In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Scotland, South Dakota
Bon Homme County

November 4, 1928 - September 11, 1951
Killed in action near Pandangdong-ni, Korea


Richard Bruce Van Buskirk was born in Huron, South Dakota, on November 4, 1928 to Ralph H. and Elva (Lytle) Van Buskirk. He had one older brother, Oral. Richard attended high school in Scotland, South Dakota, where he was involved in football, track, and basketball. He graduated from Scotland High School in 1947. After school he ran Dick’s clothing store and helped his parents at the DeLux Dry Cleaning business. Richard was an active member of the Scotland Fire Department, and the Moose Lodge in Scotland. He was married to Leona Orth on June 13, 1948, in Scotland, South Dakota.

Richard Bruce Van Buskirk enlisted in the 196th Infantry National Guard Unit of Yankton, South Dakota, on June 24, 1948. He was put on reserve status on September 21, 1949, and then recalled to active duty into the army on December 12, 1950 at Fort Riley, Kansas. After Cpl. Van Buskirk came home on furlough in April 1951 he was sent to Fort Lawton, Washington. Soon after, he shipped to Korea, arriving there on June 15, 1951.

Corporal Richard Bruce Van Buskirk was killed in a Korean battlefield on the afternoon of September 11, 1951, one day after returning to the front lines from a rest camp. Fragments from an exploding mortal shell struck Cpl.Van Buskirk while he was acting as a radioman for his unit commander during an attack on enemy held positions.

Cpl. Richard Van Buskirk, a member of Company K, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division was buried in Scotland, South Dakota, on December 17, 1951. Corporal Richard Van Buskirk 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.

Destiny Schaefer and Tyler Hall, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, April 27, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. Oral Ralph Van Buskirk, Wilmington, Delaware, brother to Cpl. Richard Bruce Van Buskirk, provided information for this entry. Profile approval by Van Buskirk family.