In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Academy, South Dakota
Charles Mix County

January 24, 1929—January 10, 1954
Died non-battle at Camp Carson, Colorado


Richard “Dick” Wayne Gillings was born January 24, 1929, in Academy, South Dakota, to Elmer and Anna (Bell) Gillings. He attended school at Academy. Before he entered the service he farmed near Vermillion.

On June 13, 1951 Richard Gillings was drafted into the service at Sioux Falls. He went overseas for 15 months as part of Company C, 101st Signal Battalion. He was a pole lineman. After returning to the United States he was stationed at Camp Carson, assigned to Military Police duty in late December of 1953.

On January 10, 1954, Private First Class Richard Gillings was killed by a gun shot at Camp Carson. His body was returned to South Dakota, and he was buried with military honors in late January of 1954.

Richard Gillings was awarded the Korean Service Medal with three campaign stars and the United Nations Service Medal, among other medals. Besides Richard’s service in Korea, six of his brothers served in World War II and his father served in World War I.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Slade Marlin Hansen, 6th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on July 4, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a veteran’s bonus and Vermillion Plain Talk, January 21 and 28, 1954 issues. No direct contact with family.