Myles Albert Schauer was born on Monday, June 4, 1923, in Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois. His parents were Francis Albert Schauer (Wednesday, September 6,1882 - Sunday, April 30, 1944) and Anastasia S. Neven Schauer (Sunday, October 4, 1885 - Saturday, February 9, 1929). His parents were married in Chicago on Wednesday, February 22, 1905. Myles was the ninth of their ten sons. His father was employed as a switchman on the railroad, and late in his life as a conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad.
His father was left with eight sons at home following the death of Myles' mother in 1929. The 1930 U.S. Census taken in Chicago on Wednesday, April 2, 1930. On that census Myles, an older brother Robert, and a younger brother Edward, were listed among fifty "inmates" at the Angel Guardian Orphanage. Their father married again later that month. The total family was reunited about three years later and by the time the 1940 U.S. Census was taken the household headed by Myles' father and step-mother included six brothers, ages fourteen to twenty-five. Myles was sixteen years old.
On Tuesday, June 23, 1942, Myles joined five of his older brothers by enllsting to serve in World War II. Seven of the ten brothers served in various military branches in World War II. His brother, Vernon, had enlisted in the U.S. Army on Friday, October 1, 1943. His brother, Leo, had enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Wednesday, April 12, 1944. His brother, Eugene, had enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday, September 11, 1940. His brother, Gordon, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on Wednesday, June 18, 1941. His brother, Vincent, enlisted in the U.S. Army on Thursday, September 19, 1940. A younger brother, Edward, enlisted in the U.S. Marines on Friday, October 15, 1943. At the time of Myles' enlistment Myles was 5 ft., 7 in., and weighed 138 lbs. His employment was listed as an unskilled occupation in the manufacture of textiles. Myles entered as a private in the U.S. Army. Before receiving an honorable discharge on Friday, October 26, 1945, Myles had served in a special detail in the Burma theater protecting General Joseph Stilwell.
One especially harrowing experience became syndicated national news in February 1944. Myles had been assigned to protect the general one month earlier. Front page news in the the Oelwein Daily Register (Oelwein, Iowa) reported in its Monday, February 21, 1944, edition that in Buma a Japanese 75 mm. howitzer, firing at random, braced General Stilwell, the six soldiers in his detail, and three correspondents as they were hiking on a steamy quagmire of a jungle trail in Hukawng Valley. As the shells exploded a correspondent and Myles hit the ground with mud being thrown all over them and the men to their rear. The concussion of the exploding shells lifted Myles bodily from the trail. In a few moments with more shells exploding nearby, the general cried out, "Over the hill, over the hill!." The men all ran forward, bent low, to safety over the rise.
Upon returning to civilian life Myles married Agnes Isabella Richmond in 1948 in Oak Park, Illinois at the Oak Park Firt Christian Church. They had two sons, both born in Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois: Charles Albert Schauer, born on Thursday, March 24, 1949, and Barry Schauer, born on Sunday, August 2, 1953. Myles and Agnes divorced in the mid-1960s.
He was employed for several years with Stewart-Warner Electronics, a manufacturer of radios, televisions, speedometers and other vehicle gauges. His last employer was the Oak Park Village recreation department where he did whatever needed to be done to keep their programs running smoothly. mostly outdoor maintenance and repair work.
Myles passed away at the age of fifty-eight from lung cancer on Sunday, August 23, 1981, in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. His ashes were interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove, Cook County, Illinois with full military honors.
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