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Dietrich A. Schmieman




07/10/2017, MISSISSIPPI, U.S.A.

SGT Dietrich A. Schmieman was born on January 9, 1991. He grew up in Richland, WA with his two brothers, Aaron and Hans. He attended Christ the King Catholic School, Hanford High School, and then Columbia Basin College.

In 2010, he made the decision to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. It was his goal to serve within Special Operations Command. During the time of his service, he earned 14 awards and decorations, including several Achievement Medals, Good Conduct Medals, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He completed two overseas deployments serving our nation during Operation Enduring Freedom. He achieved his goal, serving as a Critical Skills Operator in the U.S. Marine Corps.

SGT Dietrich A. Schmieman lost his life in a cargo plane crash in Mississippi on July 10, 2017.

By all accounts, he was a loyal and loving friend.

A verse from the Bible that was important to SGT Schmieman was Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

In the spirit of that passage, we remember the noble sacrifice of Dietrich Schmieman and those who lost their lives with him. We remember that he was faithful in friendship and in service to our country. He truly lived up to the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis.

Public Law No: 115-292 (12/06/2018)

Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4801 West Van Giesen Street in West Richland, Washington, as the “Sergeant Dietrich Schmieman Post Office Building.”


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