In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Dell Rapids, South Dakota
Minnehaha County

November 28, 1922 – March 7, 1951
Died non-battle in Korea


Arnold Ellsworth Haugen was born November 28, 1922, in Baltic, South Dakota, to Lorentz and Gjertrud Haugen. His siblings were Aagot, Elmer, Jonetta, Lasse, and Glenda. He graduated from Baltic High School and attended Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls. Throughout his life, Arnold was involved in music; he played the trombone and base horn in a dance band.

On January 5, 1943, during WW II, Arnold was inducted into the service, was trained at Ft. Crook, Nebraska, as a combat infantryman, went overseas on September 12, 1944, and served in the Rhineland campaign in the European theater. He was later released from active service in 1946 and returned home to work at the Veterans Administration in Sioux Falls.

As a reservist, Haugen was recalled to active service on October 1, 1950, as part of Battery B, 95th AA Battalion, at Fort Lewis, Washington. He went overseas again in December of 1950 attached to the 25th Military Police Company, 25th Infantry Division.

While guarding prisoners, Corporal Arnold Haugen caught a cold, which turned into diphtheria and took his life on March 7, 1951, just months after he had arrived in Korea. His body was returned to the United States and he was buried with military honors at the East Nidaros cemetery near Baltic.

He was awarded the American Theater Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the European-Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean War Service Medal, and WW II Victory Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Hillary Stevens, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota. Information and approval for this entry was provided by Elmer Haugen, Jr., nephew, Dell Rapids, South Dakota.