Plymouth County

S/Sgt. William E. Schuldt




Army Air Forces, Pacific Headquarters---Staff Sergeant William E. Schuldt of Kingsley, nose gunner on the 7th AAF Liberator, “Bodacious Idjut” has completed 40 bombing missions against the Japanese in the western Pacific with over half of his missions being strikes at Iwo Jima. “We flew to Iwo Jima before, during and after the invasion by the American forces,” said Sergeant Schuldt on his return to Hawaii where is awaiting reassignment.

“One of our best bombing of Iwo Jima came two days after the Marines landed,” he said. “The Japs had coastal guns and supplies in an area where Navy guns couldn’t hit them. We made two bomb runs at 5000 feet, blew up the place and strafed the Japs.”

Sergeant Schuldt also has participated in bombings of Chichi Jima, Haha Jima, Wake, Woleai and Marcus. He has been awarded the air medal with five oak leaf clusters, and wears the Asiatic Pacific theater ribbon with two bronze campaign stars.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Schuldt, live on route 2, Kingsley. He was employed as a beef boner at the Swift Packing Company in Sioux City before entering the Army in September 1942. He arrived in the Pacific Ocean area in June, 1944.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, April 30, 1945