In Memory of
U.S. Army Sergeant Marion, South Dakota
Turner County

January 4, 1931—August 31, 1950
Killed in Action in Korea

Myron Lee Schmidt was born January 4, 1931, in Marion, South Dakota to Ben and Elizabeth (Boelsen) Schmidt. He had four brothers: Herman, Robert, William, and Harold, and two sisters: Bernice and Janette. He went to school in Marion and then farmed with his father.

On January 6, 1949, Myron enlisted in the Army at Sioux Falls and was trained at Camp Chaffee in Arkansas. After basic training Myron was stationed first in Texas and then at Fort Lewis in Washington, where he was promoted to sergeant. Schmidt went overseas on August 3, 1950, as part of the 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. On August 25th Sergeant Schmidt arrived in Korea.

Only six days later, on August 31, 1950, Sergeant Myron Lee Schmidt was killed in action in Korea. He was just 19 years old. Sergeant Schmidt’s body was later returned to America on April 23, 1952, escorted from San Francisco by his brother, Air Force Staff Sergeant Herman G. Schmidt. He was buried with military honors at Greenwood Cemetery in Marion.

Sergeant Schmidt was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Slade Marlin Hansen, 6th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on July 1, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by the South Dakota National Guard Museum, the Marion Record, September 21, 1950, and October 12, 1950 issues, and an application for a South Dakota Veteran’s bonus. Profile approved by Dr. Robert Schmidt, brother.