In Memory of U.S. Army Corporal
Theodore Magnus Hatle
Sisseton, South Dakota, Roberts County
November 24, 1946 – June 23, 1969
Killed in Action in South Vietnam
Theodore Magnus “Teddy” Hatle was born in Sisseton, Roberts
County, South Dakota, on November 24, 1946, to Theodore and
Louise (Keeble) Hatle. Bonita Victorian Makinson and Sandra
Victorian Jarvela are half sisters from a previous marriage and
Donna Gill Sitake is a half sister from a later marriage
following Teddy’s father’s death. Teddy was adored by his
younger sister, Donna. He is remembered for his very clever,
very dry sense of humor. Theodore graduated Sisseton High School
in 1964 where he was very proud of his perfect attendance.
According to his classmate, Bob Aiken, Theodore was liked by
everyone in the school. He was very quiet and soft spoken. In
his junior year, Theodore was in track. After high school, he
went to California where he attended electronics school in
Oakland for two years. Then he worked at Westland Life Insurance
Company in San Francisco.
Theodore entered active service on September 17, 1968, at
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and received his basic training at
Fort Lewis, Washington, and commenced his tour of Vietnam on
February 9, 1969, where he served with Company B, 4th Battalion,
31st Infantry Regiment, 11th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal
Private First Class Theodore Magnus Hatle was killed in
action by small arms fire in Quang Tin, South Vietnam on June
23, 1969. He was 22 years old. His body was recovered and
returned to the United States under the military escort of a
family member, SP/4 Ralph Keeble, now deceased. After a funeral
service, Theodore was buried with military honors at the
Veteran’s Circle in the Sisseton Cemetery.
Theodore is survived by his mother, Louise Gill, Salt Lake
City, UT; an older half-brother, James (Helen) Shields,
Rochester, MN; three half-sisters, Donna (Pona) Sitake and their
children, Lota, Mato, Amelia, Ema, and Manisela, Salt Lake City;
Sandra (Al) Jarvela, Renton, WA, and their children, John
Jarvela, Renton, and Victorian (Mike) Gubrud, and their son,
Matthew, Mt. Vernon, WA; and Bonnie (Gene) Makinson, Sioux
Falls, and their two children, Ron and Christine.
I’ll always remember Theodore Magnus Hatle and keep him in my
This entry was respectfully submitted by Kyla Meverden, 8th
grade student, Spearfish Middle School, October 4, 2005.
Information for this entry was provided by the Sisseton paper,
7/10/68, issue, an application for a SD Vietnam Veterans Bonus,
Bob Aiken, Spearfish, Sandra Jarvela, Washington, and Bonita
Makinson, Sioux Falls.