Dave Schreiner

American football player (1921–1945)
Dave Schreiner
Schreiner in his military uniform
No. 80
Personal information
Born:(1921-03-05)March 5, 1921
Lancaster, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died:June 21, 1945(1945-06-21) (aged 24)
Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, Japanese Empire
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight198 lb (90 kg)
Career history
  • Wisconsin (1940–1942)
High schoolLancaster HS (Lancaster, WI)
Career highlights and awards
College Football Hall of Fame (1955)

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 (11th overall) of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL).

Instead of playing in the NFL, he went to serve in the Marines during WWII. He was mortally wounded in action by a sniper on June 20, 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa and died the next day.[1] Coincidentally, fellow #11 overall NFL draft pick Tony Butkovich had also died from sniper fire at Okinawa several months earlier.

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.


  1. ^ "Gives Details on How Schreiner Was Killed on Okinawa". Monroe Evening Times. July 20, 1945. p. 1. Retrieved May 9, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
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Further reading

  • Goldlust-Gingrich, Ellen D.; Gingrich, Kurt (Autumn 2003). "An All-American in All Respects: The Letters of Dave Schreiner". Wisconsin Magazine of History. 87 (1): 38–49. Retrieved May 8, 2017.

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