In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Clear Lake, South Dakota
Deuel County

April 4, 1931 - April 2, 1954
Died non-battle in Korea


Harvey Clarence Walter was born on April 4, 1931, in Clear Lake, Deuel County, South Dakota. He was the son of Hans F. and Mae Walter. He had three brothers: Harland, Clarence, Leonard, and three sisters: Norma, Grace, and Leona. He and his family lived on a farm near Altamont. Harvey attended a small school close to his home for his grade school education. He later graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1949 and then farmed in the Altamont area. Harvey had his private pilot license and owned a small Piper Cub. In the winter of 1952 he flew supplies to snow bound people.

Harvey entered active service on September 10, 1952, in Sioux Falls and took his training at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas. From Camp Chaffee he was sent to Korea on February 13, 1953.

Corporal Walter was in combat with an artillery unit shortly after his arrival in Korea. In the letter received by his family a short time before his death, he said that they should expect him home soon—in late May. Instead, on April 2, 1954, only two days short of his 23rd birthday, Corporal Harvey Clarence Walter was killed in a truck accident in Korea during blackout conditions when on a maneuver. According to the War Department, Corporal Walter died “as a result of suffocation.”

The body of Corporal Harvey C. Walter was returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at the Lake View Cemetery.

We will remember the service and sacrifice of Corporal Harvey Clarence Walter.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Cali Ewing and Lex Kinghorn, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 25, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by Clear Lake Courier, April 8, 1954 issue and by an application for a veteran’s bonus. Photo provided by Clarence Walter, brother of Harvey. Additional information and profile approval by Mrs. Leona Isenberg, sister.