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Word was received last week by Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Schmidt of Rural Route, Dieterich, Illinois, that their son Tech 4 Ivan E. Schmidt had been killed in action in Germany on April 17, 1945. Ivan, who was a tank driver, had been in the thick of the fighting on the Western Front since "D-Day". In fact, his landing craft was sunk in the invasion before it reached the French coast. When this happened, Ivan was taken back to England and put on another craft which succeeded in crossing the Channel. Cpl. Schmidt would have been 26 years of age this Fall. He was inducted in January 1942. A brother, Paul G. Schmidt, is also in service on the Western Front. These brothers had the good fortune to meet and visit with each other not many weeks ago. Ivan had many friends both in service and civilian life and they are all saddened at the report that he has lost his life. Their heartfelt sympathy go to the grieving parents and other relatives.
Rest in Peace, Ivan . . . . you are not forgotten.