In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Platte, South Dakota
Charles Mix County, South Dakota

July 20, 1926 – August 31, 1951
Killed in Action in North Korea

Lowell Lewis Scott was born on July 20, 1926, at Lake Andes, South Dakota, to Louis Edmond and Clora Esther (Pellar) Scott. He has one sibling, Dona. The family moved to the Platte community in 1929, where Lowell attended grade schools in Darlington and Moore townships before going to Geddes and then graduating from Platte High School in 1944. While in school, Lowell was active in activities, among them the Geddes Boy Scouts and the bands and glee clubs at high schools in both Platte and Geddes. After high school, Lowell farmed with his father until he was drafted.

On January 2, 1951, Lowell entered active service at Sioux Falls. After several months of training, Scott was sent to Korea on May 19, 1951, as part of the 17th Infantry, 7th Division. Once in Korea, Private Scott was on the front lines in a medical unit. On August 31, 1951, Private Lowell Scott was killed in action when he was “struck by a fragment of a mortar shell near Hugun’o Ryong, North Korea. Later Lowell’s family was informed that he had been awarded the Bronze Star with a “V” for heroism. According to the citation:

…On 31 August 1951, Private Scott was attached to Company I, 17th Infantry, as a medical aidman during an attack on strategic enemy hill-top positions. Despite concentrated barrages of enemy mortar and artillery fire, he moved aggressively forward with the assault elements to treat and evacuate the wounded. During the night the enemy counter-attacked the newly gained friendly positions and compelled Company I to withdraw. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Private Scott voluntarily remained behind to administer to the wounded by a bursting enemy mortar shell. The courageous acts of Private Scott were responsible for saving the lives of numerous friendly casualties.

The body of Pfc. Scott was returned to the United States and buried with military honors at Pleasant Lawn Cemetery in Geddes on December 10, 1951. Besides the Bronze Star Medal, Lowell Scott was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Medal.

We will remember the service and sacrifice Private First Class Scott gave to this country.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Kristi M. Zebroski and Kristal J. Flory, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 24, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the Platte Enterprise, 09/ 27/51,12/6/51, 9/4/52 issues, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus. (P/S/F/A 6/17/04.)