Scope and Contents
This collection includes a handwritten letter from Karl John Schoen to his brother, Joe Schoen, on October 28 regarding family news and flying against the German aviators, biographical information about Karl Schoen, several newspaper clippings about Karl Schoen and other American aviators during World War I, and a CD-ROM with a digital copy of a photograph of Effie May Schoen at Karl Schoen's gravesite in France as well as a photocopied version of the photograph.
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This collection is open for research.
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Karl John Schoen was born on October 20, 1894 to John, tailor and president of Schoen Brothers Cleaners, and Effie M. (Johnston) Schoen in Indianapolis, Indiana. Schoen graduated from Manual Training High School in 1913, and attended Purdue University with his brothers. In 1917, he married Maurene Luft, and joined the Purdue Unit at the first Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Benjamin Harrison. Schoen served as a 1st lieutenant and World War I flying ace, credited with seven aerial victories while flying a Spad XIII for the United States Army Air Service during World War I. He perished when his plane was shot down on October 29, 1918, leaving behind his widow, Maurine, and a 10-month-old daughter. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1919.
Franks, Norman, and Harry Dempsey.American Aces of World War I. Oxford: Osprey Aviation, 2001.
Indianapolis Star, November 27, 1918.
The Aerodrome. "Karl Schoen." Accessed February 8, 2016. http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/usa/schoen.php.
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