Delaware Military History

Colonel George J. Schulz
Commanding Officer of the 198th Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft)  
Delaware National Guard

Colonel George Schulz formerly of Wilmington, served with the
Delaware National Guard on the
Mexican Border in 1916.  He also served with the 59th Pioneer Infantry Regiment in France during
World War I.  He served continuously with the National Guard Regiment which later became the
198th Coast Artillery or in the active Army until his retirement in November 1946 at the rank of
Brigadier General.

He became a Colonel and commander of the 198th Coast Artillery in 1932.  Under his command,
the Regiment showed marked progress, especially after the
ROTC unit at the University of
Delaware was transferred from Infantry to Coast Artillery training.  The efficiency of the regiment
was proven in many annual competitions.  It was at the top of the list of regiments when the unit
was federalized in 1940.

The unit was chosen for one of the very first overseas deployments of the war in January 1942 to
February 1943.  Schulz was a awarded the Legion of Merit for leading the force that established
and defended
Bora Bora in the South Pacific during the early days of the war.  He later served as
commandant of the Eastern Branch U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, Green Haven New York adding an
oak leaf cluster to his Legion of Merit. Schulz also served on Mono Island, Treasury Group in
landing operations with New Zealand troops and was made an Honorary Commander of the
Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

He was congratulated by Governor Bacon and awarded the Delaware Conspicuous Service Cross,
later adding a gold star second award.

Schulz said of his Regiment: “Their success as individuals and the success of the organization was
outstanding.  Never, to my knowledge, from September 16, 1940 the date of inducting the
Regiment, to February 29, 1944, the last day of the Regiment, was an adverse report received from
any inspecting officer or authority.”