In Memory of
Army T-4
Wenceslaus B. Bares
Tabor, South Dakota
Bon Homme County 
April 3, 1918 -- December 9, 1944
Died of Wounds in Germany

Wenceslaus B. Bares

Wenceslaus “Jim” B. Bares was born on April 3, 1918, on a farm near Tabor, South Dakota to Mr. and Mrs. Anton Bares. Wenceslaus grew up in Tabor with three brothers and three sisters: Anton, Joseph, George, Mary, Helen, Emma, and Beatrice.

Wenceslaus enrolled in the U.S. Army on November 15, 1937.  After serving three years, Weneceslaus earned his honorable discharge.  Then on May 16, 1942, Wenceslaus re-enlisted in the cavalry regiment. His rank was Technician Fourth Class (T-4). On December 4, 1943, T-4 Wenceslaus “Jim” B. Bares’ unit sailed for England where they were with the First Army in France, Belgium, and then Germany.

 Army T-4 Wenceslaus Bares was wounded in action and died in Germany on December 9, 1944.  His parents were notified by telegram on December 19, 1944, informing them of the death of their son. Bares was originally buried at the Henri Chapelle Cemetery at Eupen, Belgium, and a memorial service was held At Tabor for him on January 3, 1945.

On Saturday, November 15, 1947, burial rights were held for T-4 Wenceslaus B. Bares at Tabor, South Dakota. The firing squad, color bearers, and all other members in full uniform escorted the remains of Wenceslaus B. Bares from the train station to St. Wenceslaus Church, where he was buried in the adjoining cemetery.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Jessica Kazmer,  8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, October 31, 2000. Information for this entry was provided by Mr. Joe Renner, South Dakota, nephew, and Emma Renner, sister, of Army T-4 Wenceslaus “Jim” B. Bares.