Woodbury County

Lt. Richard P. Sulzbach



Men and Women In Service.

Bruce H. Clifton, 923 27th Street, has arrived at San Antonio, Texas to begin preflight training in the army air corps. Others entering the school are Elmer L. Eilers, son of Mrs. Henrieta Eilers, 1217 Washington Avenue; William H. Sanford, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Sanford, 917 S. Alice, Richard Paul Sulzbach, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Sulzbach, 1706 Rebecca Street, Jess J. Tattersall, whose wife resides at 1800 Virginia Street and Howard T. Thistlewood, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.F. Thistlewood, 1801 W. Palmer Avenue.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, July 12, 1943


Rome—(AP)—Lt. Richard P. Sulzbach, 1706 Rebecca street, Sioux City, Ia., shot a Stuka down in flames over the Po valley, Monday.

The young Sioux Cityan entered the service February 1, 1943, at Jefferson barracks where he received his basic training.  He was graduated from Victoria field, Tex., February 8, 1944.  For a time he served as an instructor. He went overseas in August of 1944. He was graduated from Central high school and spent a year at Iowa State College in Ames. He is a son of Fred P. Sulzbach, superintendent of streets and public improvements.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, January 30, 1945 (photo included)


AT A 12TH A. A. F. BASE IN ITALY.—Lt. Richard P. Sulzbach, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Sulzbach, 1706 Rebecca street, has been awarded the distinguished flying cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt.

The citation for the decoration reads in part as follows:  “On December 26, 1944, Lt. Sulzbach (then a flight officer) flew in a fighter-bomber attack upon enemy occupied buildings in the front line area near Castelnueve, Italy.

“Courageously maintaining his Thunderbolt on course in the face of the enemy ground fire, Lt. Sulzbach released his bombs with precision accuracy, contributing greatly to the destruction of these vital enemy installations.

“Then joining his comrades in a vigorous strafing attack against enemy airdromes in the area, Lt. Sulzbach destroyed three and damaged four enemy planes.”

Lt. Sulzbach has two brothers in the Navy, Robert F. Sulzbach with the Seabees, and Seaman Second Class Donald W. Sulzbach.

Prior to his entry in the Army air forces, Lt. Sulzbach was graduated from Central high school, and had been attending Iowa State College as a student of engineering.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, Tuesday, March 13, 1945 (photo included)