Manning man’s brother, missing-in-action during WWII, identified 70 years later
by Robert Joseph Baker | July 31, 2014 6:19 pm
Last Updated: August 1, 2014 at 2:09 pm
“The day he got the notice that my brother was missing overseas, he sat at the table, put his head down and cried,” Gardner said Thursday shortly after officials with the Department of Defense confirmed that his long-lost brother, Charles Arthur Gardner, had been identified from a collection of remains found on the island of New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean.
Charles Arthur Gardner was presumed dead after he went missing in April 1944, when the younger Gardner was just 16. The elder Gardner, 32, was a staff sergeant and radio operator in the Army Air Corps helping with flying missions over the Pacific Theater. His remains were among those of eight servicemen found in the northern part of the island between 2008-11.
“I never met him personally; he was my half-brother,” Gardner said. “But I knew him through the stories my father would tell, and I certainly talked with him on the phone.”