In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Wounded Knee, South Dakota
Shannon County

November 3, 1928 – September 24, 1951
Killed in Action in Korea


Patrick Raymond Woman Dress was born in Wounded Knee, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, on November 3, 1928, to Mr. Edward and Mrs. Lizzie (Loafer Joe) Woman Dress. According to a newspaper article, Patrick’s siblings were Joseph, Paul, Pete, Marie Theresa, and Agnes. Patrick was self-employed as a farm hand before he first enlisted in the U.S. Army in July of 1946 at Omaha, Nebraska, and served until February of 1948, when he was honorably discharged at Camp Stoneman, California. For a short time, he was again at home at Wounded Knee, but on March 8, 1948, Patrick reenlisted in the Army at Rapid City. Patrick married Grace Eagle Fox on April 4, 1950, in Arlington, Virginia, where the couple made their home. They had a son, Patrick Thomas, who was born on September 21, 1950, at Washington DC. Pfc. Woman Dress was sent overseas on August 14, 1951, as a part of the 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. When he went overseas, his wife with her son transferred from an office in Washington, DC to one in Pine Ridge so she could be closer to Patrick Raymond’s family.

Very soon after his arrival on the front lines in Korea, Private Patrick Raymond Woman Dress was killed in action in the vicinity of Yanggu, North Korea on September 24, 1951. The message of his death was delivered to the Superintendent of the Pine Ridge Agency and then it was forwarded to Patrick’s wife, Grace, at Porcupine. It read, “The Secretary of the Army has asked me to express his deep regret that your husband, Pfc. Patrick R. Woman Dress, RA 17200649, was killed in action in Korea on September 24, 1951. Confirming letter follows.” It was signed by the Adjutant General of the U.S. Army. A memorial service was held for him at Wounded Knee on October 22, 1951. His body was later returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at the old cemetery at the Holy Rosary Mission

Besides earning the WW II Victory Medal, Private Raymond Patrick Woman Dress 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. Patrick Raymond’s brother, Paul, also served in the Army. All of the Woman Dress siblings are deceased.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 30, 2004. The ABMC, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, the SDNGM, and the Martin Messenger from November 1, 1951, and November 25, 1951, provided information for this entry. Additional information and profile approval by Francene Woman Dress, niece of Patrick Raymond Woman Dress.