Name: Burt Chauncey Small, Jr.
Rank/Branch: E4/US Army Special Forces
Unit: (Psyops Specialist) C Company, Detachment A-108, 5th Special Forces
Date of Birth: 02 September 1946 (Long Beach CA)
Home City of Record: Savannah GA
Loss Date: 06 March 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 145918N 1084233E (BS537582)
Status (in 1973): Prisoner of War
Category: 1
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 0607

Other Personnel In Incident: 20-man Vietnamese patrol of the 142d CIDG
Company. Jacob G. Roth (rescued); 2 unnamed American advisors (killed,
bodies recovered)

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, "Green Berets At War" by Shelby Stanton;
interviews with returned POW Robert Garwood; various news articles.
Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 2020.

Correction:  The 2 "unnamed" American advisors were MSGT Thomas Sanchez and
SSGT Michael Stearns.  They were part of a reactionary force flown to the
ambush site by a C Company helicopter.


SYNOPSIS: SSgt Burt C. Small and Sgt. Jacob G. Roth, Jr. were with a 20 man
South Vietnamese patrol which was ambushed near Minh Long on March 6, 1967.

Correction:  At the time of the ambush, Burt Small was a Sgt. and Jacob Roth
was a SSGT. Burt's promotion to SSgt was done posthumously.

During the skirmish, Small and Roth tried to stop the CIDG radio operator,
who was running away, when Small was wounded in the left leg, captured by
North Vietnamese troops, and not seen again.

According to Robert Garwood, returned POW, the Vietnamese questioned him
about Burt Small, and asked if he was a relative of Garwood's.

Correction:  According to Robert Garwood, this information is incorrect.  He
now states that he was never asked about, nor did he ever hear of Burt C.
Small Jr.

Some sources say that Burt Small was seen being led away by the enemy, but
Small's records are still classified (1989), and there is no way to verify
any of the reports relating to him through official channels.

Correction:  Some (not all) records on Burt Small have now been
declassified. There are several documents which note that he was "shot in
the leg and immediately surrounded by 4 NVA"...and that "he was led away
under his own power, direction unknown."

Burt was born September 2, 1946 in Long Beach, CA and graduated from high
school in Savannah GA in 1965. He enlisted with his brother in the Army in
January 1966. He took basic training at Ft. Gordon GA then went on to Ft.
Benning GA for specialized training and jump school.

Burt took and passed all the tests for Special Forces at Ft. Benning, but he
did not receive his Beret until he was in Vietnam in September 1966 because
of his age. He worked with 35 Vietnamese, training them and accompanying
them on patrols.

Small was classified as a prisoner of war, yet the Vietnamese claim no
knowledge of him. The United States Government "assumes" he is dead, and is
apparently not vigorously seeking answers as to his fate. The U.S. Army will
not release information regarding him. His family would like to have Burt
Small home.

Corrections submitted October 26, 1999 by:

Barbara A. Ruef




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Specialist 4 Burt Chauncy Small Jr. entered the U.S. Army from Georgia and served with Detachment A-108, Company C, 5th Special Forces Group. On March 6, 1967, he was an advisor with a patrol force when it was ambushed while crossing a stream in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam. During the ambush, SP4 Small became separated from the patrol and he was wounded and captured by enemy troops and led away in an unknown direction. Search efforts did not recover him, and he remains unaccounted-for. Following the incident, the Army promoted SP4 Small to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG). Today, Staff Sergeant Small is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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