In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Sisseton, South Dakota
Roberts County

June 3, 1930 – January 17, 1953
Died non-battle in Korea


Henry Orville Greybuffalo was born on June 3, 1930, in Sisseton, South Dakota. He was the son of John and Goldie E. (Varns) Greybuffalo and was a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe. He had two brothers, Duane and Elwood, and two sisters, Lorraine and Betty. Another sister died in infancy. He spent his earlier years at his home at Whitestone Lake and went to school for six years at Drywood Lake. In 1942, his family moved to Sisseton, where he attended school through the eighth grade. After that Henry, with his brother Duane, worked on area farms. Elsie Fitz fondly remembers Henry, who worked thrashing grain in the fall for her father. She said, “He would often sing to us kids, but never did when there was an adult around!”

Henry was drafted into the United States Army and entered active service on September 25, 1951. After his basic training at Fort Sheridan in Illinois, Corporal Greybuffalo went overseas in March of 1952 as an equipment operator with the 839th Engineer Aviation Construction Battalion, part of the 6th Armored Division.

On January 17, 1953, Corporal Greybuffalo died of injuries when the tournadozer he was on was struck by a train along the railroad beds near Osan, South Korea. In March, his body was returned to the United States along with 156 other casualties aboard the SS North Platt Victory and he was buried on March 23, 1953, with full military honors in the Veterans Circle at the Sisseton Cemetery. According to the newspaper, “Henry was well liked and respected by all. He was a credit to the army and served his nation well.”

Corporal Henry Greybuffalo was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Michaela Fuerstenau and Kassondra Culver, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 25, 2004. This information was provided by the South Dakota National Guard Museum, an application for a veteran’s bonus, Elsie Fitz, and Elwood Greybuffalo via Larry Goette, Roberts County CVSO. Profile approval by Elwood Greybuffalo, brother.