Charles W. Bands, a retired chiropractor, died of leukemia Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The long-time Rosedale resident was 73.
A mass of Christian burial for Mr. Bands will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Chesaco Ave. in Rosedale.
Born in Ambridge, Pa., Mr. Bands came to Baltimore in the 1930s to work for Bethlehem Steel. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army's 36th artillery division and earned the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. While on duty during the allied occupation of Italy, Mr. Bands became the Army's first enlisted man to have a private audience with a pope when he met Pope Pius XII.