Raymond Dschaak, Born Nov. 1, 1920 in Golden Valley, ND.   Married Alberta Rice July 3, 1941.  Father of Bonnie, Timothy, Raymond, and Gayleana.

Ancestry: Raymond > August/Hulda > Jacob/Louisa > Peter/Elizabeth > Michael/Renata

Left to Right: Hulda, Alvin, Eleanor, Raymond, August (1935)

August and Hulda children: (Left to Right) Alvin, Ramona, Eleanor, Eubert (Bert), Raymond, Gladys, Nama (1938).

Raymond, Gayleana, Alberta, Ray, Tim

Raymond and Alberta; Tim crawling in the door. Inglewood, CA (1942)

Ray and Alberta (1951)


Article from Belle Fourche Community.com

Home from Afghanistan doesn’t mean back to Belle Fourche

The Belle Fourche Dschaak family may be an example of how today’s National Guard is a different creature than before the terrorist attacks of September 2001.

Sgt. 1st Class Brent Dschaak and son Jake are home with the 842nd Engineer Co. after a year in Afghanistan, but both are looking at some big changes.

It’s increasingly typical for National Guard soldiers in an era of overseas deployments and promotions that take senior people into different units instead of spending an entire Guard career in one unit in one community.

Brent, who had been full time with the National Guard at Belle Fourche and Spearfish armories with the 842nd will be moving to Huron with the 153rd Engineer Battalion headquarters where he will be readiness noncommissioned officer.

He’ll be taking not only his experience with the 842nd in the Northern Hills, but also experience in two overseas deployments to war zones.

Dschaak was with the 842nd in Iraq when the unit as a whole leveled ground for major bases and built or repaired roads in the country.

In Afghanistan he filled a number of positions ranging from handling logistical convoys as noncommissioned officer in charge to working with Afghanistan National Army people.

Capt. Allen Godsell, the officer who commanded the 842nd in Afghanistan and served with the unit as a new lieutenant in Iraq, said he hates seeing Dschaak leave the unit.

“We call him THE Dschaak,” Godsell said. “He is just a super man in his own right. There’s just an outstanding human being.”

“I actually hate to see him heading out to Battalion,” he said, adding that Dschaak definitely deserved his promotion last spring in Afghanistan.

Dschaak’s last four months in Afghanistan may have been one of the most difficult assignments for any American serving in that complex war zone.

“I worked as an advisor with the Afghan National Army,” he said.

His work was to help bring Afghan Army engineers up to a professional level as a military road building and earth moving organization.

Godsell said that recent news of Afghan soldiers ambushing the American soldiers sent to train them was a concern, but teaching engineers was a different kind of mission.

“When we were training them,” he said, “It was skill based.”

“Also, we took real serious the guardian angel concept where they knew we had people watching them,” Godsell said.

“We were really working hard with our interpreters,” Godsell said. “You take care of them as absolutely well as you can, and they took care of us.”

That, Godsell said, is invaluable experience for Dschaak even though that kind of duty could be exhausting. It also proved Dschaak had the cultural sensitivity to work well with people who come from an entirely foreign culture in their own environment.

Jake had been doing regular engineer work with heavy equipment.

He said he plans to head to the University of Minnesota.

The third Dschaak serving overseas is Brent and Diana’s oldest son Casey.

The couple said they don’t know what the regular Army 1st lieutenant plans for his own career.

The three Dschaaks serving in Afghanistan this past year carried on a military tradition in their mother’s family.

Steel-covered Bibles from the World War II era, one from her late father and two she found on eBay, went with each of the three into harm’s way.

Citation:  original article posted here: Home from Afghanistan doesn’t mean back to Belle Fourche



He was one of eight children of August and Hulda (Janke) Dschaak. His father, August, immigrated from Eupatoria, Crimea, Russia on the ship ‘Armenia’.  His sister is Gladys (Dschaak) Williams, who still survives at the time of this writing. His father was living in Mead, WA at the time of Alvin’s burial upon return to the US. Alvin was married to the former Lillian Rice of Hamilton, MT, who later married James Wallace.

Sgt. Alvin Dschaak and Lillian Rice Dschaak



34th BG, 7th B Sq- Radio Operator

(subsequently re-assigned)

376th BG, 515th B Sq- Turret Gunner




As the Radio Operator on B-24E #42-7119, 34th BG, 7th B Sq, he successfully bailed out of the aircraft before it crashed on 10 June 1943 over Weed, Siskiyou Co, CA. You can read more about this incident in an article on the Mt. Shasta News.com website. 

He went on to serve in the European theater, having been re-assigned to the 376th BG, and volunteered on a mission on his 22nd birthday to serve as a nose turret gunner. B-24J #42-73428 ‘Big Nig’ was on a mission from San Pangrazio, Italy to Sofia, Bulgaria, when the aircraft was rammed by a damaged Bulgarian Bf 109G-2 flown by Dimitar Spisarevski (KIA) of 3/6 Orlyak and crashed at Pancharevo, Bulgaria. There were 9 KIA, Alvin amongst them, and one taken as a POW.

His remains were returned in November of 1949 on the U S Army transport ship The Private Lawrence Victory.  He received an Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and a
purple heart for wounds leading to his death.

Source: Sgt. Alvin Dschaak memorial on Find a Grave.com  Additional information can be found in regards to the crewmen on the two downed aircraft that Alvin served on at this link.


Arkadj and Maria Dschaak

Ancestry: Barthalamus Schak-> Peter Michael Dzaak-> Peter David Dzaak-> Michael Dzaak-> Michael Johann Dzaak-> Johann Michael Dzaak-> Peter David Dschaak-> Heinrich Dschaak-> August Dschaak-> Arkadij Dschaak


JOINT AIRDROP: Logistics operation resupplies Comabt Outpost Chergotah

by Spc. Erik-James Estrada
Task Force Spartan Public Affairs

3/8/2012 - KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan  – A joint airdrop operation between Task Force Spartan, the U.S. Air Force, the Afghan Border Patrol and local militia Arbici was conducted to resupply paratroopers of Task Force Blue Geronimo at Combat Outpost Chergotah, a first for the area, Feb. 28.
Paratroopers from Task Force Blue Geronimo conducted a drop zone survey two weeks prior in an effort to find a safer alternative method to re-supply Combat Outpost Chergotah.

“This particular drop sets up for future drops, especially for the rebuilding of the COP,” said Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Botts, assistant operations for S-3, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment (Airborne), a native of Hermiston, Ore. “It really sets up the unit for success in being able to supply them with more equipment,” A C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft was used in the joint effort to test drop 20 bundles of container delivery systems consisting of water and meals ready to eat, using low-cost high-velocity parachutes.
“None of the parachutes failed making for an easy recovery,” said 1st Lt. Casey Dschaak, platoon leader for 2nd Platoon, Comanche Company, Task Force Blue Geronimo, a native of Belle Fourche, S.D.

“This method allows for more supplies to get in here, definitely giving us more ‘bang for the buck.’ It’s safer. You’re not moving huge convoys out here on the roads and there’s so many supplies that you’re able to store for future operations,” added Dschaak.

Despite taking two rounds of indirect fire, the operation continued and there were no further incidents to jeopardize the paratroopers or the operation.

“I feel that the airdrop is safer, more expedient than a convoy because a convoy has to get mission prepped,” said Spc. Larry-Pablo Flores-Berrier, a paratrooper with 2nd Platoon, Comanche Company, Task Force Blue Geronimo, hailing from Las Vegas. “And on top of that, the road has many dangers, which can be IEDs, or anything, and that brings more complications, where as (the airdrop) took a max three hours.”

Citation: original article posted here: http://www.jber.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123293243


Chris Dschaak is a senior playing QB for the Belle Fourche Broncos in South Dakota. You can see his profile on CBS Sports MaxPreps.com: PROFILE

Here’s some highlights posted on You Tube!


Chris Dschaak and P.T. Thomas of Belle Fourche captured weight class titles at the Custer Invitational Wrestling Tournament last weekend. Dschaak was 4-0 at 145 pounds. He defeated Cameron Braden of Moorcroft, Wyo., 12-8 in the championship bout. Thomas posted a 4-0 record at 195 pounds. The Bronc downed Mario Lupercio of Hill City 13-8 in the finals.

Source: As published on Belle Fourche Community.com Dec. 5, 2011


The Dschaak Family has a proud German heritage. They immigrated to the United States in the late 1800’s primarily settling as farmers in Mercer County North Dakota.This site is a common location for anything about the Dschaak Family to be shared. The Dschaak Family forums is a place where users may post information that only registered members of the forums can see.

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Where does it come from?

We know our most immediate ancestors are of German decent who immigrated to the U.S. from the Crimea area of the Ukraine in the late 1800’s and prior to that in the area once known as Prussia.  There are many different spellings in the official records: Jauk, Jaak, Schaak, Dzaak, Dzauk, Dzauck, and Dschaak. Apparently, the official records most often were wedding and birth records which were recorded by the local priest.  They often entered the name phonetically, which is why you find so many different spellings of such an unusual name. Dschaak is unique even in the Germanic areas.

Why so unusual?

Based on a letter from Dr. Joseph Height (circa 1970) the French name Jacques was germanized into Dschaak (and various other spellings) during the days of the French Huguenots. The Huguenots were contemporary with the Lutherans in Germany. In the mid 1500’s they became a large and influential political group. They were persecuted by the Catholic government. In 1572 the government began the Massacre of St. Batholomew’s Day in which thousands of Huguenots were killed. Many of the Huguenots left France for Holland, America, England, and Prussia. We can track the Dschaak family back to Prussia, which lends to the theory that they were originally French Huguenots.

Written by: Martin Dschaak

Source: A Brief History of the Dschaak Family by Jennice Dschaak Abercrombie Curlee. (Link to PDF of the complete document)


During the November signing season Cincinnati Marlin, Alex Dschaak, signed a National Letter of Intent to swim for Marshall University. She signed at a signing ceremony at Loveland High School on Nov. 10, 2010.

Alex is a senior at Loveland High School. Alex is the daughter of Martin and Tanya Dschaak. In the last 3 years of swimming for LHS she has been named a FAVC All-Conference swimmer 11 times and finalist each year at the Ohio High School State Championship Swimming and Diving Meet. Last year at State she made finals in the 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay. She finished 15th overall in both the 100 Freestyle and 100 Back. The relays finished 12th and 6th respectively.

Alex has been swimming competitively since she was 6 years old when she joined the Mission Viejo Nadadores (Mission Viejo, CA). She has been a Cincinnati Marlin for 8 years. She joined the club after moving to Cincinnati from Michigan. Her accomplishments as a swimmer for the Marlins includes Central Zone Open Water Champion (2005 Zone Meet, 11-12 Girls), several Ohio Junior Olympic relay championships, multiple finals appearances at Ohio Junior Olympic Championship meets, Zone and Sectional qualifier. She says, “I have swam for 3 teams, all in different states, California, Michigan, and Ohio. Marlins is my favorite out of all.”

Source: As published on Cincinnati.com Nov. 28, 2010

Marshall University Swim Team Bio: Alex Dschaak

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