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Team 33 ARVN 23rd Division

MACV Team 33 – ARVN 23rd Division.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 33 located with the ARVN 23rd Division.

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  1. Mike Dacus permalink
    March 10, 2014 11:51 am

    I was only at the division advisory team about three or four times during my tour – mostly as a stop between Song Mau and Plei Ku or en-route to somewhere else. I did not go through as I processed out to go home because someone in the division team was cooking in his room and the lodge caught fire and burned to the ground a couple of months before we invaded Cambodia.

  2. Mark permalink
    March 9, 2014 9:42 pm

    I was in Team 33 in both ’68 and ’69
    We were quartered in the Bungalow and were adjacent to 5th SF teams B23 and B50. Martha Raye was often with them and I think I remember her being shot in the ankle during Tet or soon after but my memory is like a sieve nowadays.
    We supported 5th of the 22nd artillery who employed two eight inchers and two 175mm.
    There was a small MP unit also in the bungalow. I can remember faces but names not so much (two minor strokes in ’02)
    I do remember Henry Barber as Lt Col or Col back then as we were often refered to as Barbers Bandits.
    I don’t ever remember being as wet as when I was Sgt of the guard during the monsoon season in the Bungalow.
    And that “hotel” someone refered to in Ban Me Thuot used to be a house of ill repute.

  3. Virgil D. Bon permalink
    October 29, 2013 9:19 am

    I was the 23rd ARVN Div Logistics Bn Advisor at Ban Me Thuot in ’70 & ’71. The Bungalow was no longer there and for a short period of time many of us were quartered in a Vietnamese Hotel in Ban Me Thuot. There was Special Forces Team across the fence from our Team where I remember seeing Martha Raye relaxing. Co-located with us was the MACV Provincial Advisor Team. There were some other folks co-located us who didn’t discuss their jobs. North ?? of us was a SOG base which of course we were not allowed entry. It’s difficult remembering other Team members’ names but I’d be glad to hear from anyone stationed during the same time frame or any other.

  4. Rick wickham permalink
    August 6, 2013 8:02 am

    We are trying to find my wife’s father, a Vietnamese national who was based at the phan thiet army base in 1974. I am hoping someone can possibly give us a helping hand to possible tracing services

    my wife’s father is a Vietnamese national who we believe served the Red cross during the Vietnam war (1973/1974 ), in Phan Thiet, Vietnam. We originally, believed
    he was based out of Phang Rang Air based, and we thought he worked for the American Red cross base, some 150km away from Phan Thiet. However, we think now that he may be have been working for Republic of Vietnam (Việt Nam Cộng Hòa),

    We originally thought his name was Tran Quang Thuc, however, it may be Tran Van Phuc or Tran Quang Phuc

    All my wife knows is that he was involved with carrying injured soldiers to helicopters. My wife’s mother said that he wore a light green 1 piece suit that you zip up from the groin. He also had hat that was light green hat that had a red cross on it – tall square type of hat. Black army type boots. The uniform had a red cross arm band (white color) possibly on the left arm. He is around 160cm tall and wavy hair

    • Mike Dacus permalink
      November 15, 2013 3:19 pm

      I was a battalion senior advisor with the 2d Battalion and later the 4th Battalion of the 44th ARVN regiment of the 23d Division in 1969 and 1970. We operated out of Song Mau (regimental Hq), Phan Rang, Phan Ri Cua, Phan Tiet, Hoa Da, Da Lat, and in Cambodia. I also got pulled for two weeks for a Tactical Emergency to take over the 47th regimental advisory team at Kon Tum, Dak To, Ben Het, & Tan Kanh when their entire advisory team was killed or wounded and evacuated.

    • Mike Dacus permalink
      November 15, 2013 3:24 pm

      For Phan Tiet information, I suggest that you look for someone who was an advisor for the 1st or 3d Battalions of the 44th Regiment, or the Ninh Tuan province team during that period. I was in Viet Nam earlier than the requested time, and was in and out of Phan Tiet, but was never based there with either the 2d or 4th regiments.

  5. RL Ament (jr) permalink
    July 12, 2013 10:25 pm

    I have a photo of a sign, My dad was one of the “Founding Fathers” Ban Me Thout, MacV Adv Team 33. This was Probably around 1966. At the time he was Captain Robert L. Ament. Dad has since Passed on but as his Son, would be delighted to hear of anyone who remembers him.

    • Collette McDonald permalink
      October 21, 2013 5:34 pm

      My father was in Ban Me Thuot from ’62-’64. I would love to hear from you.

      • RL Ament Jr permalink
        October 21, 2013 9:13 pm

        Collette,

        See my comments to Michael below. Many photos, unfortunately dad was not too great at writing notes on the back,,,,,

  6. Michael permalink
    May 26, 2013 7:25 pm

    I too, served with team 33, but I was there in 1967. Spent much time at “The Bungalow” and left for home on Christmas Eve for emergency leave. This was my second tour, having served with the 1st Infantry Division in Lai khe and Di An.

    • RL Ament Jr permalink
      October 21, 2013 9:11 pm

      Hi Michael,

      Some of the Photographs of my Dad I have are dated 1967, so maybe you did meet? He commanded a Camp with American advisors and a Montagnard force ala the Green Berets. The photos show his camp (two 155′s) and Village. Unfortunately, he was not so great at marking up the backs of the photos with info. His driver was a Black guy named Burton, and another one of his guys was named Tanzola. There is another photo with him and another guy named Ray Vogel. He does have a couple photos of the Bungalow as well, but he must have spent most of his time in the field. It also looks like he was promoted to Major at some point during his tour.

  7. David M. Dacus, MAJ INF, retired permalink
    April 1, 2013 12:00 am

    In 69 and 70, I was a MACV team 33 battalion senior advisor for the 2d and 4th Battalions, 44th Regiment, 23d ARVN Division. I spent time in Ban Me Thout, and was pulled out of the field and sent to Tan Kanh in Kontum Provence when the entire advisory team of the 47th regiment (independent regiment) had been killed or wounded by mortar and rocket attacks until a new advisory team could be re-constituted, but the main stomping ground for the 44th was not either BMT or Kontum province. Our primary AO’s were Phan Rang, Song Mau, Phan Tiet, Dalat and even Cambodia.

    Care to expand your Scope?

    David M. Dacus, MAJ INF, retired

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