The South Dakota Department of Veteran Affairs put out Wednesday morning a listing of dead U.S. soldiers, by name and by county, and by conflict. The department doesn’t claim the listing is complete but suggests the numbers and names are reliable.
South Dakota lost 554 in the World War I era. The number tripled to 1,722 in the World War II era. The Korea era saw 160 die. During the Vietnam era, South Dakota lost 192. The Desert Storm era, that continues today, has seen 36 die.
South Dakota had 67 counties during the Vietnam era. Today there are 66, after Washabaugh was absorbed into Jackson in 1983. Nearly every county lost at least one man during Vietnam, according to the department’s list.
Minnehaha County lost the most men, 25. Pennington County lost 17. Brown County, 13.
As state Veterans Affairs Secretary Larry Zimmerman notes in his Memorial Day column for this year, three words — duty, honor, country — form the motto for the men and women who currently serve or did serve in the U.S. armed forces.