Preliminary Inventory to the Harry Schmidt Papers, 1909-1964.

machine-readable finding aid created by James Ryan.
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305-6010
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Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Preliminary Inventory to the Harry Schmidt Papers, 1909-1964.

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Hoover Institution Archives
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, California 94305-6010
  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
  • Fax: (650) 725-3445
  • Email: archives@hoover.stanford.edu
Encoded by:
James Ryan.
© 1998 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Harry Schmidt Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1909-1964
Collection Number: 68033
Creator: Schmidt, Harry, 1886-1968.
Collection Size: 3 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 film reel 1.6 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, orders, speeches, memoranda, printed matter, and photographs, relating to activities of the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Harry Schmidt Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1968.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Biographical Note

General Harry Schmidt served as Commanding General of the Fourth Marine Division during the Marshall Islands campaign and the Battle of Saipan, and as Commanding General of the Fifth Amphibious Corps during the battles of Tinian and Iwo Jima, during World War II.
During the battle for Iwo Jima, he was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of the third Distinguished Service Medal for his part in this operation. His citation reads in part, "Against determined enemy resistance and incomparable natural defenses, Major General Schmidt skillfully directed the attack of his troops to capture and occupy this strategic island. He handled the various units under his command with brilliant tactical skill. His sound judgment, distinctive administrative ability and unfailing devotion to duty were vital factors in the success of the entire operation."
Following the conclusion of hostilities, the General led the Fifth Corps in the occupation of the Japanese homeland. In 1946, he was ordered back to the United States to assume command of the Marine Training and Replacement Command, San Diego Area, California. He served in that capacity until he retired in 1948, when he was advanced to the four-star rank of General.

Scope and Content of Collection

Correspondence, orders, speeches, memoranda, printed matter, and photographs, relatig to activities of the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Access Points

United States. Marine Corps--Officers.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean.
United States--Armed Forces.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Biographical data

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence, 1944-1945. Includes article regarding World War II military operations

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1948-1968 concerning books, articles, and studies of Marine Corps operations in the Pacific during World War II

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence regarding christening the Iwo Jima, 1959

Box 1, Folder 5

Duty orders, 1909-1947

Box 1, Folder 6

Commendations, 1929-1948

Box 1, Folder 7

Speeches

Box 1, Folder 8

Memoranda, 1929-1964

Box 2, Folder 1

Department of the Army and Air Force pamphlets, 1951

Box 2, Folder 2

Five publications regarding Pacific operations, World War II

Box , Box 2, Folder 3

Department of the Navy. Four statements of interest to naval commands, 1957-1960

Box 2, Folder 4

Historical material regarding the Marine Corps

Box 2, Folder 5

Congressional Record statement, 1951 October 20, about General Schmidt

Box 2, Folder 6

Pamphlet, Marine Corps Memorial Foundation, ca. 1954

Box 2, Folder 7

Naval Historical Foundation, list of trustees, 1956 March

Box 2, Folder 8

Report on air power, 1950

Box 3-4

Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of General H. Schmidt, various military personnel, and battles in the Pacific Theatre in World War II
Box 3, Folder 1

Command turnover, October 1943

Box 3, Folder 2

Early Army career

Box 3, Folder 3

Family photographs, early 1900s

Box 3, Folder 4

Flag raising ceremonies, Iwo Jima and Tinian

Box 3, Folder 5

Iwo Jima

Box 3, Folder 6

Maui

Box 3, Folder 7

Military ceremonies

Box 3, Folder 8

Military parades

Box 3, Folder 9

Miscellaneous groups

Box 3, Folder 10

Miscellaneous

Box 3, Folder 11

Nagasaki and Sasebo

Box 3, Folder 12

Portraits

Box 3, Folder 13

Pueget Sound Naval Shipyard, USS Iwo Jima dedication, September 1960

Box 3, Folder 14

Saipan

Box 3, Folder 15-16

Schmidt at official events

Box 3, Folder 17-19

Shanghai, Sasebo, and occupation of Japan

Box 3, Folder 20

Unidentified island

Box 4

Album of photographs

Box 4

Personal scrapbooks kept by General Schmidt, (two volumes) 1944-1958

Film shelf

"To the Shores of Iwo Jima," U.S. Navy training film