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May 30, 2005

Remembering ...

This Memorial Day, just wanted to mention a few of the family that died in war time.

Daniel K Sheffler and Henry Foster Sheffler were sons of Samuel C. Sheffler, and both served in the Civil War along with their brother Israel Truxal Sheffler.

Henry served in Company A, 76th Ohio Infantry, and was killed around 1864.

Daniel K. Sheffler was married and he enlisted when his daughter was just 2 months old. He joined Company I, 11th PA Infantry and served with two cousins, Uriah Sheffler son of John Sheffler, and Noah Sheffler son of Frederick Sheffler. Three months later he was wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness and taken prisoner, May 4, 1864. As a POW he died on June 1, 1864. His daughter Elizabeth married Samuel Hunter Jamison and they have living descendants today.

My father's Uncle Warren Sheffler was in the Army Air Force during WWII. In December 1944, Warren was on a crash boat stationed on Lake Hensley in Texas during an air show paratroop exhibition. Several of the parachutists were blown off course into the lake, and all but one was quickly recovered. Warren dove into the water to assist the struggling trooper but both were drowned. He was 34 at the time. Below is a photo of my great-grandfather Henry receiving the Soldier's Medal for his son.

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Warren's younger brother Robert "Bud" Sheffler also served in WWII in the United States Navy. He and his wife Evie currently live in Illinois. In just a few minutes we're going to give them a call and wish them well today.

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