Black Hawk County

Pfc. Erwin C. Schmidt




Pfc. Erwin Schmidt Dies

Pfc. Erwin C. Schmidt, 29, was killed in action Jan. 9 somewhere in Belgium, where he was serving with the army medical corps, according to word received Wednesday by his sister, Mrs. C. E. Beck, of 1151 Columbia street.

Private Schmidt, whose last letter, dated Nov. 30, 1944, was written in Belgium, had been serving overseas since January, 1944.

Before entering service in September, 1942, he was employed on several Black Hawk county farms. He received his basic training at Vancouver, Wash.

Born Oct. 17, 1915, the son of Herman and Wilhelmina Schmidt, in Westgate, Ia., he moved to Sumner, Ia., when a young child. At the age of 18, he moved to Waterloo, where he resided until his entrance into service.

His mother and a brother, Carl, preceded him in death.

Surviving besides his father, of Oelwein, Ia., are two brothers, Fred Schmidt, Waterloo, and Pfc. Elmer Schmidt, now serving with a truck corps on the Marianas; and two sisters, Mrs. Earl Faust, of Oelwein, and Mrs. Beryl Miller, of Independence, Ia., besides Mrs. Beck.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Wednesday, January 22, 1945, Page 1

Pvt. Schmidt served with the U.S. Army 76th General Hospital and is buried in Henri-Chapelle American, Hombourg, Belgium. He was awarded the Purple Heart.