In memory of
Curtis A. Bardell
Cresbard, South Dakota
August 29, 1915-February 3, 1944
Killed In Action in the Marshall Islands
Curtis A. Bardell was born to Harvey and Almeda Wellner Bardell in Cresbard
on August 29, 1915. He had 5 siblings: Harvey, Melvin, Dorothy, Harley, and
Shirley. Curtis was the second oldest child of the six. He grew up in Cresbard
and went to school there. Curtis Bardell farmed with his father in his younger
life. Later, he was a mechanic at a filling station in Cresbard, South Dakota.
Curtis married Gladys Cleveland in California on November 14, 1942.
Curtis Bardell entered the service at Camp Roberts in California. He was a
SSgt. in the army infantry.
SSgt. Curtis A. Bardell was killed February 3, 1944 when the platoon he was
leading was suddenly attacked by a group of enemy trying to break through their
defensive position. Steadfastly holding his ground and shouting encouragement to
the rest of his men, he engaged the enemy almost single handedly until more men
could get up to him. An enemy grenade instantly killed him on the small island,
Kawajelane, in the Marshall Islands. His widow, Mrs. Gladys Bardell, was awarded
his Bronze Star posthumously.
Curtis A. Bardell is buried at Fort Snelling in Minnesota. His brother,
Harley, makes his home in Cresbard, South Dakota.
This entry was respectfully
submitted by Amanda Deis and Jessica Porter, 7th grade Stanley County
Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, March 11, 2002. His brother, Melvin R.
Bardell in Sun City, Arizona, and a newspaper clipping from the September 1995
Faulk County Record provided the information for this entry.