Paul Gerhard Schmidt, was born in 1923 and moved to Philadelphia in 1932. Schmidt attended Overbrook High School and later Penn State University where he studied chemistry. He left college to go to work. In 1944 he entered the Merchant Marine Academy. He retired to Philadelphia in 1948, after which he worked for [Bethlehem Steel?] and then for SEPTA, where he worked for 36 years, retiring a year before his death in 1996. Companies for whom Schmidt worked included Luckenbach SS Co. and Enterprise SS Co. Ships on which he served on included the SS Pine Bluff Victory, SS Helen Hunt Jackson, SS Robert F. Broussard, and SS Leland Stanford.
Paul Gerhardt Schmidt’s papers, photos, and negatives from his service with the Merchant Marine. Materials include: identification cards and passes; statements of earnings; certificates of graduation and appointment; correspondence related to appointments; a small number of personal letters; crew lists for SS Pine Bluff Victory; a hospital ledger book and loose notes about medical examinations. Materials related to Schmidt’s time at the Maritime Service Training Station in Sheepshead Bay include a training manual; barrack regulations; stowage diagrams; sample pursar’s forms; and copies of The Heaving Line newsletter. Photographs and negatives in the collection include images of vessels, crew members, and a group shot of Schmidt’s United States Maritime Service graduating class. The collection also includes some copies of papers related to Schmidt’s service, including information on vessels and copies of certificates, and a typed memoir by Ray Hagele about his time in the 28th Infantry Division.
- Merchant marine–United States
- Military records
- Negatives (Photographic)
- Merchant Marine Training