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)


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.


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)


Emma Dschaak passed away on January 21, 2010, at the age of 88. Emma was born on April 6, 1921 in Dodge, North Dakota. The family moved to Hamilton, Montana, where she attended school. She married Jacob W. Dschaak and they made their home in Hamilton and started their family. The family moved to Spokane in 1943, settling in the Mead area. Emma raised chickens and sold eggs to help the family income. There was always a large garden with plenty of canning to do. Throughout her life she enjoyed sewing as a way to relax. Her children and their families were always the focus of her life.

Emma is survived by one son, Edward (Gerry) Dschaak of Spokane, WA; seven daughters; Evelyn Kitchen of Seattle, WA, Lilly Buringa of Spokane, WA, Kathie Clark of Spokane Valley, WA, Christine (Mark) Deveaux of Spokane, WA, Sandra (William) Frey of Spokane, WA, Linda (Charles) Hinds of Spokane, WA, and JoAnn (Dave) Mackey of Spokane Valley, WA; sister Hilda (Irwin) Garberg or Spokane, WA. There are numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob; daughters Clair Simpson, Patricia Davis, Caroline Dschaak, and son, Terry Dschaak.

Source: Obituary as posted on Dignity Memorial website.



My great-great-great grandfather, Peter David Dschaak was born 1834 in Prussia. His family immigrated to “The Crimea” (now known as Ukraine), where he eventually married Elizabeth Fietz and had seven children, of which the third was Jacob who was born in 1867.

Jacob was my great-great Grandfather, married Louisa Ost, who became the the parents of my grandfather, August Dschaak born 1896 in Odessa, The Crimea, Russia.

His family immigrated to the USA in 1902. They left Eupatoria, Crimea, Russia on the ship “Armenia”, landed in Nova Scotia, Canada on November 19, 1902. From there they traveled overland to North Dakota to settle and homestead a stake of land there.

August met and married Hulda Janke, had 8 children, the oldest of which was Raymond Dschaak, my father, born 1920 in Golden Valley, North Dakota.

His family eventually migrated to Montana, where they pioneered sugar beet farming in the Bitteroot Valley. My father met my mother Alberta Rice in Ravalli, Montana, they married and I was born 1942 in Hamilton, Montana (the Bitteroot Valley).

My parents moved to Spokane, Washington, when I was 5 years old. I met my wife Pam (Eakins), in Seattle, Washington, we married in 1963, our children, Jeffrey, Martin, and Cara, born 1964, 1966, & 1968, respectively.

Jeffrey married Tamra Stauffer and had 3 children, Timothy, Bryan, and Alyssa, born 1987, 1989, and 1994.

Martin married Tanya Burke and had 2 children, Alexandra and Taylor, born 1992 and 1994.

Cara has born 2 children, Dillon and Jordan, born 1998 and 2003.

Interesting to note here that Peter David’s brother’s name was Martin !

Written by Timothy J Dschaak, 12-30-2005: link to article

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