In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Rosebud, South Dakota
Todd County

October 11, 1932 – October 29, 1951
Killed in Action in North Korea



John “Junior” Edward Guerue was born in Rosebud, South Dakota, on October 11, 1932, to John and Eliza (Spotted Tail) Guerue. John was the “baby” of ten children: Esther, Victoria, Peter, Jim, Pearl, Christine, Trudell, Harriet, and Lois. He, along with his brothers and sisters, went to school at Parmelee and Rosebud. According to the newspaper, John “loved the wide open spaces and the great plains where he rode and played.” His sister, Lois, remembers that even as a young boy, John was fearless. He wasn’t afraid of the dark and would get on his horse after dark and ride to Parmelee, which was about 12 miles from their home. Before he entered the service he ranched. His father died in February of 1951. Because John was very close to his father, he had a hard time staying on the ranch after his death.

John Edward Guerue entered into the U.S. Army on April 10, 1951, at Sioux Falls. His mother had to sign for him to enter. After his basic training, John went home in August of that year for a short visit. Two weeks later-- in September of 1951—Private Guerue was sent overseas as a part of Company K, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, which was sent immediately to the front lines of the battlefield in Korea. His last letter home was to his sister, Pearl, who has since passed away.

Private John Edward Guerue was killed in action on October 29, 1951, while fighting in North Korea. He had just turned 19. Later John’s body was returned to America and was buried with military honors at Holy Innocente Cemetery, Parmalee, South Dakota. Lois remembers how hard their mother took the news of John’s death: “When his body came back by train in Crookston [Nebraska], she cried all the way over and back.”

John Edward Guerue was awarded the Purple Heart, 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.

John is currently survived by his sisters, Christine, Harriet, and Lois. In closing, John is remembered by his family as being a very brave boy who didn’t let anything bother him. His sister wonders if that wasn’t the reason for his death.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 12, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by Todd County Tribune, 11/15/51 issue, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, the ABMC, and the SDNGM. Additional information and profile approval by Lois LaPointe, Rosebud.