Following completion of culinary school and an internship with a private chef in 2002, William Schuth put down his chef's knife, hung up his toque, and enlisted as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps. In February 2004 he augmented Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines on their deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. In November 2005 William was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal by the Secretary of the Navy for demonstrating "a level of initiative and technical expertise far surpassing that of a Marine of his grade" during the initial fielding of the M777 Lightweight 155MM Howitzer. William left the Marine Corps after his enlistment to continue his education, completing a BA in History and a certificate in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at UW-Madison. Returning to Madison as a graduate student, William now studies United States military history and American civil-military relations. His research interests revolve around the history of civil-military relations in Madison from World War I to Vietnam. William is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, UW-Madison Vets for Vets, Student Veterans of America, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and the 396th Chairborne Badgers.
William Schuth is a teaching assistant this fall for ILS 275.