Black Hawk County

Sgt. Robert L. Horton




Two Waterloo Men Listed as Missing

Two Waterloo men Monday were listed as missing in action in the European theater of war. They were:

Staff Sgt. Charles W. Turner, 33.

Sgt. Robert L. Horton, 19.

Sergeant Horton has ben missing in action in Belgium since Dec. 19, according to word that had been received Monday by his wife, Cleta, who resides at 1315 Hawthorne avenue.

In January this year Sergeant Horton’s wife was officially notified that he was slightly wounded in action on Dec. 19 and in March she was sent a hospital address. She has received no direct word from her husband during this time.

Member of a tank battalion, he went overseas in August, 1944, after training at camp Shelby, Minn.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Monday, April 23, 1945, Page 1

Horton Dies of Wounds While in Nazi Prison

Word of the death of her husband, Sgt. Robert Horton, 29, in a German prison camp, Tuesday had been received by Mrs. Horton, who resides with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Halbmaier, 1315 Hawthorne avenue.

Sergeant Horton of the tank destroyer division died as a result of wounds he received in action Dec. 19, 1944, in Belgium, the war department message said, but no date of his death was given.

The rosary and benediction will be recited at 7:30 p. m. Sunday in St. John’s church, with Rev. Fr. N. L. Lentz, pastor, in charge. At 7 a. m. Monday Rev. Fr. Lentz will celebrate a requiem high mass at St. John’s church.

Sergeant Horton, who resided in Waukegan, Ill., before entering service, was born Apr. 5, 1916, in Chicago, son of John and Sarah Horton. He married Cleta E. Halmaier of Waterloo on Oct. 16, 1943, at Hattiesburg, Miss.

Surviving besides the widow are two sisters, Mrs. Lee Brown of Chicago, and Mrs. Rorger McCloskey of Detroit, Mich., and a brother, Lester Horton of Waukegan, Ill.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Tuesday, July 10, 1945, Page 3 (photo included)