Team 14 Phu Quoc Island

MACV Team 14- Phu Quoc Island.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 14 located in Phu Quoc Island.

20 thoughts on “Team 14 Phu Quoc Island

  1. Just found these pics from Phu Quoc CPW adv team 14 area. Browse through them mostly from 1968 and 1973.

    Spec 6 Boehler ( Translator/Interpreter Team 14 1969-70 )

  2. I just located this site. Been looking for some info for a couple of years. I was there 6-69 to 3-71. I remember Ted and Nick. I’m sure I would remember others with some pictures. I’m horrible with names.

    • Hey Joe- Hard for me to place the names without the faces too. I remember Col Chagnon our C.O. for a time with us, and Michael Debias was the team clerk. I ran across his path on the Internet that seemed he was living somewhere in Chicago a few years back. Am I remembering a Major Wallace we had there too?

      Ted Boehler (SP6) VN Interpreter

    • Looking for any info on LTC Richard D. Walker from Advisory Team 96 who reportedly drowned on Phu Quoc Island on June 14, 1969. Any details on his loss would be helpful. Thanks.

  3. Hey- just stumbled across the site- remembered a few of the guys. I was the Advisory Team 14 interpreter (Spec 6 Boehler) on Phu Quoc in ’69-70. Yo Nick and Sgt Jimenez, glad to see you guys are still kicking. Cpt Wade- trying to place you??

    Just retired as Dr. Boehler, PhD after 30 years as a College Dean. I live out here in SoCal (LIttle Saigon is up the street- so yeah, my Vietnamese is a little rusty, but I still get to use it every now and then!).

    As you might remember I was also a diver and spent time with a few of the the Vietnamese guys over at the swift boat repair base out on their boats. I did get to see Commander Tho and a couple others after they escaped and passed through El Toro Marine base where refugees were being processed (around 1976 as I recall).

    Ted Boehler

    • I am very pleased that you have retired and enjoying it.I retired from anheuser Busch 2015 and retirement is wonderful.Sorry for the delay in responding to your request.will send picture of for Capt Tho.

      • Nick- remember the totally random meeting we had as I walked into the Walmart (was it In Arlington VA?) when I was back there briefly 30 years or so ago with my family there on vacation from CA where we live? I heard a voice say “Ted is that YOU?!”. Wow what a coincidence running across a buddy from the team in 1969 on the other side of the country, at that brief moment in time, as we were passing by! Life is funny. Hope you are still doing well. Too bad we can’t post pics here. I have a few from the camp and the Island around Phu Quoc. and would like to see any that others have.

        Dr. (SP6) Ted Boehler

  4. Team 14 from Jun 70 to Dec 70 – then reassigned to MACVHQ, Tan Son Nhut under Col Thornton Ireland.
    (I’m trying hard to remember the name of Col Ireland’s CSM…any help?)
    Looking to reconnect with SSG John Shaffrey who was reassigned to Pleiku (Dog Handler/Trainer) at the same time I was sent to Saigon.

    • David, it appears that I served on the team during th,e same time frame. Our senior advisor on the island was Major Aid, I was assigned to Enclosure 7. I was also reassigned in December 1970 to the newly formed Joint MP Customs Unit in Camp Alfa, Saigon. I recal Col. Ireland and his Deputy PM LTC Pete Slusar. Unfortunately I do not recal the name of the CSM. In reading your posting, you are the only person I heard of who was on the Island at the same time I was. I have a few photos, one in particular is from the Christmas party event we held for the ARVN families and their children. I live in Crestview, FL if interested contact me, like to visit with former members of the team .i served in.

  5. I was on Team 14 from about September 69 through February 70. I just stumbled onto this website by accident. CPT Pat Wade, Retired.

  6. Trying to track down some more info on my father’s time in Vietnam. William “Bill” Maples, He was with 5th Special Forces Group mostly on the island of Phu Quoc. Operational Detachment A-427/A-441 (Phu Quoc).’67-’69 Just trying to see if any of his old team members are still around or if anyone can find more info on his A-Team’s experiences on Phu Quoc.Please Message me directly at my email: or post replies here. Thank you all for your service. AIRBORNE!

  7. I was assigned to team 14 from Nov 68 to Nov 69. I was the advisor to compound 3 first which contained all officers and important civilians (doctors). During l969 all north Vietnamese were moved to Compound 6 and I was assigned there for sometime with SFC Jiminez. I was moved to compound 1 late in 1969.

    • I remember Sgt. King! Your room was near the concrete bunker where JoJo the monkey lived.

      Top officers were Col. Williams and Majors Kennedy and Tipton. Topkick was Sgm. Roberts.

      I clerked up at the prison camp 1971-72.

    • Charles, I just returned from a Counterparts Reunion and learned of this Website. I have been attempting to locate former advisors from Team 14. I served there in 1970 as advisor to Enclosure 7 where we had NVA Officers. I would be interested in contact information from other advisors who were there in 1970. Do you know any? What was the status during your tenure?

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