New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 27, 1918, France|
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: New York, New York
Home of record: Jersey City, New Jersey
Awards and Citations
Distinguished Service Cross
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Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War I
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Cook Frederick Schmelz (ASN: 1281962), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company K, 114th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F., north of Verdun, France, 27 October 1918. Cook Schmelz volunteered to take hot food to the front line troops who had not received hot food for three days. After traveling four kilometers he was fatally wounded by a bursting shell.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 1 (1926)
Action Date: 27-Oct-18
Company: Company K
Regiment: 114th Infantry Regiment
Division: 29th Division, American Expeditionary Forces
was not famous, but should have been, and will be if I have anything to say about it.
Letter to Mary S. Masem Dassau
Somewhere in Belgium Aug 31, 1918
Just a few lines to let you know Paul
and I are getting along O.K. The other day was the first time I saw Paul in two months so you can imagine how surprised we were to see one another. Speaking frankly,
Paul looks good & feels good. Could not
be better if he were home enjoying
his health with the family. I don't like to speak about myself but am getting
along fine, some people say I am getting
fat, well I say it is a poor cook that
cannot fatten himself. What says ya Mae.
Well Mae how is everyone at home
and yourself. Do you go to see any shows.
Say I hear the Old Burg has nothing
on No mans land for deadness. They
tell me all one see is sailors & old men.
is that right Mae. Then I should judge
you taken a fancy to sailors as
you have a father. Am I right Mae.
Hope you don't think me too forward
in saying that. Do you Mae.
Things around here are just the
same. Today it is rather warm and
no shells can be heard so one would
think there is no war. Pretty soft for
us to lay out in the sun and play
cards. But wait until it starts to
get dark you won't be able to see any
one as they all dive into a dugout.
Where we are now it is rather quiet.
So by the way what is John doing
with himself these fine days. Give him
my best regards. I also heard Marge & Lou
had a baby. What have they
named she or he?
The other night while going up
to the lines with the rations I was
pretty busy as one shell drop on my
right and one on my left. I just sat
down in the road to wait my doom
but somehow it never came. Thats
what one calls lucky. Eh Mae.
Someone must be praying for me
and praying d--- hard. What do
you say. Those shells come pretty
close to us one time especially I
thought we would never come out
but we did. Well as the Tommies
all say if the shell has your number
hes gone to get you if he aint whats
the use of worrying.
We sure have the Germans on the run
and hope to keep it up. It would take a
motorcycle to keep up with him. This
Divi sure is making a name for itself
even if we do have a few mishaps.
Guess I will close hoping all at
home are well & happy as this leaves
me the same.
P. S. Best regards to all.
(bio by: Maria Schnell)
Frederick W. Schmelz
Cook 114 Infantry 29th Division
Oct 27 1918
Note: New Jersey
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement de la Meuse
Maintained by: Maria Schnell
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
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Today is Memorial Day. I made a video of Cody Jackson, the 1boyuso, thanking you, Paul Masem, Gerard Doody, and my cousins Tom Smith NYPD and Joe Connor FDNY (Joe and Tom are still with us). Thank you for your sacrifice; I wish it wasn't necessary and tha...(Read more)|
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Added: Apr. 1, 2013
Merry Christmas! I sent a copy of your letter to Scott Schmelz. We hope to visit you in France soon.|
Added: Dec. 25, 2012
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