Asher Schroeder of Maquoketa celebrated his 95th birthday Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
Help him to celebrate his birthday with a card shower. Send cards to Schroeder at 810 Niles St., Maquoketa, Iowa 52060.
Schroeder was born and raised in Maquoketa. At age 18, he was inducted into the U.S. Army in August 1943, landing on Utah Beach on June 10, 1944, during World War II with the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Division.
He marched into Paris with the Allied Forces to help liberate the French capital.
He was captured in November 1944 and held as a prisoner of war for 141 days. He had been injured when shrapnel hit his foot during fighting in Germany’s Hurtgen Forest. During his capture, he lost more than 80 pounds, faced poor sanitary conditions and went with little food.
Schroeder was liberated April 2, 1945, but returned home to the news that his father had died the very day he had been liberated.
Schroeder returned to Iowa, married his late wife Catherine, had three sons, attended law school at the University of Iowa, and served three terms as Jackson County attorney.
President Lyndon Johnson later appointed Schroeder as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Iowa.
He returned to Maquoketa after retiring and has been active in the Maquoketa Rotary Club and Jackson County Historical Society, among other groups and projects.