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Charles H. Schmidt Collection (2447) Finding Aid

Item Number: 24470000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Approximately one and a half linear feet of slides, photographs, artifacts, audio cassette tapes, periodicals, newspapers, appointment books, military documents, correspondence, and POW lists document Charles H. Schmidt's service as a chaplain during the Vietnam War and particularly his involvement helping the POWs during their return flights from North Vietnam in Operation Homecoming in 1973. The collection materials span from February 1967-July 4, 1983, with the bulk being from 1973. Items of special note are two editions of the Pacific Stars and Stripes. One is a special supplement for 1965 to 1972 that was distributed to the POW's on their Operation Homecoming flight. The other edition for March 18, 1973 is autographed by several POWs to include the longest held POW Major Floyd Thompson, Sergent Ronald R. Ridgeway, who had been declared dead and burried in a national cemetary in St. Louis, as well as Master Sergeant Harvey Gordon Brande, and Sergeant Robert R. Hille [?].

Dates

  • 03 January 2012

Biographical / Historical

Major Charles H. Schmidt served as a chaplain during the Vietnam War and assisted POWs during their return flights from North Vietnam through Operation Homecoming in 1973.
Title
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
1.5
Location(s)
Newspaper Collection; Photograph Collection, Slide Collection, Periodical Collection, Museum Objects, Library, Stacks;
12
Photographs

12 photos of returning POWs through Operation Homecoming
VA064083 - VA064094

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145
Slides

VAS063705-VAS063849 - 145 of Major Charles H. Schmidt's service as a Chaplain in Vietnam, including his service as part of the chaplain team for Operation Homecoming, the return of U.S. POWs from North Vietnam in February 1973.

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3
Museum Objects

2447museum4135: Cross made from shrapnel
2447museum4136: Operation Homecoming Flight to Freedom Patch
2447museum4137: Operation Homecoming Flight to Freedom Plaque

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3
Audio

2447AU2558: Operation Homecoming Thanksgiving Service, March 31, 1973
2447AU2559: POW Service, Clark AB, Philippines, March 4, 1973
2447AU2560: The Spirit of Survival, March 18, 1973

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1
Newsletters

Hi-Lites, March 1973, Vol. VI, No. 2

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7
Serials

Danger Forward: The Magazine of the Big Red One, Vietnam: 1968: February, June :1970: Winter

Soldiers, December 1971, Vol. 26, No. 12

Time, February 19, 1973, 'The Prisoners Return'

The Times Magazine, July 4, 1983, 'The POWs: Ten Years Later', Supplement to Army Times/Navy Times/Air Force Times

VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars Magazine), Memorial Day, May 30, 1968

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20
Newspapers

The American Traveler (newspaper of the 1st Infantry Division): 1970: February 16, March 2, March 9

The Army Reporter: 1968: June 8

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Special Supplement: 1965 - 1972

Pacific Stars and Stripes: 1973: January 29, January 30, February 4, February 8, February 15, February 18, February 19, March 7, March 18, March 27

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sunday Magazine: 1973: February 4, April 1

The Stars and Stripes - European Edition: 1974: August 9

Philippine Flyer: 1973: February 6, February 16

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D068.7B ]]
  • Box 1000 : [1000 ] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D054.1 ]]

Inventory

  • Folder N/A
  • Incoming Correspondence
  • Arthur L. Chaitt, Secretary Treasurer, Society of the First Division Foundation
  • Gary Farebrother [?], 6th Grader at Lily Hill School, Clark Air Base
  • A. Dale Fiers, General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Lynn M. Galbrath, 2 LT, AGC, Asst AG, Department of the Army
  • H. N. Maples, Major General, United States Army Commanding
  • Folder Series - Appointment Books
  • Appointment Book 1973 (Small)
  • Appointment Book 1973 (Large)
  • Folder Series - Lists
  • Headquarters, 1st Logistical Command, Office of the Staff Chaplain, November 6, 1967
  • Record of RPG/Rocket Attacks at Lai Khe, RVN, January 31-February 3, 1968
  • 1st Infantry Division Chaplains, June 1, 1968
  • 'Our Prisoners-As Listed by Hanoi', Pacific Stars and Stripes, Tuesday, January 30, 1973
  • PW's Names, March 2, 1973
  • Army Returnees-3rd Release [Date Unknown]
  • Chaplain Team Supporting Operation Homecoming [Date Unknown]
  • Folder Series - Reports
  • Chaplain Thomas J. McNamara, Homecoming After Action Report, Phase II, March 29, 1973
  • Kenneth R. Israel, Chaplain, Colonel, USAF Installation Chaplain, Report on Operation Homecoming, April 6, 1973
  • Chaplain Charles H. Schmidt, Homecoming After Action Report, Phase II, March 29, 1973
  • Report on the Army Chaplains on Operation Homecoming Phase II [Author Unknown, Date Unknown]
  • CH (CPT) Howard Zysbind [?], Jewish, CAB, Report on Operation Homecoming [Date Unknown]
  • Folder Series - Poems
  • Poems, Sonnets, and Sayings [Date Unknown]
  • Folder Series - Homecoming Orders
  • Homecoming Orders, January 26-March 15, 1973, Undated Eulogies
  • Folder Series - Army Publications
  • Welcome Home Packet for POWs to Aid Them in Readjusting to Civilian Life [Date Unknown]
  • Welcome to the Big Red One First Infantry Division: No Mission Too Difficult, No Sacrifice Too Great, Duty First [Date Unknown]
  • Folder Series - Routing and Transmission Slip
  • Routing and Transmission Slip [Date Unknown]
  • Folder Series - Invoice
  • Friendship Gate Shop, March 22, 1973, Angeles City, Philippines
  • Folder Series - Flyer
  • Easter Sunrise Service, Morris Hill Chapel, Ft. Riley [Date Unknown]
  • Folder Series - Sermon
  • 'Prayer and Prison', Clark AFB Chapel, 1973
  • Folder Series - Bumper Sticker
  • Welcome Home POWs, VIVA-Voices in Vital America
  • Folder Series - Propaganda
  • Communist Propaganda Leaflets made by North Vietnamese/Viet Cong [Date Unknown]
  • Folder Series - Newspaper Clippings
  • 'Soldier's Last Letter Tops Freedom Foundation Prizes', Army Times, February 1967
  • 'Vietcong Assert TheirGunfire Downed U.S. General's Copter', The New York Times, Sunday, September 15, 1968
  • Book
  • Jesus from the New Testament in Today's English Version: To Care to Share. Third Edition, American Bible Society, 1971
  • Oversize clipping from Pacific Stars & Strpes March 27, 1973
12
Photographs

12 photos of returning POWs through Operation Homecoming
VA064083 - VA064094

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145
Slides

VAS063705-VAS063849 - 145 of Major Charles H. Schmidt's service as a Chaplain in Vietnam, including his service as part of the chaplain team for Operation Homecoming, the return of U.S. POWs from North Vietnam in February 1973.

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3
Museum Objects

2447museum4135: Cross made from shrapnel
2447museum4136: Operation Homecoming Flight to Freedom Patch
2447museum4137: Operation Homecoming Flight to Freedom Plaque

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3
Audio

2447AU2558: Operation Homecoming Thanksgiving Service, March 31, 1973
2447AU2559: POW Service, Clark AB, Philippines, March 4, 1973
2447AU2560: The Spirit of Survival, March 18, 1973

Click here to view all Audio
1
Newsletters

Hi-Lites, March 1973, Vol. VI, No. 2

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7
Serials

Danger Forward: The Magazine of the Big Red One, Vietnam: 1968: February, June :1970: Winter

Soldiers, December 1971, Vol. 26, No. 12

Time, February 19, 1973, 'The Prisoners Return'

The Times Magazine, July 4, 1983, 'The POWs: Ten Years Later', Supplement to Army Times/Navy Times/Air Force Times

VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars Magazine), Memorial Day, May 30, 1968

Click here to view all Serials
20
Newspapers

The American Traveler (newspaper of the 1st Infantry Division): 1970: February 16, March 2, March 9

The Army Reporter: 1968: June 8

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Special Supplement: 1965 - 1972

Pacific Stars and Stripes: 1973: January 29, January 30, February 4, February 8, February 15, February 18, February 19, March 7, March 18, March 27

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sunday Magazine: 1973: February 4, April 1

The Stars and Stripes - European Edition: 1974: August 9

Philippine Flyer: 1973: February 6, February 16

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Pub Credit Line
24470000000, Charles H. Schmidt Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 03 Jan 2012 [Updated: 10 Jul 2018]