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.