Black Hawk County

Cpl. Robert E. Sackett


One Killed, Five Missing in Action in European theater of operations

War casualty lists mounted Friday in Waterloo with reports that five soldiers were missing in action and another had been killed in the European theater. The news sent the toll to 12 in two days, six having been reported missing Thursday.

Friday’s reported casualties were:
Pfc. Harold E. Waltemeyer, 20.
Staff Sgt. Clinton H. McKinney, 20.
Pfc. Robert E. Sackett, 32.
Sgt. T. Wayne Black, 24.
Sgt. Elmer J. Mormann, 26.
Pfc. Clyde L. Stitt, 22.

Private Sackett, who is the son of Mrs. Mary Sackett, 171 Duryes street, was reported missing in a telegram received by his wife, Florence, who with her four children, Marie Louise, Nancy Ann, Morris David, and Robert Paul, reside at 1010 Randolph street.

He entered service in March, 1944, trained at Camp Roberts, Cal., and Camp Atterbury, Ind., and went overseas in October.

A West high school graduate, he made his home with Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Morris, Martin road, from the time he was seven years old until he married in March, 1936. He was employed by the Morris Printing Co., prior to entering service.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, January 12, 1945 (photo included)


With the U. S. Army In Germany—(AP)—Two Iowans were among 500 American soldiers who were liberated Thursday when the 89th infantry overran several German prisoner of war camps.

They were Pfc’s Robert Sackett, Waterloo, and Donald Lundell, Akron.

Private Sackett, whose wife and four children reside at 1010 Randolph street, was among 500 American prisoners liberated recently by the 89th infantry division.

He was captured in the Ardennes break-through, and reported missing Dec. 16, while serving with the 106th division.

The last word received from him by his wife was on Jan. 25, when he was in a prison camp.

The report of Private Sackett’s liberation came Friday through an Associated Press dispatch.

Private Sackett entered service in March, 1944, took basic training at Camp Roberts, Cal., and joined his company at Camp Atterbury, Ind., before going overseas in October, 1944.

Source:  Waterloo Daily Courier, April 20, 1945 (photo included)

Memorial day this year will be a solemn, but joyful occasion at the Sackett home at 1010 Randolph, because the husband and father, Pfc. Robert E. Sackett, has come home to rest after the horrors of confinement in a Nazi prison camp in Germany.

Private Sackett will spend a 60-day furlough with his wife and four children, resting from his experiences in Germany.

Serving with the 106th infantry division in Germany during December, 1944, Private Sackett was one of the hundreds of soldiers captured by the Germans and interned in prison camps.

He was liberated in March by the 89th infantry division.

Private Sackett entered service in March, 1944, took basic training at Camp Roberts, Cal., and at Camp Atterbury, Ind., and went overseas in October, 1944.

Source:  Waterloo Daily Courier, May 27, 1945 (photo included)

Pastor: H. M. Robison
Sunday School. 2 p.m.
Church. 3 p.m.
Hear Pfc. Robert Sackett, of Waterloo, Ia., who is on furlough, having been a prisoner of the Dresden, Germany, prison camps four months. He lost 35 pounds in four months and was one of the few survivors. Hear how God miraculously saved him.

Source: Oelwein Daily Register, August 10, 1945

Cpl. Robert E. Sackett, whose wife and children reside at 1010 Randolph street, was awarded the combat infantryman’s badge at Hot Springs, Ark., recently.  Corporal Sackett saw action in Belgium, France and Germany during seven months overseas. He was with the 106th “Golden Lion” division and was taken German prisoner Dec. 17, 1944, being liberated April 17, 1945. He has four children, Marie, Nancy, Morris David, and Robert Paul.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, September 4, 1945


Cpl. Robert Sackett, who was a prisoner of the Germans five months, has received a discharge from the Army with 81 points and is now here with his wife and four children at 1010 Randolph street.  His mother, Mrs. Mary Sackett, resides at 171 Duryea street.  He is wearer of the Purple Heart and has three battle stars on the European theater ribbon.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, October 9, 1945