John Schmitz, was born in the Bronx, New York, on October 12, 1936 and interned, with his family, in the Crystal City, Texas, Internment Camp between January 1943 and July 1946. He was interviewed at the Institute of Texas Culture, University of Texas San Antonio on November 11, 2002. Mr. Schmitz served in the United States Marine Corp (1959-63) and is retired from the Engineering Department of Eastern Airlines. He currently resides in South Carolina. His family experiences are detailed in our Real People section. (This interview was originally posted on the U.S. Family Internment Camp, Crystal City, TX Facebook page by Werner Ulrich, also a former internee, who oversees the site and gave us permission to link to it.)