Roger was born and raised in Wichita Kansas. He Joined the Marine Corp in 1968 in Seattle Washington while visiting an uncle. He Went to boot camp in San Diego. California at the Marine Corp recruit base August 24, 1968, platoon 3,067. He was assigned to Alpha Company 1st battalion, 5th Marines. 1st Marine division(Rein)FMF, 3rd platoon as an 0311 rifleman February 27, 1969 in Quang Nam Providence, South Vietnam. Roger started out as a rifleman, then a team leader and them finally squad leader. On February 21, 1970 he took the chopper out of the bush and headed back to the world and out of the Marine Corp. April 17, 1970. After the Marine corp he got a good job with Kansas Gas Service in 1986 and stayed there until he retired.


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  1. Rick Stanley, February 16, 2014
    A 1/5 1 platoon Jan 1969 to Jan 1970 Reply
  2. Rick Stanley, June 29, 2014
    I'm sure I knew you then, when on R&R Mike Bloom Reply
  3. Roger Smith, July 1, 2014
    Hey Rick are you in any of the photos I have submitted? Reply
  4. Jerry Oxford, October 31, 2015
    I was with Alpha company 1st platoon in 1969 as I recall the whole battilon was in the Arizona in Aug 1969. I was wounded for the second time and was sent home. We had to have the same ground at one time. Reply

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