In 2007, members of the Liscum Brothers American Legion Post 482, and Auxiliary in Bagley remembered and honored veterans who gave their lives for the service of their country. This year‘s focus is on the life and death of Seaman - Second Class John Dale Schamerhorn, who died accidentally during training during World War II.
Born in Bagley on March 22, 1924, “Jack” - as his friends called him - was the son of Leroy and Blanche Remy Schamerhorn. According to his obituary, he was an active boy, fun-loving and full of life. His sunny disposition endeared him to his family, classmates and numerous friends.
John enlisted in the United States Navy, July 28, 1942. Eleven months later, on June 19, 1943, he was accidentally killed during an encounter with an airplane while performing his duties as a Signalman at the Lambert Air Field, St. Louis, Missouri.
At that time John’s parents were living near St. Louis and had visited them the day before his fatal accident.
A military escort accompanied John’s body to Bagley where representatives of the American Legion Posts of Patch Grove and Bloomington, and two Bagley boys of the Army and Navy formed the Guard of Honor and conducted military rites. He was laid to rest in the Bagley Cemetery.
As is the tradition of the Liscum Post, the past nine years have recognized an area individual who died while in the service of their country.