SMITH, JOSEPH STANLEY
Remains Identified - June 2017 - see below.

Name: Joseph Stanley Smith
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O1
Unit:
Date of Birth: 07 May 1945
Home City of Record: ASSUMPTION IL
Date of Loss: 04 April 1971
Country of Loss: Cambodia
Loss Coordinates: 123257 North  1051757 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F100D #563120
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1738

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.  2017

REMARKS:

CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/POSTHUMOUS PROMOTION

No further information available at this time.

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Library of Congress files:

Cambodia: IIR EVALUATION 6024034193; 6024040693; 6024044893
Country: Cambodia

Name: JOSEPH S. SMITH

Subjects: KAMPONG THUM PROVINCE; Aircraft downed; Killed

Reel: 201

Page: 42

Type of Document: Message

Date of Report: 93 04 08

Date of Information: 71 04 04

Document Number: 081500ZAPR93

Originator: DIA

Category: Casualty files

Cambodia: LETTER TO NEXT OF KIN: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Country: Cambodia

Name: JOSEPH S. SMITH

Subjects: KAMPONG THUM PROVINCE; Aircraft downed; Crash site; Grave site;
Remains

Reel: 201

Page: 33-34

Type of Document: Letter

Date of Report: 91 12 26

Date of Information: 71 04 04

Originator: USAF

Category: Casualty files

Cambodia: NARRATIVE, PHOTOGRAPHS, BIOGRAPHIC/SITE REPORT, JTFFA ACTIVITY
SUMMARY, CRASH SITE DATA SHEET
Country: Cambodia

Name: JOSEPH S. SMITH

Subjects: KAMPONG THUM PROVINCE; Aircraft downed; Crash site; Grave site;
Remains; Killed

Reel: 201

Page: 1-9

Type of Document: Miscellaneous

Date of Report: 00 00 00

Date of Information: 71 04 04

Originator: USAF

Category: Casualty files

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Airman Missing From Vietnam War Identified (Smith, J.)

By | June 03, 2017

U.S. Air Force Reserve Capt. Joseph Smith has now been accounted for.

On April 4, 1971, Smith was the pilot of a single-seat F-100D aircraft as the leader in a flight of two aircraft on a combat mission over Cambodia.
While making a pass over the target, the pilot of the other aircraft noted white vapor streaming from the left wing of Smith's aircraft. Smith's aircraft
crashed a half mile from the target. The other pilot reported that he did not see any ejection from Smith's aircraft and no beepers were heard. The
following day, an aerial search revealed aircraft wreckage over a large area, however no remains were observed. Due to intense enemy activity in
the area, ground forces could not attempt a recovery operation. Smith was declared missing in action as of April 4, 1971.

U.S. and Kingdom of Cambodia teams, with the assistance of the U.S. Embassy's POW/MIA specialists, investigated the loss from 1996 until 2016.
During subsequent excavations of the crash site in Kampong Thom Province, teams recovered possible osseous remains and wreckage associated
with an F-100D aircraft.

DNA and laboratory analysis was used in the identification of his remains.

The support from the Kingdom of Cambodia was vital to the success of this recovery.

Interment services are pending.

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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His remains were still with the wreckage of his F-100, which was shot down in Cambodia on April 4, 1971, and were positively identified using DNA and laboratory analysis in May 2017.
 
Captain Smith's services will be held at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in his home town of Assumption, Illinois on July 17th at 10 AM.

                            RRVFPA  07/02/17

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 13 July, 2017 11:48
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Illinois Airman Accounted For From Vietnam War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that U.S. Air Force

Reserve Capt. Joseph S. Smith, accounted for on May 12, 2017, will be buried

July 17 in his hometown.

 

Smith, 25, of Assumption, Illinois, was killed during the Vietnam War.

                                                                                                                                                                                

His widow, Elaine Mills, is available for interviews if you would like to

contact her at rem1011@gmail.com.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Smith on file.

 

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On April 4, 1971, Smith was the pilot of a single-seat F-100D aircraft as

the leader in a flight of two aircraft on a combat mission over Cambodia.

While making a pass over the target, the pilot of the other aircraft noted

white vapor streaming from the left wing of Smith's aircraft.  Smith's

aircraft crashed a half mile from the target.  The other pilot reported that

he did not see any ejection from Smith's aircraft and no beepers were heard.

The following day, an aerial search revealed aircraft wreckage over a large

area, however no remains were observed.  Due to intense enemy activity in

the area, ground forces could not attempt a recovery operation.  Smith was

declared missing in action as of April 4, 1971.

 

U.S. and Kingdom of Cambodia teams, with the assistance of the U.S.

Embassy's POW/MIA specialists, investigated the loss from 1996 until 2016.

During subsequent excavations of the crash site in Kampong Thom Province,

teams recovered possible osseous remains and wreckage associated with an

F-100D aircraft.

 

To identify Smith's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, which

matched his family, as well as anthropological analysis, which matched his

records, and circumstantial evidence.

 

The support from the Kingdom of Cambodia was vital to the success of this

recovery.

 

Today there are 1,607 American servicemen and civilians that are still

unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420.

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According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, on April 4, 1971, Smith was the pilot of a single-seat F-100D aircraft as the leader in a flight of ...