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Name: Karl John Schoen
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Karl John Schoen
Country: United States
Rank: First Lieutenant
Service: United States Air Service
Units: 139th Aero
Victories: 7
Born: 20 October 1894
Place of Birth: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Died: 29 October 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Damvillers, France
Cemetery: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France
Plot B Row 38 Grave 09 Image
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.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 18 Sep 1918 1610 139th SPAD XIII Pfalz D.III 1 Pagny-sur-Moselle
2 18 Sep 1918 1610 139th SPAD XIII Pfalz D.III 1 Pagny-sur-Moselle
3 26 Sep 1918 1140 139th SPAD XIII DFW C 2 Bois de Consenvoye
4 10 Oct 1918 1200 139th SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII 3 Andevanne
5 22 Oct 1918 0745 139th SPAD XIII Hannover CL 4 Bayonville
6 29 Oct 1918 1520 139th SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII 5 Damvillers
7 29 Oct 1918 1520 139th SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII 5 Damvillers

1 Shared with Lt H A Garvie, Lt Robert Lindsay, Lt G V Moy, Lt John Owens, Lt Wendel Robertson, Lt R D Shelby
2 Shared with Lt S J DeFrance, Lt H A Garvie, Lt L H Germer, Lt John Owens, Lt H R Sumner
3 Shared with Lt R L Maughan
4 Shared with Lt L H Germer, Lt Robert Lindsay
5 Shared with Lt Harold George, Lt Edward Haight
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