In Memory of
U.S. Air Force First Captain Platte, South Dakota
Charles Mix County

January 12, 1920 - July 28, 1951
Killed in Action in Sunan area of Korea


Cleland Davis With was born in Platte, South Dakota, January 12, 1920, to Holger and Mollie B. (Davis) With. He had four siblings, brothers Charles and Cullen, and sisters Bette and Ella Marie. He attended the Platte Public Schools, graduating in May 1938. He worked as a bartender, and from February 1941 to March 1942 he was employed with the Dairy Land Creamery Company in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Cleland Davis With enlisted in the army on March 6, 1942 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. While in World War II, Captain With was a bombardier, serving in air offensives over Europe. He was discharged from the army at Victorville, California on August 20, 1943, and reentered the Army Air Corps as a commissioned officer. Captain With served in this capacity from August 21, 1943 to June 18, 1947. He married Pauline Cecelia Loza on April 5, 1947, in San Antonio, Texas. To this union, two children were born: Paul George, on July 25, 1948, and Adela Marie on June 5, 1950. Paul lived only nine days.

On January 25, 1950, Captain With was recalled to the service, and on July 19, 1950, he was sent to Manston, England, and attached to the 20th Fighter Group. He returned stateside on December 23, 1950, and was once more sent overseas, arriving in Korea on May 10, 1951. Captain With was a pilot of a F-80C Shooting Star fighter interceptor with the 9th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 49th Fighter Bomber Group. On July 28, 1951, while flying a combat mission in the Sunan area of Korea, his aircraft took a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire, crashed and exploded. Captain With’s body was never recovered.

Captain Cleland Davis With was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. His sister, Bette, says:

Cleland was very close to his family. He was a good brother and well liked as a student and employee, and was a credit to his squadron. He was a wonderful husband and father.

Randi LaRae Rieger and Amy Nicole McCullough, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, May 24, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. Bette Battista, sister of Cleland Davis With, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, provided information for this entry. Profile approval by Bette Battista.