In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Milesville, South Dakota
Haakon County

May 1, 1914 -- April 15, 1951
Killed in Action in Korea

    

                                                    Frederick is pictured in Japan, far left

Frederick Emanuel Nedved was born May 1, 1914, in Milesville, South Dakota, to James and Katherine C. (Griffin) Nedved. His mother died just days after his birth. He only had one sibling, an older brother, John J. Frederick spent his youth on a ranch in the Milesville community. In 1934, at the age of about 20, Frederick enlisted in the CCC and spent two years in camp, working at Newell and the pig tail bridge at Mt. Rushmore. Before he entered the Cavalry, he farmed and ranched with his father.

Then on January 28, 1941, Frederick enlisted and was trained at Fort Meade, South Dakota, in Troop A, 125th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th Cavalry. He was trained on an assault gun and was an expert in pistol marksmanship. He went overseas on December 5, 1943, and served in the European Theater during WW II. His battles and campaigns were Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal with 9 Campaign Stars, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Theater Service Medal, and Three Overseas Service Bars. He returned to the United States on October 22, 1945, and was discharged on October 31, 1945, at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin. He then spent a year at home in Milesville.

Frederick reenlisted and served four years in Japan as part of the Occupation Forces. During this time, he completed a course in the 8th Army Automotive Maintenance School and was assigned to the medical detachment at the 118th Station Hospital in Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan, where he was promoted to a Corporal in August of 1948. While he was overseas, he applied for and received his SD WW II bonus payment.

Corporal Nedved returned to the United States and completed a course in training in military justice and was discharged for a second time on July 20, 1949. He then reenlisted a third time and came home on leave for the last time. He was a member of Battery B, 13th Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division; he was sent to Korea in late 1949, returning to the 118th Station Hospital for Christmas in 1949. Later when hostilities broke out in Korea, he was sent into action there. Frederick must have sent a letter requesting information in 1950 to the Evening Star Information Bureau in Washington, DC. Their response, dated November 24, 1950, answered some of his questions about what American organizations were fighting in Korea and the total number of casualties. Towards the end of their letter to him, these words: “This Bureau answers questions of fact and does not express opinions on any subject. We cannot, therefore, say how long we ‘think the war in Korea will last.’” In his last letter home, dated April 13, 1951, Frederick wrote of the terrible conditions of the war:

My dear father: I am writing you a few lines to let you know that I am still alive. Well, we are still fighting those Chinese rats. Going on our tenth month of fighting pretty soon. I certainly will be glad when this terrible war ends. It’s a bloody mess. We are killing those Chinese rats by 100 thousands, etc. The hills are full of dead Chinese. A hell of a mess to see—a bloody mess—I I don’t like to talk about it, Dad—Well, my transfer got turned down—maybe I will get out of Korea on rotation plan. I hope—

The weather is bad here in Korea; rains a lot lately here in April. How is the weather in South Dakota. I hope good…Our big guns are shooting now; they shake the earth when they go off— 155 mm 105-8 inch guns also our big planes are bombing on the front lines now. Oh boy what a sight to see. Big towns all a fire and in the Hills are all a fire too—lots of land mines layed up all around the Hills etc. The enemy has these mines. Several of my best friends got killed from them. It makes me cry. War is Hell! Hell! Dad—Will close. Your loving son--Freddie

Corporal Frederick Emanuel Nedved was killed in action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on April 15, 1951. In October of 1951, his body was returned to the United States, arriving in Philip by train. He was buried with military honors at the Masonic Cemetery, Philip, South Dakota.

In addition to his WW II medals, Frederick was awarded the Bronze Star “for meritorious service in combat during the first months of the Korean War,” the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Army of Occupation Medal: Japan.

        


This entry was respectfully submitted by Daniel Joseph Merrow, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish South Dakota on May 21, 2004, with additions made at a later date by Mrs. Hansen. Information was provided by the SDNGM, ABMC, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus. A great deal of additional information and profile approval were provided by USAF MSgt. (ret) Bill Brady, executor of the estate of John Nedved, deceased brother of Frederick Nedved.