Cerro Gordo County

Cpl. Robert Claire Jacobson



Marine Cpl. Robert Jacobson Killed on Iwo Jima, Feb. 18

Had Been Overseas Since October: Was With Radar Unit

Marine Cpl. Robert C. Jacobson, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Jacobson, 2337 22nd S.W., was killed in action on Feb. 19 at Iwo Jima according to a message received from the war department.

"Deeply regret to inform you that your son, Cpl. Robert C. Jacobson, USMCR, was killed in action Feb. 19 at Iwo Jima volcanic islands in the perfomance of his duties and service of his country," stated the telegram signed by Lt. A.A. Vandergrift, general USM commandant of marine corps.

Marine Cpl. Jacobson went overseas last October and was serving with the radar unit.Before entering the service Nov. 15, 1943, he was employed at Decker's. The last letter received from him was dated Jan. 5.

Besides his parents he is survived by 3 brothers, Telford J. Brackey, SK 3/c, in the navy and stationed at Great Lakes; Pvt. Duane A. Jacobson, stationed at Fresno, Cal.; Dena H. Jacobson, at home and a sister Mrs. Dan Allen, also of Mason City.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, March 10, 1945 (photo included)

Robert Claire Jacobson was born Jan. 1, 1925 to John and Dorothea Jacobson. He died Feb. 19, 1925 and is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, IA. He was initially buried in the 5th Marine Division Cemetery in Iwo Jima. He was returned to the U.S. for permanent burial in 1948.

Cpl. Jacobson was KIA in the landing on Green Beach Iwo Jima D-Day.

Sources: ancestry.com