Ed Schimidt, what a gentleman.I had fortune to meet him at the Elgin club for the Topeka race. Two month's later I get a call from him that he has one of my bird's. He gave me the band number .I told him I'd like to get the bird back.We made arrangment's.Dear Pigeon Fanciers,
I thought you may find this news story on Ed Schmidt of interest. Ed Schmidt was a WWII veteran from the "Fighting 279th Pigeoneers". Ed will be featured in my upcoming documentary film to be released in 2010.
Below is an excerpt from "Bird In Hand", written by Charity Bonner, The Courier News, Elgin, Illinois.
"Schmidt, 91, has spent all his adult life in Elgin except for the five years he was in the Philippines training homing pigeons to carry classified messages about enemy movements to different U.S. camps during World War II. The tactic was especially useful in the Pacific Islands, where the mountains kept radio signals from carrying very far. He still has several of the tiny 1-inch-long aluminum carriers the trainers would use to attach to the pigeons' legs." Click Here To Read Entire Article
The next weekend I went down to his place.I was somewhat embarassed that I had lost a bird so close to home. Ed,being himself reasured me.'thing's happen.' We sat in his loft for near on an hour, talking about the bird's.
He knew I was young to the sport,but he did'nt let his knowlegde of the sport overwhelm me.
I learn't more from my hour with Mr Schimidt, than a hundred seminar's.
God Bless you Ed.