1LT David Nathan Schreiner

1LT David Nathan Schreiner

Birth
Wisconsin, USA
Death 21 Jun 1945 (aged 24)
Okinawa, Japan
Burial Lancaster, Grant County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 6789286 · View Source
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Collegiate Athlete, Military Figure. 'Big Dave' as he was known was named to the All-Big 10 college football team in 1941 and unanimous All-American in 1942. He was co-captain of the University of Wisconsin's team in 1942 along with his lifetime friend Mark Hadley Hoskins also from Lancaster. The 1942 Wisconsin Badger football team was the third-ranked college football team in the U.S. at the time. Upon graduation Dave wanted to join the US Army Air Corps but was rejected due to being color blind. Dave then joined the U.S. Marines in 1943 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He fought on Guam in 1944 where on 27 July 1944 he received a minor head wound with his helmet taking the force of the blow. He landed on Okinawa on the 1st of April 1945. Bad luck... On 20 June Schreiner moved forward with three members of Company A to 'tie the lines' on a reconnaissance of the upcoming assault area when the small recon party was ambushed as it crossed an open space at the base of Kiyany-Gusuku Ridge. 2nd Lt Marion Deal gained a covered position from which he returned the enemy's fire with the only automatic weapon in the party. Observing that his commander, Lt Schreiner, had been seriously wounded and that the other officer with him was unable to drag Dave from the position due to the heavy fire, he courageously moved to the aid of the wounded officer and despite the hostile fire being delivered at fifteen to twenty yards, remained with the two officers for over an hour holding the Japanese in check with automatic rifle fire and protecting Schreiner from further injury until help arrived. Lt Deal assisted in carrying him to safety and medical evacuation where Dave died of his wounds on 21 June 1945 at the battalion aid station. Dave Schreiner's remains were reinterred in Lancaster's Hillside Cemetary in April 1949. The University of Wisconsin later established the David Schreiner Memorial Scholarship in David's honor. David was posthoumously elected to the College Football Foundation Hall of Fame. The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department retired his jersey number '80' after his death.


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  • Created by: Cedric Fry
  • Added: 19 Sep 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6789286
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT David Nathan Schreiner (5 Mar 1921–21 Jun 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6789286, citing Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster, Grant County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Cedric Fry (contributor 46534371) .