In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Dell Rapids, South Dakota
Minnehaha County

May 1, 1923 – May 18, 1951
Missing in Action, Presumed Dead in South Korea

    

Gordon Benhard Carsrud was born May 1, 1923, in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. He was born to Ben Carsrud and Erma (Anderson) Carsrud. Gordon had two brothers: Lloyd and Albert; he also had two sisters, Erma and Myrtle. Gordon attended a rural grade school in Chester, South Dakota. Gordon graduated from Chester High School in May of 1941.

Gordon enlisted in the Army in August of 1941. During WW II, Carsrud served in the European theater. He was discharged in December of 1945, “after spending considerable time in Europe.” In June of 1949, he re-enlisted in Washington, DC, and went overseas in October of 1949 as part of the 8202nd Army Unit, Korean Military Assistance Group (KMAG). According to a newspaper clipping, Cpl. Carsrud was “in Korea at the time hostilities broke out.”

Corporal Gordon Carsrud was declared missing in action “while advising the South Koreans in South Korea on May 18, 1951.” He was declared Presumed Dead on January 26, 1954. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal and the Nation Defense Service Medal.

Although the body of Corporal Carsrud was never recovered, he has a memorial stone at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Michaela Kiley L. Fuerstenau, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, South Dakota, May 11, 2004. This information was provided by newspaper clippings, including Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 7/8/51 issue, the South Dakota National Guard Museum, and ABMC. Profile approved by Erma Anderson, sister.