March 28, 1921 (New York, NY) – March 15, 1945; 23 years old
Last local address: 32 Lakeview Drive, Norwalk
Enlisted September 21, 1942
Service number: 6425696
Unit: Group 43
Born to Hyman (1886-1950) and Sarah Goldstein Saperstein (1891-1983). Brothers and Sol (1914-1970) and Irving (1917-2010). Sisters Pearl Saperstein Newman (1923-2002) and Arlene E. Saperstein Klein (1934-2021).
Photo contributed by Steve Stein via email on August 14, 2022. Many thanks to him for also providing the correct information on siblings.
Assigned to Landing Craft, Tank (LCT) 5, Flotilla #2 from June 1943 through October 1943. Assigned to Flotilla 6, LCT Division 36 from March 1944 through August 1944. Assigned to LCT Group 43 in early 1945 until his death. Listed as Missing In Action. No other details known other than he was on an LCT in Group 43 of the U.S. Navy and was near the Philippine Islands when he went missing.
From The Norwalk Hour May 23, 1945
Charles Saperstein, Motor Machinist’s Mate First Class, USNR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Saperstein of 32 Lakeview Drive, has been reported by the Navy Department as missing in the Pacific area since March 15. His parents are hopeful, however, that he is alive and well judging from a report of him given them by a customer at their gas station on West Avenue just before they received the official notice. They have been anxious to contact their informant to ascertain details of a meeting of Saperstein and her husband, somewhere in the Philippines. Saperstein has been in the service since September 21, 1942, and was last home in the fall of 1943 going to the Pacific area in December. His last letter home, written on March 7, was received on March 16., He has two brothers in the service; Irving Saperstein, US Army, in the country; and Warrant Officer Sol Saperstein, in the Pacific are.
Memorialized at Beth Israel Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk. Photos by webmaster.
Memorialized Manila American Cemetery, Tablets of the Missing.