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Honor Mission
Lester A. Schade, KIA
Abbottsford, Wisconsin – 05-11-19


Lester A. Schade was born May 30, 1917 in the town of Holton, Wisconsin. He graduated from Dorchester High School in 1935. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin (1939) he entered the Officers Training School in Philadelphia, PA. In June 1940, he left for the Philippine Islands.
Marine Corps Captain Lester A. Schade, of Abbotsford, Wisconsin was killed on January 9, 1945, while being held as a POW during World War II. His death was the result of an attack on the unmarked Japanese transport ship “Enoura Maru” – referred to as a hellship – by American carrier planes in Takao Harbor, Formosa -present day Taiwan.Captain Schade, “I” Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines had become a prisoner of war following the fall of the Philippines in April 1942. He survived the “Bataan Death March” and imprisonment at Cabanatuan Prison Camp No. 1. Capt. Schade was listed as “Lost at Sea” until January 1947 when a mass grave near Takao City was exhumed. Later these remains were transferred to Hawaii and interred in Unknown Grave No. 423 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Subsequently in 2017, the remains were disinterred and in August 2018 the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced their identification as Lester A. Schade. Capt. Schade’s parents, Richard and Margaret Schade are interred in the Abbotsford Cemetery and adjacent to their headstone is a marker for Lester inscribed ‘Our Dear Son – Lost at Sea’. A re-interment service will take place at 1 pm., Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Abbotsford Cemetery with Full Military Honors, facilitated by the U.S. Marine Corps and Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home.

Staging Time: 11:30 am

Maurina-Schilling Funeral Homes
203 N. 4th Street
Abbottsford, Wisconsin

Ride Captain:

Steve Boutwell

Special Instructions:

Staging 11:30 a.m.
Escort ETD 12:30 p.m.
Committal Service and Honors 1:00 p.m.
Return to funeral home at families request
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: John Curran
Position: Wisconsin State Captain

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