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

March 29, 1925 – June 6, 1951
Killed in Action in Korea


    

LeRoy Kenneth Halvorson was born on March 29, 1925, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Pete and Hazel (Boetecher) Halvorson. LeRoy had two brothers and three sisters. He graduated from Washington High School in Sioux Falls. He then served three years in the Navy during WW II. When he was discharged from the Navy, he returned to South Dakota and married Marjorie M. Conser in Sioux Falls. LeRoy and Marjorie had two children: LeRoy Allen and Connie Lynn. LeRoy was a member of the 147th Field Artillery Battalion , 196th Combat Team of the National Guard. He was employed by Nichols Upholstery in the time before he was activated.

On September 1, 1950, Halvorson and the other members of the 147th Field Artillery were called up and left Sioux Falls for Camp Carson, Colorado. Pfc. Halvorson was sent overseas on January 1, 1951, as part of the 936th Field Artillery.

Private First Class LeRoy Kenneth Halvorson was killed in action on June 6, 1951, in North Korea while fighting the enemy. His body was later returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at Hills of Rest Memorial Park in Sioux Falls.

Private First Class Halvorson was awarded five medals besides those he received in WW II: the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean War Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chelsea Diane Kerr, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on July 28, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the South Dakota National Guard Museum, Argus Leader, 6/18/51, and an application for South Dakota veteran’s bonus. Memorial stone photo by Mrs. Hansen. No family contact made.