Herbert William Schmid
Commanding Officer 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
1940 - December 1941
Herbert W. Schmid was born in Indiana on July 16, 1887.
He received a Bachelor of Arts
degree from Butler College, Indiana, in 1911, and
a Bachelor of Law degree from Indiana Law School in 1913.
A photo of Herbert W. Schmid from the Butler College yearbook for 1911
From Ancestry.com. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012
Schmid was commissioned a 2nd
Lieutenant in the Infantry Section of the Officers' Reserve
on August 15, 1917, and entered active duty service that same day. He was offered a position as
1st Lieutenant in the National Army on June 19, 1918, which he accepted on June 27 of that year.
In 1918 Schmid was one
of two officers in charge of the Receiving Station at Camp
which processed draftees into the U.S. Army during WWI. The above article mentioning Schmid appeared
in The Indianapolis Sunday Star May 26, 1918.
On July 1, 1920, Schmid was
offered a commission in the Regular Army as a 1st Lieutenant of
On September 15, 1920, he vacated his position in the National Army and accepted the commission
in the Regular Army, and was assigned to the 26th Infantry.
The Army Registers are confusing
at this point, as they list Schmid as receiving
a promotion to Captain on July 1, 1920.
He was on duty with the 26th
Infantry at Camp Dix, New Jersey, in 1922, and in 1923,
he graduated from the Infantry School Company Officers Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.
In the fall of 1925, Schmid left
the 26th Infantry at Plattsburg Barracks, New York, for
assignment as an
instructor to the junior and senior classes of R.O.T.C. at the University of Kentucky.
Article announcing the
assignment of Captain Herbert W. Schmid to the R.O.T.C.
department at the University of Kentucky.
From Kentucky Kernel September 25, 1925 page 12.
Schmid was promoted to Major on August 1, 1935.
1st Battalion 22nd Infantry was
re-constituted at Fort McClellan, Alabama, on June 1, 1940,
and best research indicates that Schmid was its first Commanding Officer at or near that date,
with 2nd Lieutenant Earl "Lum" Edwards as his adjutant. Schmid was officially promoted to
Lieutenant Colonel on August 18, 1940.
In late 1941, Schmid was named
Commandant of Camp Gordon, Georgia, then under
construction and expansion, and established the Camp Headquarters in a room in the Post Office building
in Augusta, Georgia, on December 2, 1941. On December 9, 1941, he moved the headquarters and staff
of the Camp to the new and unfinished headquarters building on Camp Gordon proper. The recently
assembled 4th Division was the first unit to occupy the newly reconsituted Camp Gordon, on
December 17, 1941.
Schmid was given a temporary
promotion to Colonel (A.U.S.) on June 29, 1942. On November 21,
he was the principal speaker at a Bond Tour Rally, during the Sixth War Loan Drive, in Aiken, Georgia.
In December of 1944, Schmid relinquished command of Camp Gordon.
He was retired on July 31, 1947,
with the rank of Colonel, but served a short tour of active duty
August 1 to September 10, 1947. Schmid was given a disability in the line of duty.
Herbert W. Schmid's decorations
Colonel Herbert W. Schmid died on February 6, 1975.
Lakeside Memorial Park
Grave marker for Herbert W. Schmid
Photo by Lamar Sarratt from the Find A Grave website
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