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Remains of WWII Soldier Returned to Charles City Friday (06.07)

Almost 81 years after his death, the remains of a soldier killed in World War II have been returned to north Iowa.

U.S. Army Air Forces Second Lieutenant Max E. Dailey was one of many casualties during an air mission into Ploesti, Romania, on August 1, 1943.

That’s the family’s Elaine Mead, who says the journey to bring him home to Charles City has released a variety of emotions.

Mead says they received periodic updates on efforts to confirm Dailey’s remains starting in 2017, with their big break coming in 2023.

Dailey’s casket was delivered to Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home on Friday (06.07) after being escorted into town by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa National Guard, Patriot Guard Riders and other veterans on motorcycles, plus fire engines from the Charles City and Floyd fire departments. 

Services for Dailey on Wednesday (06.12) begin with a visitation at 9:30 am at First Congregational Church in Charles City, followed by a service at 11 am. He will then be buried with full military honors at Riverton Cemetery in rural Charles City. The community is encouraged to show their support along the funeral procession route to honor Dailey when he is laid to rest 81 years after his death.

You can read more about Dailey in his obituary notice on our station website.


Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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