In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Alcester, South Dakota
Union County

September 8, 1931- June 29, 1953
Killed in action near Yu-Gong-Ni, Korea


Edward Gayland Offerdahl was born in Union County, South Dakota, on September 8, 1931, to Ralph and Selma J. Offerdahl. He had one sister, Shirley. When Edward was four, his father passed away. His mother later married John W. Larson. He grew up in Alcester, South Dakota, and attended school at North Spink Country, and graduated from at Alcester High School. While not in school, he liked to go hunting. His friends and family remember him as a “great person” and a “good friend.”

Pvt. Edward G. Offerdahl was drafted into the army and trained at camp Breckenridge, Kentucky. He was sent to Korea in May 1953, as a member of the 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.

Pvt. Edward Gayland Offerdahl died on June 29, 1953. The casket arrived back to his family on September 4, 1953, with the burial service conducted on September 6, 1953, at the Brule Creek Cemetery in Union County, South Dakota. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Amanda Paige Slama, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, April 21, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. Shirley Jensen, Gettysburg, South Dakota, sister to Pvt. Edward G. Offerdahl, provided the information and approved the profile.