In Memory of
U.S. Army Sergeant Aberdeen, South Dakota
Brown County

February 11, 1937 -- November 27, 1950
Missing in Action – Presumed Dead in Korea

Marvin Martin Sihrer was born in Zell, South Dakota on February 11, 1937, to George and Adeline Sihrer. Marvin had four brothers: Elmer, Alvin, Buster, and Kenneth, and three sisters: Selma, Merceda (sp?), and Maybell. Marvin grew up on his family’s ranch, west of Fredrick, South Dakota. He attended schools in Frederick and Barnard. Marvin’s family moved to Aberdeen in the year of 1947 where he remained until he enlisted in the Army at the age of 17. Before he entered the service, he worked as a farm hand in the Chelsea area.

Marvin Sihrer enlisted for the U.S. Army on March 23, 1951, at Aberdeen and was trained at Fort Riley, Kansas. Sergeant Sihrer was later sent to Korea to fight for the United States, going overseas in August of 1950.

On November 27, 1950, while fighting the enemy in Korea, Sergeant Marvin Sihrer was reported missing in action. No further word was heard from him. Much later, on December 31, 1953, Sergeant Sihrer was declared presumed dead.

Sergeant Marvin Sihrer has a memorial stone at the cemetery in Zell. He 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.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Jason Klein, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, and an obituary from the Aberdeen American News, issue 1/4/54, sent by Pauline Davies, Aberdeen. (P/S/F/A 6/16/04.)