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Collection John F. Schmitt
WVM ID Number WVM Mss 1718
Object Name Archive
Title Papers and photographs, 1942-1947
Year Range from 1942
Year Range to 1947
Event World War II
Description Assorted papers, scrapbook, and loose photograph pertaining to the service of John F. Schmitt, an Elm Grove, Wisconsin, resident who served in the Marine Corps during World War II, and was wounded while participating in the invasion of Saipan (1944). Papers in the collection include a scrapbook, a diary kept by Schmitt, correspondence, and loose ephemera relating to his service. The diary includes service information, such as the names of Marines he befriended, promotions, and combat dates. Entries from Schmitt begin in October 1942 and continue until the beginning of April 1943. The entries cover his time during basic training at Paris Island (North Carolina) and advanced training in Philadelphia. The entries discuss his daily activities while training and various duties performed. An entry after April 4, 1943 indicates the Schmitt decided not to continue entering daily entries,and sent the diary to his parents. Entries after this point were done by his parents, which provides a timeline for his service after that point. The diary also includes a portrait photograph of Schmitt in uniform, and a photograph of Paul Stenz, a friend from Elm Grove who was killed in a plane crash while training in the Army Air Forces near Chicago. The scrapbook was kept by his parents while Schmitt was in service. Included in the scrapbook are items pertaining to Schmitt's service, such as accounts of his whereabouts while serving, telegrams, and newspaper clippings. The scrapbook also includes newspaper clippings about Elm Grove residents killed while serving in World War II and photographs of other servicemen from the community, a collection of home front related materials, and items pertaining to the Red Cross work of his mother, Margaret Schmitt. Correspondence includes various telegrams sent by Schmitt home to his parents, and a letter written by a friend to Schmitt's parents. The letter informs Schmitt's parents that the friend saw Schmitt while he was recovering in a hospital after being wounded on Saipan, and includes an emotional account of the friend seeing Schmitt for the first time since they entered service. Additional military ephemera includes a matchbook cover from the Marine barracks at Philadelphia, a newspaper clipping about Schmitt being wounded, and two itinerary lists of equipment issued to Schmitt. The loose photograph is an image of an unidentified child, likely an image of Schmitt as a child. An oversized map of the Pacific Ocean (Ov38, F5) includes the travel route Schmitt took while serving in the war. Originally from Chicago, Schmitt's family moved to Elm Grove while he was a child. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and was attached to the 4th Marine Division, 14th Artillery Regiment. He was wounded in the right elbow by a Japanese sniper during the Invasion of Saipan, and eventually was discharged due to disability.
Extent and Medium of Description Papers : 0.5 linear ft. (1 archives box, 1 flat box, and 1 oversized flat folder) Photographs : (1 folder)
History Originally from Chicago, Schmitt's family moved to Elm Grove while he was a child. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and was attached to the 4th Marine Division, 14th Artillery Regiment. He was wounded in the right elbow by a Japanese sniper during the Invasion of Saipan, and eventually was discharged due to disability.

After service, Schmitt moved to Milwaukee and eventually settled in the Waukesha area. He worked for Waukesha Motors.

John F. Schmitt, 1923-1977
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Biographical Record Schmitt, John F.
Subjects Marines -- Wisconsin -- Elm Grove.
Veterans -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee.
Veterans -- Wisconsin -- Waukesha.
Marines -- Training of.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Casualties.
World War, 1939-1945 -- War work -- Red Cross.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Equipment and supplies.
World War, 1939-1945 -- War work.
United States. Marine Corps. Marine Regiment, 14th.
United States. Marine Corps. Marine Division, 4th.
Clippings (information artifacts).
Scrapbooks.
Diaries.
Black-and-white photographs.
Search Terms World War II