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|70k||Aloysius H. Schmitt was born on 4 December 1909 in St. Lucas, Iowa. He was appointed Acting Chaplain with rank of Lieutenant (jg.) in the United States Navy on 28 June 1939. He was serving on board the battleship USS Oklahoma (BB 37) when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. When his ship capsized, he became entrapped, along with other members of the crew, in a compartment where only a small porthole provided outlet for escape. He assisted a number of men through the porthole, and then gave up his own chance to escape so that more men might be rescued. He received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal posthumously for his courage and self-sacrifice.
USS Schmitt (DE 676) (1943-1949) was the first ship named in his honor.
(Photo from the book: "These Men Shall Never Die" by Lowell Thomas (Philadelphia: John C. Winston Co., 1943), p. 10.)
|24k||undated wartime image||Jerry Church|
|71k||undated wartime images, from Peter's Father, Lt(jg) Joseph A. Fernandez, Jr.||Peter Fernandez|
|Schmitt's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 24 Jul. 1943 - 29 Nov. 1943||Lcdr. Thomas Donald Cunningham (comm.)|
|2.) 29 Nov. 1943 - 14 Dec. 1944||Lt. Nicholas Biddle, USNR|
|3.) 14 Dec. 1944 - 01 Feb. 1946||Lcdr. Thomas Andrerw Melusky, USNR|
|4.) 01 Feb. 1946 - .. .... 1947||Lcdr. James Joseph Seelig, USNR|
|5.) .. .... 1947 - 28 Jun. 1949||Lt. Robert James Loomis (decomm.)|
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