Lerseth, Roger G., CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1994-2004, 130X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)/Navy Manpower Support Activity
Service Years
1969 - 1994
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Panama Canal

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Belle Fourche
Last Address
Spokane, Washington

Date of Passing
Mar 27, 2004
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Efficiency Excellence Award

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesTailhook AssociationIntruder AssociationAmerican Ex-POW Association
Military Order of the Purple HeartVeterans of the Vietnam WarAssociation of Naval Aviation
  1961, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1970, Tailhook Association
  1970, Intruder Association [Verified]
  1973, American Ex-POW Association - Assoc. Page
  1973, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  1973, Veterans of the Vietnam War
  1994, Association of Naval Aviation - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Name: Roger Gene Lerseth
Rank/Branch: O3/US Navy
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: Spokane WA
Date of Loss: 06 September 1972
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 204610N 1063800E (XH700972)
Status (in 1973): Released POW
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A6A
Other Personnel in Incident: Donald F. Lindland (remains returned)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 1 April 1991 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
SYNOPSIS: The Grumman A6 Intruder is a two-man all weather, low-altitude,
carrier-based attack plane, with versions adapted as aerial tanker and
electronic warfare platform. The A6A primarily flew close-air-support,
all-weather and night attacks on enemy troop concentrations, and night
interdiction missions. The planes were credited with some of the most
difficult single-plane strikes in the war, including the destruction of the
Hai Duong bridge between Hanoi and Haiphong by a single A6. Their missions
were tough, but their crews among the most talented and most courageous to
serve the United States.
Donald F. Lindand was the pilot of an A6A sent on a combat mission near
Haiphong, North Vietnam on September 6, 1972. His bombardier/navigator on
the flight was Lt. Roger G. Lerseth. During the mission the aircraft was
shot down and both crewmembers ejected.
Lerseth was captured by the Vietnamese and taken to Hanoi. Lindand was seen
running on the ground with Lerseth after ejection, and is known to have
evaded capture for 24 hours. Hanoi radio reported that the "aggressor
pilots" had been captured, but Lerseth was told by the Vietnamese that
Lindland was dead.
In February 1973, Lerseth was released with 591 Americans from Vietnam. He
had been a "guest" in the Hanoi prison system for the relatively short
period of five months.

On June 3, 1983, the Vietnamese "discovered" and returned the remains of
Donald F. Lindland to U.S. control. Alive or dead, Lindland was a prisoner of
war for eleven years.

As you know, Rog has been quite ill.  We hoped we had the issue resolved,
however, the balancing act between liver and kidneys never worked.  Despite
all efforts, nothing could be made to work.  It grieves me deeply to tell
you that this  morning, Roger  "...slipped the surly bonds of earth."

Other Comments:

Roger Lerseth retired from the United States Navy as a Commander. He resided
in Whidbey Island with his wife, Chris, until his death. He will be buried in
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 Ribbon Bar
Naval Flight Officer Wings
Command Ashore
Command at Sea

 Duty Stations
NROTC (Faculty Staff)Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)
USCINCLANTCOMSIXTHFLTVA-75 Sunday PunchersUSS Saratoga (CV-60)
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)COMSEVENTHFLTJoint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)VA-35 Black Panthers
USS Nimitz (CVN-68)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS America (CV-66)VA-95 Green Lizards
USS Enterprise (CVN-65)Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)Gaeta, ItalyNaval War College (Faculty Staff)
Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1966-1969, 110X, University of Washington NROTC (Faculty Staff)
  1969-1969, 137X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1970-1970, 137X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1970-1971, 137X, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group (Faculty Staff)
  1971-1971, 132X, USCINCLANT
  1971-1971, 132X, COMSIXTHFLT
  1971-1972, 132X, VA-75 Sunday Punchers
  1971-1972, 132X, USS Saratoga (CV-60)
  1972-1972, 132X, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1972-1972, 132X, COMSEVENTHFLT
  1972-1973, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
  1976-1979, 132X, VA-35 Black Panthers
  1976-1979, 132X, USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
  1979-1981, 132X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1981-1981, 612X, USS America (CV-66)
  1981-1982, 632X, VA-95 Green Lizards
  1981-1982, 632X, USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
  1982-1986, 132X, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
  1987-1990, 130X, Gaeta, Italy
  1991-1994, 130X, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1994-2004, 130X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)/Navy Manpower Support Activity
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1972 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1972-1972 Vietnam War/Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (72-73)/Operation Freedom Train
  1972-1972 Vietnam War/Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (72-73)/Operation Linebacker I
 Colleges Attended 
University of WashingtonOld Dominion UniversityBoston University
  1965-1969, University of Washington
  1974-1976, Old Dominion University
  1999-2001, Boston University
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