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Team 3 Thua Thien Hue

MACV Team 3 – Thua Thien Hue.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 3 located in Thua Thien Hue.

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  1. Travis Kirkland permalink
    December 15, 2014 3:48 pm

    The team chief at A-2 was capt Bill Bates I think. From California. Costa tin’so first name was Leon.

  2. Travis. kirkland permalink
    December 15, 2014 11:05 am

    I will look for some pics when I return from trip. Travis

  3. Pat weyand permalink
    December 15, 2014 10:25 am

    Tran Ngoc Hue ( Harry Hue). Uncle Harry as I was told to call him. Is the one captured. He is now in Falls Church.

  4. Pat weyand permalink
    December 15, 2014 10:22 am

    Travis Kirkland. The big blond guy Richard (Dick Weyand). Is my dad. He was looking for a photo of you that he thought he had. He was with team 3. 67-69. With 68-69 with the Hoc Bao. Hope all is well. I have posted most of his photos from that time on the team 3 facebook page maybe you can identify some of them. Merry Christmas everyone

  5. Travis. kirkland permalink
    December 15, 2014 10:04 am

    Sorry for misspellings. Auto spell gives me fits

  6. Travis. kirkland permalink
    December 15, 2014 9:59 am

    Let me put a few names in the site in hopes of knowing more about them.

    When I was on A-1 and C-4 I think it was (north of Dong Ha) is saw with a SSG Roy Holcomb and Australian WO Merve Cranston.. Also an SFC Green. For a time there was a Marine Captain Jack Wallace I A-1 but the advisor on C-4 was wounded and I moved there. Major Costnatin was the ranking officer in Dong Ha. Nerve Cranston died several years ago in Aaustralia.

    There was a team chief at A-2 whose name I do not recall at the moment.

    I recall a senior NCO I think named Weyand but think the association was short. Big blond guy as I recall but that is very iffy. Sorry I can’t recall more. Will go thru pics when I return from holidays.

    As for me, arrived in VN in late Jan, 68 and went directly to A-1, then C-4 and then back to A-1. April and May was what some of us called Second Tet but have seen called the Battle Of Dong Ha. Was there until sometime in May and went to a battalion training in Phu Bi. Shortly after that went to work for Col Adkission in Hue. Begged out of that job to go with the Hac Bao for the last Parton my tour. BTW, the commander of the Hac Bao was captured in Laos or Cambodia, re-educated and finally came to America with his wife and two daughters.

    I will try to recall other names and put them on the site

  7. December 11, 2014 11:00 am

    Joel, sounds like a plan. See you in the New Year. Ange

  8. December 11, 2014 6:00 am

    Hi Gary, I apologize for being a dinosaur but I do not belong to any social media and I have no idea how to get your email address unless you give it to me. I’ve noticed that no one puts their address out there for anyone to see. Is that a problem?

    Likewise, I want to find a way to reach Joel Weisberg – offline- so that we might discuss lunch with Frank White. We’ll travel to central PA. Frank sends his best.

    • Joel Weisberg permalink
      December 11, 2014 9:05 am

      Lunch with you and Frank would be great. I am at my son’s law firm most days. You can reach me there. Our number is 717-238-5707.

    • Gary B. Roberts permalink
      December 11, 2014 9:57 pm

      My phone number is 740-835-1925. Give me a call when you get the opportunity. My son, Ryan Roberts, lives in Harrisburg. If you guys get together perhaps I could join you and work in a visit with my son.

      • Joel Weisberg permalink
        December 12, 2014 8:44 am

        Sounds like a good idea Gary. I will keep your number handy.

  9. December 9, 2014 11:02 am

    Sorry I don’t have a photo of Travis but I believe he is retired and living in New Mexico. He also was out in the field with Dai Oui [CPT] Hue. Good luck. Ange

    • Gary B. Roberts permalink
      December 10, 2014 7:45 pm

      Hello Angelo. Please e-mail me. I was at MACV at about the same time, I worked with Captain Weisberg and Captain White in G-2. I am on facebook also.

  10. Pat weyand permalink
    December 8, 2014 5:34 pm

    Angelo, dad remembers Kirkland from his time with the battalion. don’t think they were close but he remembers him. He is looking for a photo.

  11. December 8, 2014 3:47 pm

    Hey Joel, sure has been too long. See Frank once a year to break bread but speak with him more often. Don’t know if you are still in the Harrisburg area because we get to Carlisle quite often. Let’s meet. Happy Holidays. Remember that picture I gave to you?

    • Joel Weisberg permalink
      December 8, 2014 5:14 pm

      I am in Mount Joy between Harrisburg and Lancaster. Do let me know when you are in the area and say hi to Frank for me.

  12. December 8, 2014 12:50 pm

    It was Major George Perry, Green Beret. Good Man. Definitely controversial but I was proud to have served under him.

    • Patrick A Weyand permalink
      December 8, 2014 1:17 pm

      Thanks for the response. There was also a USMC Doug Perry. Don’t think he was with team 3 though. The Facebook page for Team 3 is starting to evolve, check it out. Thanks again

  13. Pat weyand permalink
    December 8, 2014 12:32 pm

    Sir, when you say Major Perry! Was that Doug Perry?
    Pat Weyand

  14. December 8, 2014 12:17 pm

    Just found the site. My name is Angelo Romeo and I was the Deputy Compound Commander under Majors Webb, Williams, and Perry from June 68 – May 69. Also ran the Clubs. Have been in recent contact with Steve Mettler, Travis Kirkland, and Frank White. Saw Joel Weisberg years ago. Retired from civilian life after serving as Director of Veterans Affairs for Gloucester County, NJ, and a stint as Director of Veterans Pensions and Benefits for the State of New Jersey. Welcome Home to All.

    • Joel Weisberg permalink
      December 8, 2014 2:58 pm

      Hi Angelo. Been too long. I tried to find a few of you folks recently and had no luck. Last I remember Frank White was working for AMTRAK. That was many years ago. Anyone know anything about my old roommate Frank LaNasa?

  15. Pat weyand permalink
    November 25, 2014 2:21 pm

    Rob. Or if you are on facebook they also have an aatv page . All are good guys

  16. Rob Ritchie permalink
    November 25, 2014 2:14 pm

    Thanks Pat.

  17. Pat weyand permalink
    November 25, 2014 2:05 pm

    Rob, Contact Barry Long. He was there in 70 I believe. He is active with the AATTV. And may have some insight.

  18. Pat weyand permalink
    November 23, 2014 9:15 pm

    Lots if type-o’s. Sorry using my phone. All thumbs

  19. Pat weyand permalink
    November 23, 2014 9:06 pm

    Jack look for me on faceboom patrick weyand Or gary. The page that gary has is hard to find I think it has to do with his settings.

    You must have came to the team after my father left. Dad left in 69. He and merv were close . I will ask him tomorrow about the ither mans name. He may not know it since I think I know most if the names of the american Hoc Bao dad wad with. Hope this helps find the page

  20. Will Williams permalink
    November 13, 2014 8:51 pm

    My Grandfather was part of ADV team 3 and was a casualty in 1966, CPT David Devers. Looking for anyone that may have know anything about him. — SFC Williams

  21. Pat weyand permalink
    November 5, 2014 11:18 am

    The team 3 facebook page seemed difficult. To find. Easiest way for anyone to get onto the page is to send someone who is a member a message a friend request and then they should be able to add you. I think the page may have originally been set up as a private page. So send gary roberts or I a friend request / or anyone else that you know is a member of the page and they should be able to add you.

  22. Pat weyand permalink
    October 25, 2014 5:47 pm

    For those. Of you on the Team 3 site. In conversing with others that served on team 3 durring Tet. Some members were unaware that the unit had been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. Just doing research on the units my dad served on. And trying to understand more.
    Take care
    Pat Weyand

  23. Pat weyand permalink
    October 25, 2014 5:37 pm

    Tell uncle Harry hi from the weyands

  24. Philip Kramer permalink
    October 6, 2014 12:15 pm

    Greetings. I am an active-duty Army chaplain who is doing some research on Chaplain (Major) Aloysius McGonigal. He was at the MACV compound during the Hue City battle. He went forward with the Marines to provided ministry and was KIA on 17 February 1968. Does anyone have any personal memories of Chaplain McGonigal at Hue? (I already have info from internet links such as,, etc.) Thanks! Chaplain (Major) Philip Kramer

    • H.G. Reza permalink
      October 6, 2014 12:42 pm

      Major McGonigal spent a week with our team at Phong Dien in January 1968 before he returned to Hue, days before the Tet Offensive. He celebrated Mass for us before he left. I remember that he wore a 9th Infantry Division patch. I have a couple of anecdotes about him if you want to send contact information.

      H.G. Reza
      RTO, Phong Dien 67-68

  25. Pat weyand permalink
    September 13, 2014 7:51 pm

    Does anyone know if team 3 ever received. The valorous. Unit award? I believe they were awarded the presidential unit award. Not sure about Valorous??? Anyone. Know the answer? Thanks

  26. Ruben permalink
    September 11, 2014 1:04 am

    Looking for anyone who knew Jerry Abeyta

  27. Rob Ritchie permalink
    September 4, 2014 1:39 pm

    Hey Phil, my name is Rob Ritchie and I was with Tm3 from Aug 68 to 69 as the Sr Advisor to 3/54 inf. Harvey Zimmerle (sr adv to 2/3) and I flew into the Hue citadel air strip in an Otter, exiting the aircraft rather quickly as Harv had a bullet hole in his brief case. I’m pretty sure that our paths did not cross; however, you may remember Harvey. cell: 713.818.0408.

    • Philip Kane permalink
      September 11, 2014 5:50 am

      I may have crossed paths with Zimmerle around that time although I really don’t remember for sure. Shortly after the bridge was blown, my team was called across the river by boat for a “de-brief”; once we got there, we were put on perimeter defense of the MACV compound. We were there for a few days and then flew by Huey over to the Div HQ where we rejoined our battalion. After TET, we went back to PK 17 and into the Ashau Valley with the 101st (Lam Son 224 I think). Anyway, it was interesting times!

  28. Philip Kane permalink
    September 4, 2014 3:46 am

    I just stumbled onto this site. My name is Philip Kane, I was a CPT and Sr Advisor of 3rd Bn, 3rd Regt, 1st ARVN Div from Nov 67 to mid-68 when I became staff advisor to the regiment. During the TET offensive, my team consisted of Tony Egan, an Australian WO, SSG Roupe, Army and a Marine Gunny whose name I don’t recall. Our regimental HQ was at PK-17, north of Hue. I visited there in 2008 and it is now a cement factory. At the beginning of TET, we were outside of Hue at a training facility and moved into the city linking up with the Marines briefly at the bridge. Anyway, I’m going to try to find your Facebook page. Interesting to see some recollections of those days.

    • Pats Roadrunner permalink
      September 4, 2014 7:06 am

      Mr Kane, the Marine Gunny, I believe was my dad Richard Weyand. think I may have a few photos of you. Please e-mail me Pat Weyand

      Sent from my iPhone Please forgive any typo’s. As this message was sent via a cellular telephone. Patrick Weyand. 262-939-9955


      • Philip Kane permalink
        September 11, 2014 5:37 am

        Pat; you are probably right. The name is very familiar now that you mention it. If you have some photos, I’d appreciate it if you send them to me at Thanks.

    • Pats Roadrunner permalink
      September 4, 2014 7:22 am

      Yes i have a photo of you dad and rogue. And tony.

      Sent from my iPhone Please forgive any typo’s. As this message was sent via a cellular telephone. Patrick Weyand. 262-939-9955


  29. August 6, 2014 1:46 pm

    This is Tom Pilsch, mentioned in Joel Weisberg’s earlier comments. Thanks, Joel, for getting in contact and petting me in contact.

    I was an Air Force FAC, callsign Trail 32, attached to Team 3 from May 68 to April 69. I have been in contact with some of the other Air Force team members over the years: Steve Mettler, Bob DuBois and with two of my predecessors as Trail 32, Jim Lang and Tom Eigel who passed away a few years ago.

    Joel found me from my Web site on the air war in Vietnam,

    Some of you might be interested on the page on Hué and particularly the one on the MAC-V compound:

    I have been looking for a good site on Team 3 over the years, and now that we are in contact, I maybe able, with your help to put something together.

    I lecture on the history of technology and war, and over the years have built a site on Vietnam resources. Some of you may have come across it:

    It started for my own use – never could find sites I had remember seeing – but over the years “it just growed!” Keeping up with the changed and dead links is an endless job, so be patient. I hope you enjoy it.

    I look forward to being in contact, and to all of you, “Welcome Home!”

  30. Joel Weisberg permalink
    July 30, 2014 11:52 pm

    Unfortunately, I have lost track of everyone until today. I was looking around on line and found you and one of our Air Force guys, Captain Tom Pilsch. I will post that picture on Facebook as soon as I end this comment, if I can. Not sure how to post it here.

  31. Gary B. Roberts permalink
    July 30, 2014 9:46 pm

    I was beginning to think I would never locate any of our group. It is good to hear from you. It would be great if you could post the picture. Have you ever heard from Captain White, Major Click, Lieutenant Pressley, or any of our other fellow Team 3 members?

  32. Doug Wilson permalink
    June 21, 2014 12:08 pm

    I am trying to revise my AT-3 list by Advisors in their particular districts. Was Hue referred to as being a district or was Hue in a district ?

  33. Pat weyand permalink
    June 21, 2014 9:42 am

    Hi Mike, glad to see you here. Were you able to find the facebook page. Put some photos up on it. Hope you are well.

  34. Mike Delaney permalink
    June 21, 2014 7:45 am

    Francis M. Delaney here (aka Fran, Mike). I was senior advisor to the Black Panthers (Hoc Bao) in early 1969, along with Gunny Richard Weyand and Aussie Merv Bolitho – two great guys. I extended 1 year after returning to The World, made captain, then became a civilian.

    Is anybody in contact with Bill Garrison? He was my closest service buddy and hooch-mate at HUE MACV compound, was aide to Col Heistand (sp?). Bill was the commanding (2-star) general in Somalia (Blackhawk Down). Contact me via

    • jeff permalink
      November 25, 2014 3:35 am

      hello is mervs son jeff spoke highly of you and dick guys were all awesome .i hope you are well and happy as you know dad passed at 20 10 is still hard but life goes on.

      • Rob Ritchie permalink
        November 25, 2014 1:55 pm

        Hi Jeff, my name is Rob Ritchie and I was Sr Advisor to the 3/54 In (1968-1969). we worked with the Hoc Bao from time to time. My Aussie WO was Sid Colley. He was a real stud and my mentor in the ways of the jungle and the oriental culture. He was 46 at the time, so he would be up in years now. I am wondering if anybody knows of or remembers him at your gatherings.

  35. John Porter permalink
    June 9, 2014 5:06 pm

    MAJ Rex L. Frazer was an advisor at the Thua Thien Sector HQ prior to and during the Tet Offensive. Rex was injured at his post and was evacuated to a hospital in Japan and then to one in Colorado. He subsequently recovered and resumed his career, serving a second tour in Vietnam prior to his retirement to the Leavenworth, KS community. Rex suffered a prolonged illness with Parkinson’s Disease before succombing on 5/25 of this year. He is buried in the National Cemetery in Leavenworth.

    • H.G. Reza permalink
      June 9, 2014 5:42 pm

      Maj. Frazer was my team leader at Phong Dien in late 1967. If memory serves me well, he replaced Cpt. Jim Kofalt, who was medevaced, and Frazer was replaced by Cpt. Nick Goersch, who was at Phong Dien when I rotated home in May 1968. Maj. Frazer was a good officer and decent man. Here’s an example of the good person he was. We were standing in the pay line at the Hue Compound. Officers and enlisted stood in the same line, and officers seldom bucked the line by pulling rank. Our team was in the middle of the line and a very young looking major wearing brand new jungle fatigues and unscuffed jungle boots casually strolled to the front of the line. I remember the guy had red hair. Frazer said out loud, “Who does that young ass major think he is. He gives the officer corps a bad name.” I’m sorry to learn of his passing. My friend, Walt Meeley, a RTO wounded on the Street Without Joy on Dec. 18, 1967, also died from Parkinson’s on Memorial Day 2001.

      H.G. Reza
      RTO, Phong Dien 67-68

  36. Shawn Wozencraft permalink
    May 28, 2014 6:33 pm

    Looking for anyone who served with my Uncle Warren Lynn “Doc” Wozencraft. He was KIA on Dong Ha Mountain in May, 1970. According to his virtual wall he was with Team 3, HQ, MACV Advisers.

    • Alan Kalter permalink
      August 18, 2014 1:47 pm

      I was with MACV Team 3 from May 19, 1969, to June 15, 1970. I met Capt. Wozencraft at 1st ARVN headquarters in the Hue Citadel in 1970. Didn’t really know him, was told that he went up to the environs of FSB Henderson, where he was killed by a sniper.
      Capt. Wozencraft seemed like a fairly quiet man; his reputation was that he was “a pretty good guy.” This was in days when we designated between “lifers” and “career men”; the latter being a compliment, the former quite the opposite. Capt. Wozencraft was one of the latter in G.I. parlance.
      I was in Japan on R&R in late April-early May of 1970; our AO was pretty quiet when I left, but on my return things had heated up at Henderson; in fact I returned to Da Nang with the replacement for one of our personnel, the top advisor of the 1st of the 7th Cav, a Major Williams, who was killed in a mortar attack at Henderson.

  37. Doug Wilson permalink
    May 16, 2014 7:07 pm

    I have made up a list of former AT-3 personnell. If any former AT-3 (or relatives) would like the list email me. I am always looking for more names to add to the list. Sincerily Doug Wilson , Eagle Dust-Off 1970-71

    • Jerry Powell permalink
      May 26, 2014 8:08 pm

      I was attached to MACV Tm 3 from March 66 into May 67, discharged at Ft Lewis, ran the APO and did whatever else the team asked of me, would like to talk to anyone I worked with or anyone who remembers me. I worked with Tom Lundon,Ron Rex and Richard Miller. I met a lot of great men and officers but with 47 years having past, the names are forgotten.

  38. Pat weyand permalink
    May 15, 2014 10:05 pm

    Gary, I believe I sent you a friend request but also was unable to locate. The page you spoke of. Pat

  39. Ed Talone permalink
    May 15, 2014 7:19 pm

    Gary, I went to your facebook page and found no MACV group. I p submitted a friend request.

  40. Gary B. Roberts permalink
    May 15, 2014 6:54 pm

    Yes , it is on facebook. I’m not sure why its not showing up. Go to my facebook page and look under groups. Let me know if you find it.

  41. Pat weyand permalink
    May 15, 2014 6:23 pm

    If it is a facebook group? I was unable to find it? I am on facebook as patrick a weyand

  42. Gary B. Roberts permalink
    May 15, 2014 6:22 pm

    I started a group called Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) Team 3. So far I am the only member. It would be a good place to post your pictures. Did either of you know Fred Thompson, the MARS operator at MACV compound. Also, Larry J. Anderson was the company clerk. My interpreter was Chung The An. Al Conn was a marine assigned to MACV.

    Officers I remember were Major Click, Captain Weisberg, Captain White, and Lieutenant Pressley. All were assigned to 1st ARVN Division Headquarters.

    There was an interrogator there whose name was Homer Buck from Oklahoma. He was 6′ 6″ tall with wide shoulders. I’m sure he intimidated the prisoners. I have no idea where he is now.

    Once I was sent to Firebase Barnett in the A-shau Valley, I lost all contact with the MACV compound.

    • Joel Weisberg permalink
      July 30, 2014 3:21 pm

      Just read your note about MACV Team 3 in Hue. I am the Captain Weisberg you remember.
      I have been doing a little research this afternoon and also found a web site set up by one of our Air Force people, Captain Pilsch. I am going to look for your group on Facebook. Hopefully more will join. My personal email is

    • Joel Weisberg permalink
      July 30, 2014 9:37 pm

      Gary I just found a picture of you sitting at the compound with Larry Craven, John Loughan, Tom Boise and Tom Kinoshita. I took the picture. Captain Joel Weisberg

  43. Rob Ritchie permalink
    May 15, 2014 3:00 pm

    Gentlemen…seeing your posts certainly do bring back memories. As I said in an earlier post, I was the Sr Advisor to the 3/54 (68-69) and visited the compound regularly to get cleaned up and partake of the free flowing bar and real food in the mess hall.

  44. Pat weyand permalink
    May 15, 2014 9:32 am

    Wish we could post photos here.

  45. Rudy permalink
    May 14, 2014 7:13 pm

    My name is Rudy Kranz Army SP 4,Hue, Advisory Team 3, Dec. 1966 to Dec.1967. Attached with ARVN 1st Inf. Div. Hoc Boa. radio operator. Hue main compound was about 60 percent officers and our front gate guards where marines along with marine MP’s. I still
    keep in touch with my Marine friends.

  46. Ed Talone permalink
    April 19, 2014 12:27 am

    Served as supply sergeant with SFC Johnson from Dec 66 to Nov 67 in Hue MACV compound. Remember Capt Hanson as compound commander and Col Kelly as Team3 commander, Other names remembered were SSG Rakebrand , hq admin, Spec Sonntag, hq mess, SFC Generazio, hq mess and club, SGT Preble, Spec Huerrera, hq, cpl Delgado, and many faces I cannot put a name with. I left a SSG on a 90 day early out separation at Oakland Army Terminal.

  47. Pat weyand permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:21 pm

    You giys had to somehow just missed my dad.

  48. Rob Ritchie permalink
    April 17, 2014 6:36 pm

    Hi Gary…did you ever come across Harvey Zimmerle USMC?. He was the senior advisor to 2/3. I was the senior advisor to 3/54. He and I flew into the Hue citadel air strip together. There were still snipers in the area. He took a bullet in his brief case as we exited the aircraft. That was our welcome party.

  49. Rob Ritchie permalink
    April 17, 2014 12:31 pm

    Team 3 Aug 68-Aug 69. 3rd BN/54 INF. My best recollections of the compound were having Garfield (the goose) nip my butt when I was in from the field and getting to meet the Trail FACs who did such a great job of supporting us in the field. Trail 33 during a lot of my tour was Will Hall. I sure would like to see him again.

    • Gary B. Roberts permalink
      April 17, 2014 5:56 pm

      Hello Rob, You and I arrived at the same time in August 68. During my first tour I was in G-2 working at the 1st ARVN Infantry Division Hqs in Hue. Later I was in the A-Shau as a light weapons infantry advisor. I came to really appreciate the Trail Facs although I am still removing the rocks and debris from their assistance. I stayed until July, 1970 when I left on emergency leave. While in Hue I had my own Honda and had several unpleasant encounters with the MPs. Off limits meant nothing to me. I knew the streets and back alleys better than they did. Sampan Alley was my favorite place to go. No other explanation is necessary.

  50. March 2, 2014 2:19 pm

    My name is Gary Ribovic I was a Specialist 4th Class Stationed at Camp Eagle From the end of July 1972 until October 22nd 1972.

  51. Pat weyand permalink
    February 15, 2014 10:31 pm

    Jeff, have been in contact with your sister. Dad was saddened to say the least at the loss of your father. 262-939-9955

    • jeff permalink
      June 6, 2014 12:54 pm

      hi pat jeff here my number is 0423232129 in western australia give me a ring

  52. Wayne Funk permalink
    January 28, 2014 11:24 pm

    Hi Gary, Very interesting when I was was working at the 1st ARVN compound I lived at one of the hootches at the MACV compound . I spent some time at FB Geronimo on the outskirts of Hue and FB Tiger Mountain and Pistol Pete in the A Shau. 3rd arvn reg. While at Pistol Pete a typhoon hit and blew my poncho into Laos. Also while there the ARVNs threw grenades into into the river and we ate fish that night. No fish eyeballs for me, I let ARVNs have them. I wish I could remember the names of people I was with but it was a long time ago. Welcome home!!

    • Gary B. Roberts permalink
      January 31, 2014 12:08 am

      Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) Team 3 is the Facebook group I tried to start. It would be nice to get some Team 3 members involved. I also lived on the MACV Compound during my first tour. I was in the last hooch nearest the fence.

    • Alan Kalter permalink
      August 18, 2014 1:56 pm

      Wayne, you probably won’t remember me–the FNG who showed up somewhat before you left. I lived at the compound; spent my “field” time at Geronimo, Airborne, Berchtesgaden, Currahee, and Rendezvous; you had left before the nine months I worked at Division HQ in the Hue Citadel. Once forwarded a letter from a young lady in the compound to you; seem to remember handling the return letter from you to her.
      Lt.Col. Wightman, said great things about your abilities as RTO.
      I’m PFC/Spec 4 Alan Kalter, RTO with MACV Team 3. Remember Majors Arnold and Shillinglaw? Couple of squared-away guys.

    • Alan Kalter permalink
      August 18, 2014 4:37 pm


      Some of the other names you might recognize: Mo (Morrison), Frenchy (Dennis Fortier), Bob Forgione, Gary Starzecki, Danny Tannenbaum, Snider, Roger Aaron . . . that’s what I was able to come up with.


  53. Pat weyand permalink
    January 28, 2014 8:59 pm

    Merv passed last month.

  54. Pat weyand permalink
    January 28, 2014 8:59 pm

    Mr Easterwood , some bad news. Merv Bolitho passed away in Australia. He will be greatly missed.

  55. Pat weyand permalink
    January 28, 2014 8:55 pm

    Gary, what is the exact facebook page name. I didnt find a team 3. One. Only SOG

    • November 23, 2014 12:50 pm

      Pat Weyand- Thanks for the information on Merv. He was a good guy. He and I had some moments out in the Ashau Valley with the Black Panthers in 1969-1970 We were the advisor team at the time; just us two and the amazing men of the Hoc Bao. We did have a RTO (A Spec4) on many of those valley trips whose name, I can’t for the life of me, recall. We also had an FO from the 101st on a lot of trips out of Hue. with the first name “Patrick”. Years have robbed me of his last name. Do know he passed away. Again, thank you for the kindness of the Merv information.

      • jeff permalink
        November 25, 2014 4:15 am

        hello is mervs son jeff spoke sometimes of his encounters in the ashau valley. on one he said he was trying to sleep and the enemy fired a rocket which landed in a hill near him. luck was with him as it did not go off.i hope you are well and happy. all you guys are awesome.i have been going to monthley lunch an beer meetings at THE HOUSE with dads unit the AATTV.they are a great bunch of guys and there very special wives and for now.jeff

  56. Wayne Funk permalink
    January 27, 2014 10:33 pm

    I was a radio operator and worked in the citadel in Hue also at fire bases in the A Shau valley in 68-69.

    • Gary B. Roberts permalink
      January 28, 2014 7:20 pm

      Hello Wayne. We must have crossed paths somewhere. I arrived in Hue in August, 1968 and worked at the First ARVN Division Headquarters in the citadel as an intelligence analyst during my first tour. I resided at the MACV Compound in Hue. Did you know Fred Thompson who was the MARS operator there? Later I was later sent to the A-Shau Valley as a light weapons infantry advisor for the First ARVN Division. I was with the First Regiment operating around FB Barnett, O’Reilly, and Jerome. I have heard from very few Team #3 members and there seems to be very little info on the web. Are you a member of the MACV Facebook group? I started a Team #3 group but nobody has responded.

      • Pat Weyand permalink
        January 28, 2014 9:07 pm

        What is the exact face book page, I looked for it but didn’t find it.

      • Alan Kalter permalink
        August 18, 2014 2:00 pm

        Are you Sgt. Roberts, by any chance? I was at the Citadel as an RTO from Sept. 1969 to June, 1970; did my OJT in May 1969, so you’d probably still have been there.

        Alan Kalter, PFC/Spec.4, MACV Team 3

  57. Brian hjort permalink
    November 5, 2013 1:53 am


    I am looking for anyone that served in MACV T 3 in the citadel,Hue from 1964-66,looking for an Simon. We had an pics of him


  58. Gary B. Roberts permalink
    October 8, 2013 3:43 pm

    Mr. Easterwood’s comments were of particular interest. I was at the MACV Compound in Hue beginning in August, 1968. During my first tour I worked in G-2 at the 1st ARVN Infantry Division Headquarters. Major Click, Captain White, and Lieutenant Pressly were in my area. In my second and third tours I became a Light Weapons Infantry Advisor for the 1st ARVN Infantry Division operating out of Firebase Barnett in the A-shau Valley. We were out for ten days and back to the FB for five days. I was the only American on the patrols but an Austrailian Warrant Officer also accompanied us. Captain Rock was in charge. I departed on July 9th, 1970 on emergency leave. There was a 101st Artillery Battery on the FB. I have seen very little information about Team 3 or Firebase Barnett on the web. Hopefully, others will post here as well.

  59. Pat weyand permalink
    September 28, 2013 6:11 pm

    I think i spoke wrong . Think it would have been Captain Bolt. army. Dad replaced Jim Cologan

  60. Pat weyand permalink
    September 28, 2013 6:03 pm

    Also Harry Tran Ngoc Hue is alive living in the USA

    • Ned Devereaux permalink
      October 25, 2014 5:29 pm

      Harry is living in Falls Church, VA. He and Jim Coolican will be working with the Australian TV about Vietnam and their experience. Retired LTG Joe Bolt provided the picture for the book Vietnam’s Forgotten Army cover. Harry was in Portland OR visiting me in September ’14 after he visited former officers in Seattle. I will be staying with him next month.

  61. Pat weyand permalink
    September 28, 2013 5:41 pm

    Sir Merv Bolitho is still alive, I believe in a sort of assisted living place in AU. If you do t have his contact info and would want it please feel free to email me My dad Richard Weyand USMC. Think a First Sgt at that time was with Merv , Fran Delaney, and at that time Army Col Joe Bolt. And Harry Tran Hue. You guys did a lot. Dad rotated out in late 69

  62. September 28, 2013 5:08 pm

    My name is Jack Easterwood and I was assigned to the MACV Team 3 in Hue during parts of 1969 and 1970 I was the American Advisor, along with an Australian Warrant Officer (Merv Bolitho), to the Black Panther (Hoc Bao) Company of the 1st ARVN div. We lived in the Dozier Compound south of the Perfume River in the New City part of Hue. We, Merv and I, and the Hoc Bao Company spent a lot of time on Operations in the Ashau Valley and along the border with Laos. On occasion, we made side trips up to 6 Kilometers into Laos. We would normally spend two to three weeks in the bush and come back to Hue for a week and then go out again. I had a room in the old French Hotel part of the Compound and Merv stayed with the other Aussies in the Hooches alongside the rear fence. We were almost always attached to the 101st Airborne on these operations as the recon company. The Hoc Bao were highly trained in Air assault and were the saviors of Hue during the 68 Tet offensive They had saved the Citadel, where the 1st ARVN Div was HeadQuartered from being over ran by the attacking NVA. Fierce fighters and jungle warfare experts, I felt protected and safe with them even when Merv was gone on R&R and I was the sole Advisor with them. We were in all the major operations that the 101st engaged in (Including the battle of Hamburger Hill).during my tour. Near the end of my tour I was bought back to the 1st Div HQ and worked for a Major Blackwell who was the G-2, G-3 Advisor and an excellent officer. Because we spent so little time at the MACV compound, I can recall few of the other Advisors. One man I do remember was a LTC Smith, USAF, who was the man in charge of the FACS for the Team. He and I got to know each other while he was watching out for us during many enemy contacts in the valley. Since we are both retired and too old to go to jail, I’ll also admit he allowed me me to.zig zag all over the valley in an 02 Bird Dog plane while he was hanging out his widow looking for the NVA in the valley. As an SFC E-7, I think I was the first NCO to hold the position of Advisor to the Hoc Bao. I do know that a Marine Captain had been there before me and was literally worshiped by the member of the Hoc Bao company. I retired from the Army after 20 years as a First Sergeant in 1882. Glad I found this site.

    • George Donatello permalink
      November 27, 2013 4:32 pm

      Dont you just love the French Hotel in the compound??? I was there in 1970 as the Team 3 Adjutant in the Citadel…I hear there are traffic lights outside the hotel now, and the carton of Salems is NOT $1.00

      George Donatello
      CPT US ARMY Retired

    • Pat Weyand permalink
      January 28, 2014 9:12 pm

      Mr. Easterwood, sorry if this posted twice I was doing it form my Telephone. Merv Bolitho Passed away last month.
      This form the Australian Army Training Team Facebook Page (John Nolan Member)

      It is with deep regret that we notify you of the Death of ex WO2 Mervyn Richard Bolitho,MID. ex SAR ex AATTV at approximately 1900hrs Friday 20th December 2013 in St John of God Hospital Murdoch WA.
      Merve passed away last night in the presence of his two children Jeffery and Debbie
      May He Rest In Peace

      • February 15, 2014 10:27 pm

        Hi pat. I am jeff , merv Bolitho served with your father in nam and spoke of him highly.what is your phone number.i will ring you.regards jeff

  63. H.G. Reza permalink
    September 17, 2013 12:01 pm

    @Hunter….I am sorry to say that I did not know Cpt. Lehman. I arrived in country on May 20, 1967 and don’t have a lot of information about anything that happened before then.

    • Hunter permalink
      September 17, 2013 4:05 pm

      Thank you for your response and thank you for your service. As an aside, I have also enjoyed reading your columns from the LA Times as I dig deeper into MACV and Advisory Team 3.

  64. Hunter permalink
    September 10, 2013 7:27 pm

    Is there a reference I can use to find more information on Team 3 operations from 1965-1967? Army Archives?

    • H.G. Reza permalink
      September 10, 2013 10:44 pm

      Try the National Archives in Suitland, Md. The process may be different today, but in 2004 one had to register at the National Archives building in Washington and a shuttle would take you to Maryland and bring you back. The person responsible for the MACV records then was very helpful.
      H.G. Reza, RTO Phong Dien, 67-68

      • Hunter permalink
        September 17, 2013 9:42 am

        Thank you, H.G. I’ve submitted the request to the National Archives, am planning my trip to the archive buildings. I look forward to learning more. Do you have any insights into Team 3 members and actions in 1966 and up to March 1967? As I mentioned on a previous post, I am trying to understand the environment given a family connection.

  65. Pat Weyand permalink
    August 29, 2013 8:48 am

    Kirkland, Was he a Major. I think I have a photo of him or dad had talked about him. Thanks for the info, and for serving.

  66. Pat Weyand permalink
    August 28, 2013 6:57 pm

    Mr. Reza ok, just talked to dad and I understand a little more. Sometimes he forgets, or assumes that I fully understand the dynamics of how things were set up. He was with team 3 from 1967-1969. However, from 67-68 he was assigned to the battalion. from 1968-1969 roughly he was with Hac Bao. This is where I misunderstood . Dad explained that Team 3 encompassed many different units. I always assumed the entire time was with Hac Bao because I knew he had told me that he was at the time the only marine assigned to the Hac Bao unit he was with, so I assumed that meant team 3 but it was actually a part of team 3.

    He gets worked up with me sometimes, not about talking about the war, but again he assumes that I know the dynamics of how the units were set up, which I really don’t.

    He did not recognize you name, but did remember hearing of the Australian you spoke of.

    He worked with and replaced Jim Coolican as the marine advisor to Hac Bao. When he was with Hac Bao, he was with Tran Ngoc Hue (Harry Hue) who was at that time was a Captain. Joe Bolt who was also a Army Captain at that time later retired 3 star. Mike (Fran Delaney) and a few others. Including Australian Merv Bolitho. I do have some photos from that time and of him. I can send some if you would like.

    He was on leave back here in Wisconsin when Tet Broke out. When he returned he united with his unit and helped to fight and take back the imperial city of Hue. I have some good photos of the perfume river and the bridges that were taken out. Hope this helps answer what he did and who he was with. Thanks for your time and service. Pat Weyand

    • H.G. Reza permalink
      August 29, 2013 12:53 am

      There were several components that made up Team 3. Units of 3 to 5 advisers made up individual teams. Some teams served with the ARVN (regular Army), while others served with the PF and RF, which were militia units that were usually indigenous to the areas where they fought. My 6-man team served with the PF. The teams serving with the ARVN were usually assigned to the 1st ARVN Inf. Div. across the river, at Hue Citadel. The teams that served with the PF (Popular Forces) and RF (Regional Forces) answered to Thua Thien Sector Hqs., whose offices were across the street from the Hue MACV compound. In addition, there were teams assigned to the ARVN Airborne units that were separate from the 1st ARVN Inf. Division as well as armored units that supported the 1st ARVN Inf. Div. The Hoc Bao (Black Panther) were part of the 1st ARVN Inf. Div.

      Some teams like mine at Phong Dien and the teams at Quang Dien and Phu Loc lived in the camps and fought with the PF troops we advised. There was also a team that lived at PK 17 with the ARVN unit they advised. Our team at Phong Dien did occasional joint operations with the teams at Quang Dien and PK 17 but other than that we had no contact with the other teams. But when we would drive to Hue to get paid, occasionally you would hear a voice in the mess hall or compound that you recognized from radio traffic. You would know the man’s call sign but not his name. You would introduce yourself by your call sign, not your name.

      So, if it was possible to have a reunion of Team 3 members who served in 1967 and 1968 more than likely one wouldn’t know anybody outside of the teams they served with. I knew Walt Meeley, the RTO at Phu Thu, because we shipped to VN together from Ft. Bliss. And I knew Frank Doezema because he was the RTO at Quang Dien for a while and my hooch mate at the MACV compound when I worked with the 922nd RF Co, before being assigned to Phong Dien. And I knew SPC 5 Tessler, a medic who saved Walt’s life when he was badly wounded on the Street Without Joy. Tessler, Walt and Maj. Meyers were on an operation with an RF company. Maj. Meyers was also wounded. Tessler was awarded a Silver Star. I also knew another medic named Kirkland, who had previously been assigned to Phong Dien. It was Kirkland who told me in mid March 1968 at the MACV Compound that “your buddy Doezema was killed on Jan. 30.” Aside from the men who served on my team, these and a few others are the only ones I remember.

      H.G. Reza, RTO Phong Dien 67-68

      • Hunter permalink
        September 12, 2013 3:42 pm

        Did you know Capt. Nelson (Nels) Lehman? Served under Badcoe, ’66-’67? I’m trying to get a better understanding for my family. Pictures, stories, hear-say? The aerogrammes are a great start.

  67. H.G. Reza permalink
    August 23, 2013 5:02 pm

    Maj. Peter Badcoe was the senior Australian adviser in Team 3 until he was KIA in April 1967. He was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously. His RTO was U.S. Army Sgt. Alberto Alvarado from Texas, who mentored me when I arrived in Hue in May 1967. Alvarado was wounded at least once, possibly twice, while serving with Badcoe, and he was awarded a Silver Star in the action where Badcoe was killed. When I met Alvarado he was on his third tour and had a Vietnamese girlfriend in Saigon. I ran into him again in Sept. 2001. He married his girlfriend, and they were living near Escondido, Ca., where they grew vegetables and fruits they sold to Vietnamese merchants in Little Saigon in Westminster and Garden Grove, Ca. At the link below (you’ll probably have to copy and paste) you’ll find “aerogrammes” that Badcoe sent to his family from Vietnam. They detail battles and overrun camps where advisers were KIA. They also give you a picture of what serving in Team 3’s TAOR was like in 1967 and 1968. Alvarado is mentioned in aerogrammes dated March 12, 15, and 26. Badcoe spells his name “Alverado.” Aussie Maj. Casey filled Badcoe’s billet….SSG Cornelius Johnson, a medic, and I pulled two operations with Casey and the 922nd RF Co. in the Phu Loc area before we were assigned to Phong Dien Subsector at the northern end of Thua Thien Province. The aerogrammes can be found at
    H.G. Reza, RTO 67-68

    • Hunter permalink
      September 11, 2013 9:47 pm

      Thank you for posting this link. The death of the assistant operations officer is a reference to my uncle. Now I know the details.

  68. Steve Watkins permalink
    August 22, 2013 11:00 pm

    I served with MACV Team 3 for a year from 1971-1972.
    We advised the 1st ARVN INF DIV.
    The MACV compound was not called this, it had been renamed the Frank Doezema Compound in honor of SP4 Doezema’s tragic death there during TET 68.
    We convoyed down the Perfume River to the Hue Citadel daily, it was still a mess from TET 68, the basement is primarily where we worked although it stayed flooded all the time.
    Many don’t realize and you should also (correct or add), Advisory Tm 3 moved to Camp Eagle with the 1st ARVN Division (early 1972), after the 101st Div & 1 CAV stood down and turned the base over to the 1st ARVN INF DIV.
    We maintained 60-80 regular Army MACV Tm 3 members located near the front Camp Eagle gate.
    During the Easter Offensive of 1972, the only other MACV unit between us and the DMZ was overrun (Quang Tri), making us the nearest to the DMZ after they got evacuated. We had many close in B52 air strikes, got mortared and harassed regularly, and as the war was coming to a close, we were getting “No replacements”. Not much sleep time life goes on. I stayed at Camp Eagle until November of 72, and would guess we had less than 20 MACV Team 3 members left.
    You may want to add Camp Eagle with Hue & Thua Thien as where MACV Team 3 served, even though Thua Thien Providence ‘basically covers’, the area.
    We were the last american soldiers holding any ground in that region, since moving from the Compound in Hue mid-late January 1972.

    • March 2, 2014 1:53 pm

      My name is Gary Ribovic I was a Specialist 4th Class who was stationed at Camp Eagles Main Gate from the end of July 1972 until October 22nd 1972 with the 1st Regiment Assistance Command MACV 1st ARVN DIV.

  69. Pat Weyand permalink
    June 7, 2013 10:37 am

    I dont see what you need corrected?

  70. David Sciacchitano permalink
    June 3, 2013 5:02 pm

    Please correct the spelling to “Thua Thien”.

  71. Patrick Weyand permalink
    February 24, 2013 5:28 am

    My father was with advisory team 3. Sgt Richard Weyand at that time. Is there a place to post photos, I have a few.

    • H.G. Reza permalink
      February 26, 2013 3:11 am

      I don’t know if you can post photos on this Website. Was your father with the Marine security detachment at the Hue MACV compound? I met Arthur Robertson and Michael Mishler, members of the security detachment, in Houston. They were in the tower with my friend Frank Doezema when he was mortally wounded in the opening moments of Tet.

      • Pat Weyand permalink
        February 26, 2013 1:40 pm

        He was.

        Sent from my iPhone Please forgive any typo’s. As this message was sent via a cellular telephone. Patrick Weyand.

      • Pat Weyand permalink
        August 23, 2013 12:54 am

        @ H.G Reza He was on leave at the time Tet broke out, and then came back and fought to help take back the city. He served with Tran Ngoc Hue, Then at that time Col Joe Boldt, and I believe Mr Coulligan. Not sure on the spelling. He finished up his career in 1985 retiring as a SgtMaj In the Marines.

  72. H.G. Reza permalink
    January 31, 2013 7:23 am

    On Jan. 30, 1968 our team drove in a two vehicle convoy from our camp at Phong Dien to the MACV Compound in Hue to get paid. It was a monthly ritual. Our plan was to spend the 30th and 31st at the compound and return to camp on Feb. 1. On these trips we also gathered supplies and ammo. We rolled into the compound at about 11 am, looking forward to eating in the mess hall for a couple of days. But no sooner than parking our vehicles the entire team (Cpt. Nick Goersch, SFC Don Rampanelli, SFC Thomas Richardson, Australian WO Dick Powell and I) were summoned to S-3 at Thua Thien Sector Hqs. I can’t remember who briefed us, but we were told that something was brewing. The problem was that nobody knew what. We were ordered to return to camp immediately without taking time to procure the supplies we needed. Later that afternoon, I was checking the east side of our perimeter when the camp came under mortar fire. I watched the first round hit outside the wire and ducked inside a bunker. We took about 25 rounds but there was no ground assault. I was the team’s RTO. Some time after midnight we lost radio contact with Sector Hqs. and took more incoming. We had no idea that the NVA had overrun Hue and were also unaware of the battle raging there. Confusion, uncertainty and fear abounded in our small corner of Vietnam. In the first week of February I picked up a faint transmission from the team at Phu Loc, a camp south of Hue and north of Danang. Phu Loc had been overrun and the 5-man team escaped to a place on the beach where they jumped in a boat and paddled out to the South China Sea. It was hard to visualize five U.S. grunts bobbing in the ocean. We managed to get help from the 1st Cav at Camp Evans. They sent a Huey to pluck the guys out of the boat and brought them to our camp. They were a welcome sight; five more Americans whom we knew we could count on. I don’t remember their names save for their team leader, Maj. Franklin. We were in frequent contact in the first two weeks of February and hit regularly with 60mm and 82mm fire. The teams persevered but our luck ran out on Feb. 25, 1968, when Rampanelli was wounded by a command detonated mine while on patrol. Tet was a watershed moment in our lives, and I was proud to serve with the guys on my team, everyone a professional soldier.

    • Rudy permalink
      May 14, 2014 9:30 pm

      My name is Rudy Kranz Army SP 4,Hue, Advisory Team 3, Dec. 1966 to Dec.1967. Attached with ARVN 1st Inf. Div. Hoc Boa. radio operator. Hue main compound was about 60 percent officers and our front gate guards where marines along with marine MP’s. I still
      keep in touch with my Marine friends.

      • H.G. Reza permalink
        May 15, 2014 1:38 am

        I didn’t know any of the marine guards at the Hue compound, but a few years ago I learned that Arthur “Bob” Robertson and Michael Mishler, were assigned to the compound as marine guards. Bob, who was corporal of the guard, and Michael were with my friend Frank Doezema in the tower when Frank was mortally wounded on Jan. 31, 1968. I learned about Bob and Michael when Bob was dying at the VA Hospital in Houston. I got to visit with both before he passed. Walt Meeley, who passed away on Memorial Day 2001, was the RTO at Phu Thu for a while. Walt and I shipped to VN together from Ft. Bliss. There was another RTO named Bob Mignemi but I can’t remember what team he was assigned to. I lived in the same hooch at the compound with Mignemi and Frank Doezema for a while when I arrived in country. Other RTOs I remember were named Tarbox and a guy named Roger, whom I replaced at Phong Dien. I was a sergeant E-5 when I rotated home. Rudy, I’m sure that our paths crossed in the compound at some point….I hope that your marine friends remember Bob Robertson and Michael Mishler.

        H.G. Reza
        Phong Dien 67-68

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