- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Unteroffizier (Junior Sergeant)
- Gruppenführer 3./Pionier-Bataillon 198 / 98. Infanterie-Division
- Awarded on:
- January 26th, 1944
Awarded for actions near Kerch. When the Soviets succeeded in capturing a commanding hilltop, thereby creating a critical situation, Feldwebel der Reserve Schmied assembled a handful of Pioneers and launched a counterattack on his own initiative. This succeeded in driving the enemy off the hill, and provided the German side with a much needed tactical victory. Schmied himself was heavily wounded during the battle.