List of people from South Dakota

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This is a list of prominent people who were born in or lived for a significant period in U.S. state of South Dakota. For a larger list by location, see People from South Dakota.


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Alan Nord (7 Aug 1928-22 Oct 1993), retired U.S. Army Major General; born in Faulkton, Faulk County Major General Alan Andrew Nord began his Military career in the United States Army Military Police Corps in 1946. He attended and graduated from South Dakota State College with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry. He also earned a master's degree in general chemistry as a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University, England and a Master's degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.

General Nord served in a number of military assignments, among them are: Infantry Company Commander; Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the United States Military Academy; Chemical Combat Developments Staff Officer at the Chemical School; Chemical Plans officer and then secretary of the General Staff with the XVIII Airborne Corps; Chemical Staff Officer in J-3 (Operations), Military Assistance Command, Vietnam; Chemical Staff Officer in the Office of the Army Chief of Staff; Chief of Nuclear Plans and Fire Support in G-3 Division, Central Army Group, Europe; Project Manager for Safeguard Munitions; Commander of Seneca Army Depot; Director of Procurement and Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Armament Command; and Director of Supply and Maintenance in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics at Department of the Army. His Overseas assignments included both Vietnam and Europe.

Major General Nord was appointed in July 1980, as the 15th Commander of the White Sands Missile Range, (WSMR) New Mexico.

Of the many significant accomplishments during his military career a few have been overlooked. Among them was his support to a young security and intelligence specialist serving under his command that brought forth the concern that his son (Chris) and daughter (Jennifer) and the other son's and daughters of troops under his command attending the White Sands Missile Range school had no school cafeteria to where they could eat lunch and or breakfast. Backing this young man's efforts General Nord directed that the Army base configure the unused kitchen of the old McAfee health clinic into a workable kitchen that would prepare hot meals for the children and have them transported to the grade school. This was a delicate undertaking in as much as the base school although under General Nord's physical control the school was actually part of and under the direct administrative control of the Las Cruces School board. The local school board had been reluctant and against funding the school cafeteria for about the previous ten years.

On January 5, 1981, the White Sands Missile Range school began serving breakfast and lunch to the children of the Soldiers, Airmen, and Navy personnel for the first time in the history of the White Sands Missile Range school. In 1981 the White Sands Missile Range school also became eligible, for the first time, for Title One funds, and had its first official flag pole erected for the flying of the American Flag.

While General Nord's traditional military accomplishments are extraordinary in themselves his support in bringing about a facility for the military children to have daily hot breakfast and lunches is significantly noteworthy.

In the area of range missions, Major General Nord was in command when the Space Shuttle Columbia was forced to land at White Sands on March 30, 1982. Remembering the work of the young security and intelligence specialist he named him as an Ambassador of Goodwill to accompany New Mexico State officials on this historical Space Shuttle landing.

Afterwards Major General Nord dedicated the site where astronauts Jack Lousma and Gordon Fullerton rejoined their families after the landing as the "Columbia Site."

Other milestones included the fielding of the Patriot missile system, the ground- breaking for the High Energy Laser System Test Facility and the Temperature Test Facility. Also, during Nord's command, the Defense Nuclear Agency established a permanent test facility on the north end of the range.

Major General Nord left White Sands Missile Range in September 1982 to become commandant of the U.S. Army Chemical School and commander of the U.S. Army Chemical and Military Police Centers at Fort McClellan, Ala. He retired to Colorado Springs in 1985 after 34 years of service.

Major General Nord died in Oct. 1993.

Major General Nord was survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and three sons, Brian Alan, Andrew Martin, and Kevin Hawks.


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