In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Coal Springs, South Dakota
Perkins County

May 26, 1922 - February 12, 1951
Killed in action on the battle field of Korea


Harold H. Witte was born on the family farm in Coal Springs, South Dakota, on May 26, 1922, to Theodore J. and Lena (Sundermeyer) Witte. He was the third oldest of four brothers, Clifford, Clarence, Roy, and Ray. As a child, he enjoyed horseback riding. He is described as being a little devilish in nature, with always a joke to play. Harold helped his father farm, until he was drafted when WWII was winding down. He served in Okinawa, and at the end of the war returned home as an artillery reservist.

Pfc. Harold H. Witte was recalled to active duty on October 3, 1950. He reported to Fort Lewis, Washington for training, and was then sent overseas in late November 1950. He arrived the night before Christmas in Japan with his comrades on the way to Korea. Pfc. Witte was in command of a small arms unit, and saw much active duty on the North Korean front.

Pfc. Harold Henry Witte died in Korea on February 12, 1951. His funeral was held at Coal Springs, South Dakota, at the Church of God. He is buried in Meadow Galloway Cemetery, 1 mile south of Meadow, South Dakota.

Harold Witte was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

Payden R. Scott and Kyla R. VanDenHemel, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, April 19, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. Rex A. Witte, Isabel, South Dakota, cousin to Pfc. Harold Henry Witte, provided the information and approved the profile.