Team 2 ARVN 2nd Division

MACV Team 2 – ARVN 2nd Division.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 2 located with the ARVN 2nd Division.

282 thoughts on “Team 2 ARVN 2nd Division

  1. Was in 2d ARVN Div 1963-64 in and about DaNang. Went on to 1st Cav( ABN) and 5th SF am 82 and Det B-f6 (SIGMA),

    • Not on 2 ARVN, 2nd Div.   Who can I hear my Team; MACV Advisory Team 2. I was advised a 5 members, 1Capt., 1LT, and 3 NCO’3. We were started at Tamkey,VN 1967 and 1968.    Chris Mattiace  

  2. Hello,
    This is Keith Goudy, one of the volunteer Admin members for VietnamWarHistoryOrg fb page.
    One of our members whose Father flew with the 220th.
    He posted a picture of a couple of 220th soldiers coming out of Grove Hall in 1966.
    I could not find out where Grove Hall is located. Also, was this considered the HQS building for Team 2?
    Thank you, Keith. 1970-71 An Khe and Da Nang.

    • Keith, I was a RTO on Team 2 from May 1 67 to April 68. I worked for some of the time in the TOC, which was outside of Kramer Compound, where all the support folks lived when not in the field. This was in Qunag Ngai City. I have a few aerial photos from around 1968 of the compound. Tactical maps from the time period show Arvn Military buildings outside of the coumpound. The TOC was in a U shaped set of buildings with a “parade ground” in the center. I think that this was the Arvn HQ for the 2nd Arvn Div, but I cannot be sure as I was a lowly E-4. I do remember that Nguyen Cao Ky came there and met a bunch of U.S. and Arvn brass out on the parade ground one day. Might even have a photo of it. Never heard the name Grove Hall. My email is fyrbiz@gmail.com if you would like some photos I will need yours to send them. Ed Thacher

      • Ed, there is also a recently started Facebook page called MACV – Veterans where you can post your photos for everyone to see. I’d love to see an aerial shot of the TOC and Kramer. Thanks.

  3. My thanks to all who served and especially those who were on Team 2 over the years so long ago. July 4th is a great day to remember our comrades and what we all stood for and what we were trying to do. I am grateful to have been able to make contact with Roger and Mike Smart who were there with me in 71-72. I was a 20 year old Sp4 SIGINT analyst on the 2nd DARRS Team with Cpt Rhoerig. Special thanks to our Macv Tm 2 helicopter crew for medevacing me to Danang. I became a Warrant Officer later and worked with a lot of helicopter pilots affectionately known as rotor heads. I am grateful for our country and our freedom. I am thankful for men like you! Enjoy the 4th with your friends and family!
    God bless America!
    Bob

    • Thanks for thoughts on this July 4th. Just returned home from visit to VN Traveling Wall here in West Orange, NJ. Every bit as moving as when I saw the original in DC many years ago. Hard to believe that Team 2 was 50 years in the past.

    • Happy Independence Day, Bob.. Sometimes I catch myself remembering those days when I don’t want to.. I met some very good people in my younger ‘warrior’ years, and you were one of them.. Stay strong – Welcome Home!!

  4. OK, Happy July 4th weekend to one and all. I have some pretty amazing news to report. But first a recap: Once again, I was at Team 2 from July ’68 to July/August ’69. At that time I was a 1LT assigned to 2-4 Battalion that was commanded by Dai-uy Hoa. I spent my whole tour with the 2-4 on field ops. Our area of operation was mostly west of Quang Ngai City and south as far as Nghia Hahn. We did spend some time north of the city guarding Song Tra Kouc Bridge (Highway 1).

    I can now report, amazingly, that I have made contact with all of my former team mates from 1968: Lynn Bender, was a major and the senior adviser; Jim Bourgeious was a SSGT and Ron Roth was our Spec4 RTO. Additionally, we learned that Lynn and Jim actually live very close to each other in Washington state but never knew it until recently. I live in a suburb of Chicago and Ron Roth lives in upstate New York. It all started with macvteams.org. Thanks!!

    • I’m MSGT USMC (Ret) LeRoy W. Bloom. I served in Tam ky 66-67 in the 22d ARVN ARTY BN. I don’t know if you were aware, or if anyone in your group was, about the murder Of Lt Col Tau the previous year while on ops with 4th regiment. Just curious about events after I left there.

      Capt Herb Wassom took over as senior advisor to the ARTY BN in May of 67. In June my relief showed up and I often wonder what happened to him. It was an Army SFC whose name I don’t recall since we only met very briefly while he got off a Black Cat and I got on. The 4th was on OPS and my Btry had displaced out of Tam Ky in support of operations in progress. When I was relieved in the field by the Army SFC I had two days to make it to Saigon for my already booked flight home. The Black Cat pilot did not want to sit on the ground waiting for me and my relief to exchange pleasantries. I think I had time to introduce him to the Btry CO, gather my gear, and give him my cumshawed M79.

      Curious about my relief and how things went while you group was in country.

      Lee Bloom

  5. Does anyone remember a Capt Fred Flueckiger. He was there 65-66 two members of his advisory team were KIA on 7 Feb 1966. A Capt Lubavs and a W02 Jim MacDonald RAE AATTV.

    Thanks

    • Lets remember those who did not make it back alive on this solemn day. I remember ssgt John hill who died in Feb 1969. I left in Jan 1969 and Maj Jacobi sent me a letter about the tragedy. Ssgt hill was with Lt. Ayers when he got wounded. Does anyone remember a marine Lt Walkup, he left around Nov 1968 and took a young boy refuge with him, I would love to hear how that boy turn out

  6. Jim, about the rocket incident where we took shrapnel into the advisor hooch, do you recall that the night before we were cleaning the place up and rearrangeing the furniture? If we had left the table and chairs where they were originally we all would have taken significant schrapnel hits that morning, possibly fatal. So the question: what possessed us to rearrange the furniture the night before the attack? Had we left things as is, we may have all been hit badly. Fate? Devine intervention? I’ve always wondered about that. I think I was standing near Major Bender when the rocket came in. When you yelled “eveybody under the bunks”, which I quickly dove for, I didn’t even know I was hit in the leg until after we assumed the attack was over.

    • I was MACV Advisory team 2, G2, at a compound on the outskirts of Quang Ngai 69-70. Captain Lonsdale headed our intel group

      • Hi Hugh. Do you remember me — Sp. 5 John Clement, an OB Analyst. You, I, Pete Adamsak, Bob Stough, Sgt. Suong and Capt Lonsdale all sat around that octagonal table every day. I remember you very well. I think you might have been from Kansas or somewhere out there. Not sure now, 46 years later. If you want to contact me besides through this site, I’m at jclement64@yahoo.com. I still live in MD.

      • Hi Hugh, Sgt. Laa and myself were the Target Mission Force Advisors till I left in 1971. I still get Christmas cards from Bill Lonsdale. Sgt. Laa pasted away several years ago from Agent Orange, which is working on me now, too. Hope you are well.
        Ben Barker ( Captain Barker, B.A.)

        • Hi Capt Barker. I am Spec 5 John Clement, an analyst in Capt Lonsdale’s group. I hope you remember me as well as I remember you and Hugh. I am sorry to hear about Sgt Laa and that you are suffering the same way. If you want, you can reach me at 410-935-2411 or EMail: jclement64@yahoo.com.

  7. Damn, Sarge you’re the first person I actually remember from my time there. You, me, major Bender and pfc Roth were together on field ops with 2/4 for several months. I think I have a couple of pictures of you if you’re interested in them. Do you know how to reach major bender or PFC Roth as I have a pic or two of them too. Let me know.
    Pete Jerszynski 1LT
    pjerszy118@aol.com

    • You are correct for La, I now live in LAKEWOOD WA. Got a job when I retired from US ARMY after 35 years active duty. I was assign to 2.4 for five months, spent rest of that tour in the TOC as G-2 AIR. JULY 68-JULY 69.

      • Jim, do you remember me on the team with Major Bender? Were you still with us when our regimental advisor hooch was hit with the rocket shrapnel after it hit the roof of the building next to our hooch? I think I was the only one that got medi-vac’d for a couple of days to Chu Lai.

        Pete Jerszynski, 1LT
        pjerszy118@aol.com

        • I remember that day very well.MAJOR BENDER also got hit. He was standing up making coffee.I heard the ROCKET coming in.I yell to get under the bed.All I got was bruse on my knee.After that we reinforce the ADIVSOR HUT with sand bags.Call me 253 224 08127 or E-MAIL csmjabemk32@gmail.com TAKE CARE,ABN,JAMES A.BOURGEOIS

  8. Looking for anyone who was with the 450th Medical (MILPHAP), Adv Team 2, Kramer Compound, from Apr. ’67-’68th. I was C.O. of the unit.

      • I was there the exact same time. I was a field infantry advisor for 2nd battalion, 4th Regiment 2nd ARVN. major bender was my senior advisor for 5-6 months, then a marine captain (Carlisle) was my senior for a few months. What did you do at team 2?

        Pete jerszynski

    • I was assign to 2nd Bn 4th RGT for four or five months with SENIOR ADV MAJ DIXIE GARDNER AND MAJOR BENDER.I was pull out of field duty to BE G 2 AIR IN THE TOC.TAKE CARE.CSM RETIRED

    • Hi Sam. I wasn’t a Marine but Navy and was with Task Force Oregon originally than it became Americal Division in ChuLai. I was assigned to the 23rd Military Police, USMC/Navy platoon in June 1967. Later In Nov 1967 me and 1 Army soldier were attacted at the USAID Compound (all civilians there) about a click down the road from the MACV compound. We were there mainly to patrol the city and assist with convoys and pickup point liasion with other units in the area at the north side of TamKy. I xferred out right after Tet ’68 and headed out to the states for re-assignment. I remember one of the Marine NCO’s who was a Staff Sgt if I recall correctly and I have his name written down somewhere in my notes from the past. I think he was your NCOIC there but not sure. We used to liasion through him and the OIC for the compound.

  9. larry do you remember the ARVN soldier that was the cook at the regiment office by the airfield. I learned how to cook eggs/omelets from him.

    I think his name was An, but not sure.

  10. I was on duty in the radio bunker at the TOC the night of TET. Started taking mortars in the area all around the TOC. Still not sure how they missed the TOC. The officers kicked me out of the bunker and took over the radios and had me man the sandbags out front. They sent me back to the compound in an APC to get the Colonel and provide security for him. Remember standing out in the road thinking “where in the hell did they (VC) get all this ammo.” Spent about 4 months with an ARVN unit on Nui Dep in Mo Duc prior to the end of 67.. Don’t remember what regiment or battalion it was. I was with a mustang captain and a 2nd LT. Did ops out to the ocean and back. First operation we were walking through a very sandy area and the captain told me to make sure I walked in the foot steps of the man in front. Being the tallest person out there and carrying a radio, I felt like a prick in a pie. Shortly after we started off the ARVN on point stepped on a booby trap. The explosion severely wounded him and the man behind him. Definitely woke me up. Started paying a lot more attention after that.

  11. Larry, yes I got wounded at the regiment site by the airport. A 240mm rocket hit the roof of the building next to ours and the shrapnel ripped down through the corrugated tin walls of our building. I believe I was the only one medivac’d to chu lai after the attack. Got hit behind the knee joint. Was back on field ops two weeks later, if memory serves. I think I limped for a couple months after. Walking over muddy paddy dikes with a bum knee was not fun. But hey, we made it home.

  12. Hi
    Did you happen to know Maj. S.F. “Buster” Little? He was a MAAG adviser 62-63 Dak To, Dak Pek, and Kontum working with the Montanyards. He was CO 10th SFG 71-73. I was on Tm 2 in 71-72 on 2nd DARRS team. Also grew up with LTC Martin R. Beck family and GEN Iron Mike Healy family. Hope you all have a Happy New Year!

  13. Being drafted was part of the experience. I was a PFC RTO, working both in the TOC and out in the field with ARVN units. I ran out of water one day and got some water out of a village well and didn’t wait long enough for the purification pill to work prior to drinking (awful hot out there). I crapped for a month and must have drank a gallon of Kaopectate trying to dry it up. Spent my 21st birthday in the radio bunker in the TOC. Not exactly how I would have planned it, but “xau len” GI. Hoping to hear from some RTO’s who were there from May 1 67 to April 68. Glad all of you are here celebrating life. Ed Thacher

    • I was the RTO for the 4th Regt. out across from the airfield. Was in Siagon for TET so didn’t get to guang ngia till Mid Feb. spent one day at Kramer and then went to the field. served with Maj OBrien, Later Maj, Jacobi, Capt. Rossi,
      Sgt Long, Sgt Cook. I remember went Lt. Pete J. got wounded

  14. Being drafted was part of the experience. I remember Christmas as the hardest time being away from home. Jim Airesman Kramer compound Medic 68-69.

      • Good Evening JIM GERST, I was the G-2 AIR IN THE TOC,WHERE THE RADIO WAS AT.I hope you would know a RTO with 2-4 BN.MY E-MAIL IS csmjabemk32@gmail.com,phone is 253 224 0817.Leave me a message with a phone or E-MAIL and I will call you.CSM (RTR)JAMES A.BOURGEOIS

    • Jim, were you the guy we went to to get penicillin, tetracycline, maleria pills, paragoric, etc, before we went out on field ops? I distinctly remember carrying a pharmacy in my rucksack to ward off all sorts of maladies. Boils, stomach issues, etc.

      Pete J.

    • Good Afternoon.I was there at the same time.First with 2-4 INFANTRY for 4 to five months,I am looking for a PFC ROTH or SP4.I need his first name or state.I believe he was from WISC.Take care,ABN,CSM(RTR) JASMES A.BOURGEOIS

  15. Ditto your thoughts. Merry Christmas to one and all. Good to be alive. I was a draftee but then went to infantry OCS, that’s how I ended up an advisor in team 2. July ’68 to July ’69.

  16. Thanks Roger. Yesterday I heard the song “I’ll be home for Christmas” on the radio and was instantly transported back to 1967 and the power of that song that Christmas. Merry Christnas to all Team 2 alumni.

    • I remember listening to AFVN on a little transistor radio with ear phones out in the field and loving the Country Joe and the Fish song: “1-2-3 What are we fighting for”

  17. This is December 25, 2016.. I want to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you who are still around to talk about their time with MACV Team 2.. It doesn’t matter what year or which camp.. Thank you for serving – especially the ones who volunteered for Military Service.. Because I know some of you may have been drafted and forced to serve..

  18. You guys were rookies! I got to Team 2 1 May 1963. Stayed til 1 May 1964. Advisor with Div Recon Co, Kham Duc and all over after the Saigon coup. Served later with 1st Air Cav (Airborne) 1965-6 and later Det-56, Project SIGMA, 5th SFG, 1967-68. Retired LTC 1980 Fort Bragg.

  19. Mark, AFAT is “Air Force Advisory Team” , 2 is Detatchment 2 . The AFAT has different locations for their numbers than Army MACV . Im not sure where AFAT-2 was located .

      • Jim, thanks. When I got to Nam one of the first things I did was buy a Yashica 35mm camera And a bunch of color slide film. The camera fit nicely in one of my ammo pouches on the pistol belt. I was determined to record my tour so I moved the displaced magazines from the ammo pouch to my ruck sack. When I have more time I’ll try to put some descriptions on the pix.

        Pete Jerszynski

    • To everyone, note that each picture has a place at the bottom if you want to leave comments — like who is in the picture, etc.

  20. As a relative newbie to this site I have often wanted to have a way for everyone to share photos from Team 2. Yesterday I created an album on a photo website called Flickr. If you wish to view or post photos go to Flickr and search for “Advisory Team 2” in the search box. It won’t likely come up on your first search so if you click in the search box again it will give you the “search groups” option. That’s how you will find it. Please post and comment as much as you wish. Access to the album is free and open to everyone. I posted 11 photos yesterday and will see if I can find some more. Have fun!

    • I came across a zippo lighter marked MACV AFAT – 2 68-69 JIM. I’m not sure if this would be the same team, but I thought you could tell me. I noticed your name is also Jim, like on the lighter.

    • Was unable to use the website Cluster since this blog site does not permit “links” so I opened an album on Flickr. If you go to Flickr and search for a group titled Advisory Team 2, you can access the album. Please note that this is a public site, otherwise I would have had to add a password. Good posting!

  21. Trying to figure out how to post a comment rather than a reply. I was with Team 2 at Kramer from 1967 to 1968. Have created a photo-sharing site on a website called Cluster and going to post some of the photos I have, as well as open it up to everyone. It’s free.

    • LOL, well I just learned how to leave a post! I’ll post my photos and let everyone know the link if you wish to put photos up.

  22. Peters and I used to play poker at the MACV Compound when we were not in the field. On Nov 10th, the Marine Corps birthday Peters, CPL Cox and I were the only Marines around to celebrate the birthday together.

  23. Gentlemen, I hope you don’t mind my interruption. My late father was an Australian serving with AATTV late 69-70 also assigned to ARVN 2 in Quang-Ngai. He used to speak of working with the Americans, I assume that would be a MACV Team, and I was wondering if any of you remember him? He was a Captain at the time, John P Nelson. 6 foot tall with horn rimmed glasses.

    • Gerard, don’t remember him but I worked with an Aussie warrant officer named Max Poole for several months while I was in country (7/68 to 7/69. The pix I posted on Flikr has at least one shot of Max.

  24. John Clement, I’ll e mail you this afternoon.
    Didn’t you termporarily join Team 1 in the spring of 1971 in order to play a support role in Lam Son 719 into Laos?

    Thanks.
    Richard G. Ballantine

    • Hi Dick, Did not get your EMail but I am looking forward to establishing contact with you. i have already done so with Pat Burke (then a 1st Lt I think). I did get moved around a little which I’ll explain when we make contact. Just to make it easy to find my EMail is jclement64@yahoo.com.

      John

    • Dick, I haven’t gotten an EMail from you yet but I will be delighted to establish contact with you after all these years. I did get moved around a bit albeit winding up with Tm 2 at Quang Ngai again for the last few months. I’ll explain in more detail when we make contact. Looking forward to hearing from you. My EMail is jclement64@yahoo.com

  25. I took care of and was friends with a lot of Marines, I don’t recall the name even though it was only near 47 years ago.

  26. To Lee Bloom–
    Good to hear from a Tam Ky vet. I knew Herb Wassom pretty well…we used your ARVN artillery to support some of our operations. Tough when his chopper went down in Pakistan.
    As I recall, the ARVN Bn CO was a big, heavy set guy who was kind of a showboat–had a crew that kept his jeep waxed. I know Herb didn’t always agree with his tactical decisions.
    I retired after 20 years and 20 seconds as a LTC in 1985.

    • Bn CO was Maj Pham when I left but he was never actually around much. You are probably thinking of Capt Khan.

      Herb Wassom was a fine officer. Khan was a pain in the butt and I’m sure Herb would not have cared for his methods very much.

      Did you know SSGT Peters?

      Great talking with someone who knew Herb Wassom. I did not serve with him very long but there was no doubt of his leadership ability and his dedication. A really fine man.

  27. To Bill Zak,

    I should remember you. I was in Tam Ky June 66 to June 67. I was the enlisted advisor to the 22d ARVN ARTY BN. My name is Lee Bloom. I was SSGT USMC at the time I retired as a MSGT in 1978. I knew Sgt later SSGT Peters USMC who was assigned to the RF/PF while I was there. Capt Warren Smith USA was my boss and later Capt Herb Wassom USA. They took Wassom back up to Corps because I think the Army knew he was destined for higher rank. He was a BGen when he was later killed in Pakistan.

    Anyway thanks for posting here. You are the first poster here who I might have actually known during those days.

    • Lee, I notice that you are a frequent poster and maybe you can help me figure out how to “post” not just reply. Thanks.

  28. Just came across this site…interesting stuff. I was a LT then CPT — RF/PF Advisor in Tam Ky from Jan-Dec 1967. Had a Regional Force Bn that supported Marine sweeps throughout Quang Tin Sector. Made many trips to Hau Duc, Tien Phuc (SF Camp), Hoi An and villes up and down HWY 1. Many ops were out east to clean up VC operating in the villes along the inland waterway. Flew with a Firefly mission in July ’67–we took out 147 sampans–got many secondaries as a lot of ammunition was coming down from the NVA. Didn’t get to Kramer compound much but liked going to ChuLai–we traded many VC flags for unbelievable amounts of supplies from the Navy.
    Checked Google Earth–nothing left of Koepler Compound in Tam Ky either. Would sure enjoy hearing about what happened in Tam Ky after 1967. We were mortared a few times and lost a few but never had our perimeter breached. Felt a lot better when the USMC battalions were dug in around our airfield.
    Thanks to you all for stepping up!

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  30. Hi,
    I only briefed him a few times because I mostly worked nights when I wasn’t on courier runs to DaNang or out at collection sites. It has been too many years. Maybe Mike Smart remembers.
    He was colonel sir to this young SP4.
    I will ask Mike when I talk to him.
    Take care!
    Bob

  31. I was with Team 2 from May of 67 to April of 68. Your grandfathers name does not ring a bell, but it has been almost 50 years. Do you have a picture of him from that time or his rank? I have some pictures of men I was with who I can no longer remember their names. Ed

  32. My Grandfather was Thomas Brockman Earle Jr. I wanted to know if anybody here remembers or knew him? He was with the 2nd Advisory team from October 1967- July 1968.

  33. Richard, I was there with you as an honorary member of the G2 section as I was the advisor to 2d Recon, I was with 4/4 from Dec 69 to Aug 70 at the TOC from Aug 70 to Dec 70 and with 2d RECON Jan 71 to April 71. I had extended in the Army for G2 Air but they gave it to someone else when I was home on leave. They were going to cut me out of 2d Recon and send me to 1st ARVN Division, when I wrote to the Pentagon telling them they did not live up to their end of the bargin and I wanted out. I had gone out in the mountains for a 2 week op when they sent a helicopter out to pick me and bring me back so I could be sent home. When I got to San Fransico, they wanted to charge me for my airfare, because I did not stay the full six months. I signed a promissory note, but they never billed me. Patrick Burke (1LT)

    • Hi Pat, do you remember me? John Clement, OB Analyst for Quang Ngai Province when you were there. I certainly remember you. See the note below from Dick Ballentine and my reply to that.

  34. I’d be surprised, based on what people say here who have visited, if anything remains of the Tam Ky I remember from 66-67. Going west from Kramer, back in the day on the north side of the road you would have arrived at the 22d ARVN Artillery BN. The BN HQ was here along with the six gun mobile battery. Right next to it, on the same side of the road was the BN HQ of one of 4th Regiments infantry BN. It was commanded by COL Tau who was murdered by my FO while the COL was protecting then Capt. Bill Chase who was the target of the FO. We never found out if the FO was a VC plant or if he bore some kind of grudge against Bill Chase. Col Tau placed his body in front of Chase and took a 45 slug for him.

    Across the road from the infantry BN HQ was a building that was used as a morgue for KIA ARVN. You have not heard grief until you have heard the grief of a Vietnamese woman who had just lost her ARVN soldier to combat. Further down the road on the opposite side of the road was the ARVN APC company. Outside of town, a click or two to the south east was an ARVN company size position on a hill, fortified, and two of the 22D 105s were up there. One night a VC plant opened the wire and disappeared and before they knew what was happening the VC were inside the perimeter wreaking havoc. I was on the radio with an Aussie Covan (advisor) and my battery in town was firing on the hill. It was one of those situations where the ARVN company was completely overrun and called fire on their own position. The VC blew the muzzle off one of the 105s that night.

    I would really like to walk that street were Kramer once was and also go out to the firebase that got overrun. Don’t know if I’ll ever get the chance. I’m 75 and starting to feel it, and if I ever have money for a serious trip it will be to Germany first. Vietnam is second on the list.

    LW Bloom
    MSGT USMC(ret)

    • Lee I was the enlisted Advisor (SSG at the time) to the APC squadron from Dec 67 – Jan 68. I seem to recall you as being a tall guy? Am I correct? I retired as a SGM in 1991.

  35. While the Vietnamese army was occupying 2nd ARVN Div buildings, Kramer Compound’s location was visible until at least 1994. Then It was an unoccupied open area of dirt, weeds and some concrete, but numerous concrete footings remained. Two bunkers, stripped of their sandbag and lumber coverings, stood out. And, at the far end of the three or four rows of former EM living quarters was the large barrel, still on a steel framework 10 or 12 feet in the air, which had played a role in the water distribution system.
    The concrete flagpole base, at Kramer’s entrance, was there and showed the outlines of the USARV and MACV plaques which I assume had been moved to Chu Lai in the fall of ’71.
    It was on both sides of the airstrip that extensive housing had been built by ’94, and while the hard surface of the runway was mostly still there, I thought to myself then that even an 01 Bird Dog would be a tight fit.
    Which makes me think, is Bob Spivey still in Minneapolis? He was the Air Force EM who had weather data-gathering and tower management duties at the airstrip.
    R. Ballantine in G2 July ’70 – June 71. Capt William Lonsdale and Lt-then-Capt David Meshan (sp?) were in charge.

    • Hey Dick, remember me? Spec 5 John Clement, OB analyst for Quang Ngai. I was there from Nov 69 to May 71 (extended once at Capt Lonsdale’s behest). Saw him several times in Baltimore Washington area after the war but have lost track of him. Saw Pete Adamsak at Ft Bragg in late 71 and spoke to him by phone some years later. Did you see the note from Pat Burke above? Would lovetoh ear from you and wonder if you have heard from any of us (Bob Stough, Roger, Hugh Waddell, Larry Zapf?). EMail is jclement64@yahoo.com. Hit me back and I hope you’re doing well.

  36. It took me awhile to decide to do it for that very reason. I’m glad I did it, but it is a personal decision for each of us. Not sure if you saw my post about Son Ha, but that was the main I went back. The people treated us very well and it was good to see kids in school and eating well, etc. I took my wife and went with a vet group called Vietnam Battefield Tours. They have set tours, but will customize the trip around where you were. Ed

    • Would love to visit Tam Ky. Were yu able to walk outside the city? I had a plt of 105 on a hill just outside the city. I imagine the hill is still there but wonder if there is any trace of the ARVN company and my two guns still up there. I may never get there since I have plans to visit Germany and some of the countries adjoining it. If I get that trip done I may not live long enough or be in enough good health to save the additional funds to travel to Vietnam.

      I wonder if any of the ARVN buildings done the street from Kramer survived.

      Lee

      • All the buildings are gone. The Vietnamese army has a building on Hwy 1, but it was built after our presence there. I broght photos with from when I was at Kramer as a RTO in the TOC, but nothing looked the same. In Mo Duc we did find Nui Dep, the ARVN fire base I was on. The same trail we used to leave the hill was still there and I climbed up to the top. It is all overgrown with vegetation and no signs of bunkers, etc. The highway looks the same, they still dry rice on the side of the road, but there are much more homes and businesses. No more bamboo and thatch huts. All brick and tile roofs. It was a stark reminder that 46 years had gone by, but I’m glad I did it
        Ed

        • I was with 2nd DAARS team 71-72. Remember the ARVNs backing their water buffalo into the river by QL1 bridge with the top open just downstream from where the villagers threw all their garbage in. That helped me understand why I got so sick after my introduction to my counterparts with c-ration pound cake and green tea. Made me appreciate the Kramer well. I used to turn ARDF results and other intel into fire missions for firebases Dotty and Colt as well the DTOC Arty for ARVN firebases. Used to work with ARVNs out on a little hill called Nui But sticking up out of a bunch of rice paddies. Yes it was a long time ago and it is still great to be back In the World. We have a restaurant here called Tien’s Place. He escaped to Thailand by sea but his dad, an ARVN helicopter pilot, spent 10 years in a reeducation camp. He has been back to visit. Thanks for sharing. Bob

  37. Lee, I visited Mo Duc, Quang Ngai and Tam Ky when I went back in 2013. Nothing of our presence is there anymore. Where Kramer Compound was is city streets with shops and homes. Stayed in a hotel in Quang Ngai city near the river. Ed

  38. Ed,

    I knew that area well. Too bad neither of us remember most of the names. I was a Marine SSGT at the time with the 22d ARVN arty BN. The one name I do remember was Captain Bill Chase who was an infantry advisor to the 4th. I can’t recall if he rotated before or after me.

    Lee

    • Lee, I went on one operation out by the Son Ha special forces camp in August of 67. The Black Cats flew me out to a hilltop as the Marine advisors with an Arvn 105 battery needed an RTO. There was a captain and a gunny, but don’t remember their names. Spent about a week out there with them. On about the 2nd or third day I noticed a Caribou making an approach to the dirt field down in the valley. As it passed by on final approach a U.S. 155 battery fired a salvo and one round hit the plane near the tail, knocking it off. The plane crashed into an RF/PF area, killing all 3 airman on board. I found a photograph, some 40 years later, that a Japanese war correspondent took just before the plane hit the ground. If you google the C-7 Association, you can see the photo. Not sure what Arvn arty unit I was with, but they came out of Quang Ngai. I found the village, Ha Thanh on an old tactical map and went back there in 2013 and placed a memorial to the 3 men who were killed there. Always haunted me all those years about the crewman. Ed

      • If the battery was out of Quang Ngai it wasn’t mine. My battery was based out of Tam Ky. By August 67 I was happily back in the USA.

  39. Lee, all the names except for a few have slipped into memory. I wish I had kept a journal, but was told not to, so I didn’t. I did most of my time in the field with a Arvn Bn in Mo Duc on a little hill called Nui Dep, right off Highway 1. I was a PFC and then Sp/4. Most of our ops went from there east to the coast and back. Welcome home. Ed

  40. Do not remember that GY. My replacement in June of 67 was an Army SFC who I was never properly introduced to. I was in the field on OPS with the mobile battery from the 22d and was due In Saigon in three days for my flight home. The SFC was delivered by chopper and I did not have the time or chance to do more that shake his hand, wave in the direction of the firing battery, and board the chopper. The Black Cat pilots were unwilling to sit on the ground out in the boonies waiting on me. I had to get back to Tam Ky, get a flight to Da Nang and then a flight to Saigon in time to get my bird back to CONUS. I often wonder how that guy made out.

    I don’t know if any of the Aussies or American Advisors I knew were still there with the 4th while you were there. I’d like hearing some names.

    Lee

  41. Hello to my brothers, Mark Soucy here SP/4. Does anyone remember me? I arrived in Quang Ngai in Apr ’71 and left Mar ’72. I served with TM2 at Kramer Compound and worked G-2 as typist, ended up working in supply with Sgt. Shipman and Capt. DeFransico. I moved to Chu Lai and worked supply, then went to run comm on Artillery Hill across from Chu Lai. I liked Kramer better than Rosemary Pt. I would like to get in contact with anyone who served with me. Woo Pig!

    • Lee Morrison, We taught English classes at the church school in quang ngai and I worked in colonel days office as a clerk. We made the move to chu lai and I left from there a few days later back to the states. Same time terry boatright and Lonnie were there.

      • Hey Lee, Mark here, glad you made it back safely. Yes, I do remember us teaching at the church school but we also taught English at the IVS government school. We were roommates at Kremer and decorated our room. I have pics of you. Also we use to play paddle ball together.

        • That’s right. I had contact with terry when I got home but lost contact after a year or so. I remember Lonnie but not his last name. Live in minnesota now but will be retiring to a home we bought in upper mi. I left a few days before I was supposed to after the new lieutenant put me on guard with just a couple days before I was scheduled to leave chu lai. I just got in a chopper and told everyone my orders were following me. Not anytime to say good bye. I have a couple of pictures of you as well. Hope things are going well for you. I read on some ones report that nothing is left of Kramer compound. Hard to believe that was so long ago.

      • Lee, I don’t remember you, or when you got to Team 2. I was a Gunny at the time and the only Marine in Kramer Compound. I was the DivArty Senior Adviser after Major Sims was medevac with a slipped disc in this back. I visited Col Day in Tampa a few years back and it was just prior to his passing. I used to email his son who also was a retired Col. but he was jerk and liberal. Papa Col. Day should have kicked his ass. Maybe he did and the son could not do good enough for his father. They were both from West Point.

        • Are you Gunny Bach? I was at Mo Duc from Jan-Mar 71 when they closed the Bn teams. Then I was the Arty Advisor until Maj Sims got there. Then was the Spt Grp Co. left Chu Lai in Jan72. Lived in the old Navy qtr she at Chu Lai with Maj Lawson and Maj Saunders.

          • I was a SSGT USMC. Arrived I think Aug 66 and left June 67. I has an earlier posting in Hoi An for a while since I was told that when I arrived that there were no Artillery slots available for me in I Corps. I spent a couple of months on a PYSWAR Team in Hoi An until sent to the 22d ARVN ARTY BN..

          • Joe, were you on Nui Dep while in Mo Duc? I was there from Aug 67 to December 67 and then at Kramer in Quang Ngai. I lost all my pictures of Nui Dep, if you have any I would like to see them. I went back there in April 2013 and went up on Nui Dep. Not a trace of our existence there. If you want to see photos from my trip send me your email and I will send them. Thanks. Ed Thacher

    • Hey Mark; I was sent to the 4th arvn regiment at Duc Pho in oct 1971 and was there till pulled out. I remember col Kros Major Orsini, snf sgt Geodfrey. I had heard the both Col Kros and Major Orsini have both moved on. Prior to Duc Pho I was at Kramer. It is great to hear from you. I heard they sent you to the 6th. It was so great the day we hooked up in chu lai. in 11972. It was emptyMy best wishes to all I served with. What an experience.

  42. You were a little bit late for me. I left the @@d ARVN Artillery BN in June of 1967. Did you happen to run into a SSGT Peters while there?

    L Bloom

  43. Sgt. Roger Stoffer (US Army) checking in to say, “I’m still proud to be an American”.. Was with MACV TM2 from April ’71 – Mar ’72.. Mostly COMMCENTER.. Started at Kramer, in Quang Nghai, then moved to Chu Lai when the ARVN 2nd Inf. did in about August ’72.. In case you were never told, I’m saying “WELCOME HOME BUDDY!”..

      • I was on the 1st MAT teams assigned in VN in 1968. I was on MAT 2 assigned to the Tamky District in Quan-Tin Province, I-Corps. We were organized at Xi-AN (1st Inf. Div. base camp @ 3 Corps) for a 2 week indoctrination and then sent to our respective AO’s. We had the pleasure of serving with the Rough-Puffs, living with them, and convincing them to conduct night ops.
        I was the Lt. Wpns. guru for the team.
        I was through Mo Duc and Duc Pho many many times. Our main district ville was a little place called Ky-Mi just off Highway 1 about 2 clicks and South of Tam-Ky.
        Welcome Home,
        Chris Mattiace

    • Good grief, amazed to find this website. I remember Gary Grimes very well, was at Kramer from 67 to early 69. Have a photo of him somewhere but haven’t thought of him in years. Unfortunately I don’t know what happened to him. Remember MSG Ward Orr? I stayed in touch with him a bit after he retired, he ended up in Modesto, CA.

  44. I returned to Quang Ngai in 2013. I was an RTO in the field and at the TOC at Div HQ., May 67 to May 68. Kramer Compound is completely gone. It is all homes and shops now. I visited Nui Dep, near Mo Duc, a ARVN FSB where I was for a few months. We also visited Tam Ky with a family there. The owner of the home was a former interpreter for the 196th. I have pictures if you would like to see them, but I have to send them to your email address, can’t post them to this site

  45. I am Franz David Cone. I was the G5 advisor from July 66 through July 67. General Lam was Division CO, but was also I Corps CO.. Acting CO was Colonel Phu, replaced by Colonel Toan. Senior advisod was Colonel Ochs, replaced by Colonel Ulsaker. Deputy was LTC Morris, replaced by LTC Pence. G1 advisor was MAJ Turner, G2 MAJ Strawhand, G3 MAJ/LTC Allen, G4 MAJ Magoni. I worked mostly with the Assistant Chief of Staff for Pollitical Warfare, MAJ Ngo Van Loi. I waspromoted to LTC by General Walt in Tam Ky in February 1967. I live in Winston-Salem, NC. Anybody nearby? I still have my dice cup! I too wonder what became of Kramer Compound. I have a copy of a poem called The Ballad of the Co Van My, written by someone before my time. Any interest? I recall a bunch of Australian Warrant Officer advisors. Good guys, but slightly manic.

    • I was in Tam Ky during your same time frame. I was the enlisted advisor as a marine SSGT to the 22d Arty Bn. I served under Captain Warren Smith and later under Captain Herb Wassom. I went back stateside in June of 67. Captain Wassom advanced to General officer rank and was killed in Afghanistan or Pakistan later in his career.

      I live in SW PA and have visited Warren Smith in Arkansas a couple of times. Would sure like to hear from some other Covans who served in Tam Ky during that same time frame.

    • I have a photograph of LTC Allen at the web site I posted in order to make this comment. Would like to speak with LTC Cone via email.

    • I can tell you what happened to Col Toan. He made BG them Major General. Commanded 2d ARVN Div. Sometime after I left he went to MR II . I don’t know what Div he had at that time. But I read in an Oklahoma City newspaper his assistant Div Cmdr committed suicide. Later I read during 75 he went to Saigon to plead for reinforcements. He didn’t I have said. In addition Gen Toan died some years back.stop there but fled to U.S. and ended up in San Francisco. In August 94 I met with my former counterpart LtCol. Buu Hap and he verified what I have said.

    • I assume MAJ Ngo Van Loi if it was the same Loi when I was with Team 2, 70-71, he was promoted to Col. and was Province Chief and was assassinated in Saigon but can’t remember when. I heard the investigation determined a 2 1/2 ton purposely hit the Col’s vehicle which I assume was a jeep. Therefore it was determined to be an assassination. Col. Toan eventually was the DivCmdr of 2d ARVN Div.
      I read in an Oklahoma City newspaper he was moved to MR 2 and his Assistant DivCmdr committed suicide due to the stress working under Gen Toan. In 1975 Toan went to Saigon pleading for reinforcements. That was his excuse for going but he didn’t stop. He fled to the U.S. and eventually settled there. I met my counterpart LtCol Buu Hap 2dDivArtyCmdr in Virginia in 2014. Buu Hap verified Toans fleeing and also he had died in California.

  46. The Black Cats were the 282nd Assault Helo Co. They had some units in Quang Tri, maybe Danang and at Quang Ngai. They were out on what we called the Tropo pad. I have some pics of them if anyone wants any.

  47. I have a pic of a friend in Kramer compound during monsoon in at least a foot of water. I think his name was Marty Feeny.

    Marty was a district advisor in Nghia Hahn. Heard he got wounded real bad, not sure he made it.

    Pete J

  48. I remember the NVA were very active near and around Quang Ngai around TET 69 (Jan-feb).

    My battalion was surrounded two different times around TET 69. Both times I had to call in close air support and arty flares all night long. We lost a bunch of guys during those encounters. I was calling in Puff the Magic Dragon gunships (was it a C-119 or a C-130, not sure) from under an APC most of the night.

    Pete J.

    • Pete , could those birds have been c-47s? I would transmitt info to the pilots for off limits ao’s. Thier call signs were “spooky”.

      • The magic dragons were C-47’s while I was there in 67-68. Call sign was Spooky. Black Cats were our helicopters, mostly slicks with door gunners who did most of our airlifts. We used a spooky one night out on Nui Dep, near Mo Duc. Pretty impressive to watch. I was an RTO for the captain and LT, but I was only a PFC as there were no SGT’s available at the time. Cant remember their names now, but the captain was a former SF mustang. I cant remember the battalion of ARVNS that we were with, but maybe someone remembers. Nui Dep was just outside of Mo Duc, on the west side of Highway 1.

        • Yup, you’re right. Forgot all about the old C-47 gooney birds. I may have also had a C-119 (flying boxcar) in support once or twice, if memory serves (and it doesn’t always serve). Also, loved the Blackcats, those guys were awesome. Weren’t they based in Danang? I don’t even remember their unit designation.

  49. Pete , at 68 I can’t remember what I had for breakfast. I do remember that Kramer compound had about 2′ of water in it during that monsoon. So the incident could have been before or after that time period. I do remember the Aussies that were with tm 2 , rather friendly group.

  50. Anyone know how I can reach Lynn Bender, he was a major in 1968. I have some pix of him I’d like him to have.

    Also, same goes for Max Poole, an Aussie warrent officer I worked with for several months. He introduced me to Fosters Beer.

    • Lt. , I was a rto at the toc in tm 2 from May 68 to June 69. In Oct. or Nov. of 68 do you remember a ground assault against the 4th reg. hq by the nva. This was west of the airfield in quang nghia? This was a daylight attack.

      The reason for the question is that at the time , I was on loan with a marine captain to a line company of the11th brigade plus a troop of apcs . We we’re working north of Nia hahn (sic) when we were order to go north and block the retreating nva. As we approached a small village thru a cemetery we were ambushed by estimated bn. Of nva. It was overcast and raining , we were pinned down all afternoon and most of the evening with no air support or medevacs. The event still haunts me to this day. Do you have a recollection of this event?

      • Jim, can’t recall specifically about that incident probably because of one of two incidents. Either my battalion was down in Nghia Han (South) or it was when I was wounded by a 240mm rocket attack and medivac’d to Chu-Lai for a few days. I was wounded at our battalion rear area which was across from the Quang Ngai airfield.

        If it was October-November wasn’t that during monsoon season? Whole area of operation was flooded pretty good, if memory serves.

        By the way, my leg wound wasn’t too bad (back of the knee) , but I never expected to head back out on field ops after only a week or so.

        Pete Jerszynski

  51. I was with MACV Advisory team 2 out of quang ngai from August 1968 to July 1969. I was a field infantry advisor with 2nd Battalion, 4th Regiment, 2nd ARVN Div.

    Colonel Hutter presented me with my Purple Heart in November 1968.

    I had two senior advisors during my tour, a Army major Lynn Bender for several months and then a marine Catptain (Carlisle) for a couple of months. The rest of the time I was acting senior advisor as a 1Lt.

      • I’ve been posting replies to a few men that served at this same time and recently came into the possession of a zippo lighter marked “MACV AFAT-2 68-69 JIM”. I don’t know how many men would have been there at that time, but thought you might have some insight. I truly hope to hear from you and thank you for your service.

        _Mark

    • Mr Jerszynski, I recently came into the possession of a zippo lighter marked “MACV AFAT 2 68-69 JIM”. Same time as your tour. I don’t know how many men would have been there at that time, but thought you might have an idea about it, or its owner. Thank you for your service!

      -Mark

    • Doug, how did you find this out and do you know what he passed from and thanks for the info, sorry to hear he has passed. I had a chance to speak with Guy by telephone before his passing and I’m pretty sure he was under some drug for pain relief. Some of the things he was saying was sort of rambling. When speaking with his wife she said he was very sick. She listened in on our call and said she would explain who I was and what we had did together. I told my wife I needed to get down to Dothan before he passes and I never did He was the Senior DivArty Advisor Team 2, 2nd ARVN Inf. Div. He was a great officer to work for as I was his Senior NCO DivArty Advisor. He could probably steal the shirt off your back while I was talking to you. Marines back in the those days carried a small green covered notebook. Every time he or I introduced each other to an unfamiliar officer Guy would make sure I put the officers name in my notebook. He would sign one the names when he signed for something that we were actually stealing from the Americal Div. at Chu Lai. He was a smooth operator and very quiet even when he was arrested by the National Police. Guy some how got through to the Compound Commander Maj. Bechtel who informed me Guy wanted me to come get him out of jail in Quang Ngia . When I showed up downtown and said come on lets leave they told me to sit down. We were both let go in an hour. I had given our ARVN driver two or three truck loads of 105mm ammo boxes so he could at least start building a home for him, wife and son. The police thought he had stolen the boxes and was going to sell them on the black market. Now, knowing where the police station was the Senior Advisor sent Guy and me to get the MP’s push so Gen. Toan could coordinate the rescue of the Province Senior Advisor who went to get the release and two Americal soldiers who were in a truck and killed some Vietnamese in a civilian vehicle. All three were being held as hostages. the the Villagers heard Gen Toan’s tank turned South on QL 1, the hostages were immediately released.

  52. September 64 to September 65 – Advisory Team 2 Quang Ngai (initially was 7) Infantry Advisor at Mo Duc transferred to 1/51st after six months.

  53. Franz D. Cone e I was G5 advisor for TEAM 2, Quang Ngai, Su Doan 2 Bo Binh from July 1966 to July 1967. Senior Advisors were Colonel Ochs and Colonel Ulsaker.. Good timehad by all. Would like to hear from any other inmates of Kramer Compound.. conefranz@yahoo.com

    • Sir, I was an RTO at Kramer compound May of 67 to Apr 68. Spent some time on Nui Dep near Mo Duc and did a few other ops with different units who needed an RTO. I cannot remember the name of the Colonel who was there for most of my tour (full bird), but his RTO was named Danny Ake. The night of Tet I was on the radio at the TOC when the mortars started coming in. The officers came into the radio shack and took over and sent me in an APC to provide security for the colonel while picking him up at the compound. If you have any names that you remember or who was the captain (a mustang officer) at Nui Dep, would love to hear from you. Thanks. Ed Thacher

  54. Hello! I am doing research for my grandfather, John Beckert. From what I understand, he was part of the 519th and he was on Advisory Team 2 from ’67-’68 stationed in Quang Ngai. I would really love to reconnect him and help find archival materials on the subject. If anyone has information on him, or would like me to help reconnect please reply or email me, ebeckert18@gmail.com Thank you in advance!

  55. Hope everyone had a great 4th of July. I have enjoyed visiting with Mike Smart. Roger Stoffer’s music sure lightened things up over there. Reminded me a lot of Roy Clark. I’m at rstanlit@netscape.net if anyone wants to chat.

  56. Sgt. Roger Stoffer, Adv. Team 2. Started tour at Guang Nghai in Apr. ’71 until move to Chu Lai in late ’71. Worked in Comm Center both places. Liked to play guitar in hootch during off hrs. Went home in Mar. ’72. Had buddy to order a guitar for me and he had it shipped to my home in Louisiana. Can’t remember his name. Happy Father’s Day to all.

  57. Hi guys. I’m Lee Bloom was a SSGT USMC advisor with 22nd ARVN Artillery BN from 1966 until June of 1967. Battalion was located in Tam Ky. My senior advisor was first CAPT Warren Smith who now lives in Arkansas. After him was Capt. Herb Wassom who was later Kia as a general in Pakistan.

    I now reside in SW Pennsylvania. Looking for anyone that served at that same time period.

    • Members of the USAF FAC team assigned to Team 2 have a little organization and some members where at Tam Ky at the same time as you were. The Jakes were a detachment of the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron (20th TASS). They are a friendly bunch and if you remember names, you can email them and ask about them.

      • David I have been trying to find someone who knew Major George Waring who flew as a FAC with that outfit and died on August 26, 1972 in Quang Nam. He was either in an O-1 or he was a “Fast FAC”. This Is unclear. I am a friend of his daughter and his family has been told very little about his death.

        Can anyone help?

    • Hi Lee, my name is Ed Thacher and I was an RTO out of Quang Ngai starting in May 67. My first op was with a Marine LT and a Gunny by the name of Birely or Byerley, not sure of the spelling, but pronounced like the orange soda. Did you know him?

      • My name is Larry Armstrong and I was the rto with the 4th regiment. I remember a lt walkup with the 4th battion he also had a gunny with him. I was the rto from jan 68 to jan 69 with maj Obrien and capt. Rossi and Later col. Jacobi

      • got there in 72 and stayed until 1 month after cease-fire in 73 . occupied old navy quarters on hill above chu lai. C.o> was Lt. Col. Schwoppe. remembered gunships arrived at compound on day od cease-fire

        at 0500 and lifted off at 0800 shot up the treeline and then flew over South China Sea and were directed to dump all unexpended ammo overboard. I ran comm center at that time and relayed instructions to pilots. Worst day of my life.

        • Patrick, glad u made it home

          “Welcome Home Brother…”

          Had many good times at Chu Lai… Fishing with gernades, swimming, playing with the Power Wagon in the river… Still do not know how we did not get idled… BUT,
          At 19, u will never die…

          God Bless America

          Mike
          Grass Valley

  58. Team 2 1968-69. Remember LTC Henry and Maj Kidd. Both great people. Did short service with Recon Co 5th Arvn Regt. Also spent time in Quang Gnai compound. Had 3-4 Aussie, several Marines on the team. 2Lt at that time. Quick search and destroys were Col Henrys favorites!

    • Jack Bock, here, I was Team 2 Senior NCO Arty Advisor for 2nd Div in 70-71. Maj Kidd was G4. We flew to an ARVN Capt. funeral. He was killed during Lam Son 719. When we got aboard the UH1, Maj Kidd was missing. No he wasn’t he was in the pilot seat, (right Side). I sat in jump seat and finally when we get to Quang Ngai the AC though of the instrument panel to see how Kidd would respond to an emergency. Kidd over reacted and the bird started going sideways into the roof of an ARVN barracks roof. The AC pulled it out and we were about 6 feet from going into the roof. If you wanted to loose some weight that bird was the place to be. It shook so bad it would have shook the weight off of anyone. The headliner fell in the troop compartment, Maj Guy Sims Senior Arty Advisor for the Div,., slipped a disc in his back and medevaced the next day. Kidd never flew again as long as I was there. Col Day Senior Advisor for the Div. saw to that.

  59. Gentlemen does anyone remember a SSG Davis an Infantry advisor July 65 to June 66, SSG Davis was involved in a battle with the 1st BN 4th Infantry Regiment 2nd Division on 23 February 1966. Any help is greatly appreciated.

  60. My name is Sfc James K Roberts now James R Kaleohano. I was with Macv team 39 in the fall of 1967 till the fall of 1968. I was the infantry adviser for the team. Did missions with rf,pf,Arvn,mountain yards and also did operations with the 101 airborne div. 3rd of the 506. We were attached to them a month doing operation Rose I was with the pru team that time I would come back to the base at Phan Rang to rest and do our planing for what ever the mission was. My first operations officer was Maj. Mc vey after he rotated the next operation officer was Maj. Ryan. I can’t remember to much of the people who at the Macv compound because I spent most ok my time in the field. Maj. Ryan and myself where wounded on the same operation. I remember going on operations with some the cia guys when I was with the pru team we worked with the nungs, comes, mountain yards, in fact the mountain people made me 6 wrist bracelets one for each member of my family. I also fought in Korea with the 25 inf. div. I was a machine gunner in the rifle sqd of the 1st. Platoon 25 recon Co.I retired from the army July 1970 I now live in Hawaii

  61. Does anyone out there know what happened to Sgt Hai, He was the ARVN who worked in Maj Grays office. Someone must know something about him.

    • Don Murphy I have been trying to find out the same thing. Worked in the same office with Sgt Hai for Aug 1967 until I left on emergency leave in July 1968. I left so guickly that I didn’t time to retain any info on my buddies to keep in touch. If anybody has anything on my time period please let me know.

  62. I was in Advisory Team Two all of 1968, it was a compound near Quang Nai, Vietnam, in the northern portion of the country. Do not remember the Lt mentioned, but no one lost while I was there. No doubt he was an advisor to the 2nd ARVN Division. It was a unique situation I that there were people from several services, marines, army, navy( Seabees) and army pilots. Infantry advisors sometimes were out in the villages, helping the locals defend against the Vietnam Cong who would attack them. All the best to you. Tom Hale

    • I was a member of Advisory Team 2 from July 1967 to July 1968, had to leave on emergency leave July 4th 1968. Did not get time to get any info on my buddies to contact them at home. Have not seen or heard of anyone I knew back then. My command officer was Maj Gray. Sure wish I could find someone. It seems we were the forgotten ones. My name is Don Murphy

  63. Peter, I left RVN on April 30th 1968, but I forwarded your message to a couple of guys who were still there in Quang Ngai at Kramer Compound. Kramer Compound was where the U.S. personnel on MACV Team 2 lived if they were not assigned to a field unit. This included everyone from clerks, radio operators, support from Navy, Marine and Air Force personnel, pilots and command staff. Hope my friends can help you out. Ed Thacher

    • Hi my name is Sam Harrison I was a pfc assigned to Advisory Team 2 Marine Security at Tamky I was there from 68 -69 when I was medavac out to Chu Lia my platoon sgt was SSGT Berryhill have some fine memories there well Thank you and hope to hear from someone who may have remembered us.

  64. While moving some of my parent’s things I came across a dice cup with a little plaque on it that said “Advisory Team 2 MACV” his name 1st Lt Burl M Wright and the dates May 1968 to May 1969. Is this the same unit y’all were in? The family is kind of fuzzy on Dad’s time in Vietnam as he never really spoke about it. I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks!

    • I was there at Kramer Compound on those same dates. Do you have any pictures of Lt. Wright or know what he did there?

      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

    • Peter: I served with your dad in Quang Ngai in 1968 and 1969 and remember him well. He was one of the most professional marines or military men I ever met. I was a young 25 year-old army captain and your dad was a seasoned combat veteran marine 1LT who was a mentor and role model to many much younger and inexperienced newly commissioned infantry officers. I have a photograph of your dad and other photos of Quang Ngai. I can tell you a lot about your dad as well. Just prior to serving in RVN we both completed the Military Advisor’s Course at Ft. Bragg where we first met. I was really surprised when we were both sent to Advisory Team 2 in Quang Ngai. Your dad was also friends with Major John Guy, USMC who was also in Team 2 in Quang Ngai. Contact me any time at . Your dad was a marine’s marine! I am so sorry that we lost touch after Vietnam and am deeply saddened to learn of his passing. He helped so many
      marines and soldiers professionally and personally. He knew his job and inspired others by his example and wisdom. I would very much like to know how life treated your dad after Vietnam. I hope he had many happy years with you and your family after RVN. He was a gentleman and a man I will never forget. But I don’t have to tell you that. But I can tell you about what he did while in RVN in 1968 and ’69. I hope to hear from you. Have a Happy Thanksgiving (2015). I now live in Bel Air, Maryland. Patrick Wilson

  65. My Name is George Beach.We had some Vietnamese soldiers from 2nd ARVN div. recon company working with us in G company 75 In.Ranger in Chu Lai in late 1969 and early 1970 The names that I remember are Tran Cam Sang (killed)Sgt.Ah,(killed) Duc Gan,Thom,and Sinh I am not sure of the spelling.I would like to contact any of them if they are still alive.

  66. Dear Sirs,

    I am Tan Nguyen, an ARVN. I served in Quang Tin and Quang Ngai, where you used to be, from 6/73 to 3/75 in ARVN Infantry Regiment 5 of the ARVN Infantry Division II in Chu Lai. I currently live in St Louis, Missouri. ARVN Infantry Regiment 5 was home based in Hawkhill LZ after you left. I have been desperately looking for the insignias of the units I served:

    1. ARVN Infantry Regiment 5: a rectangular badge with a yellow fish-dragon on blue background with number 5 on it.
    2. Recon Company of of ARVN Infantry Regiment 5: a rounded badge with a black/white eagle eagle on a orange color background.

    I would appreciate very much if you would provided me with any information about these insignias, actual badge or pictures,

    Please send any information to willyphi@sbccglobal.net.

    Sincerely,

    Tan

    • Tan, I also live in St. Louis, (Brentwood). I was Arty Advisor for 2nd ARVN Div. at Quang Ngai fro 70-71. I found a Div Patch on eBay. Maybe you can try there. I will also look for you. Semper Fi. 961-9083. Where do you live in St. Louis?

  67. I’m looking for an astray grandfather stationed in MACV Quang Ngai in 1968. I do not know his first name, but I do know his rank of Sergeant First Class and the last name of Robinson, and that he worked at Quang Ngai MACV Compound HQ as an administrative SFC. Very little information is found, because all records from my grandmother has been destroyed due to fear of being persecuted by the Communist regime. Another possibility is that his first name is Roy

  68. Luke Clark

    I was Sub Sector (District) Advisor Quang Tin Province from June 65 to June 66. First at Tam Ky District and then at Thang Binh District.

  69. Happy 4th of July..just found this page by accident. served on my second tour with TM2 72-73 and resided in old navy area above Chu Lai. Remember Major Zike, Col. Shwoppe, and Sp4 Fred Baxter. Worked the comm center and was there during cease -fire in ’73.came back to the world about a month later. First tour served with 196th at LZ Hawk Hill and Da Nang. ETS in ’75 from 18th Abn , Ft. Bragg.
    Patrick Salsman
    Corpus Christi,Tx

    • HI, I’m Bob Little and was at the same place 1971-1972. You may have known Roger Stoffer who also worked the comm center and was our mail man. I was on the DARRS team with Mike Smart . They have both been on this site. Welcome and hope you had a great 4th of July too! Take care! Bob

      • Hi Bob. I was Sgt. E-5 at the time. I remember the move from Quang Ngai and having to rewire a lot of the comm center (inside and out) and getting commo re-established after the move. Lots and lots of rain. Think I stayed wet for about a week. May have helped with mail at times, but don’t remember being mail man. But, I do remember the EM/NCO club. Use to play guitar and sing some in the club on ‘off hours’.

  70. 2nd DARRS team members AUG 71 Quang Ngai: CPT Richard L. Roerig, SFC Earnest L. Michaelis (05H40), SP5 James Battaglini (05H20), SP5 Larry D. Walton (63H20), SP4 Robert L. Barnes (31J20B3), SP4 Robert S. Little (98C20) from Texas, SP4 Barry J. Potter (72B20D1) from Texas, SP4 Ronald B. Smith (Smitty) (72B20), SP4 Charles W. Pridemore (05C20), SP4 Michael D. Smart (Max) (72B20D1) from California, and SP4 Gary A. Yale (98C20) from New York. There were three other members of our team working at remote locations; SGT Pete Walker, SP4 Wayne Melenbach(?) and another another fella I can picture but age has robbed my memory of his name. By Oct 71 SFC Aurthur F. Wyman (05H40) had replaced SFC Michaelis and SP4 Doug L Couts (98C20) had joined the team. We moved to Chu Lai in NOV 71 in time to have a real turkey dinner for Thanksgiving that was more like turkey soup because of the Typhoon. We provided many fire missions for Fire base Dotty, Firebase Colt, and the 2nd ARVN Div Arty. The MACV TM 2 commander became very interested in our support and daily briefings. In Quang Ngai there was a ranger named CPT Ranger who bunked next door to us. I also learned from a South Korean SGT (taekwondo instructor) that not all poisonous snakes had diamond shaped heads. He caught me playing with a bamboo viper and smashed its head with a swift kick. Maybe someone else remembers these folks. At that time we were known as a “Radio Research” activity and were helping our counterparts. Like to here from anyone there.
    Bob Little

    • Bob,

      Your CO CPT Richard Roerig was my hootchmate. I’m CPT Felix Haynes. I was Admin Officer for Team 2 from September ’71 to March ’72. Our other hootchmate was a Navy Jaygee who commanded a squad of Marines, a Naval Gunfire Liaison Team, which called in naval gunfire from destroyers off the coast. To practice their skills they used to call in naval gunfire on water buffalo. I was the solatium payments officer, so every time they were successful I had to go pay briefcases full of piasters to Vietnamese farmers to pay them for their buffalo. I remember DARRS very well, and since then I’ve decided that one of Team 2’s important jobs was to add security to your important unit. I remember moving from Quang Ngai to Chu Lai in November. I think we bunked in an old school in Quang Ngai, but in Chu Lai we took over the compound of an Americal Division medical unit. Hope you and all your DARRS team members are doing well.

      Felix Haynes

    • Robert, do you recall the MACV Team 2 Commanders name at the time you were there?

  71. I hate to jump back in but, I located LtCol Buu Hap, DivArty Commander. If anyone knew him he is well after spending 15 years in a Re-Educational Camp in Hanoi. They finally kicked him, his wife a 5 of his 10 children out of the country and he came to the good Ole
    US of A 14 years ago.. I will be visiting him in Sterling, VA in June 2014. I found him in the White Pages.

  72. I know of MACV having reunions but never went. The POC made me think he thought I was a Wannabe. Would anyone on Team 2 be interested in a reunion in St. Louis, MO.

  73. Jack Bock, I arrived at Team 2 June 1970 and Replaced GySgt Oscar T. Reed, USMC. Maj. Richard Wallace was DivArty Senior Advisor. I was DivArty Senior NCO Advisor. Maj Wallace returned to Conus on Emergency Leave and never returned. Maj. Guy Sims replaced Maj Wallace. Maj Sims was Medevaced 2/71 when we were returning from an ARVN Capt’s funeral killed during LAM SON 719. I was then without an officer the rest of my tour and was unofficially the DivArty Senior Advisor until June 30 ’71. Col Stephan A. Day, USA Inf. was Div. Senior Advisor. SgtMaj Marvin Compton was Command SgtMaj of Team 2.

    • I served with col day and sgt major compton at team 2 in office sp4 lee morrison 13 months with the move to chu lai after americal left

    • Jack:

      I just came across your comments on the 2nd ARVN Division advisory team while checking out something else – Dick Wallace was one of my good friends in VN. He replaced me as the DivArty senior advisor after I took over as asst. Div Senior advisor in the spring of ’70. Col. Ramos was the Senior Advisor during the duration of my tour which ended in October. Dick must have returned to the States after October, as I still have his signature on a gag gift given to me when I left. Haven’t though abut Kramer Compound in a long time…

      John Dynes

  74. I was with the 2nd ARVN, Chu Lai in 71-72. ASA, 2nd DARR program. We were located in the Navy section east of main area. We were there to help the ARVN take over 23 Americal Division…

    • Mike, I went back to Vietnam in April of last year. Went by the old site at Chu Lai. The main gate structure was still there and you can see some of the old aircraft and fuel bunkers, but that is about all. I send you a few pictures from there if you send me an email address. Ed

  75. For us history buffs, there are approximately 4000 pages of Daily Journals for Tm 2 January 70 through May 71 in the National Archives. (Record Group 472) . I am sure the other journals can be found nearby

  76. Thanks Mike. I was a PFC at the time and did not enter “officer territory” My first op was with a Marine LT and a Gunny by the name of Byerley or Birely, not sure of the spelling. Ed

  77. I was with MACV for a very short time. June of 1967. A month or so. My memory is bad. I was stationed in Tamky but soon shipped back to the First Marine Division as a replacement. I was a young Marine Lt just out of the hospital down in I Corp. I remember the evening poker games and a less than sane Australian officer. And a great compound. My name is Mike Hayden.

  78. Richard Ballantine, I’ve got a picture with both of us it. I was with 2d Recon and because of Bill Lonsdale an honorary member of the S-2 Section. Patrick Burke

    • looking for William Lonsdale. Specifically in reference to an ARVN named Tran Van Suong (known as ” Vinh”) an E6 or 7 who was awarded an Army commendation medal by Lonsdale (or any record of his service with Mac-V). Met Vinh in Hue a month ago. He’s looking for proof that he worked for us. Nice Guy.

  79. I was with Team 2 from May of 67 to April 68. I was an RTO. Did some ops with Marine advisors out of Kramer Compound, worked the radios in the TOC and did a stint with a field unit assigned to a FSB on Nui Dep, near Mo Duc. I was manning the radio shack in the TOC the night TET started. Got kicked out of the radio shack by the officers and manned the sandbags out front during the mortar attack. I was told to get in an APC and provide security for the Colonel when we drove back to the compound to get him. Can remember his name. His RTO at the time was Danny Ake. I also worked with a Bruce Leahy. Don’t remember the names of the officers in the field either, but the captain was a mustang and a good guy. Ed Thacher

  80. Tom , I was a radio operator at the toc in the2nd div. in Quang Nghia. Who took Col. Dean Hutters place as senior advisor? I recently read that Col. Hutter was questioned in the Peers report re: my Lai. Was he impacted by this?? Jim Gerst

    • Col H was replaced by another O6 – tall, thin – will think of his name soon. Peers report did not impact much on COL H – he was selected for O7 but turned it down because he wanted to teach business at the Univ of Hawaii – which he did for a long time. He then taught at Univ of SC and retired from that @ 10 years ago. Now he lives in Columbia, Sc and is a healthy 94 years young – swims every day. drives the crap out of his Cadillac and is enjoying life. We talk @ 1/month and I visited him last new year’s.
      There was a LTC Doyal, Hutter’s deputy, who was a difficult man – he didn’t like us guys in the field very much!! (read between the lines!).

    • Actually that big fight was on 1 March ’69, not 28 Feb. I believe the name of the o6 who replaced COL H was Johnson.

      Am still searching for SFC Don Logan.

      • Tom, if you’re talking about a Canadian American SFC who also went by the name Grumpy Logan, I remember him too. I was the RTO for the advisors tagged to the 5th Regt from 8/69 to mid-71 opposite Hawk Hill and then transferred down to Tm 2 HQ in Quang Ngai. I remember Don was there most of the time and if I recall correctly had been in-country pretty much continuously since sometime in 65 or 66. Like you, I’ve lost track of him over the years. LTC Cecil Henry was the regt senior advisor when I first got there – he’d transferred over from a battalion CO’s job with the 196th. Retired as a bird and last I heard was still living in Corpus Christi. Were any of the AATTV team members working with MACV when you were with the team?

  81. I was Sr Adv for 4/5 Bn from Oct ’68 to Apr ’69. On my team was SFC Don Logan, WO Bill Dickey & an E6 I can’t remember. We were the 2d ARVN Div fast reaction unit and got thrown into a lot of hot stuff. On 28 Feb ’69 we went – by truck – from Tam Ky to just south of QN to stop a NVA regiment from assaulting the town – the night b4 they had hit the hospital in town/killed a bunch of people, etc. We went up against the NVA – fought all day – next night – killed 67 of them – captured bunch of weapons – followed them for 2 days & killed a bunch more/captured total of 5. 4/5 lost 126 kia/more wounded. One hell of a fight!
    After 3 weeks in the training center & receiving 300 new soldiers, we were CA’d into Antenna Valley – way west of Chu Lai…LZ Ryder..Lots of NVA who resented our intrusion on their turf!

    Anyway, WO Dickey died of cancer 3 years ago – I’m looking for Don Logan – retired as a MSG in April ’72. Anyone know where he is? Also looking for others who were there on Team 2 at that time.

    • I was replaced by Capt. Tom Hylan as the sr adv in October 68. He was sent home via japan after mortars hit them while medieval,ngai 4/5 troopers out at nite, at the northern bank of Tra Khuc I went back to the unit for few days until Cpy Caruso replaced me. Went back on another tour and found out Cpt Nam was Kia at a hot firefight w/nva. knew Bill Dickey, was on the team. set D. smith, Gunny Jim, SFC Torres. I had replaced Cpt McGrath.

      • right…hylan was wounded by shrapnel while evacuating other wounded on the hill oerlooking my lai…i replaced tom hylan as bn sr advisor…was there from oct 68 to april 69.

  82. When I arrived at Kramer Compound in June ’70 the sergeant major had a nighttime sport of using a crossbow against the rats. Arrows went sort of like “thing, thing” as they bounced back and forth between the concrete, the bunkers and the walls of the Seabee-built row housing. Even for a war zone that was a little dicey.
    The burger and milkshake stand certainly made Kramer popular. The Americal traveling Hwy 1 by truck and jeep would line up.
    What an E6 was in the kitchen! He was from Maine and bargained to serve oysters in a thick butter broth.
    QN was a difficult province. Especially poor and distant from Saigon, sympathies were often with the North. Many, too many trip explosive devices. In G2 we saw the reports: the Americal had a tough time. My condolences.

    • Was that Sgt Major Marvin Compton? He and I teamed up in the Doubles Horseshoe Tournament. We were really good players back then and won the tournament We later played against each other in the Singles and I won. He was upset and sort of turned against me, sore looser I guess. The next spring, ’71, he had them set me up to play him in the beginning of the singles tournament, he kicked my but. We teamed up in the doubles again and again we won.

    • Dick Ballentine, do you remember me? Spec 4 John Clement, at the time OB analyst under Capt Bill Lonsdale with Team 2. I remember you and Roger (Evans?) very well. I agree with you about the guy who ran the kitchen. For quite a while he managed to get steaks to BBQ every Friday night. Were you there for that?
      You can reach me by EMail at jclement64@yahoo.com. It would be fun to catch up.

  83. When I was RF/PF advisor on Team 2, we would go up with the FAC’s. We would put a grenade, with the pin pulled into a mason jar. When we saw a target we would drop the mason jar. Who said Advisor didn’t have bombers (ha).

  84. THE NIGHT GOD SAVED THE CHILDREN. On Christmas eve 1965, Charlie sent mortar rounds into team 2 compound from about 11:00pm to 4:00am. The next morning many of us went to the church in town. Six mortan rounds, 2 into the church & 4 in the children area & were duds.

  85. With Team 2 in Quang Nghia from April ’71 until we moved to Chu Lai with the 2nd ARVN in the fall of ’71. Stayed there until I went home in March ’72. Worked in Comcenter most of the time. Please reply if you were there then. Thanks.

      • I was there when adv team 17 closed down kramer compuond and moved downtown into 2 house as far as i know the flags and plaque were sent to cpt kramers family

    • I was on 2nd DARRS team at the same time. Got there in Aug/Sep 1971 until Jan 1972 when I got Medevac’d. Started out in Quang Nghia (remember the Typhoon and swimming to our site.) and was advanced party with Gary Yale to secure new ops area in Chu Lai. VC were moving onto the base because 2nd ARVN Div was so slow moving up. The only other Americans on the base were a supply SGT and a LT trying to find an ARVN to sign for the base propety book. They had to bring in 173rd ABN Bde units from Da Nang to secure the perimeter. They brought a Red Cross worker with them and he informed me that I had a new baby daughter as of 3 days before. That was a surprise. Also remember the night when the DTOC was overrun and then driving back the bad guys. Boredom to insanity in 60 seconds. Were you in the communications shelter? I think Mike Smart was called Max and drove me at night down to the MACV team area for MEDEVAC in Jan 72.

  86. I was on Team 2 in Jun ’65 to Jun ’66. The first 6 months I was RF/PF advisor. The last 6 months I was in Mo Duc. In Mo Duc we looked forward to Sundays. We would go to the hamlet & buy duck eggs. Then make cheeze omlets with spam. Beat rice & fish heads.

    • Were you on Nui Dep when you were in Mo Duc? I was an RTO there from Sept 67 to Dec 67, then back to Kramer Compound as an RTO in the TOC. Ed Thacher

    • Conan, I was the 68′ to 69 MAT Team in RF//PF and set up the town on Mo Duc. What the real after of my life. My NY license # is COVAN, I brought as a Vietnam # as a very movement name. Very good we brought close to your name.

    • Do you remember a Capt Fred Flueckiger. He was there the same time frame. 2 members of his advisory team were KIA on 7 Feb 1966. A Capt Lubavs and a W02 Jim MacDonald RAE AATTV

      Thanks

      • I was Assistant District advisor at Tam Key from Junr 1 To November and District Advisor at Thang Binh, Quang Tin Province. I believe McDonald was the Aussie that Team2 Advisors took up a collection up to send his remains back to Ausrralia. At the ti e all United Kingdom soldiers were sent to the nearest Kingdon territory. hat would have been Singapore at the time.

        This policy was changed after we sent him home to his family.

        All or us we’re proud to serve with the Aussies.

        Luke clark

  87. I was an rto for Adv. Team 2 in 1968 & 1969. I served in I corps for the 2nd ARVN Inf. Div. in Quang Nghia provence. I did not know there was another team #2 in Cholon.

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