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

December 17, 1932 - September 9, 1950
Killed in action near Sibi-ri, Korea

Dale Duane Crow was born on the farm southwest of White Butte, South Dakota on December 17, 1932 to Hiram Abraham and Elizabeth Mary (Janish) Crow. Dale had three brothers, John, Robert, and Darrell, and two sisters, Elaine and Ellen. Dale grew up near Lemmon, South Dakota, and went to elementary school there. He attended Northwestern Lutheran Academy at Mobridge, South Dakota during 1941 and 1942.

Dale Duane Crow entered the army at Fort Riley, Kansas, March 23, 1950, along with his three cousins, David, Richard, and Eugene Crow. After boot camp and a furlough home, they left for Korea on August 5, 1950. On August 23, 1950, the boys arrived in Korea. Private Crow was a member of Company G, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.

Fourteen days later, on September 6, 1950, Pvt. Dale Duane Crow was involved in an attack against a strongly defended enemy position on Hill 285 near Sibi-ri, south of Taigi, South Korea. It was during this attack that Private Crow was seriously injured. As a comrade was dressing his wounds, an enemy grenade landed close by. Pvt. Crow, trying to save the life of the comrade, threw himself over him, receiving the full blast of the explosion, which took his life. It was during this battle, on this same hill, that his cousin, Pvt. David Crow, also lost his life.

Pvt. Dale Duane Crow was awarded the second highest award the United States has to offer, the Distinguished Service Cross for extra ordinary heroism, along with the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and the Korean War Service Medal.

In a letter to Private Crow’s family, his commanding officer, Col. George P. Peploe, wrote:

A greater sacrifice than that by your son Dale no man can take, and hard though it is for you to lose your son in battle, you and your family may always recall with a sense of deep pride the heroism and self-sacrifice of your soldier son Dale….

Pvt. Dale Duane Crow was laid to rest at the Green Hill Cemetery in Lemmon, South Dakota.

Derek Boes, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, April 21, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. Information was provided by Herman Kraft, Timber Lake, South Dakota; Leola Crow Witt, Hettinger, North Dakota, cousin to Pvt. Dale Crow; and Robert Crow, Bison, South Dakota, brother to Pvt. Dale Crow. Profile approval by Robert Crow, brother.