WAYNE THOMAS SCHUMACHER
SSGT - E6 - Army -
11th Armored Cavalry
21 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Sep 29, 1945
From BUFFALO, MINNESOTA
Length of service 4 years.
His tour of duty began on Aug 23, 1966
Casualty was on Jun 19, 1967
in PHUOC TUY, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
Body was recovered
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Gary Peterson remembers Wayne Thomas Schumacher
December 30, 2004
Title: Fellow Squad Leader
Posted By: Gary Peterson
Relationship: Good Friend
Wayne and I were good friends in Ft. Meade and Viet Nam. We were both good friends of
Walter Simpson and it is truly sad that both are gone. I miss these friends.
Chuck Burr remembers Wayne Thomas Schumacher
July 25, 2003
Title: He got in harms way
Posted By: Chuck Burr
Wayne was not only a great soldier but a super human being. He had signed on to extend his
tour for an additional 6 months and was scheduled to take his 30 day leave. Captain
Hoffman asked him to wait a couple of weeks before he took the leave, unfortunately during
these two weeks Wayne, the leader of the patrol that saved many causalities by alerting
the company perimeter of the oncoming attack by what has been estimated of up to 5000 of
the enemy soldiers.
Gerald Bright remembers Wayne Thomas Schumacher
January 1, 2003
Title: "Survivor Of Firefight"
Posted By: Gerald Bright
THE FIRST TIME I MET SGT.SCHUMACHER, HE TOOK ME OUT TO SET UP TRIP FLARES,THE
SECOND TIME WAS WHEN HE WAS IN CHARGE OF SANDBAG DETAIL,HE WORKED HARDER THAN ANYBODY
ELSE.I REMEMBER HIM REINLISTING A DAY OR TWO BEFORE HE WAS KILLED.HE VOLUNTEERED TO TAKE
THE AMBUSH PATROL OUT,HE WENT AROUND AND PICKED ONE OR TWO PEOPLE OFF EACH TRACK.I WAS ONE
OF THE 10 MAN PATROL,MY BUDDY "BIRDMAN"RUSSELL FILIBERTI WAS THE RADIO MAN.
AFTER SETTING UP OUR POSITION,A SMALL CIRCLE,SGT.SCHUMACHER AND BIRDMAN WAS IN THE
CENTER.SOMETIME AROUND MIDNIGHT,WE HEARD MOVEMENT TO OUR FRONT,SCHU HAD INFRA RED SCOPE
AND SAID THERE WAS WATER BUFFALO MOVING TOWARD OUR POSITION,HE RADIOED TO HDQS AND ASKED
IF WE COULD RECON BY FIRE . HE WAS TOLD TO HOLD OUR POSITION UNTIL THEY GAVE THE
ORDER.WITHIN A FEW MINUTES,THE BUFFALO STARTED TO CHARGE, WE HAD NO CHOICE BUT SCARE THEM
OFF,BY THEN GRENADES STARTED TO FALL,I THINK THE FIRST ONE LANDED IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR
CIRCLE KILLING SCHU AND BIRDMAN.EVERYBODY WAS FIRING AND THROWING HAND GRENADES BY
THEN,AFTER A WHILE,WHICH SEEM LIKE FOREVER THINGS STARTED TO SLOW DOWN A LITTLE, I HAD A
M-60 AND WHILE TRYING TO RELOAD,A GRENADE FRAGMENT HIT MY RIGHT HAND RENDERING IT
USELESS,I ASK BLAINE LANDERS IF HE COULD HELP ME BUT SAID HE WAS HURT TO BAD .THERE WAS NO
OTHER MOVEMENT IN OUR POSITION, I THOUGHT EVERYBODY WAS DEAD,SO ME AND BLAINE PLAYED DEAD.
THE VC CAME UP AND TOOK OUR WEAPONS AND CONTINUED TOWARD THE MAIN PERIMETER.WHEN THE
GUNSHIPS CAME THEY PULLED BACK ACROSS OUR POSITION. WHEN BLAINE AND I HEARD THE TRACKS WE
STARTED TO CRAWL TOWARD THEM. HE SAID HE THOUGHT HIS LEGS WERE BLOWED OFF. I FOUND OUT
LATER HE HAD BLED TO DEATH. I WAS HIT IN THE LEFT LEG,BACK,BUTT AND RIGHT HAND.I HAVE YET
TO FIND OUT WHO THE OTHER TWO SURVIVORS ARE.
Kenneth M. Gay remembers Wayne Thomas
April 06, 2002
Title: "One Of A Kind"
Posted By: Kenneth M. Gay
I first met Shu when I joined the Black Horse in Vietnam. He was a fine soldier and
a fine man. Everyone looked up to him, respected and loved him. I was deeply
grieved at the loss of this fine friend. I will never forget him or the things he
did for us.
Paul M. Pillow remembers Wayne Thomas
Date: June 8, 2001
Title: Don't Want To Join K Troop
Posted By: Paul M. Pillow
I first met Sgt. Wayne at Ft.Meade, MD as a recent joinee to the Cav on 10 May 66.
Along with Sgt. David Wright, M Co. Pvt. Paul Lehnard of 3 How and I would form work
details until we could join up with our unit at Camp A.P. Hill. We all found that we
enjoyed each others company despite the rank differences. Wayne would always ask me to
join him in his squad, but I would always tell him my MOS was artillery, not grunt. I was
wounded the night Wayne died but did not find that out until I joined the 11thACVVC in
August 1988. I miss Wayne as a brother and would like to hear from any others who knew him
or served with him.
Bernard M. 'Chet' Huntley remembers Wayne
May 5, 2002
Title: "My Old Roomie"
Posted By: Bernard M 'Chet' Huntley
Relationship: Fellow K Trooper
I first met Wayne at A.P.Hill. He was in 2nd Plt. and I was in 3rd Plt. We roomed
together before shipping over to Vietnam. He had taken out an ambush patrol the
night of the 19th. He reported movement shortly before the lagger was hit by a
ground attack. When the VC pulled out, they overran the ambush and all were killed
or wounded. I got to say goodbye to him that morning, before his body was flown out.
He had extended for 6 months and was to go on leave on the 21st. His death
was a loss that I still feel today.