Bergfield, Phillip Rex, CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 101st Airborne Division
Service Years
1966 - 1971
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Field Artillery

Captain



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
St Jacob
Last Address
St Jacob

Casualty Date
Jul 03, 1971
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03W 097

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101st Airbone Division


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Artillery Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal



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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Field Artillery Officer Candidate School (Fort Sill, OK), B
 Unit Assignments
1st Aviation Brigade4th Battalion, 77th Aerial Rocket Artillery (77th ARA)/A Battery4th Battalion, 77th Field Artillery 101st Airborne Division
  1968-1969, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1969-1969, Rotary Wing Instrument Flight Examiner's Course
  1969-1970, Instrument Training, Rotary Wing
  1970-1971, 4th Battalion, 77th Aerial Rocket Artillery (77th ARA)/A Battery
  1970-1971, 4th Battalion, 77th Field Artillery /A Battery
  1970-1971, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Consolidation I Campaign (1971)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Name: CPT Phillip Rex Bergfield
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/03/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 23.9
Date of Birth: 07/31/1947
Home City: St Jacob, IL
Service: FA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A BTRY, 4TH BN, 77TH ARTILLERY, 101ST ABN DIV, USARV
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 68-2
Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 03W-097
Short Summary: Mid-air of two Cobras south west of Camp Eagle. See Martell, Schettig, and Tomlinson.
Aircraft: AH-1G tail number 68-15185
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 61193 Field Artillery Unit Commander (Pilot)
Primary cause: Mid-Air?
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 11/11/1970 (2nd tour - 1st tour dates and unit unknown)
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile dead - died while missing
Length of service: 4
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YD875014
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist - other groups
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 11/11/1997
 

   
Comments/Citation
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 03W 097

Information on U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G tail number 68-15185
The Army purchased this helicopter 0769
Total flight hours at this point: 00001139
Date: 07/03/1971
Incident number: 710703011ACD Accident case number: 710703011 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/4/77 ARA 101 ABN
The station for this helicopter was Phu Bai in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YD874005
Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 753033
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P CPT BERGFIELD PHILLIP REX KIA
P CPT MARTELL TERRY JACK KIA


Accident Summary:

 THE AIRCRAFT IN QUESTION WERE ON 2 MINUTE ALERT STATUS WITH AN AERIAL ROCKET ARTILLERY BATTERY. THEY RECEIVED A CONTACT MISSION AT APPROXIMATELY 2320 HOURS AND WERE IMMEDIATELY LAUNCHED. ARRIVING ON STATION AT 2330 HOURS IN TRAIL FORMATION, A CIRCLING ORBIT WAS SET UP BY THE LEAD AIRCRAFT AND WAS OBSERVED BY GROUND TROOPS, WHO INDICATED THE ORBIT GOT SMALLER AND SMALLER. THE LAST RADIO TRANSMISSION MONITORED WAS THAT THE LEAD AIRCRAFT, FLOWN BY CPT BERGFIELD, WAS "ROLLING IN HOT". AT THIS TIME THE TROOPS ON THE GROUND OBSERVED A LARGE FLASH OF FIRE AND SOME ROCKETS BEING FIRED. THE BURNING AIRCRAFT FELL TO THE GROUND OVER A RIDGE LINE 800 METERS FROM THE GROUND TROOPS WHO ALSO REPORTED SHORTLY AFTER THE FLASH OF FIRE IN THE SKY, THERE WAS ANOTHER FLASH ON THE GROUND OVER THE RIDGE LINE. THE FLASH OF FIRE IN THE SKY WAS ALSO OBSERVED BY ^CW2 BARRY MARTENS, 310-56-6339^, OF ^A BTRY, 4/77TH ARTY, 101ST ABN DIV^ WHO WATCHED THE AIRCRAFT LAUNCHED, AND DEPART THE PHU BAI COMBAT BASE TO THE SOUTHWEST IN TRAIL FORMATION. ^CW2 MARTENS^ OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT SET UP THEIR ORBIT OVER THE CONTACT AREA AND WAS WATCHING FOR THE SECTION TO COMMENCE THEIR FIRING RUNS. ^CW2 MARTENS^ THEN OBSERVED A LARGE FLASH IN THE AREA OF THE AIRCRAFT AND COULD NO LONGER SEE THE AIRCRAFT POSITIONS LIGHTS. HE WENT TO THE BATTERY OPERATIONS CENTER AND INFORMED THE PERSONNEL ON DUTY, WHO INITIATED A RADIO SEARCH WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS. THE GROUND COMMANDER ALSO RADIOED THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE THAT THE AIRCRAFT HAD CRASHED. AT THIS TIME THE ^4TH BATTALION, 77TH ARTILLERY^ HEADQUARTERS TACTICAL OPERATIONS CENTER WAS NOTIFIED, WHO IN TURN LAUNCHED A SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM IN A UH-1H. UPON ARRIVING ON THE SCENE, TWO FIRES WERE OBSERVED APPROXIMATELY 200 METERS APART AND WITH CLOSE OBSERVATION OF THE FIRES, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT BOTH AIRCRAFT WERE TOTALLY DESTROYED WITH LITTLE CHANCE OF SURVIVORS.\\

Phil Bergfield was my classmate at OCS, and during flight training. After our initial VN tours, we were stationed together at Hunter AAF for about a year, A good man and a friend. He died doing his duty and I miss him.
Posted by: Gerry Canevaro
Email: gerryc999@ yahoo.com
Relationship: We served together
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
 

CPT Bergfield was serving with Battery A, 4th Battalion, 77th Artillery (Aerial Rocket), 101st Airborne Division. He was the lead pilot in a formation of two AH-1G Cobra helicopters that had established a night-time circular orbit overhead ground troops in contact. The last radio contact with the flight was his radio call that he was "Rolling in hot".
The ground troops observed rockets being fired and a large flash of light from the lead aircraft's position, then watched as a burning aircraft fell to earth beyond a ridgeline approximately 800 meters distant from them. A second flash of light was observed beyond the ridgeline.
A search and rescue team in a UH-1H Huey was launched at once. When the Huey arrived on scene the SAR team found two fires about 200 meters apart. Close observation of the fires revealed that the two AH-1G Cobras had crashed as the direct result of a mid-air collision. Four men died in the incident. CPT Bergfield?s co-pilot was CPT Terry J. Martell, a graduate of Field Artillery OCS Class 15-69.
 
Posted by: Randy Dunham
Email: faocsalumni@sbcglobal.net
Relationship: Field Artillery OCS Alumni
Saturday, December 26, 2009
 
I was really sorry to hear about the mid-air collision. Phil and I were Flight Commanders at Hunter AAF, Savannah, GA in 1969-1970. We were teaching flight instrumentation to American flight students and then contact flight training to the South Vietnamese in the UH-1 Huey. In addition to being an excellent soldier and aviator, Phil was a good guy and well liked by all.
Posted by: Warren Fuller AV Fuller, Warren (Vanguard 969), CPT
Email: warren@wefpages.com
Relationship: We served together
Thursday, February 3, 2011
 
   
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