|Birth: ||Nov. 18, 1945|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 9, 1968|
Thua Thien-Hue, Vietnam
In Loving Memory ... Walter Roy Schmidt,Jr.
*** Captain Schmidt was a member of the Marine Attack Squadron 121, Marine Air Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing. On June 9, 1968, he was the pilot of a Douglas Attack Aircraft Skyhawk (A-4E) on a bombing mission on the northern sector of A Shau Valley in Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. After the bomb run, his aircraft was hit by enemy fire and he parachuted to the ground and was injured. He was declared missing. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!
WALTER ROY SCHMIDT - Marine Corps - CAPT - O3
Date of Birth Nov 18, 1945
From: NASSAU, NY
Marital Status: Single - His immediate family is all dead. His mom, dad and sister are all dead now.
***** He saved his money and used it to become the youngest private pilot in New York at the time he got his license. He enjoyed collecting stamps and coins. He had a great mom and dad and sister. He was quick to volunteer for Vietnam and serve his country. He was a fine person and a major loss to all who knew him.
Hal Wickey -Atlanta, Ga.
high school classmates
***** Eddieb, As I read this info, I see that Roy (Capt. Walter Roy Schmidt) is said to be from Nassau, NY.
I believe that to be incorrect.
I graduated with Roy from Carle Place High School, Carle Place (in Nassau County on Long Island), New York in the class of 1963.
The town/city of Nassau, NY is upstate near Albany! Unless he was born there, (which I cannot confirm) he doesn't have any other affiliation to Nassau, NY. He lived in Nassau COUNTY on Long Island and grew up in Carle Place, went to Carle Place Schools.
If possible can this be corrected?
Thank you for your attention to this matter
Diane (Gilmore) Langham
CPHS 1963 classmate of Roy
CAPT - O3 - Marine Corps - Regular
His tour began on Jun 9, 1968
Casualty was on Oct 24, 1973
In THUA THIEN, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died captured, FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was not recovered
Panel 58W - Line 14
Other Personnel In Incident:
Five men were lost, four dead and one missing in action:
From VMA-121 (A-4E BuNo 151080):
1stLt Walter R. Schmidt, USMC (MIA)
From the 37th ARRS (HH-3E 67-14710):
LT Jack C. Rittichier, USCG, pilot;
Captain Richard C. Yeend, Jr, USAF, co-pilot;
SSGT Elmer L. Holden, USAF, flight engineer; and
SGT James D. Locker, USAF, pararescueman.
On 9 June 1968 a section of Marine A-4 Skyhawks were targeted against a NVA base area southwest of Hue. One of the Marines, 1stLt Walter R. Schmidt (A-4E BuNo 151080), was hit while on a delivery run and ejected, landing in the middle of the NVA encampment area.
He established contact via emergency radio, advising that he had a broken leg and that NVA troops were approaching.
An Air Force HH-3E, Jolly Green 22, made three attempts to pick Schmidt up before being forced from the area due to low fuel. Following suppressive air strikes a second HH-3E (hull number 67-14710, piloted by USCG LT Jack C. Rittichier) made another attempt.
As Jolly Green 23 approached Schmidt's position it was hit by enemy fire and burst into flame. Other aircrew watched as the HH-3E crashed and exploded in a small clearing; no-one escaped from the burning wreckage.
The NVA troops were too well dug in to be forced away by air strikes, and they were effectively using him as bait for the SAR helicopters.
Schmidt had gone down at about 1020 local time; voice contact with him was lost at about 1415 local and was not regained. During the final pick-up attempt at about 1700 local, the HH-3's flight engineer spotted 1stLt Schmidt lying prone on the ground, unmoving and partially covered by his parachute.
At this point the Danang SAR coordination center, acting on recommendations from the on-scene commander, halted further SAR efforts and directed the SAR forces to return to base.
According to one report, ground forces inserted on 10 June failed to locate any sign of 1stLt Schmidt.
The crewmen of Jolly Green 23 were immediately listed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.
1stLt Schmidt was never reported as being in enemy hands, and it was concluded that he probably had been killed while resisting capture.
The Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for Schmidt on 24 Oct 1973, who meanwhile had been promoted to Captain.
The remains of the Jolly Green crew were repatriated on 14 Feb 2003 and identification announced on 11 and 12 Sep 2003.
Captain Walter Schmidt still is missing.
The DoD casualty data base gives Captain Schmidt's Home of Record as Nassau, Rensselaer County, New York, a town located some 15 miles southeast of Albany. We have received the following information:
"Roy's home town was Carle Place, NY. Nassau is the county in which this small Long Island town is located, it is not the name of a town. I was a friend of his sister, Helen."
Note: Looking for location of his hometown Headstone.
Plot: Court A
GPS (lat/lon): 21.31323, -157.84734
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Dec 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102495128