The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PV2 Adolph David Bluedog, RA17324535, who died in the service of his country on August 4th, 1952 in North Korea. The cause of death was listed as Seriously WIA by missile-Died of wounds (FECOM). At the time of his death Adolph was 20 years of age. He was from Waubay, South Dakota. Adolph's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.
The decorations earned by PV2 Adolph David Bluedog include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Korea Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Private Bluedog was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded by the enemy in North Korea on August 4, 1952 and died of those wounds later that day. Private Bluedog was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantrymans Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Adolph was a Native American.Lake Traverse Reservation, Sisseton Jurisdiction, Sioux Tribe.
Adolph David Bluedog he was born in Waubay South Dakota, on April 17, 1932 to his parents, Flora (Arrow) and David Bluedog. He had two brothers and two sisters. Adolph's mother died when he was 16.
Adolph entered the service on January 15, 1951, at Aberdeen, South Dakota. He joined with his cousin, Earl Evans. They were shipped to Fort Riley, Kansas, for their basic training. The two were separated when Pfc. Evans was sent overseas a year earlier but was returned to the United States in September of 1951 after being wounded in action. Pvt. Blue Dog, who as a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, was sent to Korea on May 9, 1952.
On August 4, 1952, shortly after arriving in combat, Private Adolph Bluedog was wounded in action and died of his wounds later that same day. When his body was returned to the United States, a local newspaper wrote, "The body of an American Indian whose ancestors died fighting for their freedoms, and who, himself gave his life for democracy, arrived in Waubay Monday night [October 6th, 1951]." His body was accompanied by his cousin, Pfc. Earl Evans. He was buried with military honors at Indian Church Cemetery at Enemy Swim Lake near Waubay on October 9.