John George Schmidt
John, the son of Theresa C. Schmidt of Ferguson Missouri and John Emanuel Schmidt (deceased) entered service with the US Army on October 3, 1966 at Fort Leonard Wood. He grew up with his family to include his nearby cousin, George Arthur Myers. John and his cousin both would be killed in action in Vietnam. LCPL Myers on November 25, 1966 and SP4 Schmidt in a nearby operational area on January 17, 1968.
Arthur Myers and his cousin Johnny Schmidt
Choir Boys - John Schmidt, Arthur Myers, and Louis Schnur.
-- Above photos courtesy Betty Myers (Arthur's sister and
John G Schmidt underwent basic training at Fort Hood, Texas and was assigned as a
Radio Telephone Operator with Company A, 1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry, 198th Light Infantry Brigade that deployed to Vietnam.
As a Team Leader, SP4 John George Schmidt, was killed in action while on a search and destroy operation
in the vicinity of An Thinh Village south of the Chu Lai Military Complex in Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province.
Three soldiers killed on the same day in the same area of Operations were:
One obituary was published January 20, 1968 in the St Louis Globe-Democrat -
More obituaries published in St. Louis Globe-Democrat provided by the St. Louis Mercantile Library of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where the archives and printing morgue of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and the complete Pulitzer Publishing Company's file copies of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, among other siginficant collections, can be found.
On Memorial Day, May 30, 1968, a half page news article was posted in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. The many columns were rearranged by The Virtual Wall to fit this memorial page.
-- The Virtual Wall, February 22, 2013.
Family Photo of John and his awards in Shadow Box. The Virtual Wall documents most of medals above in order of precedence, but all of John's medals and badges, from left to right, and top to bottom (NOT in order of precedence) are: Vietnamese Military Merit Medal, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, (Bottom) Republic of Vietnam Campaign ribbon, with 60s Device, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (Unit), Combat Infantryman Badge, Sharpshooter Skill Badge with Grenade and Rifle bars, Vietnam Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.
-- The Virtual Wall
John's cemetery marker in Zion Cemetery, Saint Louis, Missouri.
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