In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Webster, South Dakota
Day County

May 30, 1929 – May 19, 1951
Killed in Action in Korea

Arnold Leo Block was born May 30, 1929, at Waubay, South Dakota, to Theodore Leo and Clara (Moss) Block. Arnold had one brother, William; he also had five sisters: Celia, Mary, Bette, Janice, and Sally. Arnold went to Webster area schools prior to entering the service.

In January of 1945, Arnold entered active service in the Army. He was just 16 years old. He became part of L Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.

On May 14, 1951, Corporal Arnold Leo Block was killed in action in Korea. He was 22 years old. His parents received a telegram first telling them that Arnold was missing and later that he was confirmed killed in action. His body was later returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors in the “Soldiers’ Circle” in the Webster Cemetery.

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

This entry was respectfully initiated by Michael Delahoyde, 8th grade, and completed by Mrs. Hansen, Spearfish Middle School., Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by the SD National Guard Museum and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus. Memorial stone photo by Clyde Schuemake and the Webster School District. (P/S/F/A 8/9/04.)