In Memory of
U.S. Army Sergeant McLaughlin, South Dakota
Corson County

August 5, 1929 – October 8, 1951
Killed in action while fighting the enemy in Korea


Marvin Leroy Goetz was born in Java, South Dakota, on August 5, 1929, to John and Othelia Goetz. He had two brothers, Arthur and Theodore, four stepbrothers, one sister, Ida, one half sister Agnes, and three stepsisters. On Christmas Eve of 1929, his father died. His mother married John E. Schatz in June 1933. The family moved to McLaughlin, South Dakota, in 1934. Marvin grew up and attended school in McLaughlin, and worked on various farms in the area and on a road construction crew with Schultz Construction before he joined the military.

Sgt. Marvin Goetz enlisted in the United States Army on October 1, 1950, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. On April 5th, 1951 he left from Seattle, Washington, for Korea. He was in the 61st Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Calvary Division. Sgt. Marvin Leroy Goetz was killed in the fight between United Nations and Chinese Communists troops for the fight of “Heartbreak Ridge” on October 8, 1951.

Sgt. Marvin Goetz was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean War Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. Sgt. Goetz is buried in the McLaughlin North Cemetery, in McLaughlin, South Dakota.

Shelby Snyder and Erin Douglas, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, May 3, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. This information was gathered from newspaper clippings provided Howard Biederstedt, McLaughlin, South Dakota, and Herman Kraft, Timber Lake, South Dakota. No family contact made.