Lieutenant Commander Oscar Jacob Fallert

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World War II

US Navy
Corpus Christi Naval Air Station
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Born: September 26,1914 near Akron
Inducted: September 1941
Died: January 2, 1947 in auto accident near Albuquerque, New Mexico
Buried: Akron Cemetery

Son of August J. and Clara B. Fallert of Akron.


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Thursday, January 9, 1947 The Akron News Reporter

Oscar J. Fallert Dies as Result of Accident Jan. 2
Local boy Killed When Car Strikes Icy Pavement and Leaves Road in New Mexico

  Oscar J. Fallert, 32, son of Mrs. Clara Fallert of Akron was fatally injured early last Thursday morning in an automobile accident which occurred about 60 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He died in an Albuquerque Hospital about 12 hours after he was found at the scene of the accident, without ever regaining consciousness according to the meager reports available.

  After spending Christmas in Akron with his mother, sister Miss Grace Fallert and brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Fallert of Denver, Mr. Fallert left for California where he intended to accept a sales position.

  However, after only a few days in the west coast state, he decided to return to Colorado and go to work for a Denver mercantile concern with which he was connected before he entered service in 1941. Reportedly, Mr. Fallert had wired the Denver firm of his intention to return.

  Traveling alone, he encountered icy pavement in New Mexico and, according to the investigation, he apparently lost control of the care when it struck a slippery spot on the highway. The car turned over three times and Mr. Fallert incurred internal injuries, to which death is attributed.

  Mr. Fallert, who had risen to the rank of lieutenant-commander of the U.S. navy during his more than five years in the service, was on terminal leave, which would have expired the following day, at the time of his death.

He enlisted in the navy in September of 1941 and later transferred to the naval flight division, in which he became an instructor during the war years, at his station at Corpus Christi, Texas.

  By practicing his policy of strict self-application, coupled with industry and ambition, which were outstandingly characteristic of his entire lifetime, Mr. Fallert progressed rapidly.

  After graduating from the Akron High School in 1932, he later entered the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he worked hard at procuring an education for himself. He graduated with a business degree in 1938.

  He was held in high esteem by his innumerable friends, who consider his untimely passing a real loss.

  Funeral services were held from the Methodist Church in Akron Monday afternoon, January 6, with the Rev. Frank E. Dawson, pastor in charge, assisted by the Rev. W. Byrd Ray of the Presbyterian Church.

  In according the deceased naval officer the honor of a military funeral, 24 uniformed former members of the navy participated in the service. Colors were placed by a guard composed of Earl Schmidt, Veryl Allen, Bob Jones and Dave Bean, the latter two forming the marine escort.

  Mrs. J.R. Spicknall, Mrs. B.C. Reese, Mrs. W.B. Ray and Mrs. D.D. Vance sang "Lead Kindly Light," "Near to the Heart of God" and "Beautiful Garden of Prayer," with Mrs. Beth Cooley playing the piano arrangement.

  At the cemetery, the naval burial service was conducted, with Cecil Foree as chaplain, and a salute was fired over the grave. The bereaved mother was presented with the flag that draped the casket during the service.

  Pallbearers, all former navy men, were: Al Gebauer, Jerry Peck, John Cain, Norris Christiansen, Eugene Rushton and Fred Vance.

Obituary

  Oscar J. Fallert, son of August J. and Clara B. Fallert, was born south of Akron, Colorado, September 26, 1914 and passed away January 2, 1947 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the age of 32 years, 3 months and 6 days.

  He attended both grade and high school in Akron and after graduating from high school, he attended the University of Colorado and graduated with the class of 1938.

  In September of 1941, he enlisted in the United States navy and took his boot training at San Diego. He later was stationed at Corpus Christi, Texas where he remained until his death.

  Oscar leaves to mourn his passing, his mother, two sisters, Miss Grace Fallert of Akron and Mrs. Thelma Grant of Denver; two brothers, Russell Fallert of Caldwell, Idaho, and Bruce Fallert of Denver, besides numerous other relatives and friends.

  Out of town relatives who attended the funeral services were: a sister, Mrs. Sumner Grant, Mr. Grant and daughter, Mary Clair; a brother, Bruce Fallert and Mrs. Fallert, all of Denver; cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Roy King of Hillrose; an uncle, Bill Fallert and Mrs. Fallert of Benkleman, Neb.; an uncle, August Breing and three cousins, Fred, Ralph and August Breing of Arapahoe, Neb.; and a cousin Delman Engle of Wauneta, Neb.

  The following friends were also present; Dick Snell of Houston, Tex., who was his buddy during all of the war years; Charlotta Ramey, a special friend of Corpus Christi, Tex.; Mr. and Mrs. Newt Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Buckley and Mrs. Ivan Higginbotham of Denver.

  Lt. W.C. Thrailkill, who is a recruiting officer stationed at Albuquerque, accompanied the body to Akron.


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