S.D. World War II Hero Collector Cards
Cards 12-16, 19, 22, 23, & 24
General information on the S.D. Hero Cards
List of S.D. WW II Heroes by card number
Criteria for heroes
Card Samples 1 and 2
Cards 4 and 7
Cards 12-16, 19, 22, 23, & 24
Hero card order form


Card 12 Lt. Commander John Charles Waldron was born 24 August, 1900 in Ft. Pierre, S.D.  In 1941, he became Commanding Officer of Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8), which was assigned to the carrier Hornet (CV-8). Lt. Waldron, who was part Sioux Indian, was well respected by his fellow pilots. He led the squadron in the Battle of Midway, where they spotted the elusive Japanese fleet and attacked them without any fighter cover. The entire squadron, with the exception of Ensign George Gay, were killed. The attack is acted out in the movie MIDWAY, with Glenn Corbett playing Waldron.  For more info on the Battle of Midway, go to: http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/midway/midway.htm In his honor, the Navy named a destroyer, the USS Waldron (DD-699) after him. For more info on the USS Waldron, go to: http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-w/dd699.htm


Card 19 Lt. Willibald "Bill"Bianchi, of Brookings, S.D., in Feb. 1942, near Bagac on Bataan, after being wounded thre times, climbed to the top of an M3 tank, manned its gun, and fired on the enemy.  He was captured and took part in the Bataan Death March. He was being transported, along with other American prisoners, in an unmarked Japanese ship, when it was sunk by Americans. His Congressional Medal of Honor was the third issued during the war.


Card 20 Sgt. Red Hills, of Sioux Falls, during the battle for Tulagi, Solomon Islands, In August, 1942, attacked and destroyed enemy machine gun positions with his automatic rifle, thus saving the lives of many of his fellow marines. He gained almost legend status when he killed an enemy machine gunner with a ricochet shot. The illustration of the event was printed in LEATHERNECK magazine. http://www.mca-marines.org/Leatherneck/lneck.html


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