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U.S. Marshals Service

District of South Dakota

United States Marshal Bernard A. Boos

Bernard A. Boos, United States Marshal D/SD


Bernard (Barney) A. J. Boos was appointed United States Marshal District of South Dakota, 4/16/1953 and 5/24/1957 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Born August 22, 1909 in rural Fulda, Minnesota, the 11th of 13 children.  Boos married Madeline V. Bolger in 1946 and had seven children.    Boos moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1930, working odd jobs to put himself thru college, graduating from Augustana College in 1936.

Bernard Boos became the City of Sioux Falls Recreation Director from 1936 - 1941 and was best known for teaching most Sioux Falls youngsters how to swim.  He was about to become an FBI agent when Pearl Harbor was attacked.  He immediately changed plans and enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps the day after Pearl Harbor and had to lie about his age because he was too old.  Although he enlisted as a Private, he was promoted to Lieutenant on the battlefield.  He served in the Pacific Theater during WWII, landing on Guadalcanal, Tulagi, Gavutu, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with two Commendations from the United States Navy.

After WWII he began a law enforcement career and was elected Minnehaha County Sheriff, Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1948 thru 1952.  He was appointed United States Marshal in 1953 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower serving until 1961.

After his term of United States Marshal ended, he returned to law enforcement being elected again to Minnehaha County Sheriff in 1962 and serving until 1970.  Bernard Boos entered into real estate until his retirement.

Barney Boos died peacefully in Sioux Falls, SD, on August 29, 2005 at the ripe old age of 96.

Above information submitted 09/2004 by John Boos, retired Lieutenant from Sioux Falls, SD PD, son of Bernard Boos.
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