Berkebile, Jack Albert, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1968, River Section 552, River Division 55 (RIVDIV 55)
Service Years
1950 - 1968

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Johnstown, PA
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 23, 1968
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
38W 040

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Vietnam Combat Craft Crewmember Badge

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Duty Stations
US NavyRiver Section 552, River Division 55 (RIVDIV 55)
  1961-1962, CT-0000, USS Oxford (AG-159)
  1968-1968, River Section 552, River Division 55 (RIVDIV 55)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War
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Last Known Activity
He was my Division leader and I have so many fond memories! It was llie yesterday on the Oxford in 1962 that we shared so many stories!
Posted by: Norm Wolverton CT2
Relationship: We served together
Friday, December 14, 2012

I was stationed on board the USS OXFORD (AG-159) with CT1 Jack Berkebile from Aug. 1961 to July 1962. He was a gung ho sailor and a good supervisor. I was not surprised to learn that he became a commisioned officer and died bravely defending his men and country.
Posted by: Dennis O'Loughlin
Relationship: We served together
Thursday, June 27, 2002
Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the 
Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Jack Berkebile (NSN: 672263), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving in the Republic of Vietnam. On the evening of 23 November 1968. Lieutenant Berkebile, as Officer-in-Charge of River Division 552, deployed three patrol boats in the area of a suspected Viet Cong river crossing point. After supervising preparations which included stationing a mobile ground reaction force nearby and arranging for air cover by armed Navy helicopters, he took personal charge of the patrol and proceeded to the suspected crossing area. As the patrol neared the spot where Lieutenant Berkebile had been ambushed two night before, he directed all boats to assume maximum readiness and personally took a position from which he could see and direct the fire of his units. Suddenly heavy fire broke out from both banks. Seeing that there was no room to maneuver in the narrow canal, he led his units through the ambush despite extremely heavy fire from rockets and machine guns. From his exposed position he called in air cover and directed devastating fire from the guns of his units until mortally wounded by an enemy rocket. Lieutenant Berkebile's heroic actions, sense of responsibility and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: 23-Nov-68


Rank: Lieutenant
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