Theodore Desmond Schmidt

No. 5854. Class of (Aug., 1917) 1918. Died of wounds 7 September 1918.

Theodore D. Schmidt

Theodore D. Schmidt


No. 5854. Class of (Aug., 1917) 1918.

Died of wounds received in action in France, September 7, 1918, aged 22 years.

First Lieutenant Theodore Desmond Schmidt, or Ted as he was best known to his classmates at the Academy, was born in New York City on January 27th, 1898, the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Schmidt. He came to West Point from Portsmouth, N. H., but before entrance thereto he graduated from St. Patrick’s parochial school, Portsmouth, in 1909, and from St. Anselm’s College, Manchester, in 1913. He entered the Academy from the First Congressional District of New Hampshire in June, 1914, and in August, 1917, was graduated with the Class of 1918, the second class to go out from the Academy in one year because of the war conditions.

Lieutenant Schmidt’s career was brief and very little is known of his last days except that while in action with the 39th Infantry, A. E. F., against the enemy of the world, he was severely wounded on August 5th, 1918; he was taken to a hospital, and died on September 7th, 1918, at the age of twenty-two years.

Whether his death was due to the wounds received on August 5th, or whether he was returned to duty and met his death as the result of a later accident is not known. Since a letter from the commanding officer of the 39th Infantry to Lieutenant Schmidt’s mother indicates that he was not with the 39th Infantry when he met his death, it is assumed that he had joined some other organization. His death is a distinct loss to the service and the country, as he gave

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