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army officer.

William Richard Schmidt, American army officer. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit and Bronze Star (United States); Legion of Honor and Croix de Guerre with Palm (France); Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords (Grand Officer) (Netherlands); War Cross (Czechoslovakia); Croix de Gueere with Palm (Belgium); awarded Estrella de Abdon Calderon (second class) from Republic Ecuador.


Schmidt, William Richard was born on October 14, 1889 in Verdigre, Nebraska, United States. Son of Joseph Karl and Anna (Haman) Schmidt.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1913, Infantry School, 1927, Command and General staff schedul, 1928, Army War College, 1931, Army Industrial College, 1932, Chemical Warfare School, 1931.


Commissioned Second lieutenant, 1913, advanced through grades to major general, 1942. Mexican Border, 1913-1917, 8th Division, 1918. Instructor United States Military Academy, 1921-1923.

Hawaii, 1923-1926, 1938-1940. War Department General Staff, 1934-1938. Commanded 39th United States Infantry, 1940-1941.

Commanding general 76th Infantry Division from December 13, 1942 to August 2, 1945. Commanding general 3d Infantry Division, August 3, 1945 to May 20, 1946. Chief of staff, 3d United States Army, May 20, 1946 to February 15, 1947.

Deputy commanding general United States Constabulary, February 16-May 30, 1947. Member Personnel Board, Secretary of War, June 1947-July 1948. Commanding general 101st Airborne Division, July 1948-May 1949.


Member Personnel Board, Secretary of War, June 1947-July 1948. Club: Army-Navy Country (Washington).


Married Helen Munn Goodier, April. Children: Helen Jane, Suzanne.

Joseph Karl Schmidt

Anna (Haman) Schmidt

Helen Munn Goodier

Helen Jane Schmidt

Suzanne Schmidt