In Memory of
U.S. Army Private McLaughlin, South Dakota
Corson County

July 31, 1929 – August 20, 1951
Killed in Action in North Korea


Elmer Oberlander was born to Gottlieb and Christina (Klingman) Oberlander in Mound City, South Dakota on July 31, 1929. He had two brothers Floyd and Oscar, who also served in the Korean War, and five sisters, LaVida, Viola, Irene, Arlene, and Delores. Elmer's family later moved to McLaughlin, South Dakota. He attended grade school there.

Pvt. Elmer Oberlander joined the army on January 16, 1951. He went to Fort Riley, Kansas for his three months of basic training. On May 16, 1951, Pvt. Oberlander came home on furlough to see his family. He was sent to Korea from Washington State, and was attached to the 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.

Pvt. Elmer Oberlander was killed in action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on August 20, 1951. His brother, Oscar, who was wounded while in Korea, escorted his body home.

Private Oberlander 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. Private Oberlander was buried at the Lutheran Cemetery in Mclaughlin, South Dakota, on December 20, 1951.

Larisa Schoenfelder, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, May 13, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. LaVida Gable, New Hope, Minnesota, sister of Elmer Oberlander, provided information for this entry. Profile approval by LaVida Gable.