LANCE CORPORAL ANTHONY MICHAEL SCHMUTZ was born on April 28, 1943, one of six children born to John and Anna Schmutz Jr. His family had moved to the Cramer Hill section of Camden NJ in the 1920s, first living at 1033 North 25th Street. By the time Anthony Schmutz was 4 years old, the family had moved to 1142 North 25th Street. This would be the family home into the late 1970s.
Known to family and friends as "Tony", he liked swimming and most sports, especially baseball. He attended Washington Elementary School, Veterans Memorial Junior High School and Woodrow Wilson High School for the 9th and 10th grade. He then transferred to Camden County Vocational High School. Sources differ as to whether he finished his education at Camden County Vocational or returned to Woodrow Wilson High School.
enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1960 or 1961, sources again differ as
to this. Upon completion of his
four years of service, Anthony returned to Camden where he worked
several jobs before re-enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1966. He
attained the rank of Lance Corporal, and when sent to Vietnam served
with as a gun captain in a mortar unit.
On July 4, 1967, Lance Corporal Schmutz's mortar base in the province of Quang Nam, South Vietnam came under attack by the North Vietnamese Army. As a result, Schmutz received multiple fragmentation wounds and later died as a result of those wounds. He was one of 32 Marines killed during the three-day siege of Quang Nam.
Brought home to New Jersey, he was buried at Arlington Cemetery in Pennsauken NJ. He was survived by his parents, brothers Joseph and John, and sisters Anna Marie, Joan, and Margaret, and his bride-to-be, Miss Joan Strumpo of Philadelphia PA.
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I remember when we were kids, you me and Ollie Wilson. You were called Ants back then. I pass by your house a few blocks down from me and stop and think about you and your sister Joan. Those were such nice times. Hard to imagine you have been gone 40 years. Would be nice to be able to flip a switch and bring back those days.
Miss you Ants.
You are not forgotten. Marines never leave their brothers behind. God Bless & keep you. I'll be looking for you guarding those gates of heaven. Semper Fi
Am thinking about you at Christmas, 2002
Thinking of the good times we had in electric and wood shop during junior high school. It's been such a long time ago. You died much too early. Am hoping someone will see this note who remembers you and knows what happened and where you are laid to rest. Perhaps they have a picture, Anthony
Dr. Charles A.
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