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.
He died February 10, 1963 and is buried there in Prospect Hill Cemetery Norfolk, Nebraska.
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.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Interim Awards, 1901-1911; Schmidt, Otto Diller entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/inter1901-11.html. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
- ↑ "Bennington". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval Historical Center. February 8, 2006. http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/b5/bennington-i.htm. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
- ↑ Bill Walker (May 09, 2002). "Otto Diller Schmidt". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6404213. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
- "Otto Diller Schmidt". Hall of Valor. Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=2510. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
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