In Memory of
U.S. Army First Lieutenant Mitchell, South Dakota
Davison County

December 19, 1920 – October 14, 1951
Killed in Action in North Korea


John Stransky was born December 19, 1920, to Leo G. and Annie Laurie (Duncan) Stransky at Chamberlain in Brule County of South Dakota before moving with his family to Mitchell. He was educated in Mitchell area schools and graduated from Mitchell High School before attending the University of South Dakota. Stransky entered the service the first time during WW II where he served in the Pacific Campaign. After the war, John was put on inactive duty status. From 1945 until 1950, John worked for Northwest Manufacturing Company in Mitchell. On September 4, 1948, John married Grace Smith. The couple had a daughter, Laurie Ann Stransky.

Stransky was recalled to active service at Fort Riley, Kansas. Lt. Stransky was sent overseas as a member of the 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Lt. John Stransky was killed in action on October 14, 1951, in Korea. Later his body was brought back to his home and he was buried with military honors at the Mitchell cemetery.

Lt. Stransky was awarded Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean War Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Besides his widow and daughter, John is currently survived by one sister, Marcia Stransky Gilmore, of Omaha, Nebraska.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Miranda Reed 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 25, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the American Battle Monuments Commission, Mrs. Grace Jeffery, the Brule County News, December 6, 1951, issue, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus. Memorial stone photo by Mrs. Hansen. Profile approved by Grace Jeffery.