Special Agent Harry Jerome Schanz was born June 28, 1936, in Detroit, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1954 to 1958 before graduating from Marquette University in 1962 with a bachelor of arts in Spanish. For a short time after graduation, he taught Spanish and worked at the Schlitz Brewery.
In 1963, Harry joined the Office of Naval Intelligence as a Special Agent. He spent eight years in his first assignment at the Resident Agency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before he was appointed Acting Senior Resident Agent in 1971. Harry transferred to the Resident Agency in Yokosuka, Japan, which required him to travel to the Philippines; eventually, he became the Special Agent Afloat aboard USS Saratoga (CV 60). On October 29, 1972, a flash fire broke out in the main machinery room while the Saratoga was anchored offshore in Singapore Harbor. Harry and two Sailors died from smoke inhalation.
Harry, an avid baseball and Green Bay Packers fan, enjoyed socializing and valued his family’s traditions. He is remembered as a highly motivated and dedicated Special Agent with a record full of commendations and a reputation for outstanding performance.
Special Agent Schanz’s name is engraved on panel 23-E, line 10, at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.