Bartholomew, Roger Jay, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 1193, 4th Battalion, 77th Field Artillery /HHB
Service Years
1954 - 1968

Field Artillery

Lieutenant Colonel

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Portland, OR
Last Address
Portland, OR

Casualty Date
Nov 27, 1968
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park - Omaha, Nebraska
Wall/Plot Coordinates
38W 070

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 Unit Assignments
Division Artillery (DIVARTY), 11th Airborne Division1st Cavalry Division2nd Battalion, 20th Aerial Rocket Artillery (ARA)4th Battalion, 77th Field Artillery
101st Airborne Division
  1965-1965, Division Artillery (DIVARTY), 11th Airborne Division
  1965-1966, 2nd Battalion, 20th Artillery Regiment
  1965-1966, 1st Cavalry Division/HHC
  1965-1966, 2nd Battalion, 20th Aerial Rocket Artillery (ARA)
  1968-1968, 4th Battalion, 77th Aerial Rocket Artillery (77th ARA)
  1968-1968, 4th Battalion, 77th Field Artillery /HHB
  1968-1968, 1193, 101st Airborne Division
  1968-1968, 1193, 4th Battalion, 77th Field Artillery /HHB
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
 Colleges Attended 
Oregon State University
  1950-1954, Oregon State University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Name: LTC Roger Jay Bartholomew
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 11/27/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 36.1
Date of Birth: 11/02/1932
Home City: Portland, OR
Service: AT branch of the regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: HHB/4/77 ARA 101 ABN
Prior Unit: C/2/20 ARA 1 CAV 66
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Service: AT branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 38W-070
Short Summary: During attack on enemy position N. of Da Nang while serving as battalion commander. Also KIA was 101 ABN Div DIVARTY commander.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00611
Service number: O91750
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1193 = 11 Field Artillery Unit Commander
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 10/05/1968
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 14
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Presbyterian
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 04/12/1998


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00611
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00000712
Date: 11/27/1968
Incident number: 68112720.KIA
Unit: HHB/4/77 ARA 101 ABN
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Close Air Support
While On Target this helicopter was Attacking at UNK feet and UNK knots.
The station for this helicopter was Thua Thien Province in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: ZC171951
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 05 DOI . . Number killed in accident = 0 . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, UH1P3, 33203 (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:

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War Story:
As former Div.Radio Officer for the 101st Airborne Div and a friend of Col.Edward B. Vogel, I was monitoring his freq at the time that he was shot down. As I rember it another chopper in his ARA Bn had taken hits and had gone down. Col Vogel directed his chopper to go in for support and/or rescue and was shot down. Sorry that I can't remember much more about this. Jim Fogle. COL Vogel was the Div Arty CO at the time and LTC Bartholomew was the 4/77th ARA Bn CO at the time. From Stephen Rinish, Bn Operations NCO.


Vietnam Wall Panel coords 38W 070
In 1966 the combat numbers increased to eleven major operations and thirteen major battles. On February 12, 1966, information was received that a Viet Cong heavy machinegun was holding up the advance of infantry near Bong Son. Major Roger J. Bartholomew, Charlie Battery Commander, located the 12.7-mm anti-aircraft gun, attacked it with rockets and killed all six crewmen. He then landed and captured the weapon to prevent the enemy from putting it back into service.
By the time the campaign in the Bong Son area ended, ARA inflicted 574 casualties on the VC and destroyed 157 enemy fortified positions. Operation LINCOLN took place in March 1966 near the Chu Pong Massif on the Cambodian border. Several company-size units of the division were in heavy contact in the area where both extraction and reinforcement were difficult. At 5 p.m. ARA was committed. There were solid layers of fog and haze up to 5,000 feet, but the aircraft remained on station until 7:30 the next morning, firing 1,250 rockets to support the hard-pressed troops. ARA fire killed 138 enemies in the campaign.
On May 16, 1966 the 2nd of the 20th ARA battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel Morris Brady, and Major Bartholomew, the Charlie Battery commander, volunteered to fly two ARA birds in support of a company in contact and in danger of being overrun by a large VC force. They inched their aircraft through fog, rain and darkness up the slopes of a mountain peak east of An Khe, until they were hovering directly over the beleaguered company. Then, directed by the artillery forward observer below, unleashed ripple after ripple of rockets into an enemy assault force. Their timely fire support was credited by the ground commander with stabilizing an extremely grave situation. On May 22, 1966, the ARA battalion fired its 100,000th rocket in Vietnam.
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