Bigley, George Carl, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1964-1965, 11B10, Field Advisory Element 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
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cicero, Illinois
Last Address
Cicero, Illinois

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 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 75th Ranger Regiment


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 3rd Award
Master Parachutist

 
 Unit Assignments
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, 11B10, Field Advisory Element MACV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1945-1945 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)
  1964-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)/Battle of Binh Gia
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 01E 081
Silver Star
 

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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