MAXIMILIAN G. SCHMIDT, CDR, USN
Maximilian Schmidt '32
Date of birth: March 20, 1908
Date of death: March 6, 1944
From the 1932 Lucky Bag:
Maximilian was in charge of the Choir and a member of the Naval Academy Ten.
From Find A Grave:
His loss left his widow, Elizabeth Hilliard Schmidt and two children: Elizabeth Anne Schmidt & Robert E. Schmidt. His parents, Max E. Schmidt and Louise Gmelich Schmidt are buried at the Walnut Grove Cemetery, Boonville, Cooper County, MO.
From Fleet Organization:
- Under Instruction Postgraduate School United States Naval Academy 1939
- Duty USS Wichita (CA-45) 1 Oct 1939 - 1 Jul 1940
- Duty USS Walke (DD-416) Aug 1940
- Navigator USS S-32 (SS-137) 1 Nov 1940
- Executive Officer USS S-32 (SS-137) 1 Jul 1941 - 1 Oct 1941
- Captain USS S-32 (SS-137) 31 Oct 1941 - 2 May 1943
- Captain USS Scorpion (SS-278) 23 Sep 1943 - Jan 1944
- Lieutenant (j.g.) 2 Jun 1935
- Lieutenant 23 Sep 1939
- Lieutenant Commander (T) 15 Jun 1942
- Commander (T) 18 Nov 1942
From Find A Grave:
CDR Maximilian G. Schmidt, born 10 Mar 1909 in Boonville, Cooper County, Missouri, was a graduate of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. His record includes USS Wichita (CA-45) 1 Oct 1939 - 1 Jul 1940, USS Walke (DD-416) Aug 1940, Navigator USS S-32 (SS-137) 1 Nov 1940, Executive Officer USS S-32 (SS-137) 1 Jul 1941 - 1 Oct 1941, Captain USS S-32 (SS-137) 31 Oct 1941 - 2 May 1943, Captain USS Scorpion (SS-278) 23 Sep 1943 - Jan 1944.
From Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Maximilian Gmelich Schmidt (NSN: 0-71341), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. S-32 (SS-137), during the FOURTH War Patrol of that Submarine in waters adjacent to enemy occupied territory in the Northern Pacific during the period from 25 February 1943 to 20 March 1943. On 9 March 1943, Lieutenant Commander Schmidt pressed home a night surface attack on an enemy destroyer or mine layer and from close range, scoring one hit which caused a destructive fire on this vessel. His vessel was immediately counterattacked with depth charges by another vessel, but due to his coolness and skillful handling of his ship, he was able to retire with only superficial damage. On 13 March 1943, he made a successful night surface attack on an enemy submarine and on 15 March 1943, he made an additional successful submerged attack on another enemy submarine. His offensive action and his intrepidity, demonstrated by these attacks, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander North Pacific Force: Serial 0197 (April 10, 1943)
Action Date: March 9, 1943
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. S-32 (SS-137)
Unable to find the citation for the Silver Star he was awarded.