In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Millboro, South Dakota
Tripp County

January 12, 1930 – September 6, 1952
Killed in Action in Korea


Kenneth Ernest Painter, Jr. was born January 12, 1930, in Millboro, South Dakota to Kenneth, Sr. and Kathrine B. (Jensen) Painter. Before he entered the service, Kenneth farmed with his dad at near Clearfield in Tripp County. Kenneth married Marvel Faye Larsh on September 24, 1951 at Winner. They had no children.

Kenneth was drafted into the U.S. Army and entered active service on November 15, 1951, at Sioux Falls. Kenneth was a Private First Class in the 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He went overseas in May of 1952.

Private First Class Kenneth Ernest Painter, Jr. was killed in action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on September 6, 1952. His body was later returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at the cemetery at Winner.

Kenneth was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the Untied Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War 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 American Battle Monuments Commission, South Dakota National Guard Museum, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus. (P/S/F/A 8/5/04.)