Svea Margaret Schmidt (1920 - 2009)



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Willamette National Cemetery
Section COL-2 Row 179 Site B,
11800 Se Mt. Scott Boulevard, Portland, Or


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Camas, Clark County, Washington

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Branch of service: Us Army
Rank attained: LT COL
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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1920 - In the year that Svea Margaret Schmidt was born, on November 2, radio station KDKA began broadcasting in Pittsburgh, PA. This was the first commercial radio broadcast in the United States. Westinghouse, a leading manufacturer of radios and the backer of the station, chose the date because of the Presidential election. People liked it because they could hear about the results of the election between Harding and Cox before the morning papers arrived. Four years later, there were 600 commercial stations broadcasting in the U.S.

1927 - When this person was just 7 years old, the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

1928 - At the age of merely 8 years old, Svea was alive when Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

1971 - Svea was 51 years old when in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

1980 - When this person was 60 years old, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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Svea Margaret Schmidt passed away on March 14, 2009 at 88 years of age. No cause of death has been listed. Svea was buried in Willamette National Cemetery Section COL-2 Row 179 Site B, Portland, Or. Svea was born on April 28, 1920. We are unaware of information about Svea's surviving family. We know that Svea Margaret Schmidt had been residing in Camas, Clark County, Washington.


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