Schultz, Steven Owen, HM3

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Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Last Primary Designator/NEC
HM-8404-Medical Field Service Technician/FMF Combat Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1965-1966, HM-8404, 1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/1)
Service Years
1963 - 1966
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Not Specified
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Casualty Date
Jul 23, 1966
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Quang Tri
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
New Calvary Cemetery - Cloquet, Minnesota
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09E 063

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Steven Owen Schultz, it seems, was born "a little old man." Steven had a brother, Jon, who was 13 months older than Steven, but Jon died in 1944, at age four, of rheumatic fever. They were very close, and the loss to Steve was so intense, he didn't want to go to church with us because "Jesus took Jonny away and never brought him back." This discernment at age three showed a great sensitivity in him toward other people. He was a quiet, peaceful person.

Steve's father John had been drafted in 1943, so was in Farragut, Iowa during the time of Jon's illness and death. It was a matter of six weeks from diagnosis to death. My husband was allowed to come home for three days on a train, and the commander at the time would not let John stay the day. Jon was dying. Steve stayed with my mother. The situation must have been very traumatic for him. John had to leave for Farragut the day of the funeral, so Steve and I were left as support to each other; John, with no support. Fortunately, I am the oldest of 11 children, so my younger siblings really were a help to Steven. He seemed to adjust very well and was a model student and son. His cousins held him in high esteem, and still remember him kindly.

From 1945 to 1956, we moved six times. He was a sophomore in high school, and adjusted very well in school and in making friends.

Steven attended St. John's in Collegeville for one year. He had worked in the summer, and saved his own money working in the paper mill here. As a youth, he had been a paper carrier. When we moved to International falls, he was a cleaner and ticket collector at the theater. He was conscientious in all these efforts and was well-liked. In the summer after he attended St. John's, he told me he was going to take his money and go to Europe. He felt if he didn't go, then he'd probably marry and never go. I felt that he was very mature for his age, so I agreed with him.
Steven left in October for Europe. He went to England, Ireland and Scotland, then to Belgium, Denmark, Holland, and Austria. I had two pen pals in Europe, so he contacted them, and the girl pen pal and her husband took Steven all over Paris. I had a brother in the Air Force, who was stationed in the Chatellerault area, so Steven went there several times, then on to Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal. He had a wonderful trip.

In the U.S., however, I was subject to the draft, and had to be nearby. Steven felt the Vietnam was was unjust, and one we should not be involved in. He could have walked to Canada to avoid the draft, but was too patriotic to break the laws of our country. Therefore, he decided to enlist in the Navy. He did very well in the Corpsmen School; I think he was one of the two highest graduates in his class.
When home on leave, Steven had applied at St. Luke's School of Nursing in Duluth, and had been accepted. With less than one year left in the Navy, he was sent to Vietnam, and was attached to the Marines. He never had an R&R. Had he been given that time to complete his tour of duty, he would have been home and not been ambushed.

Steven is the holder of the Silver Star, the Vietnam Military Merit Medal, the Gallantry Cross with Palm, a U.S. Service Medal, and two Purple Hearts.

Roseanna M. Schultz and John C. Schultz, parents of Steven Schultz

From "The Faces Behind the Names," by Don Ward

Silver Star

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Hospital Corpsman Third Class Steven Owen Schultz (NSN: 5990956), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy while serving as a Corpsman attached to Headquarters and Service Company, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in Quang Tri Province during Operation HASTINGS. When the platoon column of the First Platoon, Company C, of which he was a member, was ambushed by a North Vietnamese Company of an estimated 200 men firing machine guns and automatic weapons from concealed positions and was pinned down by the heavy enemy fire, Petty Officer Schultz unhesitatingly moved from his covered position, exposing himself to the intense fire to render medical aid to the wounded Marines. While treating his eighth wounded man, he was mortally wounded by fragments from an exploding shell. By his courageous actions, he enabled eight Marines to receive prompt medical aid at a time which was extremely critical. Petty Officer Schultz's valiant and selfless efforts in the face of overwhelming enemy fire was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: All Hands (November 1967)

Action Date: July 23, 1966

Service: Navy

Rank: Hospital Corpsman Third Class

Company: Corpsman (Attached), Company C

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 1st Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)

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