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Community Urged to Turnout for Return of Solider Remains to Charles City

Over 80 years later, the remains of U.S. Army Air Forces Second Lieutenant Max E. Dailey, killed during World War II, will come home to north Iowa.

The family’s Elaine Mead says the journey back to Charles City for this occasion ramped up about seven years ago.

One of the first people contacted to help with the service for Dailey was Christopher Anthony with Otto’s Oasis.

The public’s first chance comes Friday (06.07), when Dailey’s remains are escorted back to Charles City, thanks in part to Al Williams and the Patriot Guard.

Williams says any wanting to drive in the escort is welcome to join the procession starting at noon Friday at Exit 190 along the Avenue of the Saints Highway. The hearse will then come into town on Gilbert Street before turning down South Main Street to Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home.

Denny Hull with VFW Post #3914 says it’s important for the city turnout to pay tribute to Dailey.

Haley Goodin with Hauser Weishaar says Dailey will get a military escort Friday all the way to the funeral home.

Mead says the experience has been highly emotional, to say the least.

Services for Dailey on Wednesday, June 12th 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 funeral procession will be leaving First Congregational Church down North Jackson Street, to Clark Street, to Brantingham Street, to South Grand Avenue, to the Avenue of the Saints. The community is encouraged to show their support along the funeral procession route to honor Max Dailey as he is laid to rest 81 years after his death.

Originally from Cherokee, Dailey was a member of the 8th Army Air Force, 409th Bomb Squadron, 93rd Bomb Group stationed near Benghazi, North Africa, where in 1943 he and his crewmates began training for a secret mission. The city of Ploesti, Romania, located in the heart of Europe’s largest oil deposits, was surrounded by many oil refineries. A decision was made to fly 177 planes to Ploesti from five Northern African airfields on August 1, 1943, with the mission of destroying some of the key refineries. Dailey and 1,724 other airmen traveled 6 ½ hours to reach Ploesti. There, Flying at tree-top level, the B-24s were easy targets, and Max, along with 224 others lost their lives that day.

Mark Pitz

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