In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Tripp, South Dakota
Hutchinson County

March 16, 1928--April 5, 1952
Killed in a Car Accident near Kaylor, South Dakota

Alvin Johnny Brandt was born in Tripp, South Dakota on March 16, 1928, to Mr. Emil J. Brandt and Mrs. Katherine (Stoebner) Brandt. Alvin was raised on the farm ten miles from Tripp, where he was born. Alvin had a brother, Elmer, and one sister, Gladys. Before he entered the service, Alvin farmed with his father.

Alvin Johnny Brandt was drafted into the U.S. Army on February 28, 1951, at Sioux Falls. He was first stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia, where he went through his training. Private First Class Alvin Johnny Brandt was a part of the 110th Harbor Craft Co., 149th Harbor Craft, and Marine Maintenance Battalion. After his initial training, Pfc. Brandt was given some time off in October and again in December of 1951, so he could visit his family. His new assignment was to be in Seattle, Washington, and he was given leave before shipping out to Seattle.

Several days into his leave, Private First Class Alvin Johnny Brandt was returning home alone in the early evening from Kaylor on April 5, 1952, when his car crashed on the U.S. Highway #18, and he was thrown from the vehicle, dying instantly. Alvin was only 20. A memorial service was held at Eggers Funeral Home on April 9, 1952, and then he was buried with military honors at the Peace Reformed Cemetery in Tripp.

Private First Class Alvin Johnny Brandt was remembered as a quiet person who was liked by all who knew him. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 28, 2004. The Tripp Ledger from March 3, 1952, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus provided information for this entry. No family contact was made.