No Bigger FanPosted on 8/31/13 - by Karen HornbargerMy husband, David W Hornbarger, shall always remember you. He served with you in Vietnam and was devastated by your death. Many years later, when we had the "Moving" Vietnam Wall in San Jacinto, CA, my husband and a father (David has a legacy and her name is Beth 05-29-1990) showed us Henry's name and we engraved a copy on paper with charcoal.MORE
David W. Hornbarger, is my late husband (deceased 05-21-2007). I am here to remember Henry as Dave did.
Silver Star CitationPosted on 8/15/13 - by R. Butterfield, D Co., 3rd Bn., 8th Inf., 4th Inf. Div.The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Henry Charles Biggerstaff, United States Army, for gallantry in action. Specialist Fourth Class Biggerstaff distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, on 10 May 1968, while assigned to Battery B, 4th Battalion, 60th Artillery, I Field Force. On that date, Specialist Biggerstaff was serving as a gunner on a machine gun mount, quad .50, M-55, with an assigned mission of providing perimeter defense support to the 3d Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment. At approximately 0400 hours, a large North Vietnamese force advanced undetected to within a few yards of the perimeter and unleashed a furious attack with small arms fire and hand grenades. As the enemy forces advanced toward the perimeter bunkers, Specialist Biggerstaff and his fellow crew members rushed to man the machine gun mount. An enemy hand grenade wounded the two companions who were with Specialist Biggerstaff. With complete disregard for his own safety, he advanced alone through the heavy small arms fire and fragmentation from hand grenades and began to man the weapon without assistance. He released a barrage of fire at nearly point blank range which was so devastating that the enemy was forced to withdraw to the bunkers which they had already overrun. They then began to concentrate all of their efforts on the destruction of the machine gun position. When an enemy hand grenade exploded within the gun turret, Specialist Biggerstaff gave his life as a result of his valiant refusal to abandon his weapon. He had provided precious time in which the United States elements gained fire superiority over the enemy and thereby had saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers. Specialist Biggerstaff's extraordinary heroism was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.MORE
General Orders: Headquarters, I Field Force, Vietnam, General Orders No. 505 (June 10, 1968)
Action Date: 10-May-68 Service: Army
Rank: Specialist Fourth Class
Company: Battery B
Battalion: 4th Battalion
Regiment: 60th Artillery
Division: I Field Force
Fellow Soldier There That DayPosted on 5/10/13 - by Jim White email@example.com
45 years ago today on Firebase 25 near Kontum, I fought along side SP4 Biggerstaff. I was in the infantry unit he was supporting. (C38 4th ID)He is a true American hero. God Bless his soul & his family.
We RememberPosted on 11/21/10 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgHenry is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk, VA. SS PH
Neighborhood friendPosted on 8/13/10 - by Taylor Ford email@example.comI remember Butch as one of the many young men who grew up in my neighborhood in Norfolk and went to Granby High School.
Never ForgottenPosted on 3/27/06 - by Bill Nelson firstname.lastname@example.orgFOREVER REMEMBEREDMORE
"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."
Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.
We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:
Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.
From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
Who Shall We SendPosted on 5/10/03 - by Dave Avery"An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."MORE
Butch Biggerstaff and I went to high school together at Granby HS in Norfolk and apparently served in the same area of Vietnam together although I did not know him in country. Butch was a typical guy, never in touble always one of the guys who paid the ultimate price. It pains me to see his name on the wall and wish he was still a son, brother or next door neighbor.MORE
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.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.