Karl John Schoen,1 the son of John and Effie M. Johnston Schoen (Morgan), attended Purdue University. He enlisted on 22 April 1917 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. Ordered overseas on 28 February 1918, he was assigned to the 139th Aero Squadron and scored 7 victories flying the SPAD XIII. He was killed in combat during the battles of the Meuse-Argonne, shot down just minutes after he scored his last 2 victories. He was survived by his widow, Maurene E. Schoen, and daughter, Virginia Ann.
Schoen Field, the flying field at Fort Benjamin Harrison near Indianapolis, Indiana, was named in honor of Karl Schoen on 7 May 1922.2
1 Incorrectly identified as Karl Joseph Schoen in his DSC citation.
2 "Schoen Aviation Field To Be Dedicated Today," The Indianapolis Star, 7 May 1922
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Karl Joseph Schoen, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ancerville, France, October 10, 1918. While leading a patrol of three machines, Lieutenant Schoen sighted nine enemy planes, Fokker type, and immediately attacked them. Although greatly outnumbered, he destroyed one of the planes and put the others to flight. He was killed in action October 29 and has been officially credited with destroying seven enemy aircraft.