Beaufort’s Don Schmidt, 78, enlisted in the United State Marine Corps in Sioux City, Iowa in 1961. After Boot Camp in San Diego and Advanced Infantry training, he served in Hawaii, at MCAS Beaufort, two tours in Vietnam (Da Nang and Quang Tri near the DMZ), in Albany, Ga., and as a drill instructor at Parris Island and OCS school in Quantico. He retired from his final tour at Camp Lejeune after more than 20 years service as a Master Sergeant. Following the Marine Corps, Don was a top salesman at the O.C. Welch Ford Dealership for 20 years.
– Compiled by John Chubb, American Legion Post 9.
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