Bob Schmidt

[10 FEB 1932 - M2 - 20199 - 14 MAR 2016]

Bob Schmidt Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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Bob Schmidt and Guests
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bob Schmidt and guests
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bob Schmidt and Roy Lynn
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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M-2: Mendell - Schmidt's - Enslow's
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Magician with Bob Schmidt's Guests
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bob Schmidt - Michele Jackson Caron '83 (class
daughter) - Bob Jackson [MAR 2007]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Sitting: Bob Schmidt - Cliff and Edie Jones - Standing: Jack
and Beverly Farrington - Jane Whitaker and Matt Schmidt
(Bob's children) - Dianne and Phil Enslow [50th Reunion]



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Bob Schmidt and Vorece Batchman
[50th Reunion]



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Stevenson's and Schmidt's (Bob's youngest and shortest is
taller than Mike's oldest and tallest) [Ft. Sill - c1974]



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[10th Reunion - 1965]

Standing [L to R]: Weaver - Lewis - Turner - Chikalla - Gallup - O'Brien - Freed - Hadly - Wix - ? - Streett - ? - Reb Young - Quinn - Lenio - ? - Perkins - Thorsen - ? - Nieves - Sherman - Burroughs - Giza - Traut - Sloan - Gay - Paul Parks - Andrews - Ginter - Bates - McNair - ? - Lichtenberg - Nidever - Secord - Feagin - Cathey - Herren - ? - ? - Ludwig - ? - ? - ? - Ralls - ? - Shimunek - Macdonald - ? - ? - ? - ? - ? - Bob Strickland - Front [L to R]: Soper - Newton - Dax - Chance - Schmidt - Shideler - Bergen - Matteson - Hargrove - Hornbarger - Steakley - Stevens - Drummond - Rudzki - Knierem - Wargowsky - ? - Stern - ? - ? - Livesay - Dickson - Michalove - Hagan - Landers - ? - Blitch - ? - Cardillo - Ordway - Trobaugh - Crancer - Maus - LaFrenz - Sydenham - Strom - ? - Howie Stone - Schepps - Raymond - Spellman - Sanderson ? - Wray - Fikaris - Stevenson - Sims - ?

Larger Size



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Schmidt - Rudzki - Dinwiddie
[USMA Golf Club 1965 ?]



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M-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Sullivan - Batchman - Bosshard - Mullan - Blanton - Katenbrink - 2nd Row: Schmidt - Rock - Mendell - 3rd Row: Burkhart - Enslow - Farrington - Burroughs - 4th Row: Holbrook - Dryer - Cliff Jones (CO) - Ben Franklin (Absent: McIntosh)



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M-2 Yearlings



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M-2 Plebes



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

Register Glossary



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Robert Curtis Harkin Schmidt

Robert Curtis Harkin Schmidt was born on 10 February 1932 in New Ulm, Minnesota and appointed to West Point from the 2nd Congressional District of Minnesota. He entered West Point on 3 July 1951. He was in Company M 2 and a Corporal his 2nd Class year. He was a Lieutenant his 1st Class year and was on the swimming team his 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class years. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in the Field Artillery.



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Six Word Autobiography

(Updated MAR 2008}

Ann, Mark, Matthew, Joan, Jane, Thomas



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How I got my appointment to West Point

There was no military tradition in my family although a great grandfather was a member of the militia that defended my home town against two attacks by Dakota warriors in 1862, another great grandfather was a draft dodger from Alsace who didn't want to fight for the Prussians, and my father was a US Navy radioman in WWI translating German morse code intercepts while stationed in Ireland.

As I approached high school graduation I had no idea what I should do about college. Ten years earlier my family had been evicted from our farm because we couldn't pay the mortgage on my fathers postal clerk's salary, cut back to 24 hours a week in the Great Depression. He managed to get a #2,750 loan from a shirt tail relative by marriage (a lawyer who probated estates and made loans from the liquid assets while doing so), build a 30 x 30 house on a $500 lot and to put food on the table. He also moonlighted illegally as a portrait photographer and had several photos published in Life for $5@. My mother went back to teaching school in a one-room rural schoolhouse to pay off the loan. I got a newspaper route when I was 12 from Robert Niemann, a scout in the troop I later joined, and made 12 cents a week for every customer on my route.

Our guidance counselor, a single woman whose impending marriage would soon take her out of the ranks of teachers, gave no advice other than to go to college if I could get a scholarship. That didn't happen. The local scholarship I applied for went to a lawyer's son. But my parents encouraged me to apply to the University of Minnesota, which accepted me into the Institute of Technology. Engineering and teaching were my only plausible careers, until our school principal stopped me in the hallway after school just before graduation and said, "Bob, I don't know if you're interested in a military career or not, but our congressman gives an exam to determine who gets his appointment to West Point. If you take that exam you may see how well you stack up against some other pretty smart guys." Why not? I didn't have much hope for getting the appointment bacause my eyes had bween quite nearsighted since I was in the third grade and the teacher noticed that my grades improved when she moved me from the back of the room to the front for better supervision of my tendency to cut up with my back row classmates. She was right. My eyes were about 20/100 then and worse in 1950. So I wrote the congressman, Joseph P. O'hara, and was told to take the test in Mankato that summer, on a day off from lifeguarding at the municipal swimming pool.

During the summer I considered joining the National Guard for a little extra money, but on a visit to the armory I saw what a shoddy operation it was and decided that it would be a waste of time. That turned out to be a lucky decision because President Truman called up the Minnesota National Guard in December and pulled dozens of students out of school in the middle of the winter quarter. I also considered joining Air Force ROTC and had the application blank filled out and ready for signature. But why should I interupt an engineering career with two years riding a desk that wouldn't fly because of my weak eyes? I tore it up.

Some time during the winter quarter at the U of M I got a letter from the congressman telling me that my scores were fine and that I hould report to Fort Sheridan near Chicago for more tests. I took a train to and from the post. All I remember was the night in the barracks when i woke to hear that a poker game among other applicants had ended with several hundred dollars in the last pot, and that the only line I could read from the eye chart was "E". I returned to school and waited for the bad news. But the congressman urged me to take a retest, some time in March, at my convenience. this time i hitch hiked to and from Ft. Sheridan and memorized the eye chart in the waiting room. But when the corpsman gave me the test, it was from a different chart projected on a screen, so I squinted and managed to read a line of two below the "E".

Spring came. Ths snow melted and I took the first draft deferment exam offered to college students that wanted to avoid being drafted and sent to Korea. When I returned to the dorm after the exam I found a letter in my mail box from the congressman, informing me that I had been granted a waiver on my eyes because the retest showed improvement to 20/100, and telling me to report to West Point on 3 July.

That summer I met with Robert Niemann, who had just graduated from USMA with the Class of 1951 and had been comissioned in the Air force. He showed me how to spit shine shoes and offered this advice: "In your first year a lot of upper classmen will be yelling at you. Let it go in one ear and out the other, but remember what they are telling you that's inportant."

My parents took me to the Point and dropped me off at the sally port. The yelling began. They continued on the only vacation trip they ever took, to Massachusettes and Harvard, where my father had taught Navy fliers Morse code before he was shipped overseas. Years later my father told me that he thought they might find me back in Minnesota before they returned from their trip. Two years later Bob Niemann was shot down over Korea, captured and interrogated by a Russian intelligence agent. His body has never been recovered. Several years later I visited the draft office in my home town and asked the clerk, a little old lady in tennis shoes about my record. She said that I was carried as "Enlisted." When I asked about my draft deferment test she said, " Oh, you were the second highest in the county. You would never have been drafted." After I retired from the Army I found a job with FMC, then designing ammunition handling sustems for howitzers. The lead engineer had been in the same classes with me at the U. He died two years ago.

R. C. H. Schmidt
7 AUG 2010


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What Have Your Kids Done?

With pleasure and thankfulness than none of my kids wound up in jail..........except one for toiletpapering the rival high school's football field:

Ann, our oldest: Graduated from St. Cloud State College. Married a successful dairy farmer and has been teaching physical education and health ever since, in addition to raising four kids. They all graduated from college. All are productively employed. Three are married. The older daughter married a fine guy and gave birth to my first great granddaughter a full year after the wedding.

Mark, our oldest son, graduated from USMA in 1981 and died at Fort Rucker on 29 Auguat 1982.

Matthew. Studied for three years at the University of Minnesota, got married, graduated from the Dallas Police Academy, retired after 20 years and has a son who is finishing his PhD in psychology. His wife teaches in a parochial school because she likes to.

Joan. Graduated from Iowa State in 1982, worked as ain interior designer for several years while getting married and having three kids. Their son will graduate from St. John's in Collegeville, Minnesota, next spring. Theitr older daughter enters St. Olaf College next month, and the younger daughtrer is co-captain of the cross country team in her senior year in high school.

Jane was different. She had a semester at USMA, dropped out to marry a graduate, got a degree from the University of Maryland, divorced the grad, graduated from the Dallas Police Academy, worked as a cop for several years while getting her law degree, married a cop and divorced him, married another cop and had two sons, divorced him (a do-it-yourself project) and married a fireman with a great son who is interested in going to West Point. She's working as a lawyer for Dallas County.

Tom, the toiletpaper hanger.Spent a year at a small college in Wisconsin, graduated from the Fort Worth Police Academy and continues to make Texas safe for those who cant do it for themselves. Currently he's also providing a home for his mother, whose house survived Hurricane Ike but became unsuitable for her continued residency because Matt's house nearby blew away completely.

Perhaps the thing of which I am most proud about my kids is that they have unanimously givven me permission to spend their inheritance as I see fit.

R. C. H. Schmidt
M-2
31 AUG 2010


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ROBERT CURTIS HARKIN SCHMIDT

TAPS Check List
(April 2011)

1. Birthplace and date - New Ulm, Minnesota (the least ethnically diverse city of its size in the USA) - 10 February 1932

2. Parents - Hans Carl Schmidt and Janet Helen (Russell) Schmidt

3. Siblings - One: Janet Elizabeth (Schmidt) Albrecht - 53590 409th Avenue, North Mankato, Minnesota 56003

4. High school graduated from - New Ulm Public High School, 1950

5. High school sports - Track, 880 yard run; Football, left tackle. heaviest man on the team at 172#; South Central Conference championship team in 1949.

6. Other High school activities - National Honor Society

7. Non-school activities - Eagle Scout, church usher

8. Civilian College and/or Military Academy Prep School - University of Minnesota, 1950-51

9. Civilian College sports - Freshman swimming team

10. Prior military service - None

11. Type of appointment to USMA - Congressional, Joseph P. O'Hara, 2nd Congressional District, Minnesota

12. USMA Roommates - Clifford Jones and Phillip Blanton for three years; Gilbert Batchman and Cliff Jones for the fourth (last) year.

13. Close friends at USMA - M-2

14. Wife info - Marlys T. Christensen, met while working as lifeguards at the New Ulm municipal pool; married in New Ulm on 14 July 1956

15. Children info -

Ann (Schmidt) Bemboom, 10546 Mayhew Lake Road, NE Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
Mark R. Schmidt, deceased, buried in New Ulm
Matthew Schmidt, 860 Edson Drive, Beaumont, TX 77706
Joan (Schmidt) Joyce, 2043 Brinker Street, Chanihassen, MN 55317
Jane (Schmidt) Whhitaker, 214-773-4113 (moving soon)
Thomas Schmidt , 6525 Wrigley Way, Fort Worth, TX 76133

16. Suggested and/or preferred author for TAPS article - None. The provisional "Six Word Biography", previously submitted is enough.

17. Others who can fill in gaps about you - See 15. above.

18. Classmates with whom you served - Robert Henry, Clancy Delong

19. Major military assignments - None

20. Second career info - Human Factors Engimeer, FMC Corporation, 1980-1987, in Minneapolis. 21. Additional Comments - None


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Robert Curtis Harkin Schmidt

I am sad to report the death of Bob Schmidt. I learned from the AOG yesterday that Bob died on March 14th in Minnetonka, MN and has been Cremated.

Bob suggested earlier that in lieu of a wreath or flowers, a contribution in his name be made to; Junior Pioneers of New Ulm and Vicinity, P.O. Box 22, New Ulm, MN 56073.

The AOG listed his next of kin as his daughter, Mrs. Joan Joyce.

Grip hands...
~jackC
Jack Campbell
19 March 2016


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Robert Curtis Harkin Schmidt

Robert Curtis Harkin Schmidt, 84, died at his home on March 14, 2016.

He was born on Feb. 10, 1932, to Carl and Janet H. (Russell) Schmidt in New Ulm.

He is survived by former wife, Marlys Christensen of Fort Worth Texas; sister Janet Albrect of Mankato; children, Ann Bemboom of Sauk Rapids, Matthew Schmidt of Beaumont Texas, Joan Joyce of Chanhassen, Jane Heath of Forney Texas, and Thomas Schmidt of Fort Worth Texas; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the Edwin W. Martin Memorial Fund, West Point, New York, 10996. No flowers please.

The Journal
March 24, 2016


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