The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
SCHMIDT, OSCAR, JR.
Rank and Organization: Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S.
Navy. Place and Date: At sea, 9 October 1918. Entered Service At:
Pennsylvania. Born: 25 March 1896, Philadelphia, Pa. G. O. No.: 450, 1919.
For gallant conduct and extraordinary heroism while attached to the U.S.S. Chestnut Hill,
on the occasion of the explosion and subsequent fire on board the U.S. submarine chaser
219. Schmidt, seeing a man, whose legs were partly blown off, hanging on a line from the
bow of the 219, jumped overboard, swam to the sub chaser and carried him from the bow to
the stern where a member of the 219's crew helped him land the man on the afterdeck of the
submarine. Schmidt then endeavored to pass through the flames amidships to get another man
who was seriously burned. This he was unable to do, but when the injured man fell
overboard and drifted to the stern of the chaser Schmidt helped him aboard .