CLEAVELAND F BRIDGMAN
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HONORED ON PANEL 12W, LINE 65 OF THE WALL

CLEAVELAND FLOYD BRIDGMAN

WALL NAME

CLEAVELAND F BRIDGMAN

PANEL / LINE

12W/65

DATE OF BIRTH

08/21/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/01/1970

HOME OF RECORD

SOUTH DARTMOUTH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Bristol County

STATE

MA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CLEAVELAND FLOYD BRIDGMAN
POSTED ON 5.25.2009
POSTED BY: Rick Greyson

We Remember

I knew Cleve at Knox College. We were not friends but Cleve was a presence on campus; physically imposing, handsome, friendly, smart, and with a smile for everyone.

I did not know Cleve well but every Memorial Day I remember him as I know do countless others who knew him at Knox. We remember and quietly reflect on his service and sacrifice which humbles and honors us all.
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POSTED ON 5.19.2009
POSTED BY: Melvyn, Jack, Morgan, Andrew

Thank You

Thank you for fighting for our country.
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POSTED ON 1.1.2009
POSTED BY: Jack Morrison

Photo of FSB Illingsworth

This photograph is of FSB Illingsworth the day after the attack in which 1LT Bridgman made the ultimate sacrifice.
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POSTED ON 1.1.2009
POSTED BY: Jack Morrison

Photo of FSB Illingsworth

This photograph is of FSB Illingsworth the month before the attack in which 1LT Bridgman gave his last full measure.
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POSTED ON 1.1.2009
POSTED BY: Jack Morrison (USA Ret)

Fire Support Base Illingsworth Vietnam

Although I did not personally know Lieutenant Bridgman, I wanted to know about the man I replaced in Vietnam. I had only been in Vietnam for little over a month in March 1970. I was working my way through orientations and interviews for a position assignment in the 1st Cav Division. I was being moved from rear to forward base camps for field assignment when the battle at Illingsworth happened on April 1. As a result of Lt. Bridgman’s death, I was assigned to fill his position as B Battery, 1/77th Field Artillery Battalion Forward Observer (FO) after the unit he supported, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, moved from Illingsworth to a less active area near Bien Hoa. They were moved in order to rebuild unit strength - 27 KIA and 57 WIA at Illingsworth – and give the replacements a chance to orient themselves to combat. I joined C/2-8 at Bien Hoa around the 5th of April 1970. I was told then by the Company Commander I was replacing a FO who was KIA. I just wanted to know a little more about him.

In May 2006, I was trying to document my time in Vietnam for personal reasons, and during my research for 1st Cav unit information, I received a response to an email I sent to members of C Company, 1-5 Cav where Lt Bridgman’s picture was posted. At the time, I was trying to verify that he was in fact the FO I replaced. I was told that “…Cleave had just been reassigned from C/1-5 to C/2-8 only a short time prior to the attack…” and had supported the 1/5 longer than he had the 2/8. Another website having the same photo also stated: 1Lt. "Cliff" Bridgman was C Company FO in 1969 and early 70, great guy liked by everyone,…”

I wish I had been able to know him personally. I will always honor his service and ultimate sacrifice for his country.
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