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In Memory of


Tech 4 Warren Schexnayder
Co B 298th Eng (C) Bn
87th Engr HV PON Bn
Served from 9/9/1942 to 11/22/1945
Warren Schexnayder served in the U.S. Army during WWII with the 298th Eng Bn
and the 87th Eng Bn. He was a sheet metal worker, and acetylene welder.
Campaigns he served in:
Northern France
Normandy
Ardennes
Rhineland
Central Europe



The Bridge that Warren Built
The above bridge is one of the 87th Engr HV PON BN
built over the Rhine River. General George Patton, see picture below,
led the 87th Engr Heavy Pon. BN to the Site.
Tech 4 Schexnayder helped build this bridge.



This is a Picture of General George Patton (left center) at
the above bridge on the Rhine River. Gen. Patton was there as the bridge
was being built and had led the Engr Bn to the site and oversaw the
construction of the Bridge.



Medals Awarded
ATO Medal
EAMETO Medal
Good Conduct Medal
WWII Victory Medal



On his return from the war, Mr. Schexnayder worked at Colonial
Sugar Refinery in Grammercy, LA. He married Mrs. Marguerite in 1946.
In 1947 they moved to Houma, LA to work as an overseer on Mandalay
Plantation. From there he did cabinet work until his retirement.

   



I could not think of a more suitable poem than this one
The poem's credit goes to an unknow author. Reading this poem, I couldn't
help but think about Mr. Warren, was always careful about his appearance.
I know when he stands infront of God, He will be at attention like the
soldier he was, Spit shine boots, and starched uniform, bearing proudly the
medals he so richly earned and deserve.

Final Inspection



The soldier stood and faced God
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as brightly as his brass

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders
Said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked alot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Amoung the people here,
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needent be so grand,
I never expected or had too much
But if you don't I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne
Where saints had often trod
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgement of God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

-author unknown



In Memory of Warren Schexnayder who passed away on April 26, 2004


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