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Anthony Michael Schmutz

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

1915612

107 Mortars
Third Battalion
11th Marine Regiment
1st Marine Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: July 4, 1967
Buried at: Arlington Cemetery
                  Cove Road
                  Pennsauken NJ 08110
Awards: Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnam Service Medal. 


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

Anthony Schmutz 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.


Camden Courier-Post - July 6, 1967


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ANTHONY MICHAEL SCHMUTZ
is honored on Panel 23E, Row 7 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.


MESSAGES LEFT ON THEWALL-USA
** Note that some of these messages are from years ago
and their contact information may not be good anymore **


40 Years Without Anthony

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.

Albert Dobbins
albertdo2@aol.com
Childhood and school friend
Camden NJ
Sep 28, 2007

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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

Bill George
Viet Vet 67-68 9th Marines
Friday, April 05, 2002

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Rest in peace on this Independence Day. May God bestow His blessings and bring comfort to your loved ones on the anniversary of your death.

Sue Farrell
suebee50@excite.com
NY
Thursday, July 03, 2003

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. Bevan, Jr.
cab2@snet.net
classmate/friend (junior high sch)
Hartford, CT
Sunday, December 22, 2002


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