CPT Lester Albert Schade

CPT Lester Albert Schade

Birth
Abbotsford, Clark County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 31 Dec 1944 (aged 27)
At Sea
Burial Abbotsford, Clark County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 72799080 · View Source
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Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 2 Aug. 1945

Schade, Lester A. (1917 - 31 Dec. 1944)

Capt. Lester A. Schade, 26, of the United States marines, who has been a Japanese prisoner of war since the Jap invasion of Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines, was lost at sea on a Japanese boat that was sunk last Dec. 31 while he was being removed from the Philippines to Japan, according to a telegram received from the Marine Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Schade, town of Holton.

The Schades had previously learned from the mother of one of their son’s buddies that the latter had left Cabanatuan Jap prison camp No. 1 in the Philippines with Capt. Schade last October, when they were moved to Billibid prison camp, also in the Philippines.

He also said that late in December when the Japs were removing the prisoners from the Philippines to Japan, Capt. Schade was lost at sea in the journey. His buddy arrived in Japan and had managed to send a letter to his parents through an “underground” route, it was said.

Capt. Schade had kept his parents informed of his health by postcard about every six months, they said. The last of these form postcards, furnished by the Japanese, was received by the parents last Christmas and was dated in July, 1944. It stated that he was in excellent health and sent his regards.

Word of Schade’s promotion to captain was received by the parents after he was reported missing in action on April 24, 1942. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and attended an officer candidate school one year in Philadelphia, Pa.

He left the United States for the Philippines in June, 1940, and had fought on Bataan before its capture by the Japanese.

Surviving are the parents and two brothers, Clarence Schade, at home; and Ernest Schade, town of Holton. He was one of nine service men from Marathon county taken captive by the Japanese, and is one of six who died during imprisonment by the Japs. One has been liberated.

Contributor: SBR
Through the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the remains of Captain Lester A. Schade, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps, World War II, were accounted for in 2018. His name is permanently inscribed on the “Walls of the Missing” at Manila American Cemetery.

Contributor: Sgt. Bellis - USMC
Capt. Lester A. Schade was accounted for on July 26, 2018. In April 1942, Schade, a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, when he was captured by enemy forces and held as a prisoner of war in the Philippine Islands. On Dec. 14, 1944, more than 1,600 Allied prisoners were loaded aboard a Japanese transport en route to Japan. The ship was attacked by American carrier planes, killing a number of American prisoners. Survivors were transported aboard two other ships to Formosa, present day Taiwan, where they were loaded onto another ship, Enoura Maru, which was also attacked by American carrier planes. According to records Schade was aboard the Enoura Maru when it was attacked Jan. 9, 1945, and was listed as missing, presumed dead as a result of the incident. DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this mission. Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services. Schade's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in the Philippines, along with the other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.


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  • Created by: Bev Bailey
  • Added: 5 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 72799080
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPT Lester Albert Schade (30 May 1917–31 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 72799080, citing Abbotsford Cemetery, Abbotsford, Clark County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Bev Bailey (contributor 47300516) .