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In Memory of U.S. Army Sergeant

Anton Leonard Muhm

Hot Springs, South Dakota , Fall River County

March 23, 1928--June 8, 1966

Died Non- Battle in Vietnam

Anton Leonard Muhm was born in Oelrichs, South Dakota, on March 23, 1928, to Ida (Lulf) and Orval Muhm; Anton was the oldest of three other siblings: a sister, Flora, and two brothers, John and Kenneth. After Anton’s father died, they moved to Hot Springs and there Anton attended Hot Springs High School.

For a short time October of 1947, Anton was a member of the South Dakota National Guard, but the apparently left the guard to enter the army on October 17, 1947. Anton, originally a member of Battery C, 67th AFA Battalion, CCB 3rd Armored Division, completed his basic training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky on March 6, 1948. From there he was transferred to Fort Eustis, Viriginia, where he went to Transportation School and received “training in rail, marine, amphibious operations and other modes of transportation,” specifically trained as a shipfitter. As a member the Transportation Corps, Sergeant Muhm spent much of 1951in USARPAC (US Army Pacific command) as a Marine Hull Repairman in Korea. Following his deployment to Korean, he was married to his wife Minnie on November 1, 1952, in Horry County, South Carolina. For a time he was back at Ft. Eustis and Ft. Story through most of the 1950s. He then served for a time in Tripoli, Libya, as an H/C Boatswain in the Transportation Terminal Unit before returning to Ft. Monroe and the back to Ft. Eustis as part of the 1099th Transportation Corps. In 1965, Anton attended NCO Academy in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and then went back to Virginia until he was deployed to Vietnam on November 10, 1965 as part of the 100th Transportation Corps.

On June 7, 1966, Sergeant Anton Leonard Muhm died in Vietnam as the result of “drowning which occurred when he accidentally fell from a landing craft into Saigon Harbor.” His body was recovered soon after and retuned to the United States for burial at Hampton, Virginia.

Among his awards, Sergeant Muhm received the Army of Occupation Medal, Korea Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, 3rd award, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Sharpshooter Badge with Carbine Bar.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Treonna Kratz, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on April 3, 2006. Information for this entry was provided by Janice Connell, cousin, www.eustis.army.mil/overview.htm, and the Vietnam Veterans Bonus Application. Profile approval by Jan Connell, cousin.

 


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