In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Lemmon, South Dakota
Perkins County

August 28, 1931 – September 9, 1950
Killed in action while fighting near Youngsan, South Korea


David Franklin Crow was born in Randalia, Iowa, August 28, 1931 to Harold Eugene and Mary (Lockner) Crow. David had three brothers, Eugene, Richard, and Harold Jr., and two sisters, Leola and Mary Lou. He soon moved with his parents from Iowa to a farm south of Haynes in South Dakota. David attended Haynes grade school and moved to Lemmon, South Dakota in 1944, which he graduated from in May 1948. After graduation, he worked as a hired hand for farmers in the area. He was not married and planned to be a minister.

David F. Crow was one of four Lemmon boys who enlisted in the army on March 25, 1950. Along with him were his brothers, Richard and Eugene, and cousin Dale Crow. All the boys went by train to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to be processed, and then were sent to Fort Riley, Kansas, for six weeks of basic training. After returning home for a two-week furlough, the boys were sent to Fort Lewis, Washington. After only six days at Fort Lewis, they were shipped to Korea, arriving on August 23, 1950, Eugene’s 22nd birthday. By Pfc. David Crow’s birthday, August 28th, the boys were on the front lines. Pfc. Crow was a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.

Pvt. David Franklin Crow and his cousin Pvt. Dale Crow died on Hill 285, south of Taegu, South Korea, when their unit was over run by the enemy on September 9, 1950. They were in the same foxhole. Pvt. David Crow was killed instantly by enemy small arms fire. His commanding officer, Col. George B. Peploe wrote:

…. He made a gallant stand and died a soldier’s death. God in his mercy did not let him suffer or linger.

Pvt. David F. Crow was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and the Korean War Service Medal. A memorial service for Pvt. David Franklin Crow and Pvt. Dale Crow was held at the Lemmon School gym on October 25, 1950. They were buried at Greenhill Cemetery, Lemmon, South Dakota.



Austin Kirby Briggs, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, May 13, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. Robert Crow, Bison, South Dakota, cousin to Pvt. David Crow, and Leola (Crow) Witt, Hettinger, North Dakota, sister to Pvt. David Crow, provided information. Profile approval by Leola (Crow) Witt, sister.