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Iowa's oldest veteran dies in Maquoketa

Tuesday, December 7, 2004

The man considered to be the state's oldest veteran has died.

Clay Risser, 105, died Saturday at the Jackson County Public Hospital's extended care wing, said manager Beverly Ernzen.

Risser served in the U.S. Army for 57 days in 1918 as a 19-year-old freshman at Iowa Wesleyan College, and a member of the now-defunct Students' Army Training Corps. He was discharged Nov. 26, 1918.

The Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs considered Risser to be the state's oldest veteran, said Patrick Palmershine, the agency's director.

He was also considered the state's last remaining World War I-era veteran.

All members of the SATC were considered active-duty soldiers. The corps was disbanded nationwide a month after Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1918.

Risser became a doctor in Maquoketa in 1929.

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