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
1968-1968, 11G50, POW/MIA
Service Years
1950 - 1968

Special Forces
Sergeant Major

Six 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
Matheny, WV
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 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Basic Parachutist (1 Combat Jump)
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
187th Airborne Regimental Combat TeamSpecial Forces Units5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)POW/MIA
  1950-1953, 4745, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team
  1953-1957, 111.67, Break in Service
  1961-1968, 11G50, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1967-1968, 11F4S, Det A-411 (An Phu/My Phuoc Tay), Det B-41 (Moc Hoa)
  1968-1968, 11G50, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Operation Tomahawk
  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. He was declared dead 3.4.1978 as Sergeant Major.

The SGM Earl R. Biggs Memorial Armed Forces Reserve Center is located in Kenova, West Virginia
Silver Star

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Major [then Sergeant First Class] Earl Roger Biggs (ASN: RA-13350751), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations in the Republic of Vietnam, on 16 January 1968, while serving with Detachment A-411, Company D, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. His actions, without regard for his own safety, reflect great credit on himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
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