South Dakota Powerlifting
In Memory of Lance Cpl. Joseph Welke
It is with solemn regret that I report the loss of Lance Corporal Joe Welke, USMC of Rapid City, SD. Joe was a young friend and former USAPL member.

Joe died from wounds he received trying to help a fallen comrade during action in Fallujah, Iraq on November 20th, 2004. Joe was 20 years old.

Joe will probably be remembered most for his infectious smile, his love of football, and lifting weights. Joe shall be missed. I am proud to have known Joe and to know what a true hero he had become. A memorial has been established.

Joe WelkeSteve Howard
USAPL SD State Chair
Joe Welke
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In Memory of South Dakota Fallen Heroes
Army Sgt. Eduviges G. Wolf Hawthorne, Calif (Alexanderia, SD) October 25, 2009
Army Staff Sgt. LeRoy O. Webster Sioux Falls, S.D April 25, 2009
Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Vrooman Sioux Falls, S.D July 15, 2008
Army Spc. Estell L. Turner Sioux Falls, S.D July 02, 2008
Army Cpl. Tanner J. O’Leary Eagle Butte, S.D December 09, 2007
Army Spc. Michael K. Frank Rapid City, SD May 10, 2007
Army Staff Sgt. Gregory A. Wagner Mitchell, S.D May 08, 2006
Army Spc. Allen D. Kokesh Jr. Yankton, S.D February 07, 2006
Army Sgt. 1st Class Douglas C. Stone Taylorsville, Utah (Ellsworth AFB) March 11, 2007
Army Spc. Patrick W. Herried Sioux Falls, SD February 06, 2006
Army Sgt. Jeremiah J. Boehmer Parkston, SD February 05, 2006
Marine Cpl. Brett L. Lundstrom Stafford, Va (Vermillion, SD) January 07, 2006
Army Staff Sgt. Daniel M. Cuka Yankton, SD December 04, 2005
Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard L. Schild Tabor, SD December 04, 2005
Army Chief Warrant Officer Paul J. Pillen Keystone, SD October 17, 2005
Army Staff Sgt. Jason W. Montefering Parkston, SD July 24, 2005
Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph T. Welke Rapid City, SD November 20, 2004
Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy L. Bohlman Sioux Falls, S.D June 7, 2004
Army Staff Sgt. Cory W. Brooks Phillip, SD April 24, 2004
Army Spc. Dennis B. Morgan Winer, SD April 17, 2004
Army Capt. Christopher F. Soelzer Sturgis, SD December 24, 2003
Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW2) Scott A. Saboe Willow Lake, SD November 15, 2003
Army Pfc. Michael R. Deuel Nemo, SD June 18, 2003
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Hans N. Gukeisen Lead, S.D May 09, 2003
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