Capt. Charles A. Gardner, Jr., was born in Columbus, Mont., Aug. 22, 1922. He graduated from Broken Bow High School in May 1940.
Capt. Gardner enjoyed an illustrious military career with the U.S. Navy serving from World War II through Viet Nam. He earned several campaign medals, a Bronze Star and the Viet Nam Honor Medal, Second Class.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria; three children, Charles III of Alexandria, Va., Sherry Reel of Hampstead, N.H., and Dr. William Gardner of Bridgewater, Va.; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Capt. Gardner will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery Dec. 14.
Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 29, 2012