In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Roslyn, South Dakota
Day County

November 21, 1931--March 31, 1951
Died as Prisoner of War in Korea

Bruce Allen Hook was born November 21, 1931, near Bristol, Day County, South Dakota, to John E. and Henrietta Hook. He was a farm boy--nicknamed “Buster” by his dad-- and the youngest of ten children; his siblings were Charles, Kathryn, Floy (who died at 18 months), Viola, Vernon, Loyd, Glenn, Jasper, and Janie. He attended Roslyn High School. Four brothers, besides Bruce, served in the armed forces. His sister, Janie remembers that she and Bruce would ride horses bareback together and would play the card game ‘hearts’ with a neighbor boy. She also remembers that Bruce wanted a bicycle so bad that he traded something for an old, broken one and then managed to get it working for them to ride. When Janie graduated from high school, Bruce wrote these words in her yearbook: “I hope you find luck, happiness, and cheer in whatever task you undertake. ‘Wheresoever thou goest, kindly light shall follow thine heels.’ ”

He enlisted April 21, 1950, at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was trained at Fort Ord, California, and sent overseas to Korea in October of 1950 as part of Company L, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

Corporal Hook disappeared on January 20, 1951, “on patrol duty somewhere between Taegu and Seoul.” He was later declared a prisoner of war. Corporal Bruce Hook’s family was informed that he died of “malnutrition and pneumonia” on March 31, 1951, while a POW. However, since his parents never received his dog tags or any other personal effects and his body was never recovered, there has always been a doubt about what really happened to him.

Corporal Hook was issued the Prisoner of War Medal, Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chris Stone, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 11, 2004. Information was provided by the South Dakota National Guard Museum, the ABMC, an application for a veteran’s bonus, the Reporter and Farmer, February 2, 1951, issue, and Janie Haaseth, sister, Brookings. Profile approval by Janie Haaseth.