I am writting a book about my uncle KIA and study the stories of him and 6 uncles,one cousin that served in WW 2. I did research on the 4 men KIA from our small church. I'm happy to tell their stories.
My uncle C.A.Schaeg, 36th ID, 141st Reg, Cannon Co was an original T-Patcher from his enlistment in 1940.
He was born and raised in what is now Western St. Louis County, hollywood handsome, at 6'7" tall he did not chase women they chased him !! He was recruited to play for the St Louis Cardinal in 1937, problem was he made more money working the Missouri River Bottom farms at .26 cents an hour than going to Cario, ILL and the minor leagues. So in 1940 he was one of 5 brothers to enlist in the military.
My brave uncle saw hell on earth but loved the pay, food, and a place to sleep while in the US Army. It beat a corn silk bed and snow falling in the roof, with nothing but killed game and gravey bread in the deep depression of the 20's and 30's.
He was KIA on 12/12/1944 while fighting his last battle in the Voges Mountains of France. He earned 2 Arrowheads, and many other medals and respect from the Army and he gave his all !!
Oran, N. Africa
Salerno Invasion (arrowhead)
Capture of Rome
S. France Invasion (arrowhead)
Voges Mountains (KIA)
He was there and served his country well.
Thanks for your time and best regards,
Edited by 36thID, 01 July 2008 - 12:43 AM.