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Otto Diller Schmidt
Born (1884-08-10)August 10, 1884
Died February 10, 1963(1963-02-10) (aged 78)
Place of birth Blair, Nebraska
Place of burial Prospect Hill Cemetery Norfolk, Nebraska. (42°02′27″N 97°25′40″W / 42.04085°N 97.42785°W / 42.04085; -97.42785Coordinates: 42°02′27″N 97°25′40″W / 42.04085°N 97.42785°W / 42.04085; -97.42785)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Seaman
Unit USS Bennington (PG-4)
Battles/wars Spanish American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Otto Diller Schmidt (August 10, 1884 – February 10, 1963) was a seaman serving in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Schmidt was born August 10, 1884 in Blair, Nebraska and after joining the navy he was stationed aboard the USS Bennington (PG-4) as a seaman. On July 21, 1905 one of the USS Bennington’s boilers exploded while it was in port at San Diego, California. For his actions during and following the explosion he received the Medal January 5, 1906.[1][2]

He died February 10, 1963 and is buried there in Prospect Hill Cemetery Norfolk, Nebraska.[3]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 10 August 1884, Blair, Nebr. Accredited to: Nebraska. G.O. No.: 13, 5 January 1906. Citation:

While serving on board the U.S.S. Bennington for extraordinary heroism displayed at the time of the explosion of a boiler of that vessel at San Diego, Calif., 21 July 1905.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Interim Awards, 1901-1911; Schmidt, Otto Diller entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  2. "Bennington". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval Historical Center. February 8, 2006. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  3. Bill Walker (May 09, 2002). "Otto Diller Schmidt". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 

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