In Memory of U.S. Army Private First Class
Canistota, South Dakota, Mc Cook County
October 4, 1947- February 20, 1968
Killed in Action in Vietnam
David Lloyd Morehouse was born October 4, 1947, at Sioux
Falls, South Dakota, to Lloyd Warren Morehouse and, Arleen
Mae (Krumvieda) Morehouse. He had one brother, Robert, and
three sisters, Barbara, Lori, and, Susan, who drowned in a
horse trough when she was small. He later lost his mother,
Arleen Mae, and his father, Lloyd, raised the kids mostly on
his own and worked on the railroad too. David and his
siblings grew up in Canistota, SD. He attended Canistota
Public School. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
David Lloyd Morehouse was drafted into the Army in 1966.
He was trained at Fort Polk, Louisiana and Fort Lewis,
Washington. He was sent over to South Vietnam in June of
1967. Private First Class Morehouse was in Company C, 1st
Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division.
On February 20, 1968, Private First Class Morehouse was a
“rifleman in lead platoon” of a battalion near Thu Duc. As
the platoon moved into an open field, Private First Class
Morehouse was “subjected to intensive fire” where he was
The family was notified that David was missing in action
at Mekong, Delta, in the Province of Gia Binh, but it was
soon changed to killed in action. His body was returned to
the United States and buried with military honors at
Canistota. The Chaplain at Headquarters wrote the following
to David’s father:
I extend to you my deepest sympathy on
the recent loss of your son,
Private First Class David L. Morehouse… His death not
only vacated a place in his unit but leaves us with a
vacant spot in our hearts. Our feelings reach across the
miles that separate us and join our hearts in sorrow.
Private David Lloyd Morehouse received the Silver Star,
Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense
Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal Vietnamese Campaign
Ribbon, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Machine Gunner’s
Badge and Expert Rifleman’s Badge.
The following is his citation for the Silver Star:
His current survivors are his step-mother, Verna Morehouse, and his
siblings, Robert Morehouse, Barbara Petersen, and Lori
Hatfield. There are also 4 grandchildren and 6
great-grandchildren in the family. His father, Lloyd
Warren Morehouse, passed away on March 21, 2006.
Private First Class David Lloyd Morehouse had much
courage and saved many comrades before he was killed in
action. I will never forget what Private First Class David
Lloyd Morehouse has done for the United States of America.
He was a valiant rifleman and loyal soldier.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Katelyn Steen,
8th grade, Spearfish Middle School District. Information for
this entry was provided by Lloyd Warren Morehouse, father,
Verna Morehouse, step mother, Packwood, Washington, a
Vietnam Veterans Bonus Application, and Sioux Falls Argus
Leader, March 6, 1968 issue. Profile approval by Verna