Lieutenant General August Schomburg was born in Colorado on July 3, 1908 and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1931.
He commanded a detachment in Manitoba, Canada, which tested the effects of cold weather on arms, munitions, vehicles, lubricants, armor, and fire control instruments. His efforts reaped great rewards during the winter months of World War II. He also worked with captured enemy equipment and incorporated many changes into the Army’s Specialized Training Program to allow for a smooth transition for European units redeploying to the Pacific.
As commander of the U.S. Army Ordnance Missile Command, he orchestrated and negotiated the transfer of the Army's space program to the National Aeronautics and Space Agency. He was in direct charge of the NIKE-ZEUS antimissile missile and the highly mobile PERSHING field ballistic missile. He deployed missile forces in Europe along a 3,000-mile line from Norway to Turkey.
After the Army dissolved the technical services in 1962, he organized the Army Supply and Maintenance Command and has the distinction of being its first commanding general. General Schomburg retired in 1967 and died on January 14, 1972.