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Pvt. Chester Melvin Dau


Posted By: Alan Nicholson
Date: 7/6/2012 at 23:45:31

Sutherland Courier, 30 Sep 1948, p 1, Col. 3

Pvt. Chester Dau Rites to be Held Friday Afternoon

Tribute will be paid Pvt. Chester Melvin Dau, who died in the service of his country, at services to be held at Bethel Lutheran church, at Sutherland, Friday afternoon, October 1, at 2 o'clock. Rev. E. E. Greene will deliver the sermon. Full military rites will be given by Chateau Thierry Post of Primghar, assisted by the Sutherland Post. The body will be re-interred in Waterman cemetery.

Will Arrive Today

Pvt. Dau's body will arrive today (Thursday) at 11:55 from Chicago, with a military escort. The Sutherland Legion Post members and a Color Guard will escort the body from the depot to the Baumgarten Funeral home, where it will remain under military guard until time for the funeral.

Flags are to be flown at half mast from Thursday morning until after the services Friday afternoon, and then raised to full mast for the remainder of the day. Business places will be closed from 1:45 until 3:00 for the services.

Pvt. Dau, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dau of Gaza, was 26 years old when he was killed in action near Berweiller, France, on November 29, 1944, while serving with Company H of the 378th Infantry. He was buried in the U. S. Military Cemetery at Limey, France, December 4, 1944.

Following his induction into the army on May 3, 1944, Pvt. Dau spent 17 weeks in training at Camp Robert, Calif., and was then sent overseas, arriving in England on November 7. Just 22 days later he paid the supreme sacrifice for his country.

Survivors are his wife Carol, two children, Glenda and Connie Sue, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dau; three sisters, Mrs. Irene Glawe, Cass Lake, Minn., Mrs. Mildred Jebsen, Sutherland, and Verna Dau of Iowa City.


Sutherland Courier, 7 Oct 1948, p 1, Col. 3

Military Funeral for Pvt. Chester Dau Friday Afternoon
[article accompanied by portrait photographer of Pvt. Chester Melvin Dau in uniform]

Friends and relatives paid tribute to the memory of Pvt. Chester Melvin Dau, who gave his life for his country overseas during World War II, at services held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at Bethel Lutheran Church. The large attendance of relatives, friends and neighbors bore mute testimony of the appreciation and respect for this soldier who paid the supreme sacrifice. Rev. E. E. Greene had charge of the services which were directed by Baumgarten Funeral Home. Hymns "Jesus Savior Pilot Me", "Forever With the Lord" and "I'm But a Stranger Here" were sung by the ladies quartette which included Mrs. Harvey Buchendahl, Mrs. LeRoy Pingel, Mrs. Lewis Witt and Mrs. Ray Olson, with accompaniment by Mrs. Lorin Drefke. Pallbearers were Dean Einerwold, Jim Ginger, Merwin Skaar, Art Kopp, Art Cook and Robert Guetschow.

Legionnaires formed an escort for the flag-draped casket at the church. Full military rites were conducted by the Sutherland and Primghar American Legion Posts. Members from both posts served as color guard and color bearers. Robert Schultz of Primghar was in charge of the firing squad from the Primghar Post and Clayton Hill, of the Sutherland Post, was bugler, sounding taps at the grave. Marvin Rhoads of Primghar was chaplain and Sgt. Walter Hill, who was military escort for the body from Chicago, presented the flag to the family. The body was re-interred in Waterman cemetery.

1918 - Chester M. Dau - 1944

Pvt. Chester Melvin Dau, the only son of Frank and Emma Dau, was born at Melvin, Iowa, on November 12, 1918, and died in service of his county in the European theatre of war, November 29, 1944. He reached the age of 26 years and 17 days.

On May 3, 1944, he was inducted into the army and served for 17 weeks at Camp Roberts, California; after which time he had a furlough and then was sent overseas. He landed in England on November 7, and just 22 days later gave the supreme sacrifice for our country. He was buried in the U. S. military cemetery at Limey, France, December 4, 1944.

In his infancy, Chester was received into the Lutheran Church by the rite of Holy Baptism and in August 1935, he became affiliated with Bethel Lutheran Church by the rite of confirmation. On September 5, 1940, he was married to Carol Johnson and to this union were born two children, Glenda and Connie Sue.

He leaves to mourn his untimely death his wife, Carol, and two children, Glenda and Connie Sue, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dau, all of Gaza; three sisters, Mrs. Irene Glawe of Cass Lake, Minn., Mrs. Mildred Jebsen of Sutherland, and Verna of Iowa City, Iowa; besides two brothers-in-law and many other relatives and friends.


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