1LT Joseph Stanley “Lt. Lurker” Smith


1LT Joseph Stanley “Lt. Lurker” Smith

Assumption, Christian County, Illinois, USA
Death 4 Apr 1971 (aged 25)
Burial Assumption, Christian County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 60006873 View Source
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In Memory of ...... Capt. Joseph Stanley Smith.
*** Captain Smith was a member of the 612nd Tactical Fighter Squadron. On April 4, 1971, he was the pilot of a North American Super Sabre Fighter (F-100D) on a mission over Kampong Thum Province, Cambodia, when he was shot down. 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 who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

Graduated from Notre Dame in 1967 and was in the ROTC Program, commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the summer of 1967.
Age: 25
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth May 7, 1945
Marital Status: Married - Mrs. R. Elaine Smith of Decatur, ILL.
Parents: Father, Oliver Stanley Smith, born Oct. 2, 1894 and Died May 23, 1954, and Mother, Eugenia Smith, born June 13, 1911 and Died May 18, 1994 at the age of 83 yrs old, of Assumption, Ill.

***** Capt Smith was laid to rest in his beloved town of Assumption, Illinois on 7/17/2017. He had full military honors. The entire 8 mile route from the funeral parlor to the church and cemetery was lined with hundreds of people - police, firemen, motorcycle clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, fellow Veterans and many young and old. It was a stunning reception for a hero that was lost for so long, but so lovingly welcomed home. Many in this small town remembered him as an exceptional young man. May he now rest in peace in his own beloved soil.
Sr Francis Casey
Jul. 22, 2017

***** Thank you for the encouraging note that Jos. Smith's remains and the wreckage of his F-100D have been found in Cambodia. I served as Joe's executive officer in the Notre Dame AFROTC program (1964-1968). Each of the men who served with him respected and admired him more than you can imagine. He was a truly exceptional officer. So many of us aspired to be his equal. So few of us achieved that goal. God rest ye, Joe. You were a better man any any of us.
James O'Rourke
Jun. 25, 2017

***** Correction of father's name:
Searching for Capt Smith's parents resting place, with information the Captain's first cousin told me regarding the Captain's mother Eugenia (who is the cousin's aunt on his mother's side) I found that Captain's father is Oliver Stanley Smith. He died in 1954 and is buried with his wife Eugenia who died in 1994, and their resting place is also in St Mary's Cemetery in Assumption Illinois. The Captain's wife told us that she erected Capt Smith's memorial headstone next to his parents in 1975, and at the time the Captain's mother was still living, passing in 1994. Oliver Smith was born in 1894 and was a World War 1 veteran, serving in the US Army. (Find A Grave Memorial# 71960071). Again, thank you for providing this memorial for Capt Smith. It's been invaluable in our research to bring closure to his family as they prepare to bring him 'home'.
Sr Francis Casey
May 22, 2017

***** I have heard my dad speak abt this man many times. So we decide to look up more info abt him. My dad was Sgt. Fred R. Savage. Lt. Lurker's plane was assigned to him @ Phan Rang Air Base Vietnam. Dad was the last person to see him. Still today dad remembers the salute he gave Lt. Lurker as his plane left the runway.
Jun. 1, 2013

***** I attended parochial school and High school with him. I can still remember the saddness I felt when I heard through my parents that Joe had been lost in action on a flight over Cambodia.
Bob LaCharite

***** I served with Joe Smith in the 612th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Vietnam. The Wing Commander, Colonel Nolen, called him Lt. Lurker because that's what he had on his name tag.
David Hesp

His tour began on Apr 4, 1971
Casualty was on Apr 4, 1971
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - PILOT

Body was not recovered
Panel 04W - Line 106

No further information available at this time.

On April 4, 1971, he was the pilot of a North American Super Sabre Fighter (F-100D) on a mission over Kampong Thum Province, Cambodia, when he was shot down.

His remains were not recovered.


I want to let you know that Capt Smith's remains have been found in Cambodia, with the wreckage of his plane, and on May 4,2017 they were positively identified as Capt Smith via DNA comparison testing.

His closest living relative - a first cousin - is elderly and deaf, and can't hear on the phone, so I had to relay this information from the US Air Force to him today.

I am a member of the 'Find A Grave' family, and thought I'd look to see if I could find where his parents were buried, as we were told there is a memorial stone in a cemetery in Assumption.

I was thrilled to see the headstone and a picture of Capt Smith! I will print them out for his cousin, who lives in New York State, to see. We are going to begin the process (paperwork...)to bring him home in a couple of weeks.

Hopefully by the end of June he will be back in Assumption. Thank you for the wonderful memorial you created for him. Pray that all the MIAs are brought home.
Sr Francis Casey
May. 12, 2017



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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Joseph Stanley “Lt. Lurker” Smith (7 May 1945–4 Apr 1971), Find a Grave Memorial ID 60006873, citing Saint Marys Cemetery, Assumption, Christian County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .