Marine Lance Cpl. John T. Schmidt III of Brookfield died May 11, 2005 in an army hospital in San Antonio of combat injuries he suffered Jan. 30, 2005 in Al Anbar province in Iraq. He was 21 years old.
A U.S. Marine from Connecticut who died last week of wounds received in combat in Iraq will be buried May 25 at Arlington National Cemetery, family members said.
Schmidt was with fellow platoon members in an agricultural building near Fallujah when they came under attack, family members said at the time of his injuries. He suffered severe burns to his face and lungs when a mortar shell ruptured a tank of ammonia.
In an interview with the Danbury News-Times this year, Schmidt's grandfather, Richard Backlund, said his grandson was a "typical teenager" who grew up in Danbury and moved to be with his mother in Florida, where he graduated from high school.
He returned to Connecticut for a year with his mother before surprising his family by telling them he wanted to enlist in the Marines, his grandparents said.
Schmidt had been in Iraq less than two weeks when he was wounded, the News-Times said.
He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Schmidt's unit was attached to 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force.
Schmidt is the 26th military member or civilian from Connecticut killed in Iraq or Afghanistan since March 2002.
This story includes material from the Associated Press.