In Memory of
U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Parkston, South Dakota
Hutchinson County

June 5, 1934 --March 27, 1953
Killed in Action in Korea


Kenneth Dean Hayen was born in Parkston, South Dakota, on June 5, 1934, to Henry W. and Katherine (Mohr) Hayen. Kenneth had five brothers: Merle, Wallace, Willis, Billy, and Clarence. Kenneth also had a sister, Gloria. Kenneth attended Parkston schools. Before he entered the service, Kenneth worked on farms in the Parkston/Scotland area.

Kenneth Dean Hayen enlisted into the U.S Marine Corps on August 5, 1952, at Camp Pendleton, California. Pfc. Hayen was sent overseas on February 21, 1953, as part of Co. C, 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Division.

Private First Class Kenneth Dean Hayen was killed in action on March 27, 1953, while fighting the enemy in Korea. Kenneth’s parents received two telegrams, the second from the Marine Corps Commandant who wrote the following:

Deeply regret to inform you that your son, Pfc. Kenneth D. Hayen USMC, previously reported missing in action is now reported to have been killed in action, March 27, 1953, in Korea in the performance of his duty and service of his country. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy in your bereavement. Sorry no details available at present. Our marines who lose their lives are returned home for burial as soon as possible….

His body was returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors on May 20, 1953, at the cemetery in Milltown, South Dakota.

Kenneth Dean Hayen 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.

Two of Kenneth’s brothers, Merle and Wallace, also served during the Korean War.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 13, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the Parkston Advance, April 23, 1953, April 30, 1953, & May 21, 1953, issues, the American Battle Monuments Commission, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus. (P/S/F/A 7/16.)