Doug Huntrods, Emergency Manager / Veterans Service Officer

1300 Sherman Street, Suite 212, Sturgis, SD 57785

605.347.7623 | Fax: 605.720.1633

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

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The position "County Veterans Service Officer" was created by state statute in 1944. Initially, the service officer was someone who had served on active duty in the United States Military and agreed to help veterans as a sideline to their regular job as a business person, lawyer or retired person. The County Veteran's Service Officer position is an appointed, exempt position with a term of three years.


The purpose of the County Veterans Service Officer is to assist the County's veterans and their families to access US Dept. of Veterans Affairs benefits and health care; advise them of possible State benefits; explain the potential impact of veteran's benefits on other Federal Programs; and quite frequently intervene in errant communications between veterans and the VA.  


The Meade County Veterans Service Officer is Doug Huntrods.  Office hours are normally 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Thursday, but due to volume of veteran's inquiries, you are highly encouraged to call 605-347-7623 for an appointment to ensure your issue is addressed. Calls left on voicemail will be responded to within 24 hours.





The following names were taken from a master list of over 2,800 South Dakotans who are recorded as war casualties. The list was compiled by the South Dakota Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in Pierre and the data was obtained from several sources including: The Doane Robinson's Encyclopedia of 1925, the book South Dakota in WWII, from the Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and from information provided to us by relatives, friends, etc.

While every effort has been made to make this listing as accurate as possible, it is quite possible that there may be some errors. If you notice that our records are not correct, such as the omission of an individual's name, we would appreciate receiving copies of old newspaper articles, casualty reports, etc., so we can make the appropriate corrections.

World War I

Earl Babcock

Raymond Goiens

John B. O'Shea

Albert Bachand

Glenn Hampton

Vernon L. Roberts

Lewis C. Bailey

Horace H. Hussey

Joseph Ruttenbucker

Julius Bruhn

Chris Johnson

Park N. Suddeth

Max Buker

Joe Kammerer

James Taylor

Robt. Cowen

Wm. R. Matson

William H. Taylor

Edward Dillehe

Frank May

Robert L. Vernon

Frank Fox

Ole Olson

Elton W. Weldin

World War II

Robert G. Anderson

Theodore Eyl

William G. Mance

Donald E. Antrim

George Fenner

Stanley M. McKay

Leo Bestgen

Claire L. Grams

Glen R. Nuzum

Otto G. Bestgen

George M. Hale, Jr.

Oran F. Petrich

Herbert E. Brandt

Alvin G. Harwood

Gayhard J. Reede

Leonard Conkle

Maxwell Huffman

Edward G. Schomer

Alexander H. Darg

Kenneth M. Jones

Glen L. Smith

Albert J. Delker

John J. Kerper

Archie E. Snoddy

Frank A. DePuglio

Samuel F. Linn


William Vandervoort

John C. Yuill, Jr.


Leo Allen Bauer

Donald Warren Ollila

Lester Arthur Watson

Richard Ray Maynard

Earl John Overacker

War on Terrorism

Brett Lundstrom

Christopher Soelzer