SCHMOLKE, CECELIA ANNA, Second Lieutenant, # N-775344, U.S. Army Nursing Corps

 

Cecilia A. Schmolke was born on 15 November 1920 in Minnesota to John Meinred Schmolke (1887-1971) and Pauline Tekla (Beka) Scmolke (1890-1990). Siblings included Father Joel Schmolke, OFM (1912-1985), Sister Mary Thomasine Schmolke, OSF (1914-2003), Jerome Francis Schmolke (1918-2015), Celestine Valintine Schmolke (1923-2011), Margaret Agatha Schmolke (1925-    ), Helen Schmolke, and morer. In 1940, she was a nursing student at the St. Francis Hospital, Breckenridge, Wilkin Co., Minnesota.

 

She volunteered for the Nursing Corps on 2 March 1943. She was sent overseas to be assigned to the 472nd General Hospital. A cousin, Steve Mueller, U.S. Marine Corps, stopped on a Pacific island where 2ndLt Cecelia Scmolke’s unit was stationed and they got to visit before his unit sailed north. On 4 March 1945, a C-47, # 41-18554, assigned to 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a passenger ferry mission to Ledo, India. On attempting to land, it made a low turn and crashed. All aboard were killed. She was a passenger on board. Her remains were recovered from the American military airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, and buried in the Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Buckman, Minnesota.

 

Her cousin (an aunt’s nephew), Steve John Mueller, born 1 July 1920 near Buckman, Minnesota, to Mathias (1879-1961) and Anna (Beka) Mueller (1885-1977), enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on 13 April 1942 and served with the 1st Marine Division, a Sergeant, in the South Pacific until his Honorable Discharge on 12 April 1946. He died on 30 June 2002 and is buried in the Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Buckman, Minnesota. A brother, Edward J. Mueller, born 30 January 1913, died 6 July 1982 and is buried in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Sec. W, Grave 3049). A third brother, Joseph Mathias Mueller, born 13 August 1917, died 4 January 2003 and is buried in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota. A fourth brother, Gerald Joseph Mueller, born 31 March 1930, served in the U.S. Army, a Sergeant, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, Battery D, during the Korean War, was captured by the enemy (Chinese People’s Volunteer Force) near Hoensong, South Korea, on 13 February 1951. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the POW Medal and other awards. He has been since accounted for, according to the Defense POW/MIA Acct. Agency, 14 August 2017.