Roger Lee Smith
Specialist 5th, United States Army
Roger Lee Smith was born on March 14, 1947 and joined the Armed Forces while in South Point, Ohio.
He served in the United States Army. In 1 year of service, he attained the rank of SP4/E4. He began a tour of duty on October 3, 1968.
Roger Lee Smith is listed as Missing in Action.
Name: Roger Lee Smith
Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 1998.
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
SYNOPSIS: On October 3, 1968, SP4 Roger L.
Smith was the crew chief aboard a
When Smith's helicopter was flying over an operations area, the aircraft was hit by hostile ground fire, crashed and burned. Of the six aboard, five were recovered, although public record does not indicate whether they survived or were dead. Information allegedly obtained from witnesses indicates that Smith's remains are probably still at the crash site and under the aircraft's transmission. The site was not revisited. A great deal of information relating to this case was still classified as late as May, 1988.
SP4 Roger Smith is listed with honor among the living because his remains were not returned to be buried with honor at home. But, for his family, the case seems clear that he died on that day. That they have no body to bury with honor does not greatly change that fact.
For other who are missing, however, the evidence
leads not to death, but to survival. Since the war ended, nearly 10,000
reports received relating to Americans still missing in Indochina have
convinced many experts that hundreds of men are still alive, waiting for
their country to rescue them. The notion that Americans are dying without
hope in the hands of a long-ago enemy belies the idea that we left Vietnam
with honor. It also signals that tens of thousands of lost lives were a
frivolous waste of our best men.
The name of the American recently accounted
for, previously not announced by
With the accounting for this man, there are
now 2,060 Americans still missing and unaccounted-for from the Vietnam
War. Since the release of US POWs in 1973, the remains of 523 Americans
previously missing in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia have been recovered, identified
and returned to their families. Of the 2,060 still unaccounted for,
over 95% were lost in Vietnam or in areas of Laos and Cambodia under the
control of Vietnamese forces at the time of loss.