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

May 17, 1938 - June 2, 1956
Died non battle in Korea


Darrell Dean (Sonny) Crow was born in White Butte, South Dakota, on May 17, 1938, to Hiram Abraham and Elizabeth Mary (Janish) Crow. Darrell had three brothers, John, Robert, and Dale, and two sisters, Elaine and Ellen. Darrell grew up on the farm and went to the North Lemmon schools, which was near the North Dakota border. The family moved to Lemmon, South Dakota, about 1951. Darrell did not attend high school, but worked on various farms as a farm hand, and also worked at the bowling alley, setting pins.

Darrell enlisted in the army June 9, 1955. He took basic training at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas, and on November 25, 1955 he was given his overseas assignment in Korea, even though the Korean Conflict had officially ended. Pvt. Crow was a heavy equipment operator, attached to Company A, 76th Engineer Construction Battalion. They were working a dragline on a rock quarry near the Han River.

Pvt. Darrell Dean Crow died while swimming on a Sunday in the 76th Engineer’s rock quarry near Seoul, South Korea, on June 2, 1956. There were very few details on the drowning. It is believed that he dove in, and hit his head. His brother, Robert, tells that Darrell had been a fantastic swimmer.

Private Darrell D. Crow was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Crow to perish in Korea. On September 9, 1950, his brother, Private Dale Crow, was killed in battle along with their cousin, Private David F. Crow.

Private Darrell Dean Crow was buried with full military honors in the Lemmon Cemetery at Lemmon, South Dakota.



Jaclyn R. Boring, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, respectfully submitted this entry on May 1, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by Herman Kraft, Timber Lake, South Dakota; Leola (Crow) Witt, Hettinger, North Dakota, cousin to Darrell Crow; and Robert (Bob) Crow, Bison, South Dakota, brother to Pvt. Darrell Dean Crow. Profile approval by Robert Crow, brother.