In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Lake City, South Dakota
Marshall County

August 29, 1929—October 29, 1952
Killed in Action in Korea


Paul Daniel Wegleitner was born on August 29, 1929, to Joe and Louise (Fink) Wegleitner in Lake City, South Dakota. He had six brothers: Joseph, Martin, Raymond, Mike, Kenneth, and Julius along with his two sisters, Marie and Helen. Paul lived and worked his whole life on the farm with his family except in the months before entering the service when he farmed near Amherst for the Symens.

Wegleitner was drafted into the Army and entered active service on September 25, 1951. His basic training was at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he was assigned to be part of 64th Medium Tank Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. He was sent over seas to Korea in February of 1952.

Private First Class Paul Wegleitner was wounded in action on August 28, 1952, in North Korea, and died the next day, August 29. The body of Pfc. Wegleitner was later returned to the United States; he was buried with military honors at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Lake City on January 24, 1953.

For his service, Pfc. Wegleitner was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Koran War Service Medal.

We will remember the service and sacrifice of Army Private First Class Paul Wegleitner.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Cali Ewing and Lex Kinghorn, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 20, 2004. Information from this entry was provided by American Battle Monuments Commission, Britton Journal, December 11, 1952 and February 5, 1953, issues, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus. (P/S/F/A 6/18/04.)