In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Minnehaha County

August 23, 1929 – August 6, 1951
Killed in Action in Korea


Richard Calvin Hargus was born August 23, 1929, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Joseph F. and Clara M. (Schwantz) Hargus. His siblings were Bertha (Cole), Edwin, Kenneth, Alice (Kirkvold-Osback), Marjorie (Hiller), Helen (Delfs-Talsma), Frank, and James. Richard enlisted in the newly formed South Dakota Air National Guard on November 13, 1947. Since he was underage, his mother had to sign for him. His family believes he attended Air Guard meetings while he was finishing an extra semester of high school. Richard graduated from Washington High School in 1949 and then was employed at John Morrell’s Packing Company. His sister, Alice, remembers Richard as being “a great outdoors man. He loved to hunt and fish and couldn’t wait for the fall season to go pheasant and duck hunting with his friends. He loved fishing in the spring and summer. He was a great guy and brother!”

On January 19, 1951, Richard Hargus entered active service in the Army at Sioux Falls. After his basic training, he was sent overseas as part of Company C, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division around March of 1951. On August 6, 1951, Private Richard Hargus was killed in action in Korea. The following letter was sent from the Secretary of the Army, addressed to Richard Hargus’ father, and dated October 3, 1951:

At the request of the President, I write to inform you that the Purple Heart has been awarded posthumously to your son, Private Richard C. Hargus, Infantry, who sacrificed his life in Korea.

Little that we can do or say will console you for the death of your loved one. We profoundly appreciate the greatness of your loss, for in a very real sense the loss suffered by any of us is a loss shared by all of us…

The body of Richard Hargus was later returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls. Besides the Purple Heart, Richard was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.

Richard is currently survived by his siblings Bertha Cole, Alice (Kirkvold) Osback, Marjorie Hiller, and Frank and James Hargus.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Hillary Stevens, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 23, 2004. Information was provided by the the Hargus family via Alice Osback, ABMC, the SD National Guard Museum, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus. Profile approved by Alice Osback, sister.