Kossuth County

S/Sgt. Bob Selzer




Staff Sergeant Bob Selzer, veteran of 27 months overseas duty, returned home on furlough Saturday morning. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Selzer of Algona.

Sergeant Selzer left Italy some weeks ago, after being in a hospital for two months with yellow jaundice.  He is on furlough until June 14th, when he returns to the east coast.  He went into the Army in April, 1941, and was one of the first local men to leave, taking his basic training at Camp Claiborne.

Bob tells of running into Steve Murchland, John Hopkins, Elmer Cook and Joe Elkins, all of Algona, within the space of a few days time while in Italy.  It was quite a session, he says, and it seems that all five agreed that Algona and Kossuth county were about the best places in the world.

His Army assignment is with an infantry headquarters company, and he was in the African and Italian campaigns.  Before that he was stationed in the British Isles.

Source:  The Algona Upper Des Moines, Tuesday, May 23, 1944

S-Sgt. Robert Selzer Back In States After Long Service Across

Camp Blanding, Fla.:  S-Sgt. Robert W. Selzer, who has returned to duty in the United States under the army’s policy of rotating men on overseas duty whenever possible, has been assigned to duty at the Infantry Replacement Training Center at Camp Blanding, Fla.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Matt J. Selzer, who live at Algona, and served overseas in Ireland, Africa, and Italy, in the Red Bull Division. A graduate of St. Cecelia’s Academy, class of 1937, he was employed by Kossuth county before entering service on April 11, 1941.

Source: Algona Upper Des Moines, October 24, 1944