Jack Jay Schwartz – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

Jack Jay Schwartz
March 19, 1922 – February 21, 2001

Columbus, Georgia: Lieutenant Colonel Jack Jay Schwartz, 78, U.S Army Retired of Columbus, Georgia, died Wednesday, February 21, 2001.

Graveside funeral services with military honors will be at 1:00 pm, Friday, March 2, 2001 in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virignia, according to Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Macon Road, Columbus. The family will receive friends Sunday, February 25, 2001 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Columbus, Georgia.

Colonel Schwartz was born March 19, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of the late Samuel and Miriam Stein Schwartz. He retired from the Army after 28 years of service and was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Military awards include the Legion of Merit.

He retired to Athens Georgia, with his wife Myrtle in 1973. Colonel Schwartz was a member of the Athens Country Club, the Athens Area Retired Officers Association, the National Retired Officers Association, the Army Transportation Museum, and the Pillar Society, ARH.

Survivors include his son, Thomas Schwartz of Columbus, Georgia; grandchildren, Melanie Hall and Jay Schwartz; one great-grandson, Spencer Hall; two sisters, Alice Lewis of Connecticut, and Lillian Gattico of Gibbsboro, New Jersey.

From his son Colonel (Retired) Tom Schwartz:

Everything went great at Arlington. Dad went out in style. He rode his final stretch on the horse drawn caisson and had full honors. The great part was that old friends were there to say farewell.

Bill Mantooth, George Dellinger, Sam Bass, Ed Fucella, and Mike Fillmore represented the 519th with stories of life in the battalion. Lieutenant Generals Retired Ross Thompson and John Bruen also came to say goodbye. They went back to the early fifties with Dad.

We can be very proud of the fine job done by the staff at Arlington. They are just super people at helping when you are at your lowest point. Tom

My sympathy is with the family. My prayers are with the family. – Galen Slater – Twin Falls, Idaho.

Dear Truckmaster :

My purpose today is two fold:

The Bad news. Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Jack J. Schwartz passed away. He was our (519th) Bn Commander from December 1967 to November 1968. He passed away on February 21 (Wednesday) 2001 in Columbus, Georgia. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery (Washington DC) on Friday March 2, 2001.

Please contact his son Colonel (retired) Tom Schwartz by writing him at his e-mail address : [email protected]

To get me enrolled in our 519th Trans Bn. web site. I am Jose L. Benavides, in those days, a young 2LT, TC. fresh out of ROTC and the Univ of PR, receiving my first overseas assignment into the 519th on Dec 67 to Nov 68.

Colonel Schwartz beat my arrival for a couple of days and we left together the same day. I was initially assigned as a Platoon Leafder in the 291st. My initial time was spent in Camp Friendship, Korat. I did some of the Convoy runs between Korat and NKP (Nakhon Phanom) with an overnight stop at our Khon Kaen site.

After a while I was detached from the 291st Co HQ site in Korat to support the 809th Engr BN (still a member of the 519th) located in the middle of nowhere in Phanom Sarakham. The 260th was in that same post. It is my understanding that the 519th originally arrived in Phanom Sarakham and later moved to Korat and again moved to Phanom Sarakham.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 03/20/1940 – 12/31/1973
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 03/19/1922
  • DATE OF DEATH: 02/21/2001
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 03/02/2001

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