3 Responses to Dwane Dreher

  1. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    It sounds like he was a part of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard, these men manned various guns installed on cargo ships during WW II. So they were extra protection against attack by U-boats and German aircraft especally on the runs to Murmansk, Russia.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    Also, he may have suffered from what we know s shop as PTSD. Also, did he ever seek medical treatment from the VA. Also do you have any of his military service records. There were several VA hospitals in the Chicago area at the time.

    The other thought is that PTSD is a trigger for a psychological disorder called ‘Dissociative Fugue’, which causes a form of amnesia, where the person completely forgets their name and quite often flees a source of trauma, such as marital discord, a death in the family.

    Quite often they will adopt a new name. There are recent cases of this and others dating back many years. A guy was missing for 23 years with this disorder in Australia. He was actually found a week before a hearing to dclare him deceased. He had remembered his name and applied for their version of Medicare. They found an entry in the records.

    It would be interesting if he exhibited any signs of strange or odd behavior. Also, did anyone track down the woman mentioned in the marriage license application in November 1954.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    I checked Ancestry and found a South Dakota marriage record for a Dwane Dreher (30), who married Lois Irene Genzler (18), on June 6, 1952.

    However, a Family Tree posted on Ancestry, shows that Lois Irene Genzler was born on October 6, 1936. So that would make her like (16) years old.

    That might explain him getting a marriage license in Mason City, Iowa to marry his now (18) year old wife Lois Dreher.

    Also, the Family Tree entry shows that he may have lived in San Diego. California in 1953 or 1954. But there was no link to an official record to support it. A David Allen Dreher, supposedly was born there on December 1, 1953. He died on November 6, 1977, at the age of (23).

    It makes me wonder.

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