In Memory of
U.S. Naval Commander Deadwood, South Dakota
Lawrence County

July 20, 1910 – August 18, 1953
Died at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington, DC


William Ogden Treber was born in Deadwood, South Dakota, on July 20, 1910, to Mr. Albert P. and Mrs. Edith (Bartleson) Treber. William had one sister. He went to school in Deadwood and graduated from the Rapid City School of Mines and Technology. Before he entered the service, from 1930 to 1940, William was a manager of the Custer office of Black Hills Power and Light Co. William married Edith Nelson on June 26, 1937, at Cody, Wyoming; they had a son, David William Treber, born on January 25, 1940, at Rapid City. Much later David married June Korpi in Lead. They have two daughters.

William Ogden Treber joined the Naval Reserve and entered active service as a lieutenant on October 19, 1940, at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. He was stationed at various places in the United States during WW II, including being at Pearl Harbor “at the outbreak of World War II.” Commander Treber also found himself at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii during the Korean War, as a part of the Navy’s Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) program, which was to help American ships and aircrafts share sensor and targeting information, according to one source. Commander Treber was there until June of 1952, when he was transferred back to Washington, DC.

On August 18, 1953, U.S. Navy Commander William Ogden Treber died unexpectedly of illness caused by hepatitis contracted years earlier in overseas service. He died at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland. Commander Treber was buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 28, 2004. The Lead Daily Call from September 19, 1953, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus provided information for this entry. Additional information and approval of profile provided by June Treber, sister-in-law, Spearfish.