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News — Werner E. Schmiedel

Werner Schmiedel

Kudos to David Venditta, Content Editor, The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania for finding this photograph of Werner E. Schmiedel at the National Archives in St. Louis.

Schmiedel, also known as “Robert Lane,” was the leader of the “Lane Gang” that terrorized Italian shopkeepers and travelers in 1944.

Schmiedel’s crime spree began on September 2, 1944, when he was confined at the Disciplinary Training Stockade near Aversa, Italy.  A white soldier born in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania, he escaped and made his way through war-torn Italy to Sparanise, twenty miles northwest of Naples.  On September 7, he and gang compatriots, Private James W. Adams and Private Anthony Tavolieri robbed an Italian man of 150,000 lire.  The men moved to Formia and robbed two MPs of their pistols and brassards on September 17, 1944.  Later that day, the trio and two other gang members robbed Polish Lieutenant General Wladyslaw Anders’ driver near Capua.

The men then moved to Rome, where on October 10, 1944, they robbed a café and killed a man.  Over the next two weeks, authorities arrested numerous members of the gang around Rome.  Tavolieri died in a confrontation; finally, on November 3, 1944, authorities arrested Werner Schmiedel at “Rocky’s Bar” in Rome. He previously went AWOL from May 20, 1944 to June 2, 1944.  He escaped from the guardhouse on June 13, 1944 and remained at large for three days.  He escaped again on June 21, 1944 and remained absent until June 30, 1944.  On August 19, 1944, a GCM found him guilty of violating the 61st Article of War and sentenced him to twenty years, but Brigadier General Francis H. Oxx reduced the period of confinement to ten years.  In thanks, Schmiedel escaped confinement on September 2, 1944 and his last crime wave began.

After his last crime spree, Schmiedel was convicted by another General Court Martial and sentenced to death.  He was executed by hanging at Aversa, Italy on June 11, 1945. The Army buried Schmiedel at the U.S. Military Cemetery at Naples, the General Prisoner plot, in Grave 2-17.  Exhumed in 1949, Werner Schmiedel is buried at the American Military Cemetery at Oise-Aisne in Plot E.  His remains are in Row 3, Grave 53.

News — Werner E. Schmiedel2015-09-19T19:49:48-06:00

U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, W-Y

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Williams

John

Thursday, March 8, 1917

Orlando, Florida

Thursday, April 19, 1945

La Pernelle, Hameau Scipion, Normandy, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Williams

Olin W.

Friday, September 16, 1921

Elloree, South Carolina

Thursday, March 29, 1945

Le Chene Daniel, Manche, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Wilson

J. P.

Thursday, January 24, 1918

Columbus, Mississippi

Friday, February 2, 1945

Lerouville, Meuse, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Wimberly

Willie Jr.

Saturday, September 21, 1912

Macon, Georgia

Wednesday, November 8, 1944

Seine Disciplinary Training Center, Paris, France

Mortimer H. Christian Hanged

Wray

Robert

Sunday, March 27, 1921

Shelby, North Carolina

Monday, August 20, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Yancy

Waiters

Saturday, February 10, 1945

Bricquebec, Manche, France

John C. Woods Hanged
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U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, T-W

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Valentine

Leo Sr.

Thursday, December 4, 1924

Gastonia, North Carolina

Wednesday, November 29, 1944

Beaunay, Marne, France

Henry L. Peck/Woods Assistant Hanged

Waters

John H.

Sunday, October 1, 1905

Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Thursday, February 10, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Alexander Riley Hanged

Watson

Frank

Saturday, March 3, 1945

La Saussaye, Commune de Bure, Orne, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Watson

Joseph

Texarkana, Texas

Wednesday, November 8, 1944

Seine Disciplinary Training Center, Paris, France

Mortimer H. Christian Hanged

Watson

Ray

Tuesday, August 29, 1944

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

White

Armstead

Monday, August 30, 1943

Termini, Sicily

Joseph V. DePaul Dillon Hanged

White

David

Saturday, July 12, 1919

Shamrock, Florida

Monday, August 30, 1943

Termini, Sicily

Joseph V. DePaul Dillon Hanged

Whitfield

Clarence

Thursday, February 7, 1924

Wrightsville, North Carolina

Monday, August 14, 1944

Canisy, France

Thomas Pierrepoint Hanged
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U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, S-T

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Spears

Charles E.

Friday, May 20, 1910

Zanesville, Ohio

Wednesday, April 19, 1944

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

Spencer

Elwood J.

Thursday, December 4, 1924

Gastonia, North Carolina

Tuesday, January 30, 1945

Fort d’Orange, Citadel, Namur, Belgium

John C. Woods Hanged

Spinks

Mansfield

Friday, November 7, 1924

Chicago, Illinois

Friday, October 19, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Firing Squad Shot

Stroud

Harvey L.

Saturday, March 26, 1921

Merrwell, Georgia

Monday, August 30, 1943

Termini, Sicily

Joseph V. DePaul Dillon Hanged

Taylor

John W.

Mississippi

Tuesday, March 20, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

John W. Daschner, William Vassil, Durey G. Ranck Hanged

Thomas

Madison

Thursday, March 3, 1921

Arnaudville, Louisiana

Thursday, October 12, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint Hanged

Till

Louis

Madrid, Missouri

Monday, July 2, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Three lieutenants Hanged

Twiggs

James W.

Sunday, January 4, 1920

Topeka, Kansas

Monday, January 22, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged
U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, S-T2015-08-28T22:05:03-06:00

U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, S

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Skinner

Robert L.

Tuesday, May 20, 1924

Paris, Tennessee

Saturday, February 10, 1945

Bricquebec, Manche, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Slovik

Eddie

Wednesday, February 18, 1920

Detroit, Michigan

Wednesday, January 31, 1945

Ste. Marie-Aux-Mines, France

Firing Squad Shot

Smalls

Abraham

Monday, October 31, 1910

Adams, Run South Carolina

Tuesday, March 27, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

Smith

George E. Jr.

Saturday, April 14, 1917

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 8, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Herbert Morris Hanged

Smith

John C.

Thursday, September 20, 1917

Bedford County, Virginia

Saturday, March 3, 1945

La Saussaye, Commune de Bure, Orne, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Smith

Willie

Friday, June 30, 1922

Birmingham, Alabama

Friday, August 11, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint Hanged

Smith

Charles H.

Wednesday, October 6, 1909

Salem, Missouri

Monday, September 6, 1943

Oran, Algeria

Arthur S. Imell Hanged

Smith

Harold A.

Thursday, January 4, 1923

LaGrange, Georgia

Friday, June 25, 1943

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint Hanged
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U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, P-S

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Philpot

Henry C.

Friday, June 22, 1917

Redding, California

Monday, September 10, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Pittman

Willie Aron

Monday, August 26, 1918

Campbellton, Florida

Monday, August 30, 1943

Termini, Sicily

Joseph V. DePaul Dillon Hanged

Pygate

Benjamin

Tuesday, February 2, 1909

Dillon, South Carolina

Tuesday, November 28, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Philip J. Flynn (led Firing Squad) Shot

Robinson

Charles M.

Wednesday, April 4, 1923

Houston, Texas

Friday, September 28, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Rollins

Alvin R.

Friday, December 5, 1924

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Thursday, May 31, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Sanders

James B.

Saturday, June 9, 1917

Lockhart, South Carolina

Wednesday, October 25, 1944

Seine Disciplinary Training Center, Paris, France

Mortimer H. Christian/Woods Assistant Hanged

Schmiedel

Werner

Sunday, May 4, 1919

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Monday, June 11, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

Scott

Richard B.

Wednesday, August 23, 1916

Carrolton, Texas

Saturday, November 18, 1944

Fort Du Roule, Cherbourg, France

Mortimer H. Christian Hanged
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U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, M-P

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Miranda

Alex F.

Saturday, July 28, 1923

Santa Ana, California

Tuesday, May 30, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Firing Squad Shot

Nelson

Henry W.

Friday, March 28, 1924

East St. Louis, Illinois

Thursday, July 5, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

Newman

Oscar N.

Friday, July 19, 1918

Macon, Ohio

Wednesday, November 29, 1944

Beaunay, Marne, France

Henry L. Peck/Woods Assistant Hanged

Norris

Clete O.

Friday, March 1, 1918

Palestine, Texas

Thursday, May 31, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Ortiz

Victor

Tuesday, January 6, 1914

Coamo, Puerto Rico

Thursday, June 21, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Parker

Woodrow

Alabama

Monday, October 15, 1945

Les Milles, France (Delta DTC)

Firing Squad Shot

Pearson

Robert L.

Wednesday, May 30, 1923

Mayflower, Arkansas

Saturday, March 17, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Herbert Morris Hanged

Pennyfeather

William D.

Wednesday, July 21, 1920

New York, New York

Saturday, November 18, 1944

Fort Du Roule, Cherbourg, France

Mortimer H. Christian Hanged
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U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, M

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Mack

William

Wednesday, September 21, 1910

St. George, South Carolina

Thursday, February 15, 1945

Plabennec, Finisterre, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Mariano

Blake W.

Tuesday, April 4, 1916

Mariana Lake, New Mexico

Wednesday, October 10, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Martinez

Aniceto

Tuesday, May 30, 1922

Vallecitos, New Mexico

Friday, June 15, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint Hanged

Maxey

Curtis L.

Friday, June 16, 1922

Deatsville, Alabama

Saturday, November 18, 1944

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

McCarter

William J.

Monday, October 22, 1906

Charlotte, North Carolina

Monday, May 28, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

McGann

Theron W.

Saturday, June 25, 1921

Portland, Oregon

Monday, November 20, 1944

St. Lo, Manche, France

Mortimer H. Christian Hanged

McGhee

Shelton Sr.

Monday, May 8, 1916

Holly Springs, Mississippi

Friday, May 4, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

N. G. Neiswender Hanged

McMurray

Fred A.

Wednesday, February 25, 1920

Ruston, Louisiana

Monday, July 2, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Three lieutenants Hanged
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U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, J-M

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Jones

Kinney

Sunday, March 15, 1914

Greenville, South Carolina

Tuesday, March 20, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

John W. Daschner, William Vassil, Durey G. Ranck Hanged

Jones

Cubia

Monday, May 12, 1919

Thomson, Georgia

Saturday, March 17, 1945

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Herbert Morris Hanged

Jones

Edwin P.

Monday, February 16, 1920

Henry County, Kentucky

Wednesday, January 5, 1944

Oran, Algeria

Arthur S. Imell Hanged

Jordan

Charles H.

Saturday, October 9, 1920

Monticello, Georgia

Wednesday, November 22, 1944

Montours, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Unknown Hanged

Kendrick

James E.

Wednesday, March 22, 1922

Picayune, Mississippi

Saturday, July 17, 1943

Oran, Algeria

Unknown Hanged

Kluxdal

Paul M.

Wednesday, July 17, 1907

Merrill, Wisconsin

Tuesday, October 31, 1944

Seine Disciplinary Training Center, Paris, France

Mortimer H. Christian/Woods Assistant Hanged

Leatherberry

J.C.

Thursday, January 19, 1922

Hazelhurst, Mississippi

Tuesday, May 16, 1944

Shepton Mallet Prison, England

Thomas Pierrepoint & Albert Pierrepoint Hanged

Mack

John H.

Wednesday, May 11, 1910

Menlo, Georgia

Tuesday, March 20, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

John W. Daschner, William Vassil, Durey Ranck Hanged
U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, J-M2015-09-08T19:37:59-06:00

U.S. Army Executions in Europe during World War II, H-J

Last Name

First Name

DOB

Place of Birth

Date of Death

Location of Execution

Executioner

Type Execution

Heard

Haze

Wednesday, June 7, 1922

Toccoa, Georgia

Monday, May 21, 1945

Mesnil-Clinchamps, Calvados, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Hendricks

James E.

Sunday, April 29, 1923

Drewry, North Carolina

Friday, November 24, 1944

Chateau La Vallee, Plumaudan, Cotes-du-Nord, France

Mortimer H. Christian Hanged

Holden

Mervin

Friday, October 1, 1920

Robeline, Louisiana

Tuesday, January 30, 1945

Fort d’Orange, Citadel, Namur, Belgium

John C. Woods Hanged

Hopper

Benjamin F.

Friday, August 20, 1920

Hickory, North Carolina

Wednesday, April 11, 1945

Loire Disciplinary Training Center, Le Mans, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Jefferies

Charles H.

Sunday, July 15, 1923

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Thursday, July 5, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

 Unknown Hanged

Johnson

Willie

Sunday, December 25, 1921

Idaville, Oklahoma

Tuesday, June 26, 1945

La Heye Peshnel, France

John C. Woods Hanged

Jones

John T.

Sunday, August 11, 1912

Silvercreek, Mississippi

Thursday, July 5, 1945

PBS Stockade Number 1, Aversa, Italy

Unknown Hanged

Jones

James L.

Thursday, December 12, 1912

Reform, Alabama

Thursday, April 19, 1945

La Pernelle, Hameau Scipion, Normandy, France

John C. Woods Hanged
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