In Memory of
U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Miller, South Dakota
Hand County

March 23, 1920 – September 20, 1952
Died of an Incurable Disease at Base Hospital, Eglin Field, Florida


Kenneth Orville Stubsten was born on March 23, 1920, at Lennox, South Dakota. He was the oldest son of Ella and Olaf Stubsten. The family moved to Miller when Kenneth was small. He had three sisters, Iona, Gladys, and Helen. He also had three brothers, Lloyd, Howard, and Eugene. He attended and then graduated from Miller High School in 1938. After high school, Kenneth moved to California. He is remembered for having a great love of photography. When he could, he also liked to return home to South Dakota to go pheasant hunting in the fall season.

Kenneth enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941. He did his basic training at Fresno, California and further training at Lowry Field, Colorado. Master Sergeant Stubsten was sent overseas with the 16th Combat Camera Unit and was stationed in Kunming, China for two years. He flew in a B-24 bomber. On his last mission about a week before the war ended, aboard a B-25, he was wounded, and had to come back to the United States; he was treated at Brigham City, Utah. Master Sergeant Stubsten then married Norma Thompson from Long Beach, California, in Brigham City on January 19, 1946. They had a daughter, Debbie. He and his family were then transferred to Eglin Field, Florida, where he was stationed at the time of his death.

Master Sergeant Kenneth O. Stubsten died on the morning of September 20, 1952, in the hospital at Eglin Field, Florida after “suffering many months of an incurable disease.” His body was returned to South Dakota, and he was buried with military honors at the Miller Cemetery on September 26, 1952.

Kenneth was 32 years old and had been in the Air Force for eleven years. One of his brothers, Howard, had to sail for duty overseas in Korea on the day that Kenneth died.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Cali Ewing, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, July 29, 2004. The information for this entry was provided by the Miller Press, 10-2-52 issue. Photo, additional information and profile approval by Kenneth’s brother, Gene Stubsten, Commander, U.S. Navy (Retired).