Bridges, Robert Jan, Jr., HM2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
HM-8404-Medical Field Service Technician/FMF Combat Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1968-1968, HM-8404, 3rd Meidcal Battalion
Service Years
1961 - 1968
HM-Hospital Corpsman
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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mitchell, SD
Last Address
Mitchell, SD

Casualty Date
Feb 19, 1968
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
40E 018 / SECTION 81 SITE 308-310

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Tributes from Members  
Obituary posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432 
We served together by Friends posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432 
NOTES FROM THE WALL posted by Withers, Michael D. (Mike), OSCS 523
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 Duty Stations
Army National Guard (ANG)3rd FSR/FSSG/3rd Medical Bn3rd Meidcal Battalion
  1960-1961, 00-0000, Army National Guard (ANG)
  1967-1967, HM-8404, 3rd FSR/FSSG/3rd Medical Bn
  1968-1968, HM-8404, 3rd Meidcal Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1968 Vietnam War
  1962-1962 Cold War Event - Cuban Blockade
  1967-1968 Khe Sanh, South Vietnam (FOB)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (68)/Operation Allen Brook
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 19, 2015, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Robert Bridges first enlisted in the South Dakota Army National Guard on September 30, 1960 in Mitchell, South Dakota, attached to the 665 Ordinance Company. He was honorably discharged and put on reserve status on February 28, 1961. Hm2 Bridges joined the Navy on March 1, 1961 in Omaha, Nebraska. He was on his fifth tour of duty to Vietnam, acting as a naval corpsman attached to Marine Company C, 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Division.

On February 19th, 1968, Hospital Corpsman Second Class Robert Jan Bridges was on an authorized medical evacuation flight. The cargo helicopter (CH-53A) in which he and eleven other passengers were riding crashed at night in the area of Da Nang, North Vietnam, and remained missing until June 21, 1968. The remains of Hm2 Bridges and the others were recovered, and a group burial was held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri on September 10, 1968.

A memorial marker was placed at the Legion Plot in Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell, South Dakota. 

Name of Award
Bronze Star
Gold Letter V  Gold Letter V  Awarded for distinguished actions in combat (valor)
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Bronze Star to HM3 Robert J. Bridges, Jr, who participated in over 15 combat operations - On 7 January 1966, Hm3 Bridges, while accompanying the Quang Xuyen District intelligence team personally disarmed a 50 kilo water mine. Realizing the potential intelligence value and intended use of the mine, as well as the possibility of booby traps, disregarding his own personal safety, Hm3 Bridges removed the detonating wires from the mine and single-handedly carried it to a LCVP and loaded it aboard. The entire action was performed despite intense enemy small arms fire. Hm3 Bridges' example of personal courage and military proficiency was an inspiration to the Vietnamese Regional Force soldiers he accompanied and materially contributed to the success of the United States advisory effort. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Navy
Rank: Hospital Corpsman Second Class
Battalion: 3rd Medical Battalion
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