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Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

Jack Regan

Jack Regan Jack Thomas Regan was born on March 7, 1917, in the little town of Deadwood, South Dakota. Jack’s father, Thomas F. Regan, worked on the railroad when Jack was young. Thomas received a terrible cut and the wound became infected. He died from complications from this infection when Jack was in the eighth grade. Jack’s mother, Sarah Marnett Regan, became the household income earner and worked at Montgomery Wards in the women’s department…

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Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

Richard Ellsworth

Richard Ellsworth Richard Ellsworth, the namesake for the Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota, was born July 19, 1911. Ellsworth served in the Pennsylvania National Guard from 1929-1931, at which time he entered the U.S. Military Academy, training as a pilot at Randolph and Kelly fields in Texas, graduating in 1935. After graduation, Ellsworth and Mary Ann Thornton were married in August of 1936. In October of the same year, Ellsworth was…

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Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

William Fredrick Febry

William Fredrick Febry William (Bill) Fredrick Febry was born in the summer of 1919. He was the middle child of Floyd Febry of Lake Geneva in eastern Wisconsin. As was true for many Americans at the time, his family was heavily involved in agricultural activities. Floyd kept a large chicken farm. He sold young birds to local farmers and raised animals for slaughter. Bill, his brother Clair, and sister Ellie, were raised on a farm…

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Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

Charles Windolph

Charles Windolph The oldest survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, also known as the Siege of the Greasy Grass, was a soldier who had come to America to avoid another war. Charles Windolph was born in Bergen, Germany on December 9th, 1851. 2 His father, Joseph Windolph, was a master shoemaker, and taught Charles the trade while he resided in Germany.  As a 19-year-old, he was looking closely at the political events happening…

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Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

John Bear-King

John Bear-King John Bear-King, of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, served in World War II alongside six other Sioux Code Talkers in the 302nd Reconnaissance Troop in the First Cavalry. While they were deployed they served in places such as New Guinea, the Admiralties, and the Philippines under Gen. Innis Palmer and Gen. Douglas MacArthur. During WWII, Bear King and his fellow code talkers were vital to the United States military because they had a…