In Memory of
U.S. Army Sergeant Dimock, South Dakota
Hutchinson County

February 16, 1926--February 22, 1953
Killed in Action in Korea

Francis Jacob Hohn was born in Mitchell, South Dakota, on February 16, 1926, to Mr. William W. and Mrs. Catherine “Katie” (Munterfering) Hohn. Francis had a sister, Bernice. Before he entered the service, he farmed with his parents near Dimock. His sister remembers that Francis “was an avid banjo, guitar, and accordion player” and that he “played in a band for many dances.”

Francis Jacob Hohn was drafted and entered active service in the U.S Army on May 16, 1951, at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Francis went through basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. When Francis was done with basic training, he got a week off, so he visited his parents at home. After arriving back to duty, Francis was sent to Fort Lawton, Washington, to be sent overseas on January 25, 1952, as a part of Company B, 185th Engineering Combat Battalion. Sergeant Hohn arrived in Japan on February 18, 1952, where he spent a few days before he was sent to Korea. For a year he served as a truck driver behind the front lines.

Sergeant Francis Jacob Hohn was killed in action in Korea on February 22, 1953. His parents received a telegram on February 28 informing them of his death. His body was later returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Parkston at the end of April.

Sergeant Francis Jacob Hohn was awarded the Purple Heart, 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. Information for this entry was provided by the American Battle Monuments Commission, the Parkston Advance, 3/5/53, 4/23/53, and 4/30/53 issues, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, the South Dakota National Guard Museum, and Bernice Brech, sister, Dimock. Additional information and profile approval by Bernice Brech.