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Cleaveland Floyd Bridgman
Birth: Aug. 21, 1946
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Apr. 1, 1970
Tay Ninh, Vietnam

age 23
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Aug 21, 1946
From: SOUTH DARTMOUTH, MA
Religion: PROTESTANT
Marital Status: Married

CLEAVELAND FLOYD BRIDGMAN


1LT - O2 - Army - Reserve
1st Cav Division (AMBL)

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Oct 14, 1969
Casualty was on Apr 1, 1970
In TAY NINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
ARTILLERY, ROCKET, or MORTAR
Body was recovered

Panel 12W - Line 65
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A bench for you.
Dear Cleave Today (3/10/10) a beautiful stone bench was dedicated to you in Darthmouth, Massachusetts. It's at the head of the harbor within sight of your former home. It's got you name and honors inscribed on it. Very beautiful bench and location. There were probably 80 people present including politicians and serviceman past and present. Quite a few flags from many of the service organizations. A very honorable presentation. I was honored to represent the men of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade, 1st Air Cavalry Division with whom you served as Foward Observer. You served with with honor and the friendships you developed remain to this day. As soldiers we often refer to our 'Brothers', a band of brothers. I want you to know that no soldier has a better brother than you have in your brother Tim. Tim loves and misses you very much to this day. His speech in your honor today, showed his love, respect and enthusiasm for you. You must have been a special role model and big brother to Tim. Thank you for this. You may rest in peace knowing you are loved and missed and will never be forgoton by your friends and family and military brothers. Rest in Peace.
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This information is posted, with the concurrance of Tim Bridgman, younger brother, of Cleave. It provides pertinent information about the battle on FSB Illingworth, that took CPT., Cleaveland Bridgman's life. It's the extract of orders, awarding him the Silver Star, for Valorous Action. In addition to the Silver Star, CPT., Bridgman also received, the Purple Heart and Air Medal, as a result of this conflict. Department, of the Army, Headquarters, 1st, Cavalry Division, (Airmobile) APO., San Francisco, 96490. General, Order Number, 6980, dated 1, May 1970, Award, of the Silver Star, 1. TC., 439. The following AWARD, is announced posthumously, BRIDGMAN, CLEAVELAND F. (SSN.) FIRST, LIEUTENANT, FIELD ARTILLERY, United States, Army, Battery, B, 1st, Battalion, (Airmobile) 77th, Artillery Awarded: Silver Star Medal, Date of action: 1, April 1970, Theater: Republic, of Vietnam Authority: By direction, of the President under the provisions, of the Act of Congress, approved, 9, July 1918, Reason: For gallantry in action, while engaged in military operations, involving conflict with an armed, hostile force, in the Republic, of Vietnam. First, Lieutenant, Bridgman distinguished himself, by valorous action, on 1, April 1070, while serving as fire, direction officer, in Fire Base, Illingworth, in the Republic, of Vietnam. When the base came, [under] intense rocket and mortar fire, the Tactical, Operations Center, took, a direct hit, knocking out all communications, with the firing elements, of the Battery. First, Lieutenant, Bridgman picked up, a radio and moved through, the impacting area to a position, where he could communicate with the firing, elements and adjust their fires. He continued, to adjust the artillery fires, even, when an enemy round impacted near-by, wounding him. His gallant action, was in keeping with the highest traditions, of the military service and reflects, great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. For the commander: Official: Bruce B. Bingham, 1Lt., AGC., Asst., AG., E.C.Meyer, Colonel, GS., Chief of Staff, First, Lieutenant, Bridgman, was posthumously promoted, to Captain. During the months preceding the attack, on FSB., Illingworth, CPT., Bridgman was assigned to Battery, B, 1st, Battalion, 77th, Artillery Regiment, as a Forward Observer and then as a Fire, Direction Officer, in March of 1970. He supported Charlie, Company, 1st Battalion, 5th, Cavalry Regiment, 1st, Cavalry Division, (Airmobile) until late January, or early February. He then participated in several, artillery 'raids' and Rome, Plow Operations, in the Tay Ninh, Province, attached, to several other Cav., units. Sometime in February, he was attached for support, to Charlie, Company, 2nd, Battalion, 8th, Cavalry Regiment, along, with his Radio, Telephone Operator, Robert Lane. (also killed, during the battle, as Charlie, 2-8, Cav., was the base, perimeter, defense company) Finally, on 4, March, he came in, from the field and was assigned, to the Fire, Direction Center, of B/1-77, Artillery. He made a lot of friends, during his 6, months, in Vietnam, especially, with members, of C/1-5, Cav.. His former, Company Commander noted, that 'Cleave Bridgman, was my friend' and also referred, to him, as a 'smiling giant, of a man... our country has, lost a truly, remarkable man and I, have lost a friend.' He may be gone, but I know he will never be forgotten by his friends and family.
Feb 2, 2009
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 Parents:
  Howard A Bridgman (1911 - 1996)
  Esther Floyd Bridgman (1913 - 2001)
 
Burial:
Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory
Jamaica Plain
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Section 8, Lot number 6987 on Betony Path
 
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Record added: Apr 14, 2010
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- Lance
 Added: Mar. 14, 2013
Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Jul. 26, 2012

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 Added: May. 5, 2012
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