Gerlot W. Schmidt (1914-1976) 

Gerlot W. Schmidt was born in Charlottenburg, Germany on May 3, 1914. When he was nine years old, his family immigrated to Bergen, New Jersey. In addition to their work maintaining a boarding house, his mother and father were a painter and sculptor, respectively. Following his graduation from high school, Schmidt worked as a waiter on dozens of passenger ships traveling across the Atlantic from New York to his native Germany.


Schmidt trained as an aircraft mechanic before enlisting in the U.S. Army in April 1942. He joined the MFAA in July 1945 as an Intelligence Specialist. Schmidt also assisted with operations at the Munich Central Collecting Point, the central clearing house for hundreds of thousands of works of art and other cultural objects stolen by the Nazis.


Schmidt was discharged from the U.S. Army in November 1945 and returned to New Jersey, where he died on July 11, 1976.  


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