In Memory of
U.S. Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Madison, South Dakota
Lake County

Died December 15, 1954
Lost aboard a Jet Fighter near Jacksonville, Florida

Harold Lee Terwilliger was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Terwilliger. He attended high school at Winfred but graduated from Madison Central in 1949. Harold went on to attend General Beadle College in Huron for one year and then State College in Brookings for two years. He had a fiancé named Jacqueline Blow from Dell Rapids.

In November of 1952, Harold Terwilliger entered the Navy Air Cadet program at Pensacola, Florida. He got his wings and commission at Corpus Christi, Texas, on June 15, 1954. Lt. Terwilliger became a member of the 5th Marine Fighter Squadron No. 122.

On December 15, 1954, while stationed at Jacksonville, Florida, Second Lieutenant Harold Terwilliger was on a routine jet fighter flight and had flown into Jacksonville from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in the late afternoon, re-fueled and filed his flight plan for Cherry Point, NC. His plane had difficulty being started after re-fueling so he took off later than everyone else. Shortly after take off, he disappeared from radio contact and was never found so somewhere he is in his final resting place in the Atlantic Ocean. He was the squadron leader and the rest of his squadron used his flight plan as well. They did search for several days to no avail.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Cali Ewing, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, August 1, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the Madison Daily Leader, 12/17/54 issue. The family later notified us that Harold Lee Terwilliger was given a burial at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia in 2011. Here is a link to his grave site: