ANTHONY M SCHMUTZ
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HONORED ON PANEL 23E, LINE 7 OF THE WALL

ANTHONY MICHAEL SCHMUTZ

WALL NAME

ANTHONY M SCHMUTZ

PANEL / LINE

23E/7

DATE OF BIRTH

04/28/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/04/1967

HOME OF RECORD

CAMDEN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Camden County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

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POSTED ON 4.30.2022

Attack on Firebase Nong Son - July 3-4, 1967

Firebase Nong Son was a U.S. Marine Corps fire support base southwest of Da Nang in Quang Nam Province, RVN. Early in July 1967, a platoon from F Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines was dug in at the base, a second platoon occupied the middle level, and the third platoon with recoilless rifles and mortars occupied the 656-foot-high summit. On the night of July 3rd-4th, an estimated 400 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) assaulted the hilltop. The surprise attack was achieved when the enemy, over several days, employed discarded U.S. ammo boxes to create wooden stairsteps up an unscalable side of the hill. Ironically, on July 3rd, their plans were nearly exposed when Marines were to burn off overgrown brush on that side of the hill but were unable to get their flamethrowers to operate. Moreover, the Marines missed an important clue that something was afoot when Nong Son villagers failed to appear for their daily visit to the hilltop to hawk their wares. As the sun set, NVA sappers were in place near the peak. At 11:27 PM, a listening post radioed, “I have movement to my front…they’re all around me…we’ve been overrun!” The enemy attacked with small arms and mortar fire, throwing satchel charges into occupied bunkers and an ammo dump, setting aflame ordinance on the hilltop. Nevertheless, the Marines on top fought back tenaciously. Down below, their comrades were unable to assist, and called their sister E Company, a mile away, to relieve them so they could go up and help. After arriving, the remaining elements of F Company moved to the top of the hill, quickly establishing advantageous machine gun positions, and pushed the enemy off at 1:17 AM. Recapturing the hilltop cost thirteen Marines lives plus three members of a U.S. Army searchlight team embedded with them. Over forty others were wounded. The lost Americans included: (F/2/5) SGT Tony Ahinzow, LCPL James E. Ball III, LCPL Joseph L. Hicks, LCPL Arthur Lanteigne, PVT Andrew Currie, and PFC Melvin E. Newlin (posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor); (H&S, 2/5) LCPL Walter D. Buschleiter, LCPL Raymond L. Hyson, CPL Danny P. Riesberg and PFC Ronald D. Reyes; (107 Mortar Btry, 3rd Bn, 11th Marines) CPL James H. Cooney, LCPL Anthony M. Schmutz, and PFC Richard L. McKinnell; and (G Btry, 29th Arty) SP4 Andreas McCurry, SP4 Waylen L. Powell, and PFC Arnold R. Palmer. Forty-two NVA were reported killed. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, virtualwall.org, and information provided by Mike Harris (April 2022)]
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POSTED ON 12.26.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lcpl Anthony Schmutz, Thank you for your service as a Field Artillery Cannoneer. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Merry Christmas. Time moves quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.14.2019
POSTED BY: James Doran

Your Granddaughter

Your granddaughter is a student in my class. She remembers warmly her grandmother, your wife, reading your letters. She is a very nice young woman and I have enjoyed getting to know her.
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POSTED ON 7.4.2013
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Marine.
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POSTED ON 7.4.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LCPL Anthony M Schmutz, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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