Richard S. Carles - LST 507

Staff Sgt. Richard S. Carles, U. S. Army
46th Infantry Battalion, 5th Armored Division
Name on the Wall of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery, England

Obituary from the Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pennsylvania 
March 22, 1945
Provided by Richard C. Talley, Nephew

Richard Shelley Carles, 24, was killed in action on April 28,1944, in the English Channel.    He died when the LST he was on was struck by a German torpedo while training for D-Day landings.  He was born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, on June 14, 1919, a son of Chester E. and Mary (Shelley) Carles.  He graduated from the Hollidaysburg High School in 1937.  Prior to his entering the service on June 1, 1941, he was employed by Moyer Brothers Contractors of Altoona.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Hollidaysburg, PA. 

Sgt. Carles trained in Fort Knox , Kentucky; Aberdeen, Maryland; Camp Cook, California; Nashville, Tennessee; Pine Camp, New York; Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania; and Fort Dix, NewJersey.  From there he went overseas to England in early February 1944. He served with the U. S. Army 46th Infantry Battalion, 5th Armored Division.

Surviving are his parents, two brothers, and one sister: John C. Carles of Richmond, Virginia; Mrs. Mary M. Talley of Washington, D.C., wife of Major R. B. Talley; and Seaman 1/c James M. Carles, who is serving with the Navy aboard an LST in the European Theater of operations. Richard’s body was never recovered.  His name is inscribed on the American Roll of Honour book at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England, as well as on the Wall of the Missing at the Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, United Kingdom.