Dibbert, Bernard Wayne, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
2162-Operations & Training Staff Officer (G3 S3)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 2162, MACV Advisory Team 21 Pleiku
Service Years
1944 - 1965


Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Fayettville, North Carolina
Seattle, Washington

Casualty Date
Jun 01, 1965
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 129

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV)

 Unofficial Badges 

Gold Star

 Military Association Memberships
Scabbard and Blade AssociationVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1950, Scabbard and Blade Association
  1965, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Senior Parachutist

 Unit Assignments
Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident CourseMilitary Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1962-1962, 1542, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course
  1965-1965, 2162, MACV Advisory Team 21 Pleiku
 Colleges Attended 
University of Washington
  1947-1951, University of Washington
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Major (Infantry) Bernard Wayne Dibbert, United States Army, for gallantry in action.

Major Dibbert distinguished himself by gallantry in action on 1 June 1965 while serving as an Advisor accompanying a friendly force on a motorized convoy in the Republic of Vietnam. During the course of the operation, the convoy was ambushed by a large enemy force armed with mortars and automatic weapons.

When the troops dismounted, Major Dibbert took up a firing position and proceeded to move toward a hostile machine gun position that prevented the friendly force from maneuvering. After enemy mortar fire ceased, the enemy attacked and engaged in close combat. Major Dibbert personally dispatched three of the Viet Cong and was again proceeding toward the hostile machine gun position when he was mortally wounded.

Major Dibbert's conspicuous gallantry in action was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1301 (June 16, 1965)
Action Date: June 1, 1965
Service: Army
Rank: Major
Notes :
Also killed in this incident was MSgt. Hugh M. Robbins, of Lawton, Oklahoma.

from Army Register, pg. 216,  Date 1956.
* Enlisted June 1944 2nd Lt.. USAR.  BSM and PH.

See also Army Register, pg. 138,  Date 1961.


While at the University of Washington, Seattle, he was a member of the ROTC and National Society of Scabbard and Blade serving as the 1st Sgt. of the group.

Did he serve in Korea? Circumstances of 1st Purple Heart and Bronze Star awards?
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