JOL N SMITH
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HONORED ON PANEL 8W, LINE 95 OF THE WALL

JOL NEBANE SMITH

WALL NAME

JOL N SMITH

PANEL / LINE

8W/95

DATE OF BIRTH

09/30/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PHUOC LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/08/1970

HOME OF RECORD

SANTA FE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Santa Fe County

STATE

NM

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOL NEBANE SMITH
POSTED ON 3.11.2019
POSTED BY: Fred Pollock

To my friend Jol Smith. I’ll always remember you.

Hi Jol, Long time. I found you here because I started dreaming and thinking about that August day near Bu Dop again. I’ll never forget our conversation as we stood next to the runway at An Loc that morning waiting to fly to Bu Dop to cover our slicks as they extracted that beat up Arvn unit walking out of Cambodia with many sick with malaria. You new something bad was going to happen there and I told you not to say things like that. I’m sorry. You spoke about your wife as you did every day. I know how much you missed her.

My memory of us flying through the NVA antiaircraft fire is still vivid. I can still hear Jim calling out “taking fire” over the radio. The NVA focused everything on you guys and missed us. We rolled in and fired most of our rockets. The mini guns jammed after a hundred or so rounds. The door gunners kept banging away until they were out. Then we turned to watch you guys heading for that clearing to the south. When Jim said they hit your transmission I knew you guys were in trouble. Still, you guys did a great job trying to get her down in one piece. I thought you were going to do it. You came so close.

It never occurred to me until years later that the NVA scouts knew exactly where the ARVN unit was heading to be extracted. The big LZ west of Bu Dop was the most logical place. They sited their aa guns accordingly. I really missed you back at Lai Khe. You were a great friend, Jol. I hope we’ll meet again someday.
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POSTED ON 12.9.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of 1LT Jol N. Smith

Final Mission of 1LT Jol N. Smith
On August 8, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C (tail number 66-00692) from the 173rd Assault Helicopter Company “Robin Hoods” was participating in an eight-ship lift of troops during a combat assault supporting Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) troops advised by an American Special Forces team. Approximately four miles west of Bu Dop Airfield in Phuoc Long Province, RVN, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed in a swampy field with the loss of three crewmen. The aircraft commander survived and was rescued. The lost crew included pilot 1LT Jol N. Smith, crew chief SP4 Sammy P. Rodriguez, and gunner SP4 William E. Barritt. After receiving a Mayday call, one of the lift ships returned and put down near the burning wreckage of 692. Barritt was able to exit the aircraft himself and, although critically injured, was attempting to remove Rodriguez when assisted by the crew of the rescue aircraft. Smith and the other pilot were still pinned in the flaming wreck. The rescue helicopter picked up and hovered close to 692 to keep the flames away from the cockpit. Another helicopter, Robin Hood 3, the Command & Control aircraft for the mission, also landed. A captain, CPT William W. Walker, exited the second rescue helicopter and came over to hold up one of the main blades of the wreck which now began to droop because of the heat, allowing the rescuers to continue the extraction of the pilots. The downed helicopter was raging so hot that the rescue party had to lie down in swampy water to cool off intermittently while trying to remove the downed crew. A moment later, the rocket pod on the downed aircraft exploded, killing CPT Walker. The blast caused the hovering rescue helicopter to almost lose control. It set down and loaded Barritt and Rodriguez and took them to the Medical landing pad at Quan Loi. The second and a third rescue ship brought out the remaining dead and injured. Rodriguez, with 50% burns over his body, succumbed to his injuries later that day along with Smith who was unable to be extracted before the explosion. Barritt died at a field hospital in Long Binh on August 14, 1970, after suffering burns to 35% of his body. CPT Williams was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 9.6.2018
POSTED BY: Rebecca Armstrong

Family

I remember you when you visited your grandfather who was my step-grandfather. He was so proud of you. I remember that you were always smiling. It was just before you left to go overseas. I was very young but I have never forgotten.
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POSTED ON 8.9.2015
POSTED BY: Mike Switzer

Sky Soldier Honored

173rd ABN Tribute:
On behalf of myself and all our fellow paratroopers who served in Viet Nam
with the 173rd "Herd" Brigade, let me offer our sincere respect and regrets
for your ultimate sacrifice.
May you rest in peace and never be forgotten by family, friends and comrades.
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POSTED ON 1.23.2015

Uncle Jol,

Just wanted to say hello. Let you know that even though I never had the honor of meeting you I think of you often. I loved your brother like a dad. For grandma, your mother she will burn within me forever. There will never be another women like her. I can't even imagine what it was like for her to lose you. Your sisters are doing fine. They are both a ball of fire. Anyway, in honor of you I named by son Tayden Jolston. He loves hearing the stories that I have to share about you. I pray that someday we will all be together.

Your niece,
Tiffany Collins
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