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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 Division.

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 heart.

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.


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