Dave Schreiner
Schreiner in his military uniform
Wisconsin Badgers – No. 80
Personal information
Born:(1921-03-05)March 5, 1921
Lancaster, Wisconsin
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
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 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 by a sniper 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.


  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

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