In Memory of
Charles Elmer Bader
Vale, South Dakota
October 9, 1918 – October 31, 1943
Died of Wounds in Italy
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery; Photo Courtesy
Charles E. Bader was born October 9, 1918, at Julesburg, Colorado, to Charles
and Lydia Bader. Charles grew up around Vale, South Dakota, and attended local
schools. Before he entered the service, Charles worked with his father.
On January 24, 1941, Charles entered active service as part of the National
Guard in Sturgis, South Dakota. On February 10 of the same year he entered the
Army. After his training, Technician Fifth Grade Bader was sent overseas on
April 29, 1942.
In 1943 Army T-5 Bader was apparently with
Company C of the 109th Engineer Combat Battalion, 34th
Division, as they attempted to cross the Volturno River near the town of
Capriati in Italy. On October 31, 1943, Bader was killed by a “bouncing baby
mine near Ailano, Italy, while burying a German soldier,” according to South
Dakota in WW II.
T-5 Charles Bader is buried at Plot I, Row 12, Grave 71, Sicily-Rome American
Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
entry was respectfully submitted by Ray Crawford, 8th Grade West,
Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 12, 1999, and updated
2002. Information for this entry was provided by The War Years by Peggy
Davis and Billie Jane Hamblin, South Dakota in WW II, and by an
application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment.