In Memory of
U.S. Naval Fireman E3 Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Minnehaha County

May 11, 1930 -- September 26, 1950
Missing in Action, Lost at Sea

Dale Lloyd Hoover was born on May 11, 1930, in Worthington, Minnesota. He was the son of Lloyd and Gladys Hoover. He had two siblings, a brother Dwight and a sister Ione (Schmidt). He lived in the town of Worthington, Minnesota, until 1934 when he and his family moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In Sioux Falls he went to Longfellow Elementary for grade school; then he went to Washington High School, from where he graduated in 1948.

Dale enlisted the U. S. Navy on July 20, 1948, at the Navy Receiving Station in Omaha, Nebraska. He was shipped to San Francisco for training and then to San Diego. Fireman Hoover was sent overseas; her served on the USS Cunningham and the USS Samuel N. Moore before he was assigned to the USS Brush.

On September 26, 1950, Dale Hoover was aboard the USS Brush when it hit a land mine off the coast of Tanchon, North Korea. The explosion ripped a large hole in the 2,200-ton destroyer but it made it to port at Sasebo, Japan. However, Fireman Dale Hoover and eight others were declared missing in action after the explosion. Ten other crewmembers were injured. Dale Hoover was declared presumed dead on September 27, 1951. His body was never recovered.

For serving his country, Dale Hoover 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 Trevin Tetrault, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota. Information for this entry was provided by the South Dakota National Guard Museum, newspaper clippings, and an application for a veteran’s bonus. Profile approval by Ike Hoover and Ione Schmidt.