Pottawattamie County

2nd Lt. Robert E. Schuelzky


Iwo Flag Aid Dies in Battle
Lieut. Schuelzky Had “Spirit of ‘45’ Role

Second Lieut. Robert Schuelzky, 22, one of the Marines who carried the American flag to the crest of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, was killed in action somewhere in the Pacific Theater, according to a wire from the Navy Department to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schuelzky, 3540 Avenue D, Council Bluffs, Ia.

The parents had learned of their son’s part in the epic flag-raising through an Associated Press dispatch in The World-Herald February 25.

Lieutenant Schuelzky had been with the Fifth Marine Division. He entered the Marine Corps from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Ia., in July, 1943, and was a graduate of Officers Candidate School, Quantico, Va. He was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, and was a member of several of its athletic teams.

His wife, the former Margaret Mitchell, lives in Cedar Rapids, Ia., and is expecting the birth of a child soon.

Source: The Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska, Tuesday, March 20, 1945, Page 5

Funeral Is Wednesday for Robert Schuelzky

Funeral services for Second Lieut. Robert E. Schuelzky, 27, killed March 17, 1945, on Iwo Jima, will be held Wednesday at the Meyer Funeral Home, Council Bluffs, at 2 p. m.

Lieutenant Schuelzky was with the Fifth Division of Marines.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Mitchell Schuelzky; a son, Robert E.; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schuelzky, Council Bluffs.

Source: The Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska, Sunday, April 01, 1945, Page 10