In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Hamill, South Dakota
Tripp County

February 16, 1925 – February 4, 1951
Killed in Action in Korea


Philip Snethen was born in Chamberlain, South Dakota, on February 16, 1925, to Harry G. and Louisa Edith (Dicks) Snethen. He had a brother, Harry, and two sisters, Louisa (Crackel) and Mary Betty (Crackel). Philip’s father died when he was 10 years old, so the family had to work together to continue on the farm near Hamill. He attended and graduated from Winner High School. While in high school, Philip was interested in sports, and he played football. Shortly after graduation, Philip was drafted into the Army for World War II and served from 1944-1946. He joined the Army reserves, so he went home and farmed until he was called up again for the Korean War.

On October 16, 1950, Philip Snethen reentered active service in the Army. Private Snethen arrived in Korea on January 1, 1951 as part of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division.

Private Philip Snethen was killed in action in South Korea on February 4, 1951. The War Department contacted his mother at their farm near Hamill to inform her of Philip’s death. Philip was first buried in Tangook, Korea, but his body was later returned to the United States and was buried with military honors at the Winner Cemetery.

Private Snethen was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

Philip is currently survived by his sister, Mary Betty, and his brother, Harry.

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 Tripp County Journal, 3-22-51 issue, and the SD National Guard Museum. Additional information and profile approval by Mary Betty Crackel, sister.