Bielke, Max Junior, 1SG

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Last Rank
First Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Adjutant General Corps
Last Primary MOS
71L10-Administrative Specialist
Last MOS Group
Adjutant General (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1973-1973, 00U, US Army Intelligence Center (Staff) Fort Holabird, MD
Service Years
1952 - 1974

First Sergeant

Seven Service Stripes

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Laurel, Md
Last Address
Pipestone, Minnesota

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 2001
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
District Of Columbia
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section:64 Grave: 6439

 Official Badges 

U.S. Army Vietnam US Army Retired Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

 Unofficial Badges 

Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present) Adjutant General Corps Shoulder Cord

 Military Association Memberships
September 11, 2001 Fallen
  2014, September 11, 2001 Fallen [Verified]

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Vietnam War/Cease-Fire Campaign (1972-73)
From Month/Year
March / 1972
To Month/Year
January / 1973

This campaign was from  30 March 1972 to 28 January 1973. On 30 March 1972 the North Vietnamese Army launched its greatest offensive of the entire war. The enemy deployed the greatest array of troops and modern weapons to date in a major effort to end the war with conventional forces and seized considerable territory in an effort to exercise control of key provinces throughout Vietnam.

During this critical period the Vietnamization program continued in the face of the North Vietnamese invasion and the successful counterattack by the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam. Army aviation units played an impressive role throughout the period, flying reconnaissance, close support missions, and transporting troops. As U.S. combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam, the role of helicopter units increased in importance and they responded to the challenge of continuing to support while preparing the RVNAF to assume their function. Similarly, advisors of all services contributed immeasurably to the defeat of the enemy invasion and the continued Vietnamization process. Army and Marine advisors fought side-by-side with their RVNAF counterparts to stop and defeat the enemy invasion, as the Vietnamese counteroffensive gained momentum and the reduction of field advisers continued. The advisory effort shifted to emphasize training and to assure that the VNAF attained self-sufficiency prior to the complete withdrawal of the U.S forces.

Recapture of Quang Tri City on 16 September 1972 marked the complete failure of the enemy to hold any of the targeted provincial capitols. Massive aid replaced materiel lost during the spring counteroffensive. Retraining and reconstruction of selected RVNAF units increased their capabilities. The completion of the massive logistical buildup of RVNAF was accomplished, which enabled the RVNAF to become more self-sufficient as direct U.S. participation diminished. The US ground role in Vietnam was totally replaced by the RVNAF. During December 1972 and January 1973 the RVIVAF flew more than 45% of air sorties within Vietnam. In November 1972, the RVNAF began a C-130 training program and by January 1973 realized a significant increase in their capability. RVNAF forward air controllers began directing USAF and RVNAF strike aircraft in January 1973. The US policy of Vietnamization continued.

US combat and combat support operations were conducted in support of RVNAF ground operations during the North Vietnamese invasion and the counteroffensive including intensive interdiction of enemy supply routes into Vietnam. Since US ground forces had been reduced to seven battalions, the US ground combat role was limited to defense of key installations. Further reduction in troop ceilings led to the redeployment of all US ground combat battalions, leaving an Army contingent of combat support and service support units.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1973
To Month/Year
January / 1973
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
Personal Memories
Units Participated in Operation

630th Military Police Company

18th Military Police Brigade

300th Military Police Company

212th Military Police Company

5th Military Police Battalion (CID)

716th Military Police Battalion

23rd Military Police Company

504th Military Police Battalion

218th Military Police Company

22nd Military Police Battalion (CID)

194th Military Police Company

615th Military Police Company

720th Military Police Battalion

95th Military Police Battalion

552nd Military Police Company

23rd Military Police Company, 503rd Military Police Battalion (Airborne)

My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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  • Allman, Timothy, SGT, (1965-1973)
  • Ball, Robert, MAJ, (1970-2000)
  • Banta, Irvin, SGM, (1969-1992)
  • Barkhymer, William, SGT, (1971-1986)
  • Barnes, Houston, MSG, (1968-1990)
  • Black, Dean, SP 4, (1970-1972)
  • Brown, Kent, MAJ, (1970-1981)
  • Brown, Roosevelt, SFC, (1970-1990)
  • Brownlee, Robert Wallace Jr., COL
  • Butler, Percy, CW4, (1964-1984)
  • Campbell, John, COL, (1969-1994)
  • Casteel, Vernon Wayne, CSM, (1970-2001)
  • Condo, John, SP 5, (1972-1985)
  • Czerniejewski, DJ, SP 5, (1969-1979)
  • De La Rosa, Frank, SFC, (1964-1986)
  • Dedijer, Peter, CW3, (1962-1982)
  • Forgy, Ken, SGM, (1973-2008)
  • French, Marque, SSG, (1969-1977)
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  • Gerhardt, Michael, SFC, (1971-1993)
  • Gouin, Donat J., MSG, (1947-1974)
  • Graham, Charles, CPT
  • Griscom, John, LTC, (1964-2002)
  • Grossmann, Wolfgang, SP 5, (1969-1978)
  • Haseman, John, COL, (1963-1995)
  • Healy, Michael D., MG, (1945-1981)
  • Hotujec, Jeff, MSG, (1968-1990)
  • Jacobi, Richard, CW3, (1971-1997)
  • Jones, Robert, SP 4, (1972-1979)
  • Kellum, Thomas, SGT, (1971-2011)
  • Kelly, Michael, SP 4, (1971-1973)
  • Lasorsa, Michael, SP 4, (1971-1974)
  • Long, Julius W. Jr., SSG, (1967-1974)
  • Lowell, Richard, 1SG, (1968-1992)
  • MacPhail, Don A., SSG, (1968-1977)
  • Mcfarlane, Clyde, SGT, (1972-1975)
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