In Memory of
U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Deadwood, South Dakota
Lawrence County

May 17, 1927 – August 9, 1950
Killed in Action at Yongsan-Myon

    

David Benjamin Titus was born in Deadwood, South Dakota on May 17, 1927, to Mr. Earl B. Titus and Mrs. Norma C. (Crawford) Titus. He had one sister, Beverly (Honnen). David attended schools in Deadwood but graduated from high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He then attended Milwaukee Teachers College and Black Hills State Teacher College.

David Benjamin Titus enlisted in 1945 at the end of WW II. At some point between his two enlistments, he worked at the Veterans Administration at Fort Meade. He then re-enlisted into the U.S Army on August 5, 1948, and was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas, and later assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington. Second Lieutenant Titus was sent overseas to Japan in July of 1950, landing at Pusan, Korea, on July 15. He was a member of the 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. According to one source, the first artillery round fired in support of combat for the 2nd Infantry was fired by a battery in the 15th FA, on August 6, 1950.

Just three days later, Second Lieutenant David Benjamin Titus was killed in action on August 9, 1950, while fighting the enemy at Yongsan-Myon in Korea. His body was later returned to the United States, and Second Lieutenant David Benjamin Titus was buried in Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, South Dakota.

Second Lieutenant David Benjamin Titus was awarded the Bronze Star for valor, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Defense Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 28, 2004. The American Battle Monuments Commission, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, the South Dakota National Guard Museum, http://www.landscaper.net/korean.htm and the Lead Daily Call from September 8, 1950, provided information for this entry. No family contact made.