Roger Myers Smelser
Length of Service: 4 years
Served aboard the USS Tripoli, TF 76, 7th Fleet
Died at the age of 21 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam
Cause of Death: Non-hostile, ground casualty, illness or disease

His brothers: Mark Smelser & George Richard Smelser
He was 18 when he joined the Navy.

I was his friend and attended Central High (Knoxville, TN) with him. I have no info or pix of him as I moved to Claiborne County, TN, after graduation in 1969.
–Submitted by Kelly Harrell

I’ve always considered Roger my best friend I’ve always missed Roger’s friendship and humor.
–Submitted by Bill Jenkins

  • Rank: Radioman Third Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 21 August 1950
  • Date of death: 2 July 1972
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Tripoli, TF 76, 7th Fleet
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Greenwood Cemetery, Eustis, Lake County, Florida
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIII, Middle Panel
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