Our post received boxes of memorabilia from a family cleaning out an attic. They had an uncle who served during WWII, but that was all they really knew. Their mother received all his items when he passed, and when their mother passed it was time to clean out the attic.
They brought a shadow box, his burial flag, DD 214s, books about the Big Red One and WWII stories. We put the shadow box back together and posted his memorabilia and story on our wall in our back room for everyone to read.
Here's his story:
ALBERT W. SCHAFFHAUSER
Served June 1942 – June 1945
Private First Class Schaffhauser served his country during World War II with Co E, 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, or “The Big Red One.” He served in the Battle of Normandy, the Allied Invasion of Sicily, and in the Tunisian Campaign.
He earned the Good Conduct Medal, two Purple Hearts, and the Bronze Star.
PFC Schaffhauser was a quadriplegic as a result of the injuries he sustained during the invasion of Normandy in 1944.