In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Herrick, South Dakota
Gregory County

December 22, 1929 - July 21, 1952
Killed in action in Korea


Robert Roy Schatz was born in Mobridge, South Dakota, on December 22, 1929 to Roy and Josephine M. Schatz. Robert attended school in Herrick, South Dakota, after his family moved there when he was three years old. After three years at St. Charles High School, he worked for two years for the Emil Schneider and Art Berg farms near Mahto, South Dakota. He had one stepbrother, Roger Stroh, and a stepfather, Fred Stroh. Robert worked with his father on their farm.

Pvt. Robert Schatz was inducted in the army on November 16, 1951 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was in basic training in Texas and California before being sent to North Korea on May 14, 1952. Pvt. Robert Roy Schatz was killed in action on July 21,1952. He was a member of Company E, 9th Infancy Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.

Pvt. Robert Roy Schatz was awarded the Purple Heart, the Silver Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. Pvt. Schatz was buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota on October 6, 1952.

Shelby Lee Blacksmith and Meagan Jayne Erickson, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, May 11, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. Howard Biederstedt, Mc Laughlin, South Dakota, provided information for this entry. No family contact.