Jack M. Schmitt, USN ret.
September 6, 1941 - March 29, 2003
Funeral Service
National Cemetery
Funeral Home
Jack's Story
Military & Civilian Postings
VFW Foundation
Memorial Service
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Thanks & Contact Information

Subic Bay, Philippines  1974


Chasing Clouds
Calligraphy by Fang Li Ren. 
Painted for Jack M. Schmitt on April 3, 2003
Flying was Jack’s passion and inspiration.  His first encounter came at a young age when his Uncle visited the family farm in Iowa.  The plane that Jack flew in was nothing special – a single engine, open canopy crop duster – and the flight lasted only minutes.  But, soaring above the cornfields with the clouds at his side changed Jack's vision forever.  Later, he earned his Wings of Gold from the United States Navy and boyhood dreams became reality.   The wonder of flight never escaped Jack.  He pursued his profession with selfless dedication and pride, and he shared his love with all who knew him.  Some of us prefer to watch the clouds roll by.  Jack chased them.  His courage, strength and dignity among the clouds, in both life and in death, serve him well.  That same spirit will carry on.

T-28  Whiting Field

Jack passed away at Veteran's General Hospital's Intensive Care Unit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on March 29, 2003.  From December 1995 until hospitalization on March 25, Jack  directed E-2T in-country programs on behalf of the United States Navy and Information Spectrum, Inc.  He genuinely loved the job and the "E2 Team", and regarded colleagues and counterparts that serve in Taiwan's Air Force as "gentlemen" and family.  Kaohsiung was home to Jack and wife Karen for nearly eight years, the longest stint ever enjoyed in any one place.  However, prepartions to return to Washington, D.C. in August were just underway when Jack suddenly took ill.  Karen,  Kathrine (daughter), Rob (son-in-law), Ben, Elizabeth and Thomas (grandchildren),  Brandon (eldest son) and Nicholas (youngest son) with fiancee Jen Ritter were at his bedside to provide comfort and care.

Jack M. Schmitt
Born: September 6, 1941  Nevada, Iowa
College: St. Ambrose College, 1967 Davenport, Iowa
(BA in Chemistry & Biology)
Married: July 6, 1968  Rock Island, Illinois
Commissioned USN
January 12, 1968 Pensacola, Florida
Naval Aviator Wings Received
April 10, 1969  Corpus Christi, Texas
Retired USN
August 31,1988 Tokyo, Japan

Military Tours of Duty
VT-3 Whiting Field  Milton, Florida 
Instructor Pilot (Basic Instruments/Radio Instruments)
VP-11   NAS Brunswick, Maine
COMPATWING5   NAS Brunswick, Maine
U.S.S. Midway - CV-141   Yokosuka, Japan
Naval War College   Newport, Rhode Island
VP-4   NAS Barbers Point Hawaii
COMPATWINGSPAC NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii
Mutual Defense Assistance Organization (MDAO) 
United States Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Civilian Service
Yamatake Honeywell   Tokyo, Japan
Honeywell Undersea Defense Systems  Hopkins, Minnesota
Aliant Tech Systems   Hopkins, Minnesota
Information Spectrum Inc.   Annandale Virginia
Director, E-2T Programs
Tainan, Taiwan ROC

Medals & Commendations
Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation
(Civil Action Medal, 1st Class Color with Palm)
Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation
Strike/Flight Air Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Aviation Safety Award DTD 20Oct70
Commendation for Achievement in Aviation Safety 
DTD 09Feb71
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Letter of Commendation 
from Commander Patrol Wing Five DTD 27Apr76
Battle Efficiency Ribbon
Navy Expeditionary Medal
Joint Meritorious Service Medal DTD 01Sept88 

in Memory of Jack M. Schmitt
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Donations can be received online 
to the VFW Foundation 
or by mail 
to the VFW Foundation 
406 W. 34th Street, Suite 514 
Kansas City, MO  64111 
Bus. (816) 756-3390 ext. 527 
Fax  (816) 968-2789 
A donor form is available for print out on-line 
for those choosing to mail a donation 

PLEASE NOTE on your donation 
"In memory of Jack M. Schmitt, USN ret. 
For use in Relief and Emergency Funds only."
Money contributed to the VFW Foundation will be 
allocated to the T.C. Selman Fund, which helps 
veterans and their families during times of emergency.

VP-4  NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii

U.S.S. Midway CV-41

Visitation – Demaine Funeral Home
May 6th (Tuesday) 6-8pm
5308 Backlick Road, Springfield VA 22151
Tel: (703) 549-0074; FAX: (703) 658-5123
For on-line map, visit: Springfield Map Locator

Funeral with Full Military Honors 
Arlington National Cemetery
May 7th (Wednesday) 3pm
Please meet at the Administration Gate at 2:30pm
For information and location details, visit:

For overnight lodging in Springfield VA, visit:
Hotel/Motel Listings (brief)
Recommended Hotel: Hilton Springfield

Memorial Service – Kaohsiung
April 3, 2003
Holy Rosary Cathedral
151, Wufu 3rd Road
Lingya District. Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Officiated by Father Bruno Ciceri
Eulogy: Colonel Fang - ROCAF 
& Mr. John Lloyd - F-16 Program
Violoa: Farid Gazizova
Clarinet: Agnes Shih
Piano: Chuang Kai-ti
Vocalist: Lin Show-shiung
"Death be not proud" read by Verena Heslop
Ushers: Charlie Midgely, Dermot Morris, Brad Loghrin

Irish Wake (following Kaohsiung Memorial)
April 3, 2003
Pig & Whistle British Pub
199, Szuwei 4th Road
Lingya District, Kaohsiung. Taiwan
Hosted courtesy of: Jennifer Huang & Tim Clarke

E2T at Mount Jade, Taiwan
Watercolor by Janice Johnson

Jack's family extends a sincere note of thanks for your thoughts, prayers and kindness offered at this difficult time.

Correspondence to Jack’s family can be mailed to:
1320  Queen Anne Avenue, Unit #6
Seattle, Washington 98109.  U.S.A.

Email messages to Jack's family can be sent to:

Karen Schmitt  (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

Kathrine (Schmitt) Simon  (Plymouth, Minnesota)

Brandon Schmitt  (Taichung, Taiwan)

Nicholas Schmitt  (Seattle, Washington)