In Memory of
Army T-5
Charles Elmer Bader
Vale, South Dakota
Butte County
October 9, 1918 – October 31, 1943
Died of Wounds in Italy 

Sicily-Rome American Cemetery

Sicily-Rome American Cemetery; Photo Courtesy of

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.

This 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.