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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. N. Rodriguez permalink
    March 28, 2015 10:58 am

    I knew Sgt. Alvarado and I remember he was in Thua Thien Province. I believe at one time he mentioned to me that the reason he stayed in Vietnam for so long was because he did not have that much family in the states. He really was a nice guy.

    • H.G. Reza permalink
      March 29, 2015 12:07 am

      Sgt. Alvarado was from Texas, my home state. He had a girlfriend in Saigon, which was the main reason why he kept extending. I had lunch with him in Oct. 2001. He married his Vietnamese girlfriend, and they lived on a farm just north of Escondido, Ca. He and his wife grew vegetables and fruits that they sold at Vietnamese markets. I called him a few weeks later and got a message that the number had been disconnected. I never saw or heard from him again. When I saw him he was wearing a straw hat, faded jeans, very scuffed work boots and a flannel shirt, looking every bit like the farmer he was and nothing like the soldier I remembered.

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

  2. N. Rodriguez permalink
    March 27, 2015 2:37 pm

    Never thought I will be communicating with anyone from Team 3

    • H.G. Reza permalink
      March 27, 2015 3:45 pm

      I never worked on the ARVN 1st Inf. Division side. I was assigned to Thua Thien Sector. A number of new RTOs were broken in on the Sector side, working at hqs for a while, when I arrived in May 1967. Some of these guys ended up with ARVN units. Sgt. Alberto Alvarado mentored many of the RTOs, including me, at Sector. Alvarado was on his 3rd tour in 67. He already had a Silver Star and at least one PH.

    • March 28, 2015 9:03 pm

      N.Rodriquez—I know how you feel. It’s been great to find men who were with Team 3 and knew about Hue and PK-17. I had a hard time finding any body except SFC Elmer Denton when I got back. “Dent” died in 1976 or ’77 and I didn’t try too hard after that until the mid ’80’s when I found SSGT Herman Wiggins (a Marine) in 1987. I found Col. Fair some years later and kept in touch with him until his death a few years ago. I kept in touch with Lt Gen Richard Stillwell from 1996 til he died, he was a solder’s soldier. In Nam we were on friendly terms, he called me “Chuck” and I called him “Yes Sir, General”. I’m in contact with Major James Shillinglaw as well as now Gunny Wiggins on a regular basis.

  3. Pat weyand permalink
    March 27, 2015 7:36 am

    Phil, and dad was there prior to you. Interresting. Hey after 45 years hard to remember

  4. Nelson Rodriguez permalink
    March 26, 2015 5:22 pm

    I am not sure whether I know you but for some reason your name if I am recalling correctly sounds familiar. Since is over 45 years I never thought of making contact with anyone from Hue MACV advisory team. I was very friendly with Vazquez the marine at the main gate and also I knew most of the marines from marine security. Vazquez was hit the first night of the Tet offensive and I did not see him again.

  5. Nelson Rodriguez permalink
    March 26, 2015 12:10 pm

    I stayed at PK 17 a few weeks when Major Morales was assigned as the commanding officer and also went on a few patrols with them. After that another radio operator was assigned to them. I am not sure if the RO last name was Sanford.

    • H.G.Reza permalink
      March 26, 2015 3:19 pm

      I remember your team and Major Morales. You guys were on an operation with an ARVN unit from PK 17 in Co Bi Than Tan. Our PF company from Phong Dien secured the east end of the river on the last day so you guys could make a safe crossing and return home. I also remember the time that your team was trying to reach the marine unit at Camp Evans. They had changed call signs and they weren’t responding. I called and asked your guy (maybe it was you) to “go high” to the alternate frequency and cryptically gave you the new call sign, which was John Brown.I was the RTO at Phong Dien. I’m glad you found this site. There’s only a few of us from 67-68 here.

    • Philip Kane permalink
      March 27, 2015 12:47 am

      It is interesting that you mention Major Morales. When I arrived in Dec 67, I was assigned as senior advisor to 3rd Bn, 3rd Regt. Major Morales was the Regimental Senior Advisor and was based at PK 17. He remained in that position until maybe July or August when he was replaced by LTC Fair. I got promoted out of my job as Bn Advisor and served as the regimental staff advisor at PK 17 under both Maj Morales and LTC Fair.

      • March 28, 2015 8:44 pm

        I think Major Morales left early Aug, not sure I met him while I was with the Recondo company (Night Owls). I remember 4th of July night while on ambush south of PK-17, a near by fire base, can’t remember which one, I can’t find my patrol book from that time, opened up with every thing they had at 12 midnight. We could hear Maj. Morales on the radio wanting to know what was going on. We were set up in a grave yard and had enough cover but it was hair raising. About 3 minutes after the shooting stopped a VC ran into our ambush wide open- we thought that he and his buddies had attacked the fire base but found out later that the FB was just celebrating the 4th. Never did find out what the VC had been up to.


  6. Gary Ribovic permalink
    March 8, 2015 12:05 pm

    Hey Tom, I was a mail clerk for awhile also, along with being a gate guard perimeter guard, bunker guard, and general jack of all trades. I was at Eagle on an extension of my tour. Before that I was with the 196th Infantry Brigade near DaNang and the 1st Aviation Brigade down around the Bien Hue area. There was a Sgt Rice at Eagle who was an orderly room Sgt we were friends. Had another buddy named Shepperd only new him by Shep. He extended also was sent to Quong Tri, with the 3rd ARVN Division. Never heard from since.


  7. Col. Robert E. Tschan, USMC, Ret. permalink
    February 26, 2015 7:43 pm

    Chuck Thurmond,
    You should read the book “Easter Offensive”, by Gerald Turley, Col., USMCR, Ret.

  8. Tatum Lohmeier permalink
    February 13, 2015 11:49 am

    If anyone knew Billy Joe Plaster Jr, please let me know.

  9. Col. Robert E. Tschan, USMC, Ret. permalink
    February 8, 2015 12:08 am

    I left a long msg on the MACV Team 4 site. I served on both MACV Teams 3 & 4.

    • February 8, 2015 1:24 am

      I came in while you were on leave and took over as advisor to the Recon company. They were a great bunch. Tough and reliable. I heard about your stay in the moat, I was billeted along the wall not far from the throne room. I wondered then how you kept from being eaten alive by leeches and mosquitos. The answer is that it probably was a close thing. I’m glad you made it. It’s good to see your post. I’ve really enjoyed reading the posts here by people who I either knew or at least knew the area and the ARVNs there. Almost all of the ARVN’s I knew were killed in ’72.’73 or ’75. One or two that I met from the Hoc Bao were in Falls Church when I went to Harry’s book signing. Of course I knew Gen. Troung and Harry but few of the lt.’s, Captains and Majors survived the war. I didn’t know that Harry Hue was alive until I met with Gen Luong in 1996. I was shocked to say the least, and almost as surprised that they remembered me, a lowly 1Lt.
      Take care and God bless you


  10. Steve Watkins permalink
    February 6, 2015 6:25 am

    Sorry I missed both of your post. I have been offline for quite so time. I’m sure I knew you Gary as I worked at TOC off of the compound, and went through the gate daily. I recall your name Tom, you were Lt or Cpt Coleman I think, seems like you were in TOC also. Yes 1st Sgt Decker was there the whole time is was, the CO was Col Dickerson, and at one time Col Muller (or Mueller). My immediate CO’s were CW4 Clark & Maj Shaffer, our NCOIC was SSG Ashley. I remember the Mess Sgt was SFC Tyson, and the Supply Sgt was Sgt Dasher. Had an Lt Pappas that worked near me in TOC. I can’t recall many enlisted names like myself because we almost all had nicknames like Spider, Red, Countryboy, etc. Glad you both found this site. I came to Hue Dec 71, moved to Camp Eagle with Team 3, and stayed until Nov 72. Take Care ALL !

  11. January 29, 2015 11:51 pm

    I’ve been doing a little research and found references to Team 3 and the 1st ARVN Div., 3rd Reg, 1st and 2 nd Battalions in regard to Tet and Hue. Look for “Fire in the Streets” and “The Siege at Hue”

  12. January 26, 2015 10:48 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed reading the posts on this site. I’ve found out what happened to a couple of people that I once knew and read other people’s accounts of their experiences. They are both similar and different at the same time-not confusing if you understand that some things are the same for soldiers regardless of circumstances yet personal factors make each story a little different. God bless each and everyone of you. We were a “different breed of men” who for the most part at least, were volunteers. We enter acted with an alien culture and through it all survived to tell our stories. I’d love to see a book written about American Advisors by someone who really knew about being one. Andrew Wiess wrote a very good book about Harry Hue. I tried to get him to write about Advisors but he was burnt out after doing Hue’s story. Maybe one day he;ll get around to doing it. I just hope there’s enough of us left to make sure it is on target.

    Chuck Thurmond
    “Delta Whiskey”
    Team 3
    Sub Team 65

  13. Alan Kalter permalink
    January 22, 2015 8:44 am


    One of my favorite “explanations” of “language in general” and how it functions: “Language is like a river; it goes where it will.” Or as Don Quixote is “quoted”: “I know what I’m saying” (even though nobody else does). Ah, the frustration of it all–one wants what one learns from a book or from a native speaker to be “correct,” and it ain’t necessarily so. My Spanish is that of Madrid; I always gotta remember that when I go elsewhere in the Hispanic world. Case in point is how you say “You catch the bus” at that corner or wherever. In my dialect, what’s perfectly normal and innocent doesn’t work so well in Argentina, where what my dialect uses would describe performing a sexual act with a bus that is unlikely at best–and, as you suggest above, an occasion for all those involved to have a hearty laugh at your expense.
    Too bad that we draftees couldn’t have had some language training before the trip to the Nam–woulda made the “hearts and minds” part of it a whole lot more effective. If you can speak with a person in his/her own language, you are going to see/treat that person as a PERSON and not as an object–well, in most cases, anyway. I’m not at all proud of losing my cool when trying to communicate with the Vietnamese, which happened way too often.
    So what’s “correct” language? It’s what is used to communicate in the place where you want to use the language. So I understand that, right? Not that easy. I watch a lot of soccer on TV now that it’s available–the announcers for the channel that carries the Spanish league work out of Miami, Florida, and they speak a dialect that drives me up the wall. The idea of throwing English words into one’s speech comes up often, and Spanish words take on uses which they’ve never had in Spanish a bit more isolated from the English world. Ah, globalization.
    Anyway, I ramble on.

    Keep on keepin’ on,


  14. Pat Weyand permalink
    January 19, 2015 2:53 pm

    Lots of Pics on the Facebook Team 3 page.

    • January 20, 2015 1:06 am

      Having trouble finding the page – unless it only has 1 photo on it. I may be on the wrong one. I have found photos of LT Fran Delaney, Lt Hank Fredericks and Lt Lars Hustad, Lt Charlie Brown among others.

      • Rob Ritchie permalink
        January 20, 2015 7:15 am

        I would like to see the picture of Lars Husted. He worked for me. I picked his body up Easter Sunday 1969. He was a good man!

      • January 20, 2015 9:43 pm

        I haven’t figured out how to post photos on this site yet or even if they can be, send me an e-mail at
        Lars and I went to OCS together, it really hurt when he died. If Fran Delaney happens to read this, I have one photo of Bill Garrison in country -we went to OCS together. I also have a photo of Fran and Lars made in Da Nang went we were there in June ’68

        If anyone from Team 18 (PF’s) reads this I have a photo of your philosophical musing that was posted on your cupboard. Do you remember “Man cannot live by bread alone—“?
        Anybody remember the Pagoda along the Song Hu’ong?, also printed on the back of the photo is “Chua Linh Mu. I’ve forgotten what Vietnamese I knew, even though I once spoke it pretty well.

    • January 21, 2015 9:26 pm

      Pat, i just sent you some more.1 each of the following – Lt’s Lars Hustad and Fran Delaney in Da Nang, Hue compound, Lt’s Hank Fredericks and Fran Delaney at P-K 17 and lastly a pagoda near Hue on the Song Hu’ong

  15. Alan Kalter permalink
    January 19, 2015 2:40 pm

    Thanks–sounds like it could be the same guy. He popped into my memory as I thought more and more about the summer of 1969 in the A Shau.

  16. Travis Kirkland permalink
    January 19, 2015 1:51 pm

    There was an SFC Green on A-1 in the Feb-May time frame. I left A-1 in May of 68. More than that I know not.

  17. Alan Kalter permalink
    January 19, 2015 11:07 am

    Really enjoyed your last post, especially the symbolic burying of the hatchet. And, of course, reading of how well you were treated when you went back to the Nam. Got to admit, I’m in awe of your courage at the mine field. I’m envious of the fact that, as you mentioned in another post, you spoke some Vietnamese. Although I’m a lifelong language learner (Spanish, Portuguese, French) and teacher (Spanish), I was limited to the worst pidgin Vietnamese-English when I was there–cat kai dou, die wie, Truong tau, dien kai dou, GI dee-dee Hoa Kee mo fuch no comeback, and the ilk. Knowing a bit of the language would have been a huge morale booster.
    Wonder if you’ve run across the novels of Tim O’Brien. My wife gave me one for Christmas: “The Things They Carried.” Very good. Now looking for others in our local library–found “Going After Cacciato”–my wife read it; I haven’t had a chance yet; didn’t find the poignantly named “If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Send Me Home.” Never heard that particular marching song in training, but there were some others that were close. Tim O’Brien could have been me with regard to age, situation when drafted, future plans, etc. I was a lot luckier than he was in where I ended up in Nam, but the similarities in our situations were many.
    All of this brings back more and more memories of people and places. I suddenly flashed on a tall African-American NCO who went out with the CA to Hamburger Hill when it was decided we really needed it after all in July or August of ’69. Can’t come up with his name for sure–perhaps his last name was “Green.” Ring any bells?


    • January 21, 2015 10:01 pm


      I was taught Vietnamese by a beautiful young lady at Ft Gordon, even got a proficiency award. To my surprise, when I got to VN some of the language I had learned was wrong. How could such a beautiful woman do me that way? Turns out she forgot to tell my class that she was from NORTH Vietnam. Lots of difference sometimes. Reminded me of a friend back in DC when I was with the FBI (I took a leave of absence to join the Army.) He was a Puerto Rican who spent part of his teenage years in New York and the rest in Miami, Fla. I would listen to him talk for a minute or two (he could really say a lot in that amount of time) then ask his wife what had he said. Anyway, I gradually picked up the correct words.
      when the Viets didn’t know the right English words they would switch to French, then Vietnamese when their vocabulary ran out, I started doing the same in reverse-Vietnamese, French then English. That kind of messed up my Vietnamese because we did it so often that it became second nature. It caused a lot of consternation when we were around people who didn’t know what we were doing! And of course, soldiers being soldiers, they taught me a lot of slang-not always the correct words either. That caused some panic among Vietnamese waitresses at first. My Viet officers thought it was hilarious, actually it was. Not to be outdone I returned the favor.
      As for the mine field, I had good training in AIT on mines and minefields, God bless old brown shoe Sgt’s who taught me a lot about mines, explosives, weapons and such. I went to Red Stone Arsenal when I came home, another strange story-never ask a friend who can’t read the terrain on maps to get you a posting as close to home as possible. It was 5 hrs and 30 mins to Ft Benning from home and he said it was much closer to Red Stone -turned out to be 10 mins closer, but worse roads. An old SSgt there told me to not worry about the Russians, that they were about done, “but look out for the damn Arabs”. I thought at the time he was a “little off” as we sometimes say around here. How he knew I don’t know. He also said that we (the US) had given Israel 200 of the nuclear shells for the special cannons that had been made to fire them but couldn’t get them to go far enough away to keep from killing the cannoneers. They were supposed to keep the Russians from coming through the gap into Germany I believe. We had a lot of weird things at Red Stone.More about that later.


  18. Gary B. Roberts permalink
    January 18, 2015 6:08 pm

    I have formed a Facebook Group titled: Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) Team 3. We are starting to get a few members and some good photos. We welcome all Team 3 members.

  19. Alan Kalter permalink
    January 17, 2015 8:40 am

    Was very interested in what you said in the last message–sounds as though you really got the run-around. Not interested in helping those who might have had the most exposure? Surreal, but I’ve heard stories about that before . . . Feel deeply your pain about your third son and everything you’ve been through. Would be very interested in hearing about your return to the Nam. Some of the other stories I’ve read on here tell what happened to places where I was–PK 17, I believe I read, became a cement factory . . . I remember back then thinking that the A Shau Valley was hauntingly beautiful, and knowing that I’d never forget it. I was never a photo taker, but Doc Bridges, medic at Doezema Compound, knew I’d been out there (at FSB’s, never, thank goodness, in the boonies) and gave me a photo he’d taken; afraid it got lost in the shuffle of the years . . .
    Look forward to hearing more,


    • January 18, 2015 1:12 am


      Went to see American Sniper tonight with my grandson. A buddy of mine who did 3 tours in Iraq before an IED got the truck he was driving, just happened to sit down right behind Mike and recognized us. Excellent movie. It will do more for the current war vets than anything I’ve seen. We needed something like that when we came back. It will actually help our generation too I think because it makes war experiences real as well as how we felt when we came home.
      Charlie and I sat and talked for 2 hours after the movie (at my house). It helped him to have someone he could open up to.
      I was a little concerned about going back in ’94, I went with a Vietnamese friend and her Vietnamese husband. I don’t know if you knew or not but all advisors had a $600.00 or more wanted dead or alive reward on their head. I saw a pamphlet 2 months before I came home that offered more than that for me. I had gone into a mine field to rescue a Viet private who somehow made it about 20 yards into the field before he triggered a “bouncing betty”. When I realized he was still alive I went in after him, pinning 9 and bypassing 11 more. A completely nuts Viet Lt followed me in handing me safety pins, etc until we ran out then marked the cleared path with tea bush limbs. The boy died shortly after I got him out but I couldn’t leave him once I saw he was still alive. Did not mean to go into that but I wanted to tell you why the enemy wanted me so bad-“gaining hearts and minds” stuff. Anyway, I did not know if the reward was still good or not. I ‘d need a whole page to tell you about just going through the airport, it is funny now. They knew who I was when I got off the plane. To shorten this up, I was treated with honor and respect the whole time I was there (3 weeks). I took $1000.00 with me but could have come home with most of it. I didn’t have to buy anything, just making it known that I was hungry, thirsty or tired was all that was needed. The Vietnamese government provided a van to transport us wherever we wanted to go, no restrictions. I kept waiting for the shoe to drop, and my Vn friends were totally confused by the way I was treated, (they had to pay for whatever they wanted except for the van rides). About 5 days into the trip one of the City officials at Can Tho explained it to me. He said that they respected the soldiers that had worked with the ARVN’s and those who were “honorable” enemies but that they despised the war protestors and politicians.
      Sounds like us doesn’t it? Even old enemies have a lot in common. I met some ARVNs and they were still having a hard time of it. I litterly buried the hatchet while I was there. I had made a wooden tomahawk before going over for that purpose IF I felt like it. I ended my war on that trip. I still hate communism but don’t hate my old enemies anymore, actually I pity them. They are a very unhappy people, many living on the edge of starvation, horrible health care and more repressed than you’d think now the war is over for so long. They like Americans and hate the Russians, don’t trust the Chinese.
      By the way, I was told that most of the VC still alive after the war were killed off by the NVA, an old Chinese proverb “Once a traitor, always a traitor”. The VC also had a stupid idea that the North would share power with them after the war.
      Sorry that I let it “all hang out”, but I guess seeing the movie made me want to tell someone about my experiences.
      Take care,


  20. Alan Kalter permalink
    January 16, 2015 8:31 am

    What you tell me in your latest is very interesting to me; I know what you’re talking about in regard to AO. We were contacted in about 1981 by an organization that tracked use of AO in Nam and those vets who had been in the places it was used. One of the places was FSB Geronimo, in the low hills just outside Hue (imagine you’re familiar with the name if not the place), where I spent part of June/July 1969 as night RTO. They said the Huey was spraying for mosquitoes; maybe so but maybe it was “something else.” At any rate, I had an “impossible” cataract appear on my right eye at age 29–all the eye doctors said it was “impossible” that I could have a cataract . . . My son had a weird bone anomaly, luckily minor, that we often wondered about, and two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer that I’ve been fighting since–my story is happier thus far than those of our mutual friends, in that I’ve had wonderful medical care and the cancer seems to be in remission to the extent that I’ve been given the OK to go off Lupron (Leoprolide)–google it; it’s not lots of fun as far as side effects go, especially fatigue and “hot flashes” (I kid you not).
    Would be glad to hear more of your stories/history.
    Feel just awful about Herm and Jim. As a low-ranking conscript I especially appreciated officers like Jim–he treated me like a person.

    • January 16, 2015 12:51 pm

      I understand about side effects of medicine, sometimes they are as bad as the condition they are supposed to be treating. My third son, Matt, died from multiple birth defects related to “A O” and my other two have had some back problems all their life. I got clued down to the VA in Decatur in the late 70’s or early 80’s for tests. As I said, as soon as they realized that I hadn’t been a enlisted man under the grade of E-5 they told me to go home. In the mean time they had handed me a pack of questions, 10 questions or so to the page, 5 or 6 pages thick. They meant for me to fill out the 1st page -name, etc, but the man’s phone rang just as he handed it to me. I was on the 4th page answering some very good questions, when he realized that I was looking at the other questions. He got upset and took them back. I should have kept it because whoever developed the questions knew what to ask. Some of the questions were where was I, did I know what type of spray was used in my area, Orange, Blue, Green, etc., how many times did I get sprayed, did I have any unusual symptoms while in Nam or since I came home. There was a lot more that would have been good evidence for AO claims. I don’t know if this same questioneer (Sp)
      was used for long or not. I got A O update pamphlets for 30 years but was never contacted again about my exposure. They knew about the dangers of AO back in the 50’s right after it was developed in Germany. My understanding is that the German company that developed it sold the patent to an American company. It’s use in Germany was prohibited.
      By the way I went back to VN in 1994. I’ll tell that story some other time.


  21. Alan Kalter permalink
    January 15, 2015 6:25 pm

    Wow, thanks Chuck. Sorry to hear about Herm’s medical problem. Very interested in the story of your batboy. And as to being with just one other or no other Team members–I was at FSB Berchtesgaden as our only representative for a couple or three weeks. Capt. Lapolla was down at Currahee all by himself, at least as far as Team 3 went–I radioed him when we were under assault one night and he responded: “Oh my gosh! Don’t do anything silly! Stay safe!” or the equivalent thereof. My reply: “Don’t worry, I won’t!” I was also on my own at Currahee for a good bit of August that year, running resupplies to the officers in the field, one of whom was Major Shillinglaw, and another of whom was Capt. Lapolla at different times.

    • January 15, 2015 8:23 pm

      Alan, still haven’t heard back from Jim. He has some trouble with parkinson’s disease. Herm also has bone cancer as well as failing kidneys. Both are related to Agent Orange. Actually in our area they sprayed A O, Agent Blue (40% arsenic), and Agent Green, and who knows what else. The first time I can remember being sprayed was the day we moved up to LZ Miguel. A large AF tanker came over low and wet us like it was a heavy rainstorm. The men on Miguel said that it happened from time to time. I’ve had cancer 3 times, not counting skin cancers, and a couple of other things the Aussies claim AO causes but the VA doesn’t recognize. They’re way ahead of us with more than 50 things classified as being AO related. I signed up with the VA in the late ’70’s or early ’80’s, can’t remember exactly when now, but they dropped me when someone realized that I had been an officer over there. They claimed that only E-‘s and below could participate in the study. ? Maybe because I could relate details of where and when disqualified me. I still have several operation maps from covering from the ocean to the border of Laos, plus an Air Force Escape and Evasion map of both North and South Vietnam that I traded for early on. It’s water proof and folds up fairly small. It was the only “unnecessary” thing I carried in my back pack. Maybe we can swap photos by e-mail sometime. I still haven’t figured out how to post a photo on Facebook yet. Probably have to get one of my younger grandchildren to show me how.
      More later.

  22. Alan Kalter permalink
    January 15, 2015 8:25 am

    @Chuck Thurmond:

    Chuck, you don’t know me–I’m Alan Kalter; I was a PFC/Sp4 RTO with Team 3 in 1969-1970. I was interested in your message because of the mention of two of the Team 3 members with whom I worked in 1969: Major Jim Shillinglaw, with whom I spent time at FSB Airborne until he went to the field sometime in July or August. We were the only two MACV personnel at Airborne at the time. Before I went to the Valley with Major Shillinglaw, I spent part of July at PK17, where Herm Wiggins was in charge; I remember watching the first moonwalk there with Herm on 20 July. Did you know Captain Michael Lapolla? He may have arrived at Team 3 after you left.

    • Charles "Chuck" Thurmond permalink
      January 15, 2015 5:05 pm


      I’ve left a message with Jim re you and acouple of others that he should remember.. Once he gives me permission I’ll send you his e-mail and try to get him on this site. Herm has dialisis 3 times a week so I won’t call him til this weekend. Hopefully both of them will join this site. I’m not surprised that only the two of you at FSB Airborne, Herm and I were off by ourselves several times with no other As or Aus personel anywhere nearby. I sometimes went out with ARVN companies all by myself when we were short handed. I spoke passable Vietnamese at that time and had my own batboy who usually went with me. Yoi was assigned to me in August sort as a joke because when I first joined the 2nd company for a mission he was confined in a very small barbed wire cage. I took one look at him and asked why he was being held like that and they said he was caught awol from his Vietnamese marine unit. I said jokingly that nobody should be blamed for getting out of the marines. An hour or so he came to me and said that he was to be my batboy. I thought he was kidding but he wasn’t. Turned out he was a good soldier, just home sick-his family lived in Hue. He had been stationed in Da Nang. He served as a cook, body guard and interpeter until I left to go home. At that time “Harry” Hue took him to be his batboy and bodyguard. Yoi was killed during the 1972 offensive. Didn’t mean to run on like that but old memories are flooding back, it feels good to have someone to “talk” to who’s been there and knows the area.
      I didn’t know Cpat. Lapolla.
      Take care,


  23. Pat weyand permalink
    January 14, 2015 10:59 pm

    I blew up a photi and that us what I got iff his uniform

    • Philip Kane permalink
      January 15, 2015 12:53 am

      I’m pretty sure his name was Roupe.

  24. Pat weyand permalink
    January 14, 2015 9:30 pm

    Trying to track down Roupe. Any first name

    • January 14, 2015 10:54 pm

      Unfortunately, no. Don’t know if he spelled “rope” right or not, he misspelled Weyand. No more mention of names, the entries skip from 30 Jan to July 21st to July 23. He made no entries from then until giving it to me. Perhaps he had another book or two. I had 3 while with Sub-team 65.

  25. Pat weyand permalink
    January 14, 2015 8:37 pm

    Chuck good to hear from you. Dad was so suprised that you had Tony’s patrol book. It was great to meet you in V.A
    Pat Weyand

    • January 14, 2015 9:22 pm

      Pat, Tony’s patrol book states on (Jan) Sun14 “Wehand replaced by Roupe” among other things. I’ll copy this page and send it to you via e-mail. please tell youDad hello for me.

  26. Pat weyand permalink
    January 1, 2015 10:03 pm

    I have a photo of a radio operator assigned to Hoc Bao team 3 around mid 68. Not sure on his name I can send it out if someone may be able to identify

  27. Travis Kirkland permalink
    December 26, 2014 8:21 am

    Maybe. Can you send copy of pic to me. Will be home early next week.

  28. Pat Weyand permalink
    December 25, 2014 9:51 pm

    Mr. Kirkland, do you recall a man by the last name of Rudde , Rudd, or Rouge. HE would have been there around the time you and dad were about the time of TET. I have a photo of He , Dad and Phil Kane. I tried to blow up the photo to read the name tag and the combination of the three names above is what I came up with. Dad swears that the Guys last name was Rudd. The name tag on the uniform looks like Rouge. Thanks for your time.

  29. 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.

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

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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

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

    Sorry for misspellings. Auto spell gives me fits

  34. 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

  35. December 11, 2014 11:00 am

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

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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

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

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

  42. 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?

  43. 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

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

    Thanks Pat.

  45. 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.

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

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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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.

  50. 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

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

    Tell uncle Harry hi from the weyands

  52. 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

  53. 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

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

    Looking for anyone who knew Jerry Abeyta

  55. 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!

  56. 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


    • Charles (Chuck) Thurmond permalink
      January 14, 2015 8:27 pm

      Phil, I don’t guess you will remember me, I was a 1st Lt when I transferred to 1/3/1 in mid Aug, ’68. I remember your name and I think that I knew you briefly. I noticed Lt Fran Delaney, Tony Egan, I went out with him on 1 mission before he rotated out. I still have his last patrol book-he handed it to me and “Here Mate, I won’t be needing this anymore”. He died several years back and I have his wife’s address, if I can find it in all my junk. Tran “Harry” Hue and I are in irregular contact. A book was written about him 7 or 8 years ago.
      I’m in constant contact with Major Jim Shillinglaw and SSgt ( now Gunny Sgt, Ret) Herman Wiggins. I’d like to swap messages with members of Team 3, especially members of Sub-Team 65 who were at PK -17. I don’t know why I never thought to look up Mac-V before, maybe it’s because I’m getting along in years. Any way, looking forward to your reply,

  57. 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!”

  58. 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.

  59. 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?

  60. 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 ?

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

    • Charles (Chuck) Thurmond permalink
      January 14, 2015 8:39 pm

      Is this the Francis Delaney that was at PK-17 until Jan of ’69? If so I have a photo or two of you, Charlie Brown, Hank Fredericks, I talked to him 8-10 yrs ago and some others. Col. Bud Fair died several yrs back, we were in frequent contact right up to the end. I’m in in-frequent contact with Tran “Harry” Hue, there’s been a good book written about him. Almost all of the Vietnamese officers we knew were were killed by 1975. I went to OCS with Bill G., and I last saw Dick Weyand about 7 years or so ago.
      If you know anything about the other team members I’d love to hear from them.

  63. 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

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

    • Charles (Chuck) Thurmond permalink
      January 14, 2015 8:44 pm

      I’d like to have a copy of that list. I transferred to PK-17 in Aug ’68 and left the last of April ’69. I was a1st Lt and worked mostly with 1st Bat, companies 1 and 2, sometimes with 3rd co.

  66. 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

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. 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

  70. 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

  71. 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.

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

    Wish we could post photos here.

  73. 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.

    • Nelson Rodriguez permalink
      March 25, 2015 2:20 pm

      Hi Rudy. My name is Nelson Rodriguez, Army Spec 4,Hue Advisory Team 3, August 67 to Aug 1968. I also was attached to ARVN 1st Inf. Div. Use to go out with different units until my last six months that I was assigned to the village of Nam Hoa. I also knew some of the marines at the gate specially Vazquez and Milian. If you know their whereabouts let me know. I was also a radio operarator.

      • H.G. Reza permalink
        March 25, 2015 2:36 pm

        Nelson, were you assigned to the team at PK 17 for a while?

        H.G Reza
        RTO Phong Dien 67-68

  74. 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.

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

    You giys had to somehow just missed my dad.

  76. 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.

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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

  80. 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.

      • Charles (Chuck) Thurmond permalink
        January 14, 2015 8:54 pm

        Jim lives in Pebble Beach, Ca now. I just talked to him this last weekend and get regular e-mails from him. If you want his e-mail address, etc drop me a line. I always get permission to give out personal info before doing so.
        Chuck (1st Lt.)

      • Alan Kalter permalink
        January 15, 2015 9:41 am

        @Chuck Thurmond:

        Sure, would love to contact Major Shillinglaw–you can send me a personal e-mail to:

        with his e-mail address.


    • 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.


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

    Merv passed last month.

  82. 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.

  83. 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

  84. 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

    • Rhonda permalink
      January 1, 2015 9:34 pm

      did you know of an AF SSgt Patrick Williams who was a Radio Operator as well. He was killed in 28 Aug 1965, propeller accident..Email me at
      Just trying to find out if any Radio Operators may have known him.

  85. 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


  86. 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.

  87. 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

  88. 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.

  89. 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

  90. 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

  91. 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.

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

      • Rhonda permalink
        January 1, 2015 9:31 pm

        did you know of an AF SSgt Patrick Williams who was a Radio Operator as well. He was killed in 28 Aug 1965, propeller accident..Email me at
        I think he was at Quang Tri

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

      • Tom Coleman permalink
        January 5, 2015 12:34 pm

        I also was at Hue/Camp Eagle from Sept 71 – Aug 72. If I remember right you were SFC also the CO was Col. Dickerson, First SGT Decker, Maj. Schooler. I would really like to hear back from you. I remember very little once we moved to Camp Eagle. Looking forward to hear back from you. Sincerly, Tom Coleman

      • Steve Watkins permalink
        February 6, 2015 6:34 am

        (**Re-post** — I replied in wrong place — sorry)
        I missed both of your post. I have been offline for quite so time. I’m sure I knew you Gary as I worked at TOC off of the compound, and went through the gate daily. I recall your name Tom, you were Lt or Cpt Coleman I think, seems like you were in TOC also. Yes 1st Sgt Decker was there the whole time is was, the CO was Col Dickerson, and at one time Col Muller (or Mueller). My immediate CO’s were CW4 Clark & Maj Shaffer, our NCOIC was SSG Ashley. I remember the Mess Sgt was SFC Tyson, and the Supply Sgt was Sgt Dasher. Had an Lt Pappas that worked near me in TOC. I can’t recall many enlisted names like myself because we almost all had nicknames like Spider, Red, Countryboy, etc. Glad you both found this site. I came to Hue Dec 71, moved to Camp Eagle with Team 3, and stayed until Nov 72. Take Care ALL !

      • Tom Coleman permalink
        March 2, 2015 11:05 am

        Steve, I was the mail-clerk along with Sgt Tyrone. I was a Spec4. Doing the spring offense several of us qualified with the M-79 LAW’s. We made up a patch with the bird “Woodstock” from the comic “Peanut” holding a LAW. I remember very little after the beginning of the spring offense. I do remember Route 1 being flooded with the score of retreving ARVN’s. I was also assigned with the M-60 . Hope to hear back from you or Gary.

      • Steve Watkins permalink
        March 9, 2015 9:35 am

        Hey Tom, Yeah I’m sure I remember your name now, I was an E4 also. Since you were at the Doezema compound and the times you were there I’m positive we was in the same circles. Did you remember any of the names I posted earlier? When we moved to Camp Eagle I had said it was end of Jan 72, but was more like early March. I was 18 when I got there, had orders for Quang Tri, but luckily when they picked me up at Phu Bai airfield they needed more Signal guys I was 05C radio operator & 72B Tele Comm Ctr Operator so Team 3 amended orders & kept me. The Easter offensive was full of ARVNs fleeing from Quang Tri, they sure (over) packed whatever they were riding in/on. I was pretty close to 1st SGT Decker, you know his & the COs secretary was Mia, also they were (together), Mia was close friends with a gal in the mess hall I saw whenever possible named Hoa, so TOP & I were good friends. Did you know SP4 Greg Hanson, SP5 Mike Poole, SP4 Jeff Borg? I bet you knew PFC Finch, a tall redheaded guy, I rode with him to Phu Bai to pick up mail some. When we saw the Bob Hope show at the Eagle Bowl, who knew we would be living there in a couple of months. When we got there I know we were ALL wore out filling sandbags & improving the post. Well take care Tom, will get back with you later.

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

    I dont see what you need corrected?

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

    Please correct the spelling to “Thua Thien”.

  99. 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.

  100. 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

      • Rhonda permalink
        January 1, 2015 9:15 pm

        Rudy did you know of an AF SSgt Patrick Williams who was a Radio Operator as well. He was killed in 28 Aug 1965, propeller accident..Email me at

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