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Jack Richard Schram

SGT in 3133rd Signal Service Co


Born 1922 in OH, Died 2011

County of residence at enlistment: Miami County, OH
Other residence(s): Covington, OH; East Lansing, MI; Berkley, MI; Troy, MI
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: student
College education before the war: Ohio State Univ.
College education after the war: Ohio State Univ.
Notes: Rank changed from T/5 to SGT per 1946 Army press release; SGT in 1944 Christmas Program
Source: 3133rd Program, 15 Sep 1944; 3133rd roster from 10th Mountain Division Museum at Fort Drum; AES 1944 Christmas Dinner Program

Jack Schram was born on July 21, 1922 in Covington, OH, the older of two sons born to a farm family. In 1940 he graduated from Newton Township High School in Pleasant Hill, OH where he met his future wife, Nena.

Jack won a $240 scholarship to Ohio State University in Columbus—one of only two scholarships awarded to his graduating class and just about enough to cover room, board, and fees for his freshman year. At OSU he studied agriculture and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma agricultural fraternity and ROTC.

Jack registered for the draft on June 30, 1942 and enlisted on February 13, 1943, after completing two and a half years of study at Ohio State. He was first sent to Kenyon College in Gambier, OH for a year-long Army Air Force course in meteorology, and then became the meteorologist for the 3133 Signal Service Company. He saw service in Italy during the war—an April, 1945 newspaper article quotes him on life in Italy: "interesting and exciting, although quite dangerous."

After the war was over, Jack was assigned to a message center in northern Italy and was able to squeeze in some course work at the University of Florence. He also visited parts of Italy, Switzerland, and France before returning to the US; he was discharged on February 6, 1946 with the rank of SGT.

Jack went back to farm work for a few months and then returned to Ohio State with another scholarship in tow, this one from the Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation in Cleveland. Just before classes started, he married his high school sweetheart, Nena Jean Cain. They would go on to have three children: Lynn, Jane, and Carol.

He completed a BS in agriculture in June, 1947, and a BS in agricultural engineering in August, 1947. During that year he also served as president of Alpha Gamma Sigma, and as president of the student branch of the American Society of Engineers at OSU. Due to his wartime hiatus from school, his younger brother (by six and a half years!) had gotten old enough for college and they were able to study together at OSU for a year.

After graduation, Jack was offered a job teaching agricultural engineering at Michigan State University in East Lansing, where he spent two years. While there, he and a colleague developed a unique method of using farm tractors to operate electric milking machines during power failures—using only shop odds and ends and equipment that most dairy farmers already owned.

Jack then began a 35-year career at Ford Tractor and Implements in Birmingham, MI. He held jobs in many different areas including engineering, sales, training, and service management, wrapping up his career as North American Government and OEM Sales Manager. During this time the family lived in Berkley, MI until 1978 and then in Troy, MI.

In his volunteer life, Jack served as president of the PTA for the Berkley schools and as a Cub Scout leader. In Troy, he was an active volunteer with the library system, the CATV advisory committee, and the continuing education advisory committee. He also served as an officer of his homeowners' association.

He was also active in the Berkley Elks Club, the Freemasons, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, and the Troy Woodworkers and regional Metro Carvers.

In his later years he especially enjoyed his Monday morning carving group, solving wooden puzzles, lunching with friends and fellow engineers, and piecing difficult jigsaw puzzles.

Jack died on July 4, 2011 in Troy MI. His remains, and those of his wife, were transferred to the Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium in Arlington, VA on May 8, 2024, the 79th anniversary of V-E Day.


1922 Ohio birth record

1930 census

1940 census

1940 article in the Miami Union (OH) about his high school graduation

1941 article in the Miami Union (OH) about his education

1941 article in the Miami Union (OH) about his education and summer employment

1942 Ohio State Univ. yearbook (go to page 61)

1942 draft card

1943 Ohio State Univ. yearbook

1943 enlistment record

1943 article in the Miami Union (OH) about his military service

1944 article in the Miami Union (OH) about his military educational training

1945 article in the Miami Union (OH) about his service in Italy

1946 article in the Miami Union (OH) about his release from the service

1946 article in the Miami Union (OH) about his participation in the "phantom army"

1946 article in the Troy Daily News (OH) about his education and a scholarship

1946 marriage record

1946 article in the Troy Daily News (OH) about his wedding

1947 article in the Troy Daily News (OH) about his college graduation

1948 article in The Kalamazoo Gazette (MI) about his work

1949 article in The Detroit News (MI) about his work

1950 census

1950 city directory for Royal Oak, MI

1960 city directory for Royal Oak, MI

1993 US public records index

2011 letter from Jack Schram to Warren Jackson

2011 Social Security death index

2011 death notice in The Detroit News (MI)

2011 obituary

2011 Find a Grave record

2024 (March 14) GALP Veteran Biography Worksheet from daughter Carol Schram-Esch

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