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In Memory of Army Pfc.

Carlos Nicholas Yellow Elk

Milesville, South Dakota Haakon County

May 19, 1950 – August 29, 1968

Died from wounds received during hostile ground action in Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam.


Carlos Nicholas Yellow Elk was born May 19, 1950 at Wanblee, South Dakota to Lena Whistler. He was the stepson of John Fischerman of Milesville, South Dakota. Carlos had a brother, John Fischerman, Jr, and a stepsister, Josephine. Carlos attended school at St. Joseph’s Indian Mission in Chamberlain, South Dakota. Carlos and Armada Blue Arm had a daughter, Bonnie Lou.

Carlos entered the Army on October 20, 1967 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He arrived in Vietnam on July 26, 1968 as a member of Company B, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Pfc. Carlos Yellow Elk died on August 29, 1968 as a result of wounds he received when his unit became involved in a firefight with the enemy in Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam.

Pfc. Carlos Yellow Elk was buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota on September 9, 1968. His name can be found on Panel 45 W, Line 002 of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Shirley Swanson, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, April 17, 2006. Information was gathered from Bonus Records, an article from the September 12, 1968 edition of the Pioneer Review, and his daughter, Bonnie Yellow Elk, Sterling, Colorado.


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