In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Hot Springs, South Dakota
Fall River County

November 3, 1931 – December 1, 1950 (MIA)
                                      December 31, 1953 (FOD)
Missing in Action, Presumed Dead in Korea


Curtis Clifton Gardiner was born November 3, 1931, in Hot Springs, South Dakota to Curtis Earl Gardiner and Devota (Mann) Gardiner. He had three siblings: two brothers, Warren and Scott, and a sister, Echo.

On January 17, 1949, Curtis enlisted in the Army at Rapid City. Although he was only nine at the time, his brother, Warren, remembers when Curtis came home on leave. After his furlough, he went overseas on July 25, 1950, with the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.

On December 1, 1950, Corporal Curtis Gardiner was reported missing in action. Warren has a distinct memory of their mother receiving the telegram. No further word was received. On December 31, 1953, Curtis Clifton Gardiner was declared Presumed Dead. His body has never been found.

Corporal Gardiner was awarded five medals: the Purple Heart, the United Nations Service Medal, the Combats Infantryman’s Badge, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal.

Curtis is survived by his two brothers, Warren and Scott Gardiner.

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 and an application for a South Dakota veteran’s bonus. (P/S/F/A 8/04/04.)