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David John Schmit
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Birth: Dec. 29, 1905
Chamberlain
Brule County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Oct. 21, 1952, South Korea

Military service - US Navy, Korean War - Officer

Died 10/21/1952 - Wonson Beach, South Korea
Killed in Action during the Korean war, at Wonson Harbor, South Korea.


Following information was provided by: Tom Burgdorf

He was Chief Petty Officer (enlisted E-7) Boiler Technician hence BTC on the Headstone


USS Lewis (DE-535) assigned to TE 95.20 on 11 October, Lewis and RoK PC 706 carried out anti-shipping patrols between Wonsan and Hungnam and warned neutral shipping such as Japanese fishing boats out of the coastal defense zone.



On 21 October 1952, Lewis came to the aid of two RoK minesweepers under fire in Wonsan harbor. As she approached, at least four enemy batteries opened up on the destroyer escort. Lewis returned fire and laid down a smoke screen to cover the minesweepers retreat. Shortly thereafter the destroyer escort took two 75mm shell hits, the first plowed into the forward fire room and pierced the No. 1 boiler, killing six fire and boilermen outright and mortally wounding a seventh. The second hit exploded on the main deck, port side, lightly wounding one sailor. Following hull and machinery repairs at Yokosuka in mid-November, the destroyer escort sailed for home on 17 November, arriving in San Diego via Pearl Harbor on 2 December.

 
 
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  Anne Therese Schommer Schmit Hoffman (1910 - 2004)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
All Souls Cemetery
Long Beach
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
Created by: Julia
Record added: Apr 19, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88790143
David John Schmit
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David John Schmit
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- Julia
 Added: Oct. 21, 2013

- Julia
 Added: Oct. 21, 2013
To the "MEDAL OF HONOR", you have my upmost respect and my FOREVER SALUTE. Your sacrafice will never, ever be forgotten. I and America Thank you.
- Sgt Barba
 Added: May. 7, 2012
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