Service Number: O-009308
Birth and Early Life:
Carl was born on August 26, 1916; his parents, Joseph and Charlotte “Lottie” Schuessler were residents of Columbus, Georgia.
Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Schuessler probably enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1941; he was chosen for flight training and qualified to become a Naval Aviation Pilot. He received a commission to Second Lieutenant and an assignment to VMO-251, a Marine reconnaissance squadron.
U.S. Navy photo from Naval History and Heritage Command collection NH-97592, linked from www.ussastoria.org
Schuessler saw his first combat action during the landings on Guadalcanal; his floatplane buzzed above the beaches, calling in targets for the cruiser’s main batteries.
Date Of Loss:
Lieutenant Schuessler was killed shortly after midnight on August 9, 1942. His ship was surprised by a strong Japanese force; the hangar, with its fragile planes and flammable fuel, was hit on the second salvo and was turned into a raging inferno. If he was not already at his station, Carl Schuessler probably died on his way there; his remains were never found.
Next Of Kin:
Mother, Mrs. Lottie Schuessler
Status Of Remains:
Lost at sea