Oak Leaf Cluster
Raymond L. Schwartz
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3 August 1945, Sgt. Schwartz was awarded the Soldier's Medal
for heroism in the aftermath of the crash of his aircraft.
The award of that medal was bestowed in General Orders No.
21 of that date. it reads as follows:
RAYMOND L. SCHWARTZ, 60th Bomb Squadron, 39th Bomb Group,
Air Corps, United States Army. For heroism on an island
in the Marianans of 19 May 1945, Sergeant Schwartz was the
Radio Operator on a B-29 aircraft that crashed and burned
on attempting a forced landing. The plane burst into flames
immediately upon impact with the ground; the fires enveloping
three-wing tanks of high-octane gasoline. Shortly thereafter
the gasoline that had spilled onto the ground along the
length of the airplane caught fire, forming a wall of flame
around the aircraft. Badly shaken up and dazed, Sergeant
Schwartz climbed out through the astrodome. Although he
saw the flame mounting higher and was aware that the plane
was likely to explode any minute, he went back to free a
member who was caught in the meshes of a parachute harness.
He saw next a passenger who was hanging face down from a
window and unable to free himself. Immediately, Sgt Schwartz
ran to the man, released his foot and allowed him to escape.
Not until then did he leave the burning aircraft, only to
discover that the Airplane Commander had not yet escaped.
Despite the imminence of the plane's exploding and the warnings
to stay away, he voluntarily returned to the burning aircraft
and aided in getting the Airplane Commander out. Sgt. Schwartz's
outstanding and courageous actions reflect great credit
on himself and the Army Air Forces.
ORDER OF LIEUTEANT GENERAL TWINING
R. K. Taylor
Colonel, Air Corps
Chief Of Staff
and Belva Schwartz
or about 2 July 1945, Ray was assigned TDY to Iwo Jima for
45 days to the 347th Air Service Group to serve as Radio
Operator with another crew escorting P-51's and P-47's to
Japan and back. He flew ten missions in to the eight missions
with Crew 6 for a total of 18
After being discharged in January 1946, he became employed
as telegrapher-clerk with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.
After a series of advancement, Ray rose to Agent and transferred
to the Sales Department where he held a variety of jobs
in various cities between St. Louis, MO. and New Haven,
CT. These included such places as Richmond, VA., Ft. Wayne
and Indianapolis, IN. where he served as District and Division
Sales Manager. The company later became Conrail and in 1976
Ray was appointed manager of Industrial Development in Indianapolis.
After 38 ½ years of service, Ray retired in 1984 and resides
Raymond L. Schwwartz took his Final Flight on 25 May 2010 at the age of 85.