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Norman James Schmidt


Yanks in the Dimitrov Battery (r)

Schmidt, Norman James. b. January 10, 1912, Chicago, Illinois;  Jewish, Loyola University of Chicago, BA 1932 and earned a certificate from the Ecoloe des Beaux Arts, Paris in 1934; Writer, No party affiliation (CP), Received passport# 487416 on December 1, 1937 which listed his address as 192 North Clark Street, Room 713, Chicago, Illinois, Sailed December 11, 1937 aboard the Vollendam, Served with the Defensa Contra AviaciĆ³n (DECA) attached to Fuerces del Airt, International Anti-Aircraft B, with the German Dimitrov Battery, per the biographical sketch from the James Norman Schmidt Collection, he went to Spain as a journalist an later decided to joint the International Brigades, after being wounded in action he worked on  short-wave radio;  WWII US Army, military correspondent, PTO, Leyte, Philipines, and occupation of Japan, rank Lieutenant; d. September 26 (16), 1983, Columbus, Ohio.

[Note the biographical sketches from the two sources listed below conflict on several counts.]


Sources: Sail, SACB; RA Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 982; Ohio University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Manuscript Collection, James Norman Schmidt Collection, Manuscript Collection No. 52.; Rue Morgue Press, James Norman http://www.ruemorguepress.com/authors/norman.html

Photograph: Yanks in the Dimitrov Battery, standing Sam Slipyan, Conlon Nancarrow, Ed Lending, Charles Simpson (?), Delmer Berg, Norman Schmidt, kneeling two Spanish Chauffers, Ed Lending Collection.


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