In Memory of
U.S. Army Private La Plant, South Dakota
Dewey County

September 1, 1930 – August 4, 1951
Died as a Prisoner of War in North Korea


William Paul Deer With Horns was born at the Old Agency in South Dakota on September 1, 1930, to Paul and Amy (Two Bulls) Deer With Horns. His father died when he was four and his mother died when he was seven. The kids were then sent to the Old St. Joseph Mission School until about 1939 and also attended the Cheyenne River Boarding School. William was raised by his mother’s brother, Uncle Moses Two Bulls. William is remembered as being a good basketball player. William lived and worked around La Plant before he entered the service. He stayed for a time with his cousin, Jessie Different Horse.

William Paul Deer With Horns enlisted in the U.S Army on September 5, 1950, at Mobridge. Private Deer With Horns went overseas in March of 1951 as part of the Engineer Platoon that supported Company K, 3rd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division.

On April 23, 1951, Private William Paul Deer With Horns was wounded in the side and taken prisoner by the Chinese. He was put in a Prisoner of War camp in North Korea. Private William Paul Deer With Horns died on August 4, 1951, from his wounds. His body was buried by the Chinese in North Korea and has never been recovered. His name is among those on a Memorial at Punch Bowl in Hawaii.

William Paul Deer With Horns was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal, 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 Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 28, 2004. The American Battle Monuments Commission, the South Dakota National Guard Museum, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus provided information for this entry. Additional information and profile approval by Earlwin O’Klaire, brother.