Matthias James Schagh

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  • Name: Matthias James Schagh
  • Location of Birth: Zichydorf, Hungary
  • Date of Birth: March 21, 1911
  • Date of Death: March 12, 1984
  • Parents: Michael Schagh and Margaret (Lutz) Schagh
  • High School and Class: Mechanic Arts - St. Paul, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: M SGT (Master Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: December 23, 1943
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: February 27, 1946
  • Place of Discharge: Camp McCoy, Wisconsin
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    December, 1943 August, 1944 Basic Training
    August, 1944 September, 1945 245th Quartermaster Depot Supply, England & France
    September, 1945 February, 1946 54th Quartermaster Base Depot, Belgium
  • Military Awards:
    Rifle SS
    European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 bronze stars
    Good Conduct Medal
    World War II Victory Medal
    Honorable Service Lapel Button WW II

  • Military Highlights:
    While in Belgium, Matt stayed with a family there. After returning stateside, there was talk of his family relocating there. However, as the family grew, this plan was no longer possible.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Matt married Edith Dolezel from Taconite, Minnesota at St Mary's Church in Marble in April 1942. After the war, Matt and wife Edith settled in Grand Rapids, Minnesota where they raised their six children. Matt worked for Viking Oil in Coleraine, Minnesota and then for Salisbury Company in Grand Rapids, Minnesota which was bought out by Blandin Paper and renamed Blandin Woodlands. Matt retired from here in 1976. He bowled for many years, both league bowling and on a traveling team that competed in St. Paul, Minnesota, Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin among other cities. He was an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus. Matt died on March 12, 1984. Survivors included his wife, Edith; daughters Cathy Schagh, Sue Kujala, and Betty Fremont: sons Mike, Jim and Ed; sisters Mary and Eva and 11 grandchildren. He is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot C-C-17-15).

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