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Dick Schmidt

This is my wife, the former Mary Pickard. We were married July 21, 2001 in Michigan. Mary is retired from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

 

Here is our very well trained and pampered Yorkie, Alex!

I was born the oldest of 4 brothers and 1 sister in Snover, Michigan. We were raised on a dairy and crop farm in Sanilac County located in Michigan's "Thumb Area".

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Sanilac County 

 

Dad's early tractors were Minneapolis-Moline as they had a hand clutch and were easy for us kids to operate.

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After graduating Sandusky High School I served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman both overseas and aboard ship.

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I spent 18 months on the Island of Malta with Fasron (Special) 201. While there I also served on the islands of Sardinia and Crete.


P-2V airplane      WV-2 airplane

We had a squadron of P2V-5 or P2V-7 antisubmarine patrol bombers and WV-2 airborne early warning aircraft that patrolled the Mediterranean area.

Here is a site by Bill Gusky which describes life on Malta and with Fasron (Special) 201

I spent 6 weeks on the USS Alameda County AVB1 (Advanced Base Ship) while on a NATO exercise on the island of Sardinia. She used to be a LST (Landing Ship Tank)

 

I later was sent to the USS Tallahatchie County AVB2 (also a former LST) when President Eisenhower authorized Operation Blue Bat and sent troops into Beirut, Lebanon in July 1958. We were deployed here in Souda Bay, Crete as part of the Sixth Fleet. They sent 24 plane loads of Marines in and during their flight they picked me up on Malta and dropped me on Crete.

 

sail boat      USS Hissem

After my tour in Malta I then went aboard the U.S.S. Hissem DER400 a radar picket ship. We patrolled the North Atlantic between Newfoundland and the Azores Islands. On that assignment along with visiting St. Johns, Newfoundland we also visited Lisbon, Portugal and Vigo, Spain

USS Hissem DER 400

 

I lived many years in the Sandusky, Michigan area and served on the Sandusky City Council, Sandusky School Board and Elmer Township Board.

I am a member of American Historical Society of Germans From Russia (AHSGR) as my Grandpa and Grandma Schmidt immigrated from Russia in 1911.

I have some pictures and information on some of my ancestors on a WebPage.

In my spare time I enjoy gardening, wine making (blackberry, elderberry, peach, strawberry, dandelion and rhubarb), walking and woodworking.

I have 2 married sons and 5 grandchildren.

 

We bought a San Juan 21 sailboat in 2003 in honor of our second wedding anniversary and learned to sail on Lake Coeur d'Alene when we lived in Idaho.

 

In 2005 we moved to North Carolina and bought a Catalina 27 in 2006 which gave us more room inside and a few more luxuries like hot & cold running water.

 

 

In 2012 we bought a Catalina 30 sailboat on Anna Maria Island in Florida and sailed her home 1,129 miles.

Here is the details of that once in a lifetime trip.

 

Some favorite websites I use are:

Mapquest - a site to find directions and distances from one point to another.

 Measurement conversion site converting metric/imperial/US measurements.

Telephone Prefix Locator - Locate telephone number prefixes in U.S./Canada/Caribbean

The DRUDGE REPORT - the leading edge of news and a connection to many other news sites.

 

My email address is dick.schmidt@hotmail.com

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