FIRST LIEUTENANT GEORGE FREDERICK SCHAEFER entered the U.S. Army on April 2, 1941. He served in the 103rd Regiment of the 43rd (Winged Victory) Division, in New Guinea, New Georgia, and Luzon, Philippine Islands, where he was behind Japanese lines for five days. He was awarded a Citation on June 29, 1945, over the signature of Major General Leonard F. Wing, to the 103rd Regimental Combat Team for outstanding performance of duty against the enemy on Luzon, Philippine islands, during the period May 1st through May 17th, 1945.
On October 5, 1946, the Silver Star medal was awarded posthumously to 1st Lt. George F. Schaefer, 0-1310156, with the following Citation:
“For gallantry in action against the enemy at Kill 600, Luzon, Philippine Islands on 25 January 1945. Lt. Schaefer’s platoon after seizing Hill 600, was digging in when they were suddenly subjected to heavy enemy fire from three machine guns. The thick undergrowth and rugged terrain made it difficult to locate the guns and almost impossible to knock them out. Five casualties were suffered almost immediately and Lt. Schaefer without regard for his personal safety, crawled from cover and dragged them to safer positions. He then crawled from man to man, checking each position and directing the most effective fire upon the enemy. Numerous casualties were suffered, but inspired by the indomitable courage and outstanding leadership of Lt. Schaefer the remaining men of the platoon held the Hill for a night and day, until relieved. Lt. Schaefer’s gallant actions, supreme devotion to duty, and inspiring leadership made possible the capture and retention of the objective.”
While on furlough from Fort Dix NJ, prior to his discharge, he was killed in an accident in Berlin NJ on October 8, 1945. After funeral services at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion in Berlin, he was interred in Berlin Cemetery, with military honors, an Army Chaplain, bugler, and firing squad from Fort Dix participating on October 11, 1945. George Frederick Schaefer was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Schaefer, his brother Arthur, and four sisters, Mrs. Rose Kramer, and the Misses Alice, Erma, and Doris Schafer.
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