|Birth: ||Feb. 4, 1941|
|Death: ||Sep. 11, 1969, Laos|
In Loving Memory of ... Capt. Roger Horace Stearns.
*** Province, Laos, when his aircraft was shot down by hostile fire. His remains were recovered on May 22, 1990 and identified on November 7, 1990. 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 me, your brother, sisters and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!
ROGER HORACE STEARNS - Air Force - CAPT - O3
USAF KIA and MIA/Unaccounted in Laos - 312. Stearns, Roger Horace Cpt F-4D 09/11/69
Date of Birth Feb 4, 1941 - Born in Springfield, VT.
From: BOULDER, CO
Religion: CHURCH OF CHRIST
Marital Status: Married - Susan J. Stearns. Son, Nathan H. Stearns, both of Springfield, VT. Parents: Father, Walter H. Stearns and Mother, Jean C. Stearns, both of Springfield, VT.
CAPT - O3 - Air Force - Reserve
Length of service 4 years
His tour began on Mar 27, 1969
Casualty was on Sep 11, 1969
In LZ, LAOS
Service: United States Air Force
Grade at loss: O3
MOS: 1115: Pilot
Length Service: 04
Unit: 390TH TAC FTR SQDN, 366TH TAC FTR WING, 7TH AF
Start Tour: 03/27/1969
Incident Date: 09/11/1969
Casualty Date: 09/11/1969
Age at Loss: 28
Remains: 1969 status: Body Not Recovered. Found later.
Repatriated: 05/22/1990 (Returned to US soil)
Casualty Type: Hostile, died while missing
Casualty Reason: Fixed Wing - Crew
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
Panel 18W - Line 73
Other Personnel in Incident: Roger D. Helwig (missing)
Capt. Roger D. Helwig and Capt. Roger H. Stearns are both listed as pilots by the Department of Defense. Captains Stearns and Captain Helwig were on a reconnaissance mission over Savannakhet Province, Laos. They comprised the aircrew of an F4D fighter/bomber sent on a combat mission over Laos on September 11, 1969.
During the mission, Their aircraft was seen to be losing fuel as it emerge from a bombing run, and crashing into a stream-bed, followed by an explosion.
This location is about 10 miles west of the Vietnam border a few miles south of the Demilitarized Zone and on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. the aircraft was shot down about 5 miles southeast of Sepone in Savannakhet Province.
The fates of Helwig and Stearns are not known, but circumstances surrounding the crash of the aircraft indicated to the Air Force that both died in the
crash, and that the enemy probably knew their fate.
They were listed as MIA until the area was searched in 1989, and remains of Captain Stearns were found.
On May 22, 1990, the Vietnamese, having denied knowledge of Helwig and Stearns for many years, "discovered" and returned to U.S. control the remains of Roger H. Stearns. The fate of Helwig remains unclear.
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 64 Grave 1916
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Jun 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92000873