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MACV Team 58 – Vi Thanh

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  1. January 25, 2015 7:47 am

    Wireskinner. May have sent msg. to wrong guy. terry

  2. January 25, 2015 7:43 am

    I was at Choung Thien from Oct 66-Oct 67. As I said in previous msg., I was at Kien Long several times, remember a US Major (unk, District Chief; I was a Cpt at the time), and vaguely remember some action there–but can not place names or cbt actions of any significance. The Major (if you remember him) and Cpt you remember may help you to prove your case w/VA. Good Luck. t

  3. January 21, 2015 6:53 am

    I just re-read your comment. When were you at Kien Thien District? The 68 could be in 1968 or the District Number at that time. Different time frame. Sometime paperwork is available to make your case.

    • wireskinner2574 permalink
      January 24, 2015 5:46 pm

      This was a patch we had in 1967 – 1968

      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

  4. January 20, 2015 4:43 pm

    Sorry, I left CT in 1967 (oct). I was there from Oct 66 to Oct 67. I was familiar w/Kien Long–but out of my time zone. I do remember a Maj down there in my times. Good lusk. tmontei

  5. mike wilson permalink
    January 20, 2015 4:17 pm

    my paperwork says I was assigned to team 58
    I was in kien long 68
    does anybody know anybody or anything about kien long
    I was wounded by a mortar
    the major put me in for a purple heart
    I recieved it lost paper work
    does not show up on dd 214
    I need it for va hospital
    the only person I remember is
    captain Edward ( ted ) Alling

  6. TommyHighnote permalink
    September 25, 2014 7:58 am

    Beware There was a Mats Team 58 in V thanh 1971-1972 A 2 man team 1 officer and 1 nco , with 5 Viets takeing the place of the American Mats !

  7. Henry Ray Kelly permalink
    September 22, 2014 10:49 pm

    Was supply sgt from aug 67 till aug 68

  8. Karl Bitel permalink
    August 10, 2014 10:34 am

    John, please add me to your Advisory Team 58 contact list. Karl Bitel at

  9. John S. Raschke permalink
    August 6, 2014 10:55 pm

    Karl Bitel and Don Sullivan,

    i have an extensive list of names (~430) and in some cases contact information on military and civilian personnel who served in Chuong Thien Province throughout MAAG/MACV’s involvement in the advisory effort. If you are interested in being added to the list, please contact me by e-mail. We are having an advisory team reunion this comiing November (2014) in Las Vegas..

    • Karl Bitel permalink
      September 23, 2014 8:32 am

      John Raschke, is there any information available regarding the November team reunion?

      • Ray permalink
        September 23, 2014 11:36 am

        John please enter my name to advisory team 58 Ray Kelly wireskinner2574@embarqmail .com

        Sent from my iPhone


  10. Terry Montei permalink
    April 8, 2014 7:47 am

    Mike, I do not know if he is alive or dead. I checked Counterparts, an organization of advisors of which I am a member, for his name. No luck. There were/was a Sgt or 2 also on the Regmt team. Forgot their names.
    Tough to loose a brother. montei

  11. Mike Murphy permalink
    April 7, 2014 7:05 pm

    Don, thank you so much. I have wondered for over 45 years how Denny died. He was like a big brother to me at VMI. Do you know where the records for MACV Team 58 might be located now?

    Mike Murphy

  12. April 7, 2014 3:36 pm

    An attempt to clear up Tm 58 some (maybe absolutely wrong but relatively correct). This Tm became Tm 73 sometime after I left in Oct 67.
    This team was formed abt 1964 out of 3-4 other provinces in the middle center of the Mekong Delta–and designated Choung Thien Province. This was to improve command and control.
    The VN/NVA never accecpted its provincal designation. ViThanh was the capitol–a rather primative town. Sub districts were Duc Long, Kien Long, Kien Thien, Long My-best estimate here. It was, by definition, the most insecure province in VN when I was there. Not much
    pacification outside of the lines of communication (a road and canals).
    Some key personnel–The Desert Fox, MG Robert Wagner; MG Hoisington–his sister, Elizabeth, was the first female GO not medical branch; LTC Lones Wigger (known as The Farmer)–perhaps the best small bore rifle shooter in US history (Pan Am games and Olympics)-ranks are highest I know, at the time Wagner was a Major, Hosiington a LTC; and Wigger a Cpt.
    Hopes this helps out.

  13. April 7, 2014 2:19 pm

    mike murphy,cap nicholas was killed during an operation in mid 67. his unit made contact and was under fire when he rose up on one knee to asess the situation and was shot in the head. that was the report we received at the compound.don sullivan vi thanh 12/66-8/67

  14. Karl Bitel permalink
    March 16, 2014 10:44 am

    Hi Terry, I was in Vi Thant from 16 Dec 1965 to 25 Feb 1967. Part of that time I was based in Duc Long. I am the tall E-5 who was the Communications NCOIC for Advisory Team 58. I used to hang around the big radio bunker next to the mail room.

    Karl Bitel

  15. terry permalink
    March 16, 2014 9:25 am

    I am Terry Montei. I served in Advisory Team 58 from Nov 1966-Oct 1967. I was in Choung Thein Province, Vi Thanh. I knew Cpt Denis Nicholas who was an infantry advisor to the 31 Arvn Inf Reg, 21st Inf Div. He was killed on 15 Jan 67 in an operation that began in Vi Thanh but I am not sure where he was killed. Vi Thanh was in the most insecure province in VN. Denis worked for a Maj Murphy, who was the Sr Advisor to the Reg.

    • Mike Murphy permalink
      April 7, 2014 7:03 pm

      Terry, much thanks. Is Major Murphy still alive. Know how ot get in touch with him?


      Mike Murphy

    • July 4, 2014 4:47 pm

      Thank you Terry.

  16. Glenn Knudsen permalink
    February 27, 2014 1:11 pm

    I arrived at MAC-V Advisory team 58 in in Vin Phouc Vietnam 3/1967 and left about 10 days after the Tet offensive started in 1/30/1968. I served with SFC Les Haley, Sgt Bright Cpt. Newman, Major Wilfong (SP?) and Col Wright. I know there were other, but my memory is not that great so the names may not be spelled correct. I lost touch with all the fine soldiers I served with and under. It was a privilege to serve with these fine men. They made a huge impact on my life that I will be eternally grateful for the value they added to my life. Too bad the public didn’t understand all we were doing for them as they are now showing appreciation for the VETS returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

  17. Karl Bitel permalink
    February 14, 2014 7:55 pm

    Mike, the name Jim Waters is somewhat familar. I didn’t really know him, but I think I remember the name as someone who was an advisor to a unit of the ARVN 21st Inf Div who had passed through Vi Thant.

  18. Karl Bitel permalink
    February 14, 2014 7:19 pm

    I was with MACV Advisory Team 58 in Jan 1967 based in Vi Thanh in the Mekong Delta. I do not recall a Denis Nicholas nor do I recall any member of the team dying in the early part of 1967. I came home in Feb 1967.

    • Michael Kevin Murphy permalink
      February 14, 2014 7:27 pm

      Thanks brother. Denis would have been killed in 1965-66. You know Ranger Jim Waters, an E-6, maybe then?


      *From:* MACV Teams [] *Sent:* Friday, February 14, 2014 6:20 PM *To:* *Subject:* [New comment] Team 58

      Karl Bitel commented: “I was with MACV Advisory Team 58 in Jan 1967 based in Vi Thanh in the Mekong Delta. I do not recall a Denis Nicholas nor do I recall any member of the team dying in the early part of 1967. I came home in Feb 1967.”

  19. July 4, 2013 12:25 pm

    Does anyone have information about MACV Advisory Team 58; I’m looking for details of a close friend’s death by small arms fire on January 15, 1967 while serving with that team. My friend’s name is CPT Denis Nicholas? I’m Mike Murphy, VMI ’64. I served in RVN as an Infantry officer with the 199th LIB 1967-1968. Denis was a 1st Classman at VMI when I was a “Rat” and was like a brother.

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