In Memory of
U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Roslyn, South Dakota
Day County

December 20, 1929--October 28, 1952
Killed in Action in Korea


Richard “Dickie” Arnold Johannsen was born in McLaughlin, South Dakota, on December 20, 1929, to John J. and Mary Zelda (Gladue) Johannsen, who was the second wife of John. Richard had a brother, Donald Charles Johannsen, who drowned in Roy Lake in 1960, and a number of half siblings from prior marriages on both sides: Alice, Florence, May, Flora Marie, Jane Hazel, Mable Rose, Orleana Frances, Floyd, Roy, Jack, Arthur, James, Pat, and Frank. When he was three, Richard moved to Marshall County where he later went to grade school at the Fort School. Richard also went to Roslyn High School. Before entering the service, Richard spent most of his time farming, particularly for Elmer and Adrian Fagerland near Langford.

Richard Arnold Johannsen was drafted into the Marine Corps on September 25, 1951. After his basic training, Richard was given four days off, came home, and then was sent overseas to Japan, arriving on May 29, 1952, aboard the USNS Gen. W.M. Weigel. A few days later Richard was sent to the front lines in Korea as a part of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine, 1st Marine Division. Pfc. Johannsen was in the battle on Bunker Hill in August of 1952, where he would fight by day and “at night help to pick up his buddies who were killed or wounded.”

Private Richard Arnold Johannsen was killed in action on October 28, 1952, while fighting on the front lines. He was 22 years old. His body was returned to the United States aboard the S. Navajo Victory and he was buried with military honors at the cemetery at Pierpont, South Dakota, on December 26, 1952.

Private Richard Arnold Johannsen was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, 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 14, 2004. The SDNGM, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, the Reporter and Farmer, December 11, 1952, and December 25, 1952, issues and Lavonne Carlson via Esther Sandve provided the information for this entry. Grave marker photo by Clyde Shuemake and the Webster School District. Profile approval by Goldie (Wells) Markey, daughter of Florence Wells, half-sister to Richard.