|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
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