Robert Karl Luebke

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Record 274/959
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Collection Winnebago County Historical Commission
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of Robert Karl Luebke.
Year Range from 1941
Event World War II
Year range to 1941
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Bust view of Robert Karl Luebke. He is wearing a khaki service shirt and garrison cap. The image is a copy which has been altered to show his eyes.
Robert Karl Luebke was born in Oshkosh, WI on July 10, 1917, the son of Mattie O. Luebke. He attended Peace Lutheran School and later joined the Civilian Conservation Corps on April 12, 1939. He enlisted in the Army in February 1941 and was assigned to the Coast Artillery in the Philippines. He was captured with the fall of Corregidor in May 1942. His mother did not receive word that he was a POW until later in the year when his picture appeared in an illustrated magazine showing prisoners held by the Japanese. His mother was notified of his death on July 10, 1943. Camp records showed that he had died on December 31, 1942. When Robert Pribbernow, a fellow prisoner and native of Oshkosh, returned home in 1945 he confirmed that Luebke died at Cabanatuan from malaria and dysentery.
Object ID P2005.20.96
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Luebke, Robert Karl
Print size 5" x 7"
Subjects Portrait photographs
World War II
United States Army
Prisoners of war
Pacific Theater of Operations
War crimes
Title Robert Karl Luebke
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