SMITH, HAROLD VICTOR Remains Identified 05/2000
Name: Harold Victor Smith Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3 Unit: 469th TFS Date of Birth: 11 November 1933 Home City of Record: BRIDGEPORT IL Date of Loss: 07 March 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 195999 North 1052500 East Status (in 1973): Missing in Action Category: 3 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D #410 Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 0266
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. Update 2000 with information from Joe Steen.
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Bits 'N' Pieces May 20, 2000
Remains Identified - From the Associated Press - "WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Illinois Air Force pilot missing in action from the Vietnam War has been accounted for and his remains are being returned to his family for burial, the Pentagon said Wednesday."
"He was identified as Col. Harold V. Smith of Bridgeport, Ill. Smith was leading a four-aircraft attack against enemy surface-to-air missile sites in Thanh Hoa Province, North Vietnam, on March 7, 1966, when he disappeared, the Pentagon said in a statement...."
"...U.S. and Vietnamese investigators interviewed potential witnesses and searched again in 1993, 1994 and 1995, but neither the crash site nor human remains were found, the Pentagon said. "
"Then in 1996, the Vietnamese government helped U.S. investigators find an informant who led them to the burial, which was excavated in August and September 1998, uncovering human remains and some personal items. Smith was identified through analysis of the remains and other evidence by the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii...."
BODY OF ILLINOISAN RETURNED FROM VIETNAM FOR BURIAL
From Tribune News Services May 18, 2000
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- An Illinois Air Force pilot missing in action from the Vietnam War has been accounted for and his remains are being returned to his family for burial, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
He was identified as Col. Harold V. Smith of Bridgeport, Ill......