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.”