Oscar Schmidt, Jr.
Mate, United States Navy
at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 25, 1896, he earned the Medal of Honor
while serving aboard the USS Chestnut Hill on October 9, 1918, during World
He died on March 24, 1974 and was buried in
Section 11 of Arlington National Cemetery.
SCHMIDT, OSCAR, JR.
Rank and organization: Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy. Place and date: At sea, 9 October 1918. Entered service at: Pennsylvania. Born: 25 March 1896, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 450, 1919.
For gallant conduct and extraordinary heroism
while attached to the U.S.S. Chestnut Hill, on the occasion of the explosion
and subsequent fire on board the U.S submarine chaser 219. Schmidt, seeing
a man, whose legs were partly blown off, hanging on a line from the bow
of the 219, jumped overboard, swam to the sub chaser and carried him from
the bow to the stern where a member of the 219's crew helped him land the
man on the afterdeck of the submarine. Schmidt then endeavored to pass
through the flames amidships to get another man who was seriously burned.
This he was unable to do, but when the injured man fell overboard and drifted
to the stern of the chaser Schmidt helped him aboard.
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins