In Memory of U.S. Army Specialist Fourth Class
Gerald Lloyd Aadland
Sisseton, South Dakota, Roberts County
March 29, 1945 -- May
Killed in Action in Dak-To, South Vietnam
Gerald Aadland was born in New Effington, South Dakota,
on March 29, 1945, but mostly grew up in Sisseton, South
Dakota. His parents were Lloyd and Erma (Walz) Aadland. He
had seven sisters: Audrey, Donna, Theresa, Kimberly, Deb,
Pearl, and Carol. Gerald attended elementary school in New
Effington then moved to Sisseton where he attended high
school and participated in track and cross country through
high school. He also was in football his freshman year and
intramurals for most of high school. He graduated in May of
1963 and then worked in Sisseton and in Minneapolis. He is
remembered by his classmate, Bob Aiken, as being a really
Gerald Aadland enlisted in the service on June 6th of
1967, at Sisseton; he was trained in Fort Leonard Wood,
Missouri, and was stationed in Fort Polk, Louisiana, before
being sent overseas on November 10, 1967, as a part of 3rd
Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Division. He was wounded in
action in Vietnam in March of 1968 but then returned to
On Thursday, May 30, 1968, Specialist Fourth Class Gerald
Lloyd Aadland died of wounds he received while on night
defense position at Dak-To, Vietnam after 6 months’
fighting. He was twenty three years old. His body was
returned to the United States with military escort, and he
was buried with military honors in the Sisseton cemetery.
Among the awards that he received were two Purple Hearts.
Former Governor Janklow once noted that when he attended the
dedication of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC, the
first name that was read was Gerald Aadland, and it made him
think that South Dakota should have its own memorial in
Pierre, and now it does.
At the time of Gerald Aadland’s death, he was survived by
his parents, Lloyd and Erma Aadland, and his seven sisters:
Audrey Folkestad, Donna Steiner, Theresa Faas, Kimberly
Bruening, Debbie Meland, Pearl Deutsch, and Carol Himle.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Derek Haggerty,
8th grade student, Spearfish Middle School, October 6, 2005.
The information for this entry was provided by the Sisseton
Courier, including 6/6/68 and 613/68 issue and a Vietnam
veterans bonus application. Additional information and photo
by Bob Aiken, Spearfish. Profile approval by Theresa Faas.