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.
volunteered for the paratroopers and after training
was sent to A Company, 501st Parachute Infantry
Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.
participated in operation Market Garden, the
airborne assault over the Waal and Rhine bridges in
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