Carman S. Ladner

1922 - 24 September 1944
West Farmington, ME -  Eerde



Not much is known about Carman Ladner. He was a Canadian who had moved to West Farmington, Maine. He was not yet a US citizen when he joined the army on 11 December 1942. His enlistment card states he was a clerk and, although single, had dependents. He was engaged to be married to Elaine Smith.

Carman volunteered for the paratroopers and after training was sent to A Company, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.

He participated in operation Market Garden, the airborne assault over the Waal and Rhine bridges in Holland.

Carman was killed on 24 September 1944 near Eerde. He and other troopers were unloading an ammonition truck when it was hit by a German tank. The truck exploded with such a explosion that the remains


501st Parachute Infantry Regiment

101st Airborne Division

of those around could not be found. Carman remains Missing in Action.

62 years after the event, Elaine Smith came to Holland and visited the place where Carman died. Visit the site of Screaming Eagles website for the full story.


Margraten, The Netherlands

See Also:

All casualties of the 101st Airborne Division in Holland

Sources and Acknowledgements:
Screaming Eagles website

Directions to Margraten American Military Cemetery

Posted 23 August 2008

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This website is dedicated to the men and women who died and/or are buried in The Netherlands during World War II.


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