Biggs, Earl Roger, SGM

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Last Rank
Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Branch Immaterial
Last Primary MOS
11G50-Infantry Senior Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1990, 11Z50, POW/MIA
Service Years
1950 - 1968

Special Forces
Sergeant Major

Eight Service Stripes

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Matheny, WV

Casualty Date
Jan 16, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Unknown, Not Reported
An Giang (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Palm Memorial Gardens - Matheny, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34E 057

 Official Badges 

Special Forces Group Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Master Parachutist

 Unit Assignments
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)5th Special Forces Group (A)POW/MIA
  1967-1968, 11B10, HHC, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1967-1968, Det A-411 (An Phu/My Phuoc Tay), Det B-41 (Moc Hoa)
  1968-1990, 11Z50, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Earl Roger Biggs was born March 23, 1932, in Concho, West Virginia, the son of Van Buren Biggs (1910-1987) and Leona Frances Harris-Biggs (1911-2007). He was a graduate of Clear Fork High School and joined the United States Army in 1950, attaining the rank of sergeant while serving in Korea. After his Korean service, he worked for General Motors in Cleveland and was later an employee of Itmann Coal Company.
In 1957, Biggs reenlisted in the Army. He spent much of his time in the military at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, but served two tours of duty in Vietnam. During his second tour, he was with the Fifth Special Forces Group as an advisor to the Vietnamese Strike Force.
On January 16, 1968, Sergeant Biggs was an advisor on a "search and destroy" mission in the area known as the "Plain of Reeds" near Phuoc Tay. According to the citation accompanying the Silver Star that he was awarded posthumously, the unit was divided into two elements. One was to "sweep the objective" while the other, led by Sergeant Biggs, was to cover their advance. They were ambushed by an estimated two battalions of Viet Cong. During the ensuing fire fight, there were heavy casualties and Sergeant Biggs braved intense enemy fire to aid wounded comrades. As the Viet Cong launched a "human wave" attack, Sergeant Biggs's troops threw down their weapons but Biggs refused to withdraw. He was last seen "gallantly defending his [wounded] comrade and position against hopeless odds." Earl Biggs was at first listed as missing and it was reported, as cited in the book Green Berets at War by Shelby Stanton, that he had been captured by the Viet Cong and executed, though this could not be confirmed. In 1978 he was declared killed in action. His remains were later indentified through the use of forensics and returned to the United States.
On January 23, 1990, he was interred at Palm Memorial Gardens in Matheny.
He was the brother of Roy Kenneth Biggs (1930-2004), Carol Biggs-Stewart, & Franklin Biggs.
He was married to Edna Mae Sanders-Biggs (B. 1934) on April 10, 1954 in Glen Fork, Wyoming County, WV (per WV Marriage LIcense Register, Wyoming County, WV, 1954, Page 110, Application Date: April 3, 1954), and the father of Roger Wayne Biggs (1955-1958), David Van Biggs and Jeff Biggs.
declared dead 3.4.1978 as Sergeant Major
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 34E 057
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