In Memory of U.S. Army Specialist Fifth Class
Steven Allen Trant
Custer, South Dakota, Custer County
November 12, 1951 – July 21, 1972
Died Non-Battle in Vietnam
Steven Allen Trant was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, on
November 12, 1951, to Thomas and Mary (Thebo) Trant. He grew up
in Custer, South Dakota, with two brothers and his sister:
Thomas, Jr., Michael, and Rebecca. Tom remembers that Steve “had
a lot of friends and was a fun loving guy.” He also has memories
that Steve—in the role of older brother—would look out for him
and protect him.
On February 26, 1969, Steven Trant entered the Army; he
re-enlisted in the service while stationed in Germany on May 22,
1970. Specialist Trant went to Vietnam on August 9, 1970, part
of Troop H, 10th Cavalry, 17th Aviation Group, and 1st Aviation
On July 21, 1972, Specialist Steven Allen Trant died
non-battle in the Binh Dinh Province of Vietnam. His body was
recovered and returned to the United States. He was buried in
the Custer Cemetery with military honors. He was survived at the
time of his death by his father, mother, brothers, and sister.
In conclusion, posted on the VVMF.org site, his high school
classmate Peter L. Fleming left the following tribute to Steve:
I heard you didn’t make it home… I came to
visit the wall while I was stationed in Washington, D.C.,
and saw your name. I will never forget the sacrifice you
made… You were too young to go, brother. Wish I could have
been there to help.
Tom wrote in closing that Steve is “greatly missed” by his
family and that he thinks of him often, hoping Steve knows how
much is loved and missed.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Zachary Kerr, 8th
grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on
March 27, 2006. Information for this entry was provided by a
South Dakota Vietnam Veteran’s bonus application, the Custer
Co. Chronicle, Thursday, July 27, 1972, and Thursday, August
3, 1972, and www.vvmf.org.
Additional information and profile approval by Tom Trant,