Retired Master Sgt. Charles R. Kline, 82, one of the original members of the U.S. Army Band, died of pneumonia July 12 at Walter Reed Hospital. He had suffered a stroke.
A saxophonist, he joined the band when it was formed in 1922. He played with it while it was based at Fort Lesley J. McNair and then at Fort Myer after it moved there in 1942.
Sgt. Kline traveled with the band on concert tours throughout this country and to North Africa and Europe during World War II. In addition to playing, he was the band librarian. He was in Germany at his retirement in 1952.
He returned here and worked in the safety deposit section of the Riggs National Bank branch at Dupont Circle for 10 years before retiring a second time. He lived in Arlington.
Sgt. Kline was born in Emmaus, Pa. He was a paperhanger and painter before joining the Army in 1919.
He is survived by his wife, the former Eva Miller, of Arlington; three children, Virginia Mitchell of Arlington, Charles R., of Costa Mesa, Calif., and William L. of Fullerton, Calif; six sisters, Mrs. wilson Folk, Mrs. Earl Kline, Mrs. Walter Stoneback, Lucy Kline, Mrs. Richard Willis and Mrs. Robert Knauss, all of Emmaus; a brother, Roman, of Allentown, Pa., and two grandchildren.