In Memory of Marine Lance Corporal
Roger Allen Petersen
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Minnehaha
February 8, 1947 - October 14, 1966
Died in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam
Roger Allan Petersen was born in Bradley, South Dakota on
February 8, 1947 to Roy A. and Gladys M. (Herron) Petersen.
Roger was an only child. He attended Longfellow and Horace Mann
Elementary Schools, Patrick Henry Junior High and Washington
High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While in junior high
he was a member of the basketball and football team. Roger was
also a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and attended
Northwestern Lutheran Academy in Mobridge for one year. He was a
cadet in the Civil Air Patrol in Sioux Falls.
Lance Corporal Roger Petersen entered the Marine Corps from
Sioux Falls, South Dakota in April 1964. He received his boot
camp training at Camp Pendleton, San Diego, California and
received specialized training in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended
jump school and had amphibious training from Camp Lejune, North
Carolina. Lance Corporal Petersen left the United States for
Vietnam on June 16, 1966, attached to Company E, 3rd Platoon,
2nd Battalion, 7th Marines.
On October 14, 1966, Lance Corporal Roger Allen Petersen was
killed from multiple fragmentation wounds as a result of a
grenade explosion. He was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in
Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Lance Corporal Petersen’s name can be
found on Panel 11E, Line 074 of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Wall in Washington, D.C.
His father, Roy Petersen, said:
He loved the Marines. Roger would wear my
“Ike” jacket every chance he could. He would spend many
hours at the Marine recruiting office, and often would stay
there until they closed for the day. He was doing what he
wanted to do.
Brandy Whitley, 8th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort
Pierre, South Dakota, April 17, 2006 respectfully submitted this
entry. Roy Petersen, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, father to Lance
Corporal Petersen, provided information.