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Seattle, WA 98174
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Rear Admiral Richard D. Schmidtman


Rear Admiral Schmidtman graduated and was commissioned an ensign from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Ct., in August 1929.  Some of his first assigments include tours on CGC cutters Saranac, Thetis, Algonquin and Mojave. He next served for a year as machinery superintendent at the CG Yard at Curtis Bay, Md. In 1941, he graduated with a master's degree in Naval Construction from the Mass. Institute of Technology. 

From 1941-1944, during WWII, he was the resident chief inspector at the Toledo Shipbuilding Company in Ohio. Other tours include: commanding officer of the CG-manned attack troop transport Leonard Wood, engineer-in-chief at CG Headquarters, commanding officer of the cutter Coos Bay in Portland, Maine (1951-1952); chief, engineering division a the 9th CG District in Cleveland and then as chief, naval engineering division at CG Headquarters (1954-1958).

In June 1958, Schmidtman assumed command of the icebreaker Eastwind in Boston, Mass. from 1958-1960. His next tour of duty was as chief, operations division at the 1st CG District in Boston from 1960-1961. He assumed rank of admiral in 1962 and assumed command of chief, office of operations. He then assumed the position as the 13th District commander in 1963.

His awards include the CG Commendation Medal, American Area, American Defense Service, Asiatic-Pacific Area, WWII Victory, National Defense Service Medal, and the Antarctic Medal.

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