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SFC Roger Cobb Hallberg

SFC Roger Cobb Hallberg

Tulare County, California, USA
Death 24 Mar 1967 (aged 22)
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID 94254313 · View Source
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In Memory of…........ SFC Roger Cobb Hallberg.
*** Sergeant First Class Hallberg was a member of Detachment A-302, 5th Special Forces Group. On March 24, 1967, he was advisor to a strike force fighting 7 miles east of Bu Dop, Phuoc Long Province, South Vietnam. When last seen Sergeant First Class Hallberg was providing cover for the withdrawal of the strike force. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 30
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Sep 18, 1944
Marital Status: Married - Wife, Rosnell Hammons Hallberg. They married 1966 in Webster, West Virginia. Mother - Doris Cobb Hallberg, Roger's mother and Sister, Anne Christina Hallberg Holt, Born Dec. 14, 1952 in Kern Co., CA and brother, Bruce.

***** have worn your MIA bracelet for 43 years.I have many times gazed up to the stars and have prayed for you and your family. Now I have learned of your heroic actions that saved others and cannot help but feel pride and thanks for the ultimate sacrifice you made for our country. My dad is a Vietnam veteran and fought there the same time as you did. Rest in peace.
Libby Yuskaitis
Jun. 9, 2014

***** "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995"
Name: Roger Cobb Hallberg
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 18 Sep 1944
Event Place: Tulare, California, United States
Gender: Male
Mother's Name: Cobb

***** I would like to thank all of you that have worn my brothers braclet and are still wearing it. I would also like to thank all of that have included Roger in your prayer's.It has been 38 years and my family still works on finding out where he is. We will never give up on our loved Son and Brother and Uncle.He is dearly missed. I named my Son Roger with great pride and honor on behalf of my dearly loved brother. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for caring.
Anne Hallberg
He is my brother

***** On this Veteran's Day, I look at the bracelet of Roger C. Hallberg that I have now worn since 1982 and I thank him for his service and pray that someday I will be able to read of hear that he has come home. Until then, he will be apart or me and in my prayers. As a veteran myself, I want nothing more for ALL of our soldiers to be accounted for.
Harold McCown

***** Hi Jill, One of the real regrets my Brother Bruce and I have is that we did not find out what really happened to Roger before our beautiful Mother passed away 2 months ago. She now knows where Roger is and what happened but for us on earth it is still unanswered. Don't let those "sweet faces of youth" fool you. Both Bruce and I are relentless with the government and super involved with the League of families of the POW MIA's LOL.
The entire family is looking forward to meeting you and yours in July. I cannot express in words how much it means to have someone really care about our brother. As I have mentioned before I think this issue is being swept under the rug and Bruce & I and Roger's Green Beret buddies will not allow it.
The league of families is an exceptional group of determined, dedicated family members When Mom passed away we requested donations instead of flowers to the league. Since I love flowers, Bruce & I filled the church up with Mom's favorite white flowers that way our friends would know that their kind thoughtfulness was going to a good cause and not just to flowers. We both felt it was a living memory for our Mom and would help us and other families get answers.

You have become a part of our family.

It is such an honor to have our family expand we have a US Coast Guard ship named after our Grandfather, George Cobb and consider the fine men and woman serving aboard the ship as family.
They have a plaque dedicated to our brother Roger with his silver star that was awarded to Mom aboard our Grandfather's CG ship and it is right next to our Grandfathers silver star he received in 1896.
With all that said and our families love for America and serving our country we still have one question that goes unanswered and Bruce & I will get answers but not without loving, caring good American's such as yourself.
Much love to you and yours,
From the entire Hallberg family.

SFC - E7 - Army - Regular - Special Forces
His tour began on Mar 24, 1967
Casualty was on Mar 26, 1975
Hostile, died while missing, GROUND CASUALTY

Body was not recovered
Panel 17E - Line 35

On March 24, 1967, he was advisor to a strike force fighting 7 miles east of Bu Dop, Phuoc Long Province, South Vietnam.

When last seen Sergeant First Class Hallberg was providing cover for the withdrawal of the strike force.


SFC Hallberg recieves Silver Star

Special Forces MIA awarded Silver Star
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
YERBA BUENA ISLAND, Calif. - The journey that began more than 41 years ago to recognize a Special Forces sergeant that went missing in the jungles of Vietnam came to a close Apr. 19 with the presentation of the Green Beret's Silver Star to his mother.
Staff Sgt. Roger Hallberg was the point man Mar. 24, 1967 on a mission deep behind enemy lines when a force estimated to be in the hundreds ambushed him and the men of Special Forces Detachment A-302. His actions that day saved the lives of other Americans and the indigenous force he was working with. Roger, who led a counterattack while the main element pulled back, was never heard from again. He was later listed as missing in action. The awarding of the nation's third highest medal for valor "brings some resolution" to Anne Hallberg Holt, sister of the missing Green Beret. However, it does not bring closure to what happened to her brother.
The medal was presented to 88-year-old Doris Cobb Hallberg, Roger's mother, by Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Csrnko, commander of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command. With clutching hands, she gripped the citation and medal case with her two pro-genies in the shadow of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb. The ship is named after Roger's grandfather, who, in 1896, rescued three sailors while keeping a lighthouse at California's Point Bonita. George Cobb was awarded the Silver Lifesaving Medal for his heroism. It is the Coast Guard's equivalent to the Silver Star. Holt said even though it was a "sad situation" that has linked the heroism of her grandfather and brother together, she is proud of the accomplishments of her grandfather and brother. Csrnko described the family as "amazing," and said that Cobb and Roger "are cut from the same cloth." Retired Capt. James P. Monaghan followed Csrnko.
Monaghan served with Roger in Vietnam. During his speech, Monaghan described a combat rookie's typical reaction to an ambush and that Hallberg was not that type of person. "When the U.S. is at war, we can manufacture and purchase the best and most expensive weaponry in the world," said Monaghan. "But, you can never purchase (Hallberg's) courage." "Where is he?" Hallberg's family first received word of his status in 1967 while they were living in Venezuela. The head of the family, Lewis Hallberg, was stationed there while working for Chevron Oil. It was there that the search for information regarding Hallberg's incident began. "As time went on, I hoped they would find him," said Doris. "I kept thinking, ‘where is he?' A few years later, the Hallbergs' moved back to the United States. In a quest that led the family to the North Vietnamese consulate in France decades ago to Washington D.C., the Hallbergs' carried on a search for information on Roger's disappearance. The manhunt for those who might be able to shed some light on the situation took a turn about five years ago when the Hallberg family met with John M. Throckmorton, a former Special Forces Soldier that served with Roger on that early spring day. In talking with the Hallberg's, Throckmorton realized that the award recommendation he had submitted years before never made it through the system. In a letter re-recommending Roger for the award, Throckmorton described the hell Roger was last seen in.
"I witnessed (Staff Sgt.) Hallberg expose himself to this intense fire in an effort to coordinate an effective response. At least twice he ran through the maelstrom to deliver tactical information to (Capt.) Stewart. He then fought his way forward, returning to his troops in an effort to rally them and mount a coordinated response to the enemy. It looked as if he were running through a blizzard of confetti, which in fact was leaves, bits of bark and clumps of earth churned up by enemy fire," wrote Throckmorton. That was the last time Roger was seen alive. His actions diverted the attention of two battalions of communists enough to create an opening that his comrades escaped through. After a day evading the enemy, the Americans and Vietnamese partisans were safely evacuated from the area by helicopter. Hallberg and his commander were placed on a MIA status shortly after the mission. Tough and Determined Holt describes her brother as a "tough and determined" individual who could overcome anything he set his mind to. Roger started his career outdoors as an Eagle Scout and later went on to graduate from the University of Oregon with a degree in forestry. It was Roger's determination that led to his siblings' mission to find out what happened to their brother. With the help of Throckmorton, the family has been able to direct the Joint Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Accounting Command to the area Roger was last seen in. In the search for Roger, Holt says she has become an advocate in spreading the word on prisoners of war and those missing in action. She has spoken publicly about he brother across the country in an effort to make people aware of POWs and MIAs. "There is no closure for us," said Holt. "We can not give up. This chapter is not closed until everyone comes home." With the help of Throckmorton and JPAC, the Hallberg family may soon find word on status of their brother and son.
The Command has informed them that a mission will be searching the area Roger was last seen next year.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 94254313
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SFC Roger Cobb Hallberg (18 Sep 1944–24 Mar 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94254313, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .