In memory of
SSgt.
Curtis A. Bardell
Cresbard, South Dakota
Faulk County
August 29, 1915-February 3, 1944
Killed In Action in the Marshall Islands

 Curtis A. Bardell

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.