In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Alexandria, South Dakota
Hanson County

March 4, 1931 – November 29, 1950
Killed in Action in Korea

    

Wayne Martin Herron was born in Alexandria, South Dakota, on March 4, 1931, to John and Sarah Edith Herron. He had six sisters and five brothers. Wayne attended schools in Alexandria. Before he entered the service, Wayne worked for a while as a salesman.

Herron entered active service June 22, 1948. He was trained at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and then went to Japan as part of the Occupational Forces. He was in Battery A, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. When the war started in Korea, American troops were needed right away, so many of those serving in Japan were sent into Korea first. Corporal Herron did come home once on furlough in May of 1950 because his father was very sick.

Corporal Wayne Martin Herron was killed in action in the “northern front” near Chosin Reservoir in Korea on November 29, 1950. His body was not recovered. He has a bronze memorial plaque at the Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell.

Herron was awarded the Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, Untied Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

This entry is respectfully submitted by Hillary Stevens, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, June 21, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the Alexandria Herald, 12/28/50, 1/1/51, 1/25/51, the ABMC, and information submitted by John Herron, brother, Mitchell. Memorial plaque photo by Mrs. Hansen. (P/S/F/A 7/27/04.)