Robert Lee Luster
Sergeant, United States Army
Robert Lee Luster was born on December 30, 1949 and joined the Armed Forces while in Tiffin, Ohio.
He served in the United States Army, and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Robert Lee Luster is listed as Missing in Action.
Subsequently returned home and buried in Section
46 of Arlington National Cemeery with Frank David
LUSTER, ROBERT LEE
Remains Returned 27 January 1969, ID'd 23 February 1976
(Family does not accept ID)
Name: Robert Lee Luster
Other Personnel in Incident: William R. Henderson,
Frank D. Moorman (both
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01
April 1991 from one
REMARKS: REMS REC 690127, IDD 760222
SYNOPSIS: MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command,
Vietnam Studies and
On December 19, 1968, PFC Robert F. Scherdin
was the assistant team leader
The team leader and his element were extracted a short time later, then the rear element was extracted, except for Scherdin. The team leader had been informed that Scherdin had been wounded and because of the tactical situation, had to be left behind. Scherdin was not seen again.
On December 30, a platoon was inserted into the area to search for Scherdin, but had to be extracted because of heavy enemy activity. In January, 1969, the rear element of the original team was also reinserted and remained four days. They died in a helicopter crash shortly after their extraction. They had not been questioned by the investigation board, and it is not known if they located information concerning Scherdin.
There are only three Americans missing who
are associated with the loss of a
According to Luster's wife, the remains were
subsequently buried in a mass grave. She does not accept the identification
of her husband. Further, Mrs. Luster states that one of the team "walked
off the plane in 1973" (was a released POW). According to all available
public records, only Luster, Moorman and Henderson were classified missing
from this incident, and no released POW went missing that day.
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 27 June 2003