Bigley, George Carl, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B40-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1964-1965, 11B40, Special Detachment 5891, HQ MACV
Service Years
1942 - 1965


Ranger
Sergeant First Class


Seven Service Stripes



Nine Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1921
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SGT James E. Reece, III (Team Leader, Vietnam Profiles) to remember Bigley, George Carl, SFC.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cicero, Il
Last Address
Cicero, IL

Casualty Date
Jan 03, 1965
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Bigley Family Cemetery - Coulter, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 081

 Official Badges 

75th Ranger Regiment Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry


 Tributes from Members  
From George Whittington posted by CA Short, Diane 829  
 Photo Album   (More...


 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 3rd Award
Master Parachutist
Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
POW/MIA11th Airborne DivisionInfantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GAMilitary Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1944-1945, POW/MIA
  1955-1957, 11th Airborne Division
  1958-1963, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1964-1965, 11B40, Special Detachment 5891, HQ MACV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
  1964-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)/Battle of Binh Gia
  1964-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Oct 24, 2016, General Photos13
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
  
Sgt. 1st/Class U.S. Army, Vietnam War-Sgt. Bigley was killed in action by multiple fragmentation wounds on 1-3-1965 while serving as an Infantryman {Instructor} {11B4H} with Special Detachment-5891 of the MACV Advisors, U.S. Army. The Sgt. had better than 22 years of Service. He enlisted in WWII on October 9, 1940 for Philippine Service. He is the son of Mr. Stephen B. & Mrs. Marie P. Bigley of Pennsylvania, now of Cicero, Illinois, and the husband of Mrs. Helen Bigley of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and there is one son, Mr. Stephan B. Bigley. During WWII, he was captured in Italy on January 30, 1944, and released in 1946 from Stalag Luft 2B Hammerstein in West Prussia. Awards: 4 Purple Heart Medals, 2 Bronze Star Medals, Combat Infantry Badges with 2 Stars, Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, 2 National Defense Service Medals, Army Good Conduct Medals, 5th award, American Defense Service Medal, Philippine Defense Medal, European Campaign Medal with 7 Battle Stars, POW Medal, {Germany}, WWII Victory Medal.
   
Comments/Citation


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant First Class George Carl Bigley  (ASN: 16002566), United States Army 

For gallantry in action while engaged in military operations, on 3 January 1965, while serving as a Light Weapons Infantry Advisor to the 35th Ranger Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Bigley was accompanying a Vietnamese Company of a task force which was returning from a convoy escort mission through enemy-held terrain when the company was ambushed by two Viet Cong companies. As the task element was thrown into confusion by the sudden attack, Sergeant Bigley bravely exposed himself to the enemy gunfire to reorganize the hesitant Vietnamese troops. Then, with complete disregard for his own safety, he moved through open terrain under withering gunfire in an attempt to rally the soldiers and to encourage them to establish a line and return the fire. Throughout this fierce engagement with the Viet Cong, he continued his courageous efforts until mortally wounded. His fortitude, indomitable courage, and determination inspired the Rangers to take action which enabled them to return to the task force. Sergeant Bigley's conspicuous gallantry is in the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military services. Department of the Army, General Orders No. 15 (April 28, 1965)


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We were fellow soldiers and buddies with the 11th Abn Div in Augsburg Germany in '56 and '57. George was with the Rangers at Anzio in WW II and was captured behind the lines at Cisterna by the Germans and became a POW*. He was one of the best and is sorely missed. 
Posted by: SGM William Brushwood USA Ret
Email: brushwood2@aol.com
Relationship: fellow soldier and buddy
Friday, March 24, 2000

*Note: SFC Bigley was held at Stalag 2B Hammerstein as a POW (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 1944-1945.

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