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Preliminary Inventory to the Harry Schmidt Papers, 1909-1964.
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Access Points

  • 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


    Collection open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1968.


    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.