Bergfield, Phillip Rex, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 1193, A Battery, 4th Battalion, 77th Aerial Rocket Artillery (77th ARA)
Service Years
1966 - 1971

Field Artillery


Three Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
St Jacob, IL
Last Address
St Jacob, IL

Casualty Date
Jul 03, 1971
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Sunset Hills Cemetery - Glen Carbon, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03W 097/ Garden of Faith,Lot 101B, Space 4

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 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryVietnam Veterans Memorial
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2020, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Aviator Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Aviation BrigadeA Battery, 4th Battalion, 77th Aerial Rocket Artillery (77th ARA)101st Airborne Division
  1968-1969, 1193, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1969-1969, Rotary Wing Instrument Flight Examiner's Course
  1969-1970, Instrument Training Course (Rotary Wing)
  1970-1971, 1193, A Battery, 4th Battalion, 77th Aerial Rocket Artillery (77th ARA)
  1970-1971, 1193, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Consolidation I Campaign (1971)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Capt Bergfield was on his 9th month of his second tour in Vietnam. 

FIELD ARTILLERY OCS CLASS 7-67 FORT SILL OKLAHOMA CPT Bergfield was serving with Battery A, 4th Battalion, 77th Artillery (Aerial Rocket), 101st Airborne Division. He was the lead pilot in a formation of two AH-1G Cobra helicopters that had established a night-time circular orbit overhead ground troops in contact. The last radio contact with the flight was his radio call that he was "Rolling in hot". The ground troops observed rockets being fired and a large flash of light from the lead aircraft's position, then watched as a burning aircraft fell to earth beyond a ridgeline approximately 800 meters distant from them.

A second flash of light was observed beyond the ridgeline. A search and rescue team in a UH-1H Huey was launched at once. When the Huey arrived on scene the SAR team found two fires about 200 meters apart. Close observation of the fires revealed that the two AH-1G Cobras had crashed as the direct result of a mid-air collision. Four men died in the incident. CPT Bergfield’s co-pilot was CPT Terry J. Martell, a graduate of Field Artillery OCS Class 15-69.


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