Walter Roy Schmidt, JrCaptain
VMA-121, MARINE AIR GROUP 12, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
18 November 1945 - 24 October 1973
Nassau, New York
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The database page for Walter Roy Schmidt, Jr
This Marine is still in my heart as he will always be.
31 May 2004
Today another Memorial Day has come and has gone and to us you have not returned. I can only Hope and Pray that soon you will come home to all of us who have Prayed so hard. I know not where you are, but have heard from several who have wrote me about you, Captain Schmidt. Please return home to us soon.
I wait with open arms for your return,
From one who wears his MIA bracelet,
I've been in possession of your bracelet since 1975,
Sharon L. Pearce
Roy and I were together through flight school from day one. He was a great and funny guy. We have movies of him in his BOQ room taken on his last night in Beaufort before going to Viet Nam. They are still funny.
He loved to "tell" of all the fuel savings devices on his MGB. They worked so well that he had to stop every few miles to empty his tank.
He was a great pilot and did exceptionally well in flight school. I still dream of the day old 0101595 (his USMC service number) will come home.
From a friend,
You were lost on a close air support mission helping the grunts. You did not have to go in for a second run, but you did. You gave your last full measure of your devotion. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Please join me in a "mission" to bring Capt. Walter R. Schmidt Jr. home. The impossible will not be known, until it is tried.
Thank you and God Bless Us All.
I've been wearing his bracelet for the last ten years. I will never forget him. He served his country and his people. God Bless him!
From MIA bracelet,
You will never be forgotten.
I hope for your return, and I now understand more than ever why you made the brave decision to take up arms against those who chose to challenge the will of freedom.
You fought along the sides of many great men, my father being one of them. I would not be here today enjoying the freedoms I have if my father did not make it home.
And now my son enjoys those same freedoms.
There are those today fighting this same fight, and as my father did so I didn't have to. There are good-hearted US Marines protecting this great country so my son may not have to.
I will raise him to understand this and to know that freedom is something you have to fight for every day.
I haven't taken this bracelet off for years, and I think about you and what you have done for me.
You will never be forgotten.
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 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.
Two things became apparent during further attempts to pick up 1st Lt Schmidt -
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.
Five men were lost, four dead and one missing in action:
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."Carle Place, Nassau County, New York, is on Long Island about 15 miles northeast of New York City. The Virtual Wall cannot vouch for the accuracy of either the DoD database or the statement made above.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 Dec 2003
Last updated 08/10/2009