Military Monday — Edward “Red” Schoudel

Here’s our military man this week!!  Edward “Red” Schoudel, he was very funny and sweet. What an important part in helping us win World War II, and we all so appreciate that. This is from an original news clipping I found in my grandmother’s things – in mint shape as if it was just clipped yesterday. He was the brother of my grandmother, Madeline Schoudel Bass.

Uncle Eddie was born on July 28, 1918 in Waterloo, Indiana to Edward Ambrose Schoudel and Victoria Margaretha Winarski. According to this clipping (date unknown), he enlisted in the Army on July 14, 1941 and was somewhere in Northern Ireland at that time.

My cousin told me her father landed on Utah Beach. He was injured in France and had shrapnel in his back for the rest of his life and doctors could not remove it because it was too close to the spine – something I never ever knew!

I did some further digging on Ancestry and found his draft card – he registered for the draft on October 16, 1940 when he was only 22 years old. At that time he was single and living in Chicago, working as a salesman at the Art Cream Whip Company, Inc. 

After the war, my Uncle Eddie married my Aunt Eileen (Eileen Veronica Thullen), who was born on April 21, 1923. They were married until he passed away on May 11, 1993.

Thank you so much Uncle Eddie for your very brave service to our country!!

Military Monday – Revolutionary War: John Conner

Revolutionary War pension files are a treasure trove of information. However, the handwriting can be difficult to decipher. But instead of showing a photo from that, this is a confirmation letter for a later family member trying to very military information on John Conner. The letter confirms that John Conner was a private during the Revolutionary War in the 4th Regiment of the Massachusetts line, commanded by Colonel Shepard. John entered the war in the spring of 1777 until being discharged in May or June of 1773. According to the Revolutionary War blog at, Massachusetts line troops were involved in most of the major battles north of the Chesapeake Bay. The battles he would have been a part of were the Battle of Saratoga, the Battle of Monmouth, and the Battle of Rhode Island.

John Conner was the father of Samuel Conner. Samuel married Lydia, and they had two children, Charles and Lydia. Charles married Mary Dorwart and they had eight children, one of whom was Charles W. Conner. He married Anna Schadel, and one of their children, Bertha Conner, was my great-grandmother on my mother’s side.