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First Lieutenant
Joseph Mayer Schwartz
U. S. Army
Ser. # 01580294

Gold Star Mother
Ellen Kranzthor Schwartz

Courtesy of The 32nd "Red Arrow" Association

First Lieutenant Joseph Mayer "J. M." Schwartz, Quartermaster Corps, U.S. Army, [August 21, 1918 - January 17, 1945] was born to Samuel "Sam" Schwartz [December 26, 1885 - December 17, 1969] and Ellen K. (          ) Schwartz [May 6, 1887 - March 5, 1981] at Eagle Pass, Maverick County, Texas.  He went to public schools at Eagle Pass and then attended Peacock Military Academy in San Antonio, Texas in 1936. Following this he then attended the University of Texas at Austin, Texas graduating in 1940  with a BBA. Returning to Eagle Pass he worked at the U.S. Consulate in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico.  On June 29, 1941 J. M.  married Cecilia Stein from Needville, Texas.  He entered active service in the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas on October 16, 1942 attending OTC at Fort Lee, Virginia Quartermaster Corps. While overseas he was attached to 32nd Quartermaster Company, 32nd Division (the Red Arrow Division), which had participated in the New Guinea and Southern Philippines Campaigns, and would later participate in the Luzon Campaign and the Occupation of Japan.   On January 17, 1945 he died at the 126th General Hospital, Palo, Leyte, Philippine Islands of poliomyelitis.  He was first interred at the United States Armed Forces Cemetery, Tacloban # 2, Leyte, Philippine Islands. At the direction of his father, Sam, his remains were repatriated to the United States in August 1948 and were interred at Temple Mount Sinai Jewish Cemetery, El Paso, Texas.  He was survived by his wife Cecilia, his parents Sam and Ellen, and twin siblings brother Arnold and sister Yolanda.

First Lieutenant Schwartz appears to have been erroneously listed as a Matagorda County casualty. No record of any type concerning him has been located to date in the county.  It appears his home of record should have been Maverick County, Texas.  We are proud to include First Lieutenant Schwartz on our County War Memorial.


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