widow, Parkston.