In Memory of
Navy Ship’s Clerk Third Class
Roesler A. Bertram
Parkston, South Dakota
Hutchinson County
December 20, 1921 – October 10, 1944
Killed in Action aboard the USS Buck

Roesler A. Bertram

Roesler Adolph Bertram was born on December 20, 1921, at Parkston in Hutchinson County, South Dakota. His parents were August and Amanda Bertram. He had two sisters and three brothers. Roesler graduated from Parkston High School in 1940 and worked on the family’s farm until he entered the service.

Roesler enlisted in the service on January 20, 1942, at Omaha, Nebraska. On April 13, 1942, Ship’s Clerk Third Class Bertram was transferred to the USS Buck for foreign duty, which included service at Ireland, Casablanca, and Sicily.

On October 9, 1943, the USS Buck (DD-420) was torpedoed while on “anti-submarine patrol duty off the coast of Salerno,” according to the newspaper. Ship’s Clerk, 3C Roesler A. Bertram, 21, was missing in action until October 9, 1943, when his status was officially changed to presumed dead.

In 1945, Roesler’s mother, Amanda, received on behalf of her son the Purple Heart and a Presidential Citation, both awarded posthumously.

Roesler A. Bertram is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery at Nettuno, Italy.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by issues of the Daily Republic, Armour Chronicle, and the application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment.