In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Pierpont, South Dakota
Day County

January 12, 1929 – August 16, 1952
Drowned in the Imjin River in Korea


Donald Robert Cannon was born January 12, 1929, in rural Marshall County in South Dakota to Robert and Mabel Mary (Kishner) Cannon. Before he entered the service, Donald farmed with his parents near Pierpont.

On May 10, 1951, Donald Cannon was drafted into the Army and entered active service in Sioux Falls. He was sent overseas on September 11, 1951, as part of the 10 Engineers, C Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division.

On August 16, 1952, Private First Class Donald R. Cannon died in Korea. According to the American Battle Monuments Commission site, “he drowned while removing debris across the Imjin River north of Yonchon, North Korea for the erection of a pontoon bridge.” His body was later returned to the United States, along with over 200 other casualties of the Korea War, in October of 1952. He was buried with military honors at the Homer Cemetery in Pierpoint.

Donald Cannon was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted initiated by Anna Jastorff, 8th grade, and completed by Mrs. Hansen, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, SD, on July 22, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, the American Battle Monuments Commission, and the Reporter and Farmer, 10/16/52 issue. Memorial stone photo by Clyde Schuemake and the Webster School District. No family contact made.