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Art Schmidt

Art Schmidt

  • Service Branch: United States Navy
  • Service Dates: 1943–1945
  • Stationed: USS Luzon (ARG-2)
  • Rank: Quartermaster 2nd Class

Art enlisted in Norfolk, Virginia. The USS Luzon, after a shakedown cruise in the Chesapeake Bay, departed Norfolk and headed for assignment with the Asiatic Pacific Theater, travelling through the Panama Canal to the Ellice Islands. The Luzon was an Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship, and initially spent time on Kwajalein Atoll, providing repair facilities for amphibians, patrol and landing craft. The ship later provided repair services in Apra, Guam and on the island of Saipan. When the war in the Pacific ended, the Luzon steamed to Japan and supported occupation operations there.

Art’s deployment ended in 1945. He attended the Webb Institute in Glen Cove, New York, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture. He had a thirty year career with the Bureau of Ships within the United States Navy. He designed several ships including the Nautilus, the United States’ first Nuclear Submarine. Art married in 1948 and raised four “Wonderful Sons.”

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