Specialist 1st Class, Justin B. Schmidt, 23, of Bradenton, died April 29, 2004, while serving his country, in Baghdad, Iraq.
His funeral and burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, May 14, at 3 p.m. A local memorial service will be held, Tuesday, May 11, 4 p.m., at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road West in Bradenton.
Justin was born May 13, 1980, at MacDill A.F.B. in Tampa. He was a Protestant. Justin served in the United States Army's 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division. His rank was Specialist 1st Class.
Justin is survived by his brother, Jason R. Schmidt, of Lake Lure, N.C.; father, Victor O. Schmidt, of Lake Lure, N.C.; his mother, Lenore Roberts, of Bagley, Minnesota; his grandparents, Lt. Col. (Ret.), John N. and Jan A. Schmidt, of Bradenton, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Justin's commitment to his fellow soldiers and his country, was second only to his family. His love and laughter will be missed by all who knew him. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind, is not to die.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on May 9, 2004