This may be a little late, but since I don't see a response to your post of 4-11-99, here is my belated response.
I don't locate a ROSCOE BRYANT SMITH, but I do find ROSCOE B. SMITH, Navy Gunner'sMate 2nd. Class, serial no. 03467103, who died 7-12-45, NOT 8Aug 42, when the USS JARVIS went down during a Japanese air attack off Tulagi.
The second page of my reference expands on the above as related to ROSCO B. SMITH:
Entered the Service from : Arkansas Died : July 12, 1945 Missing in Action or Buried at Sea Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.
Awards: Purple Heart.
This includes a view of the beautiful cemetery at Manila.
I located the above information at
You can find information on the JARVIS at
which includes a view of the ship underway, with its number showing (393).
Apparently the Navy lost its roster of personnel for the ship, but it does state that it had a compliment of 251 men, and that "all hands were lost at sea", 8 Aug 42.
Granted, this may not be the individual you are seeking, but it is the best I can come up with.
He coulld have changed ships.
I'll see if I can come up with the name of the ship which went down 7-12-45 if it looks like this is the right man..
In case you are not able to bring up the references listed above, give me a mailing address or FAX No., and I will be pleased to forward my copies to you, without charge, of course.