ROBERT J BRIDGES JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 40E, LINE 18 OF THE WALL

ROBERT JAN BRIDGES JR

WALL NAME

ROBERT J BRIDGES JR

PANEL / LINE

40E/18

DATE OF BIRTH

01/05/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/19/1968

HOME OF RECORD

MITCHELL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Davison County

STATE

SD

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

HM2

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT JAN BRIDGES JR
POSTED ON 3.21.2011

Remembered

Rest in peace with the warriors.
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POSTED ON 11.27.2010

Crash Summary on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-53A tail number 153278

Crew members were CPT Lucien C. Tessier (KIA), CPT Bill W. Deetz (KIA), SGT Kenneth P. Ehnis (KIA), LCP Benjamin F. Johnson III (KIA), SGT Francis S.N. Torre (KIA); passengers andor other participants were CPT Barton J. Uplinger (KIA),HM2 Robert J. Bridges Jr. (KIA), TSG Sylvester McCullough (KIA), and PFC Robert E. Tyner (KIA). The MAG-16 Command Chronology states that at 1915H 19 February 1968 U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-53A tail number 153278 was declared overdue and missing after being last reported at 092 degrees20 NM from Channel #69 enroute to MMAF on an IFR clearance. Search and rescue operations were instigated and continued on a daily basis through the end of the month. From Ken Davis: McCullough was an Air Force medic; Tyner was an infantryman with A112th Cav. Ref (i) addresses both the question of BuNo 153278's mission and why PFC Tyner and TSgt McCullough were aboard the CH-53: 'The following is what R.E. [Tyner]'s family told us that the military told them concerning R.E. the day that the helicopter crashed: R.E. was wounded in the neckshoulder area while fighting in Hue. He was placed on a helicopter and was to be sent to a medical facility in Da Nang for treatment of his wounds. There were 13 men onboard the helicopter and several were Vietnamese soldiers. The flight time was supposed to take about 20 minutes from where they took off to where they were supposed to land. The helicopter had been in the air about 10 minutes when all contact with it was lost. All were declared MIA. Sometime later the Tyner family was contacted and told that the helicopter had been found and the men declared dead. They were told that of the 13 men on board that only enough remains of bodies were found to put in 3 coffins.' Mrs. Johnson grew up with 'R. E.' Tyner and knew him and his family well. Her husband entered the service at the same time as R. E. Tyner and went through training with him to include initial in-country indoctrination with the 1st Cav Division. They separated at that time, with Tyner assigned to A112 Cav and Johnson to D27 Cav. From the above it appears that BuNo 153278 was on a medevac mission tofrom Hue when it went down. Given the ref (d) 'last position' data of 09220NM Channel 16 the CH-53 was nowhere near NVN waters, and the wreckage certainly wasn't. It appears that an error was made in the initial coding of the casualty reports or at some point thereafter and that no corrections were made after the wreckage was located in June 1968. The medevac mission itself is indicated by the presence of a Corpsman (HM2 Bridges from the 3rd Med Bn, Danang); Mrs. Johnson's information; and the presence of a USAF medic, and TSgt McCullough. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 6.17.2003
POSTED BY: Donald Lytle

Thank you Doc

Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Robert Jan Bridges, Jr., for your courageous and valiant service, years of faithfully contributing, and most holy sacrifice, given to this great country of ours!

Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Mate, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

Again, thank you Doc Bridges, for a job well done!

FAIR WINDS, AND ETERNAL PEACE MY FRIEND


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POSTED ON 6.7.2002
POSTED BY: HMCM John Bruneel, Retired

I'm the One Called "Doc..."

I'm the One Called "Doc…"


I shall not walk in your footsteps,
but I will walk by your side.
I shall not walk in your image,
I've earned my own title of pride.
We've answered the call together,
on sea and foreign land.
When the cry for help was given,
I've been there right at hand.
Whether I am on the ocean
or in the jungle wearing greens,
Giving aid to my fellow man,
be it Sailors or Marines.
So the next time you see a corpsman
and you thing of calling him "squid",
Think of the job he's doing
as those before him did.
And if you ever have to go out there
and you life is on the block,
Look at the one right next to you…
I'm the one called "Doc".


Harry D. Penny, Jr. HMC(AC)USN
Copyright 1975

"Permission to reprint granted
by the author/copyright owner".
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POSTED ON 5.27.2001
POSTED BY: Mike "Doc" Maas

A Man with a BIG Heart

Thanks Doc! Your service to us and the people of Vietnam is remembered.
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