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In Memory of U.S. Army Sergeant

Brendon Jay Berrigan

Rapid City, South Dakota, Pennington County

July 28, 1948 – July 25, 1968

Killed in Action in Vietnam


Brendon Jay Berrigan was born July 28, 1948, in Casper, Wyoming. His father died when he was ten years old. His mother, Mary, remarried to Kenneth Schroeder. Brendon had a brother, Edward, and a sister, Joanne. Brendon went to school in Casper, Wyoming, up to the 7th grade. He moved with his family to Rapid City, where he first completed junior high and then graduated from Rapid City High School in 1966.

Shortly after graduation from high school, Brendon Berrigan entered active service in the army around September 30, 1966. He went overseas to Vietnam in December 1967 with the 101st Airborne. Several months before his death, Brendon, a squad leader, was awarded the Bronze Star for “gallantry in action.”

Just a few days before his 20th birthday, on July 25, 1968, Sergeant Brendon Jay Berrigan was killed near Hue, South Vietnam. His body was returned to the United States and after a funeral at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral, he was buried with military honors at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Among his medals, Brendon was awarded the Purple Heart in addition to the Bronze Star.

At the time of Brendon’s death, he was survived by his mother, Mary L. Schroeder, and his stepfather, Kenneth Schroeder. He was also survived by his half-brother, Edward C. Ainsworth, and his sister, Mrs. Joanne Alexander. It is believed his mother passed away in 1985.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Macin Ager, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on March 28, 2006. Information for this entry was provided by a Vietnam Veteran’s bonus application and the Rapid City Journal newspaper on 7/28/68, 7/29/68, and 8/2/68. No family contact was established.


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