Plymouth County

Duane J. Schmidt





DUANE J. SCHMIDT—son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Schmidt, was in the Navy since the end of last September, and is now on sea duty, operating out of New York.  He was here for Christmas on a 4-day leave, which made him only one day at home.

Source:  LeMars Globe-Post, March 18, 1943 (photo included)


S/1c Dwain Schmidt, son of John Schmidt, and S/1c Donald Schmidt, son of Fred Schmidt, and S/1c Fred Ludwigs, son of Wm. Ludwigs of LeMars, are enjoying a 14-day leave in the homes of their parents. All three of the boys were in the D-Day invasion of Cherbourg, and others points of France.

They have seen a lot of action and expect to serve on the same ship again.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, October 9, 1944


S1/c Dwain Schmidt left Thursday for the east where he will rejoin his ship, after a leave at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Schmidt.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, October 16, 1944


Dwain J. Schmidt, signalman, second class, USNR, Craig, returned to the West Coast early in December aboard the battleship USS Arkansas, which saw action in the invasions at Normandy, southern France, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Fifty-five enlisted men aboard the Arkansas who qualified Dec. 1, for discharge under the point system remained on the 33-year old battleship to help return 1,100 separatees and reassignees from Pearl Harbor.

Now a regular member of the 300-vesssel “Magic Carpet” fleet, the Navy’s most venerable dreadnaught carries transient servicemen from Hawaii to the States.

After completing her “Magic Carpet” assignment, the Arkansas is expected to report to an Atlantic seaboard Navy yard for decommissioning.

Source: LeMars Sentinel, December 25, 1945