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David Nathan Schreiner (March 5, 1921 – June 21, 1945) was an American football player. From Lancaster in southwest Wisconsin, he was a two-time All-American and the 1942 Big Ten Most Valuable Player end at Wisconsin and a 1943 second round draft choice of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. While in college, he worked in a girls' dormitory cafeteria to earn spending money, although his family was comfortable financially. He was mortally wounded in action as a Marine on June 20, 1945 during the Battle of Okinawa and died the next day.[1] He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955. His life and death are detailed in the book Third Down and a War to Go, written by Terry Frei, the son of Jerry Frei, one of Schreiner's teammates on the 1942 Wisconsin Badgers football team.

Dave Schreiner
Born:(1921-03-05)March 5, 1921
Lancaster, Wisconsin
Died:June 21, 1945(1945-06-21) (aged 24)
Career information
NFL draft1943 / Round: 2 / Pick: 11
Drafted byDetroit Lions


  1. ^ "Gives Details on How Schreiner Was Killed on Okinawa". Monroe Evening Times. July 20, 1945. p. 1. Retrieved May 9, 2017 – via  

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