In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Epiphany, South Dakota
Hanson County

February 26, 1927 – May 28, 1951
Killed In Action in Hyonni, North Korea

Charles Nickolas Paradeis was born in Fairview Township, South Dakota, on February 26, 1927, to Lawrence and Gertrude (Krempges) Paradeis. He was a twin to Clifford, who died February 12, 1930. He had two brothers, Kenneth and Donald, and one sister, Delphine. He attended the St. Mary’s Catholic School in Epiphany and then farmed with his father. Charles’ main interests were hunting, fishing, and trapping.

Charles Nickolas Paradeis was drafted into the Army on October 13, 1950. He was a member of the 45th Infantry Regiment, 38th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Division. After training at Camp Polk, Louisiana, Pfc. Paradeis was shipped overseas to Korea in early March of 1951.

Pfc. Charles N. Paradeis was killed in action on May 28, 1951, while fighting in South Korea. He was temporarily buried in the United Nations Military Cemetery in Tangyok, Korea, but was later returned to the United States and to Epiphany under escort of Corporal Walter Scherar. Pfc. Paradeis was buried with military honors at Holy Three Kings Church Cemetery, on October 31, 1951.

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

This entry was respectfully submitted by Timothy Norman Reed, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on May 21, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the American Battle Monuments Commission, Donald L. Paradeis, brother, Mrs. Bus Newlon, sister, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus. Profile approved by Mrs. Bus Newlon.