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MERLIN HERMAN BERGAN


is honored on Panel 49W, Line 50 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Final Mission of SFC Merlin H. Bergan

    Posted on 10/31/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On August 12, 1968, a U.S. Army Helicopter UH-1D (#66-00820) from the 191st Assault Helicopter Company, call sign “White 5,” was returning to Bearcat Base in a flight of five aircraft following the completion of a combat operation for the 9th Infantry Division when it suffered a tail rotor failure and crashed one nautical mile northwest of Rach Kien. The flight was at 1500 feet in a diamond formation with White 5 in the slot. Approximately 10 minutes out of Dong Tam, White 5 transmitted, "White 5 going down, tail rotor failure." The aircraft was observed to descend in a relatively level attitude with the main rotor turning very slowly. The number two aircraft in the formation, flown by aircraft commander CW2 Wiegman, broke from the formation and followed the aircraft down. The aircraft struck the ground in a slightly nose low attitude in a rice paddy with apparently very little forward motion. The aircraft commander and the pilot were pinned in the wreckage by the instrument panel. A fire ignited in the passenger compartment. An attempt was made to extract the personnel from the burning wreckage, and one passenger was removed, but had apparently died on impact. A total of four crewmen and six passengers perished in the crash. The four lost crew members were pilot CPT Arnold W. Luke, co-pilot WO1 Terry R. Jens Jr., crew chief SP5 Gerald A. Wilson, and gunner SP4 Arturo D. Montion. The lost passengers were SGT Thaddeus Durrett, SP4 Bobby Freeman, SFC Merlin H. Bergan, SSGT Lonnie J. Tullier, SGT Thomas E. Mortice III, and Vietnamese national. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 2/19/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR SERGEANT 1ST CLASS BERGAN,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN AIRBORNE QUALIFIED UNIT SUPPLY SERGEANT. IT IS 2017, WHICH MAKES IT FAR TOO LONG FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. IT IS ALSO PRESIDENTS' DAY WEEKEND. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 8/12/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you Sergeant First Class Bergan for your devotion, leadership, and courage.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/12/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SFC Merlin Herman Bergan, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Not forgotten

    Posted on 8/10/05 - by Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67
    Merlin, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you for protecting the freedoms we enjoy today.
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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