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Jun

Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

Floyd Vaughn

Floyd Vaughn Floyd Vaughn served as a Staff Sergeant in the 704th Grand Railroad Division, and for his service was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Army Occupation Medal for Germany. His son, Louis Vaughn, speaks of his father with both humbleness and reverence: “[They were] just average G.I. Joes, no different than any veteran, yet at one time in their life…

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Jun

Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

Francis H. Case

Francis H. Case Throughout his life, Francis H. Case held a diverse array of professional positions. Born December 9, 1896, in Everly County, Iowa, he moved to Sturgis, South Dakota with his family when he was thirteen. He attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, before enlisting and serving as a private in the United States Marine Corps during World War I. He then served in the United States Army and the United States…

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Jun

Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

James Patrick Fahey

James Patrick Fahey James Patrick Fahey was born March 17, 1922, in Clark, South Dakota. He served in the US Army in WWII, volunteering at the age of 19 because everyone else was enlisting, particularly after Pearl Harbor. He was stationed primarily in areas that had not seen much battle, as he toured in New Caledonia, French Unique Collectivity, Pacific Ocean. He worked in kitchen supplies as a quarter master, working his way up to…

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Jun

Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

Red Pesek

Red Pesek Red Pesek earned his nickname from his red hair, but perhaps he should have earned a nickname for his amazing military and community dedication. Clarence Alfred Pesek was born near White River, SD, to his Czech parents in 1922. He quickly began to go by Red and only signed CA Pesek to be formal. Red grew up on a typical South Dakota farm. The farmhouse was small but it held his large family;…

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Jun

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…