Milford James Seeman
Born: 1 Jul 1921, Rockham, Faulk co., South Dakota
Died: 28 Apr 1968, St. Luke's Hospital, Aberdeen, Brown co., South Dakota
Occupation: National Advertising Manager, Advertising Directory
Milford & Evelyn Seeman
Milford James Seeman was born on 01 Jul 1921 in Rockham, South Dakota, the son of Earl W. and Mary (Joyce) Seeman.
Completed grammar school (8th Grade).
Enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Pierre, S.D. on 16 April 1937. Lied about his age in order to enroll, as he was only 17 yrs old. Occupational qualifications were listed as auto mechanic (2 months) and common laborer (9 months). Assigned to Camp S-207 at Pierre, S.D. where he served as an orderly and striker. Transferred to Co. 4726 at Chamberlain, S.D. as a common laborer and truck driver. He was AWOL from 3/6-11.1937. He was honorably discharged on 31 March 1939 to accept private employment. His serial number was CC-7-265464
Started in the Advertising field with the Deadwood Pioneer-Times. Also, on the staff of the Yankton, S.D Public Opinion.
Joined the advertising staff of the Daily Plainsman in Huron in 1940. Promoted to Assistant Advertising Manager of the Daily Huronite & Plainsman's advertising department in 1941.
Enlisted in Company 259, U.S. Minimum Maintenance Unit Aug.5, 1942 at Mitchell, S.D. with six/seven other Beadle County men, to be kept on inactive duty for a period of 20-30 days subject to call. Civilian occupation listed as Advertising Layout Man. Subsequently sent to Fort Snelling, MN to join some 120 other men from North and South Dakota and go into training with a U.S. minimum maintenance unit. Sent to a training school after induction.
Promoted to Private First Class on October 7th at Camp Perry, OH, on Lake Erie. Promoted to Technician Fifth Grade Nov. 1, 1942. The South Dakota men were transferred to Camp Hood in Nov 1942 and began commando training. Milford was promoted to the rank of Sergeant while assigned to Hq. & Hq. Det., 13th Ordnance Maint. Bn., Camp Hood. TX. and later to Master Sergeant, Grade 1 on 20 April 1943.
Married Miss Evelyn Jorgensen at the post chapel at Camp Hood, Texas on Saturday evening, May 8th, 1943. The attendants were Staff Sergeant and Mrs. E.P. Turnbull, former residents of Mitchell. SSgt Turnbull enlisted with the original 259 Ordnance when Milford did.
Attended Enlisted Class No. 10, Advanced Administration, Adjutant General's School, and Ft. Washington, MD. Was supposed to be for two months before returning to Ft. Hood but the school received a wire to return Milford to TX immediately. He subsequently transferred overseas. His address at the time was 1st Sgt. Milford J. Seeman, Ord. Group, APO 5185
He served 19 months with the 52nd Ordnance Group in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany and was entitled to wear five battle stars: Normandy, France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. Was in Paris France with brother Jack on Aug 10, 1945.
Separated by Honorable Discharge as First Sergeant, Hq and Hq Detachment, 52nd Ordnance Group. on 8 Dec 1945 at Camp McCoy, WI.. Military Specialty was Operations Non-Commissioned Officer
Milford returned to the Plainsman until May 1, 1946 when he and his brother Robert opened a Marshall Wells hardware store in Miller on May 1, 1946. He sold his interest to Robert at the first of 1948.
Joined the advertising staff of the Aberdeen American-News on April 1, 1948 when 27 yrs old. Appointed as national advertising manager during 1957. Promoted to advertising director in 1958.
[narrative provided by Mike Seeman]