Cpl. Gardner was the son of Charles E. and Clara F. Gardner. He married Doris Mae George in Wilder, Vermont on August 14, 1936. He was survived by his wife and children.
He entered the service on March 9, 1944 and was stationed at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky. In October, he went overseas, and served in Co. B, 284th Engineer Combat Battalion. The Vermont Journal reported that he was killed near the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagan when a Bouncing Betty land mine exploded near him.
"It was in fact a V-2 rocket that struck the 284th Combat Engineers Battalion B Company Command Post. It came down around 12:20 PM. Some of the men were gathering at this location for lunch. Eight men were inside the building when the V-2 struck and others were milling around outside before lunch was served. Two of the men recovered from the debris were dead, another died en-route to a hospital. Killed in the blast were 2d Lt. Sass, Sgt. Gardner, and Pfc. Spinos; 31 other men were seriously injured—one of which was Captain Henry, B Company Commander. "
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