In Memory of U.S. Army Private First Class
Patrick Terrance Sasse
Mobridge, South Dakota/Lemmon, South Dakota, Walworth
October 13, 1948 -- December 6, 1967
Died of Wounds in Vietnam
Patrick Terrance “Pat” Sasse was born on October 13, 1948, in
Mobridge, South Dakota to Alfred and Carolyn (Ries) Sasse. He
had one brother, Duane. The family moved to Lemmon in the early
1950s. Patrick received his education at St. Mary’s Parochial
and Lemmon High School. Around 1964 Patrick moved with his
father (who worked for Montana-Dakota Utilities Company) to
Mobridge. Patrick is remembered by his brother, Duane, for his
love of baseball. Linda Naasz remembers that she and a friend
spent two afternoons walking around Mobridge talking with Pat
and his friend shortly before they shipped out.
Patrick Sasse entered active service on April 13, 1966, at
Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He took basic training before
additional training with the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg in
Fayetteville, North Carolina. PFC Sasse commenced his tour of
Vietnam on April 29, 1967, as part of Company B, 2nd Battalion,
327th Infantry, 1st Brigade, and 101st Airborne Division.
PFC Patrick Sasse was killed on December 6, 1967, in Vietnam
from “multiple metal fragment wounds from a landmine.” His body
was returned to the United States to All Souls Cemetery in
Vallejo, California, where he was buried with military honors.
Among his awards was the Purple Heart.
At the time of Patrick’s death, his mother, Carolyn, his
father, Alfred, and his brother, Duane, were alive. Currently
only his brother Duane survives.
In closing, Linda wrote, “I know exactly where I was when it
came over the radio that he was killed. It’s something that
sticks in your mind and you never forget even though I was
fifteen years old at the time.”
This entry was respectfully submitted by Matt Hill, 8th
grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on
February 7, 2006. Information for this entry was provided by
Duane Sasse, brother of Patrick, the Lemmon Leader
12/14/67 issue, an application for a South Dakota Veteran’s
bonus, a yearbook photo by Pat Fletcher, and a remembrance by
Linda Naasz. P/S/F/A 2/9/06 and 5/21/06.