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Honor Mission
Andrew James Schmitz, KIA
Richmond, Virginia – 03-06-20


Andrew James Schmitz was born on November 25, 1919.  According to records, Virginia was his home or enlistment state and Henrico County included within the archival record.  He had enlisted in the Navy in 1933 at 18 years old.  He was serving prior to World War II.  He had obtained the rank of Fireman First Class. Served aboard the USS Oklahoma and was declared dead on December 7, 1941.  Recorded circumstances attributed to: “Missing in action or lost at sea”.  Incident location: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  His awards; Purple Heart; Combat Action Ribbon; World War II Victory Medal; American Campaign Medal; Navy Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Good Conduct Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; and Navy Expeditionary Medal.  Andrew James Schmitz was buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.  This is an American Battle Monuments Commission location.  Through DNA his remains have been identified and after 79 years, he is finally coming home to his loved ones that are still remaining.

Staging: 9:45 AM

3801 Augusta Ave
Richmond, Virginia 23230

Ride Captains:

Brian Collings
Melanie Spangler
Bobby Lipes

Special Instructions:

Make sure your large bike flags are capable of withstanding highway speeds.
Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 03-06-20
Staging: 11:00 AM

Amelia, (admin office parking lot)
10300 Pridesville Rd
Amelia, Virginia 23002

Ride Captains:

Hugh Horne
Jim McGinley
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Jim McGinley
Position: Virginia Assistant State Captain

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  1. May the Lord hold the remaining family and friends of Andrew James Schmitz in His arms and bless them with His grace during the return of their loved one. PO1 Schmitz, thank you for your honorable and dedicated service to this country and our freedoms. May you now and forever Rest In Peace.

    With gratitude, deepest respect and heartfelt sympathy,

    Becca “Lady Harley” Landick
    Patriot Guard Riders
    Virginia State Captain

  2. We have the same Birthday, only 44-years apart. “Eternal Rest Grant unto Him, Oh Lord; and let Perpetual Light Shine upon Him.”

  3. To the family of Petty Officer First Class Schmitz, please accept my condolences and joy that your loved one has come home.

    RIP – Warrior – Brother

    Mike “Handlebar” Nugent
    USN – Ret
    VAPG – D5 – SR. Ride Captain

  4. Married to Laurence r Miller son of Eunice miller and nephew of Andrew Schmitz.i only knew his mother for about ten years , but she talked about her brother all the time. Larry has a son Andrew and I believe he was named after him.

  5. My deepest condolence to the family and friend’s of a true hero. May he rest in peace knowing “We have the Watch”!

    Robert L Sexton
    Virginia District 5 Ride Captain
    SK1(SW) USN (Ret)

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