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ROLLIE KEITH REAID


is honored on Panel 1W, Line 102 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • The night before you left

    Posted on 3/7/17 - by Celia Earley sela8753@aol.com
    I never knew you but a friend knew you and introduced us the night before you left...everyone was at the Sumiton Drive In hanging out just doing nothing and you said I am going to Vietnam I thought how scary but you seemed so brave
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  • The night before you left

    Posted on 3/7/17 - by Celia Earley sela8753@aol.com
    I never knew you but a friend knew you and introduced us the night before you left...everyone was at the Sumiton Drive In hanging out just doing nothing and you said I am going to Vietnam I thought how scary but you seemed so brave
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  • My little brother

    Posted on 10/10/15
    I left home 3 months before Keith turned 12. I had joined the Air Force and was stationed in California so my time with him was limited to one month out of the year. He will always be a little boy to me because that is when we had special times together just me and him. He was so special and I know God only loaned him to us for a little while. I will always have precious memories of him.
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  • douglas ballenger

    Posted on 5/26/15 - by douglas ballenger
    been long time the last tine i seen you but i go by your grave couple times s year
  • Final Mission of MSGT Rollie K. Reaid

    Posted on 1/12/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    An AC-130A gunship, "Spectre 17", flown by CAPT Harry R. Lagerwall, departed Ubon Airbase, Thailand on an interdiction mission to interrupt enemy cargo movements along the Ho Chi Minh Trail on December 21, 1972. The crew onboard numbered 16, including MSGT Rollie K. Reaid, CAPT George D. MacDonald, SMS John Q. Winningham, MAJ Francis A. Walsh Jr., CMS James R. Fuller, SMS Robert T. Elliott, MAJ Robert L. Liles Jr., LTC Harry R. Lagerwall, COL Paul O. Meder, LTC Thomas T. Hart III, CAPT Stanley N. Kroboth, MSGT Charles F. Fenter, CAPT Joel R. Birch, Richard Williams, and Carl E. Stevens. During the flight to the target, the aircraft was hit by ground fire and after 10 minutes of level flight, the fuel exploded. Two of the crew, Williams and Stevens, bailed out safely and were subsequently rescued hours later. The partial body of Joel Birch (an arm) was later recovered some distance away from the crash site. Heat-sensitive equipment which would pinpoint the location of human beings in the jungles was used to search for the rest of the crew with no success. It was assumed that the missing crewmen were either dead or were no longer in the area. According to intelligence reports, several piles of bloody bandages and 5 deployed parachutes were seen and photographed at the crash site. Also, later requests through the Freedom of Information Act revealed a photo of what appeared to be the initials "TH" stomped in the tall elephant grass near the crash site. In the early 1980's a delegation comprised in part of several POW/MIA family members visited the site of the aircraft crash in Laos. Mrs. Anne Hart found material on the ground in the area which she believed to be bone fragment. She photographed the material and turned it over to the U.S. Government. In February, 1985, a joint excavation of the crash site was done by the U.S. and Laos from which a large number of small bone fragments were found. Analysis by the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory (CIL) in Hawaii reported the positive identification of all 13 missing crewmembers. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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