In Memory of U.S. Army Warrant Officer
Roger Sletten Cameron
Pierpont, South Dakota, Day County
October 10, 1944 – January 31, 1968
Died of Wounds in Action in Vietnam
Roger Sletten Cameron was born on October 10, 1944, in
Webster, South Dakota, to Robert and Phyllis (Sletten) Cameron.
He had two brothers, Bruce and Joe, and two sisters, Nancy and
Rhoda, who died in infancy. Roger attended high school in
Pierpont, South Dakota, and later graduated in 1962. Roger
enjoyed sports, music, and high school rodeo. After high school,
he worked at Tri-County Cheese and Cameron Construction in
Pierpont. His sister, Nancy, has this memory: “Roger was a very
loving and caring person with a twinkle in his eye.”
Roger Cameron entered the service August 3, 1965. He had his
basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. He also took
mechanical and technical school at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and
then applied for flight training and was accepted. Roger took
primary helicopter training at Fort Wolters, Texas, and
graduated April 11, 1967, from Fort Rucker, Alabama helicopter
school, at which times he was awarded his wings and appointed as
a Warrant Officer. On May 7, 1967, WO Cameron commenced his tour
of Vietnam, stationed at Bien Hoa Air Base near Saigon.
According to the newspaper, Cameron was one of eight chosen from
a select group for training in Vietnam to fly the Cobra, a
heavily armed and maneuverable helicopter.” Warrant Officer
Cameron was part of the 334th Aviation Company, 145th Aviation
Battalion, 12th Aviation Group, and the 1st Aviation Brigade.
On January 31, 1968, Warrant Officer Roger Sletten Cameron
“died from gunshot wounds received while pilot aboard military
aircraft on combat operation when aircraft was hit by hostile
arms fire” in Vietnam when flying a dust off mission in an
attempt to save fellow soldiers. At first he was listed as
missing in action, but a few weeks later, it was confirmed that
he had been killed. His body was recovered and returned to the
United States and buried with military honors at Homer Cemetery
in Pierpont, South Dakota.
Warrant Officer Cameron was issued lots of awards while he
was in the service; among them were the Distinguished Flying
Cross, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Purple Heart, Silver Star,
Air Medal with 27 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Aviator Qualification
Badge, Sharpshooter and Expert Badges, Good Conduct Medal,
National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Pendant and
Medal, and Vietnam Service Ribbon. It is believed that Roger is
“one of the highest decorated servicemen ever from South
Dakota,” according to the newspaper.
Roger’s current survivors include his brother, Joe Cameron,
Pierpont, and his sister, Nancy (Gerald) Cutshaw, Pierre.
In closing, the following was posted by Grant Bobbit on
www.vvmf.org in memory of
Roger, I remember you from flight school
and also remember what a nice guy you were.
I was with you flying a dustoff mission in
Vietnam when you were killed flying a gunship. I know the
details of your death and I know that you did not feel any
pain. I have thought of your family and feel for their loss.
You are a hero!
I will remember Warrant Officer Cameron for his service and
his sacrifice he made for our country.
Vietnam Memorial, Washington D.C.
This entry was respectfully
submitted by Chris Delahoyde, 8th Grader, Spearfish Middle
School, March 23, 2006. The information for this entry was
provided by the Reporter and Farmer February 7, 1968, February
28, 1968, March 6, 1968, issues; and an application for Vietnam
Veterans Bonus. Additional information, photo, and profile
approval by Nancy Cutshaw, sister.