16TH TAC RECON SQDN, 460TH TAC RECON WING, 7TH AF
The United States Air Force
October 16, 1941, to November 10, 1975
(Incident Date January 08, 1968)
Hallie William Smith
ON THE WALL: Panel 33E Line 94
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Home of Record: Portland, OR
Date of birth: 10/16/1941
Service Branch: United States Air Force
Grade at loss: O3
Rank: Promoted while in MIA status
Promotion Note: None
ID No: 540487787
MOS: 1325F: Pilot
Length Service: **
Unit: 16TH TAC RECON SQDN, 460TH TAC RECON WING, 7TH AF
Start Tour: Not Recorded
Incident Date: 01/08/1968
Casualty Date: 11/10/1975
Status Date: Not Applicable
Status Change: Not Applicable
Age at Loss: 34 (based on date declared dead)
Location: Kontum Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body not recovered
Repatriated: Not Applicable
Identified: Not Applicable
Casualty Type: Hostile, died while missing
Casualty Reason: Fixed Wing - Pilot
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land
Hallie "Bud" William Smith
Major Bud Smith remains listed as Missing In Action, to this day. As of this writing (2016), Bud Smith’s remains have yet to be recovered. However, his navigator’s remains were recovered and identified using DNA matches, in 2006.
Date of birth: 16 October 1941
Date of casualty: 8 January 1968
Home of record: Portland, Oregon
Branch and Rank: Air Force, Major, Pilot
Unit: 7th Air Force, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
Awards: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal
Location of name on the Vietnam Wall: 33E, 94
Location of service: South Vietnam, Pleiku province
Died while missing in action .. air crash on land .. body not recovered.
Major Smith was a member of the 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam. On January 8, 1968, he was the pilot of a McDonnell Phantom II Reconnaissance Fighter (RF-4C) on a reconnaissance mission when radio contact was lost in Kontum Province, South Vietnam. His remains were not recovered.
Schools attended: Milwaukie High School, Lewis & Clark College
Memorials: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Washington, DC), Gold Star War Memorial – Milwaukie High School, Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial, Willamette National Cemetery, MIA Wall at Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Portland)
The Oregonian, Thursday, December 25, 1968
Fliers Thought Prisoners of VC
These are dark days for Mrs. Robert W. Stanley of West Linn and Mrs. Hallie (Bud) Smith of Portland, whose husbands are believed to be prisoners of the Viet Cong in South Vietnam.
Capt. Stanley was shot down on April 1, 1967; Capt. Smith on Jan. 8, 1968.
Capt. Smith was born and reared in the Portland area, graduated from Milwaukie High School, then from Lewis and Clark College in 1963, got his commission at Officers Training School Feb. 4, 1964, was married Feb. 8, then went on to pilot training.
“Our marriage was inevitable,” Mrs. Smith said, with her first real show of laughter. “My maiden name was Smith when we went to Lewis & Clark together and they called our names together whenever they took roll.
“Bud got his wings in October 1964. Then we had two wonderful years together in England,” Mrs. Smith recalled.
They have no children.
…Capt. Smith was flying an unarmed plane on a low-level reconnaissance mission in the highlands east of Da Nang on Jan. 8, 1968, just before the Tet offensive.
As he dropped down for his photography run his plane disappeared from the radar and radio contact was lost. Three days later a party of Marines found the wreckage of his plane, but no sign of Capt. Smith or his navigator, no parachutes and no sign that they went down with the plane.
“Bud has a will to live that will keep him going,” his wife said. “I’ve never known Bud to give up on anything. He has a lot to live for.”
Every month the waiting wives send a typed single-page letter to their husbands, addressed to Madame Binh, the Viet Cong representative at the Paris peace talks, with a note asking her to see that the letter is forwarded to their husbands.