Decatur County

S/1c Gale Morris Schuldt


Son of Mr. and Mrs. CHRIS SCHULDT
was on Duty in the Southwest Pacific.

Seaman 1/C Gale Morris Schuldt, 27, has been reported by the navy department as missing in action while on duty in the Southwest Pacific, according to a telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris [and Edith F.] Schuldt of Van Wert Thursday. Schuldt was a torpedo man on a submarine [USS Corvina (SS-226)].

He enlisted in the navy eighteen months ago. He received his training at the Great Lakes naval training station, Great Lakes, Illinois.

Schuldt attended the Good Hope rural school near Van Wert and was a honor scholar of Decatur county. He was one of five with highest grades.

Although he didn’t attend high school, he took examinations with high school graduates at then naval training station and passes with the seven receiving highest grades. He was sent to school for special training at New London, Connecticut, and received advanced training in Florida.

He is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Schuldt. The parents still hope the submarine may be safe somewhere.

[NOTE: It was believed that the USS Corvina (SS-226) was torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese November 16, 1943 south of Truk. The USS Corvina was the only American submarine sunk by a Japanese submarine throughout World War II. ~ SRB]

Source: Decatur County Auxiliary Scrapbook - Photo included
Submission by Decatur County Historical Museum, Leon IA, Sara Rose Joan LeFleur, June of 2016

Obituary ~ S/1C Gale Morris Schuldt
November 11, 1915 ~ November 16, 1943

Seaman First Class Gale Morris Schuldt was born in Long Creek Township, Decatur County, Iowa on November 11, 1915, the son of Chris & Edith F. Schuldt of Van Wert. He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was serving aboard the submarine USS Corvina (SS-226) during World War II when it was lost at sea November 16, 1943 south of Truk. It is believed USS Corvina was torpedoed with two of three torpedoes hit and subsequently sunk by Japanese Submarine I-176.

USS Corvina was the only American submarine sunk by a Japanese submarine throughout World War II.

S1C Schuldt was awarded the Purple Heart.