Click here for more information about this incident

Name: 1LT Jol Nebane "Smitty" Smith
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/08/1970 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 25.9
Date of Birth: 09/30/1944
Home City: Santa Fe, NM
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 173 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 70-4
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 08W-095
Short Summary: Shot down and burned during combat assault outside of Bu Dop, pinned in wreckage.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00692
Call sign: CROSSBOWS
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 06/01/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Phuoc Long Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 08/13/2004

This information is available on CD-ROM.

Additional information is available on KIAs at

Please send additions or corrections to: The VHPA Webmaster Gary Roush.

KIA statistics

Return to the Helicopter Pilot KIA name list

Return to the KIA panel date index

Date posted on this site: 11/13/2023

Copyright © 1998 - 2023 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association