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Hallie W. Smith
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- Name: Hallie William Smith
- Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
- Unit: 16th Tactical
Reconnaissance Squadron, Tan Son Nhut Airbase
- Date of Birth: 16 october 1941
- Home City of Record: Portland
- Date of Loss: 08 January 1968
- Country of Loss: South Vietnam
- Loss Coordinates: 145500N
- Status (in 1973): Missing in
- Category: 2
- Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RF4C
- Other Personnel in Incident:
Hallie W. Smith was the pilot and 1Lt. Charles L. Bifolchi the navigator aboard an RF4C
Phantom reconnaissance jet from the 16th Tactical Recon Squadron at Than Son Nhut Airbase,
South Vietnam. On January 8, 1968, Smith and Bifolchi were assigned a reconnaissance
mission and were en route to the target when radar and radio contact was lost in Kontum
Province, South Vietnam, about 15 miles north of the city of Dak To.
aircraft nor the crew was ever located, despite search efforts. Because of circumstances
surrounding the incident, both men were classified Missing in Action, and there is a
strong probability that the enemy knows their fates - dead or alive.
When the last American troops left Southeast Asia in 1975, some 2500 Americans were
unaccounted for. Reports received by the U.S. Government since that time build a strong
case for belief that hundreds of these "unaccounted for" Americans are still
alive and in captivity.
Henry Kissinger has said that the problem of unrecoverable Prisoners is an
"unfortunate" byproduct of limited political engagements. This does not seem to
be consistent with the high value we, as a nation, place on individual human lives. Men
like Smith and Bifolchi, who went to Vietnam because their country asked it of them are
too precious to the future of this nation to write them off as expendable.
Whether Smith and Bifolchi survived the downing of their aircraft to be captured is
unknown. Whether they are among those said to be alive is uncertain. What seems clear,
however, is that as long as even one man remains alive, held against his will, we owe him
our very best efforts to bring him home.
Biographical and loss information on POWs provided by Operation Just Cause have been
supplied by Chuck and Mary Schantag of POWNET. Please check with
regularly for updates."
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