Team 26 Dalat

MACV Team 26 -Dalat.

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  1. Does anyone remember SFC Thomas Striplin who was in Dalat in 68 he was my father and would like to find out more from his time ther

    • I did not know your father as I did not arrive in Dalat, home of MACV Team 26, until April 1971. Here is the address for a Dalat Facebook page which may get you some results. I hope ypu can find someone who knew your father.

    • I was a member of team 26. I got to Dalat July 68. Our team was in a remote outpost in dam pau. I was the medic for the team. My name is Fred Saenz.

      • Hi Fred nice to meet you. Would you have known my father I believe he was still an SFC he told me of the time DaLat and his comping were over run in fact we have it on a cassette tape he was recording when the VC hit. Any help would be great Michael Striplin

  2. Hi Bill,

    We were together at Don Doung for a couple months in early 1970. Since I can’t imagine more than a handful of medics there, I’m thinking we may have met, which, if so, might be substantiated by our brief discussion over the sort of event which tends to be more memorable. Given your interest in veterans history, particularly recognition of the obvious “waste” regarding Vietnam, I’d welcome any detailed elaboration you’d care to share ( Though Ken Burns’ recent documentary conjures adjectives like “powerful”, “riveting”, “instructive”, it missed, I believe, those historical nuances which, in the case of Vietnam, are essential to the “whys” and “wherefores.” While objective history is often frustratingly elusive (case in point; your neighbor), Vietnam, as it is today, is what it should be. They earned their independence and it isn’t for us to quibble over what form that takes.

  3. Hello Everyone,

    Does anyone remember my father? His name is Charlie Aregood. He was in the 43rd Sig Bat and spent much of his time in country at Dalat. I do not like to post my phone number online, but if anyone is out there please post a reply or email me (if my email address is shown with this post) so we can then connect privately. To be clear, my father is still living and in good health. I am here looking for some of the people who may be in the many photographs I have from there or those who might like to get in touch. I would also welcome opinions on whether I should put all the photos online.


  4. Lived with and flew MACV Team 26 Feb. and March 1972 right before the Easter Offensive. Was Crewchief of Huey 872 with the 201st Aviation in Nha Trang.

  5. Hello,

    I came across your post looking for people who served with my father. He remembers you. I have passed along your information to him. He intends to call. I have many photographs of where he worked and the people who were there at the time if you would be interested in seeing them.


  6. Michael S Barnes is my name and I was in Dalat from Jan 1969 until Jan 1970.I was assigned to Co.E 43 Sig Bn.I worked in crypto at the communication center..If anyone was in that outfit I would like to hear from you.I think I was in the Kraus compound.Had a NCO club and Comm Center.Give me a call 305 304 0979

    • Yes Mike Were you not a repairman??…David Lyden here.. was with Tasnady,Kurztnacker, Martin, & Eddie Turner from Chatanooga Tn. Among others. Oh Larsen too..
      Ended up working in that Comm Cntr 1 day on 2 daze off.. We had a apt in Dalat..I had a girlfriend from the mess hall. YUP.. NCO Club Friday nights DIME NITE YUP..Long time ago EH?? We actually did not have a bad time there at all.

  7. My name in Ken Wilks. I was with an RRC (we can now say ASA) COMSEC team in 66-67. We went to Da Lat a number of times. I ran into a young LT by the name of Tom Sickinger. He and I had been stationed in Panama together. He went to OCS, I went to Nam. I always enjoyed the trips to the MACV teams. Good people with a hard job. Tom was in Leavenworth Kansas (on the outside thankfully) last I heard. He had had cancer, but I think he beat it. Thanks guys for your service. My memories of Da Lat otherwise are downtown and the Ba Mui Ba stands. A;most got caught with a friend when we stayed after hours and VC decided to visit. The friend was Ski Galinski. He got a bronze star (I think) during a firefight in downtown Da Lat during Tet. I had gone home by then.

  8. I formed MAT 106 in II Corps CORDS Team 26 in September of 1970 in Dalat. Mr. White was Province Senior Advisor, LTC Hilty was his deputy. MAT 106 was formed to augment MACV training support in Tuyen Duc Province. We began with only three team members, myself, SFC Everett Birchard and SFC Jake Jacobs. Later added SFC Francis Key, SFC Pat Nugent and 1LT Jack Webster. By the time I rotated out of country in June of 1971, MAT 106 was being disbanded. I saw SFC Jacobs when I was a CPT in the 1/108th Armor Battalion at Fort Stewart in the late 1970’s but have lost track of all others since then. Hope someone has some contacts. Hoo-ah!

    • Steve:

      I was on MAVC Team 26 from April 1971 until December 1971. Of the names in your post, I only recall one, Mr. White who was the Province Senior Advisor. Other names I recall are MAJ Lucky, who was the Company Commander out at the Krauss Compound and his First Sergeant, 1SG Scott. I also recall a MSG Harrignton who has excellent cartentry skills and was married to a local Vietnamese lady. I should remember more since I booked travel on Air America for Team 26 members, but I don’t. I also was at Fort Stewart in the late 70s, 24th S&T Battalion, Hunter Personnel Team and the 24th AG Company at Stewart. I departed Ft. Stewart in 1980 for Alaska.

      Take care my friend and good luck on locating your team members.

      John T.

      • John, I finally connected with my assistant team leader, Jack Webster, on MAT 106. I’m going to visit him and his wife at their home in Virginia at the end of October. Haven’t seen Jack since we had dinner together the first week of June 1971. You may have booked some travel for me during the spring and early summer of ’71. Thanks for your help!
        Hope you are well.

  9. tourdirector1 I was with the team 25 from May 1971 to 1972. I was the Phoenix advisor for the district team and was reclassed small unit infantry advisor. We were a two man team and lived with the Vietnamese after a short lease with the 577th Engineeer Battalion.
    Fun times in the best engineeer site by a dam site.

  10. Ed, thanks for your comment. Frankly, I didn’t know your team moved down with us, which makes sense. Given that we numbered around two hundred, your half dozen or so could’ve easily gone unnoticed. Were you guys bunkered solo, or shuffled among us? My recollection is that we had three bunkers on the west end – mine was at the northeast corner (dam side). Dan Cabot.

    • Dan, with regards to billeting assignments, it varied…there were three rows of bunkers and then a bunch of hooches that were revetted..the compound was south of the dam…one could hit the dam with a rock from the helipad without throwing very hard…I had a single room next to the 577th Chaplain, Raymond J. Wade…that bunker was about evenly centered on the helipad and in the third row back….kept up with Ray until he passed a couple of years,ago…really miss him…we were close. The District Senior Advisor was bunked with your S3…the NCOs were in a separate bunker on the same row as the one I was but west near the Aid Station. We spent several months with your road construction battalion before moving to the RVN District Compound when our bunker was finished…memory fades…my guess is some time in October 1970. Ed

      • Just wondering if you knew my father. Gray Brooks was in the 577th from jan 70 to Nov 70 was on the road crew pulled guard duty at the dam and the rock crusher . Just a long shot he is doing fine I remember him mentioning a buddy named hittel .anyway good to see someone from where my dad was.

        • Jeff, the 577th Chaplain was the last one I had contact with that may have known your father…and, Ray Wade has now been gone for four, almost five years. I joined the Don Doung District Team of Advisory Team 26 in May 1970 after it was hit and Major Ator was killed…the Team was already in the 577th compound. We spent our days at the Vietnamese District HQ…our nights with the Engineers until our living fighter bunker was built. Was not acquainted with your father or very many of the 577th. An aside, Major George W. O’Kelley, the District Senior Advisor, passed in Austin, Texas, in 2010. Regards to all. Ed Stone

          • Ed, I was with MAT 106 from September of 1970 to June 1971. We started in Dalat City, but moved to Duc Trong in February. You may remember that II Corps was moving MATs all over the place. We almost went to Don Doung in December of 1970 to co-locate with a RF headquarters near the little village of Thanh My. I met several times with Major O’Kelley to plan our move but it didn’t pan out. I’m sorry to hear that he has passed away. Best wishes to you for the Thanksgiving holiday. Steve Rieck ̣

  11. Was the Army post the Krauss Compound home of the 556th signal company and host to the MACV that were all around

    • Stank? I thought you’d be dead by now from dissipation. Hopefully you’ll never forget that after we ETS’d I hooked you up with an actual date. And she wasn’t ugly!


    • Ralph, you were the RTO on the Don Duong District Team, Team 26. Remember you well…along with Art Romero, Felder, “Doc” Pereria, Reese, and Major O’Kelly, Major Mashburn, and others. Your spot in the bunker was the corner room across from the District HQ looking up the long axis of the compound road to the front gate…you manned a M60 machine gun providing grazing fire the length of the center of the compound to the front entrance located on the “S” curve off the road across from the school house. Didn’t a pit viper crawl in the firing port over your bunk one night and get trapped in your mosquito net right over your head? “Doc” was telling me about the incident after he pulled you out of the sack, while taking care of the snake. Hope all is well with you. Ed Stone

  12. Anyone here visit either of these hamlets in ’68/69? I have a couple pics from an AHC pilot with some MACV members.

    Da M’Rong AP008463
    Teurlang To AP885214

  13. I’m still looking for some information as to what happened at dam pao starting july 4th. I have found where the team members and district team members received the bronze star for valor around the end july 1970. thanks in advance. russ bailey.

  14. ssg Toutant jul69-jul70

    I worked with a RVN LT Named Le Min Tam.

    I wondered if he ever made it out of the country,He painted a picture on a piece of plywood and gave it to me when i left country.

  15. SSG Wallace Toutant Vehicle maint advisor Jul 1969 – Jul 1970.
    Lived on the signal compound that had a Chinese restaurant at the bottom of the hill coming up to the gate.
    I had to repair and maintain the team vehicles,with the help of 2 Montanyards.
    Retired in mar 1981 and worked on FT Hood TX until Jul 2013.

    I remember a SFC Green Farrior,SSG Horton and SSG connely.

    • I was in Dalat Jan 1969 thruJan1970.I was a crypto repairman and worked in the communication center there.My name is Michael Barnes and I was a Sp.5.The OIC of the communication center was Warrant officer Coonley.{I think}i was assigned to Co.E 43 Sig Bn.I think I was on what was called Kraus Compound.On one side of the compound was the Vietnamese Military Acadamy.There was numerous mortars and rockets dropped not only on the compound but also on VNMA.If anyone knows if this was Kraus Compound or any of the incidents I’m talking about please get in touch with me.My number is 305 304 0979.I remember several attacks on the compound but need to know exact dates..Once again if anyone knows anyone that was in Co.E 43Sig Bn.please put them in touch with me..

  16. I was with Cpt Johnson, Hilty, O’Bradovich, Glenn A Hummerrich, James Kopley,Mr. White, In LAC DUONG district with Young, Pullen, Mendiolla, ….any of you remember me…SGT/INT
    VINH at Ho Chi’ Boi Noi office…looking for Vietnamese interpreters including Khoi, Quang, Nghia, Ho Chi, Van, Binh, Diep(butterfly). Thank you.

  17. happy easter everyone! talked with glen for 30 min. it was a good conversation. he would enjoy hearing from some of you. still not clear as to what happened on the ant hill.any information would be appreciated. would be the week of july fourth 1970.thanks russ

  18. is anyone out there that could shed some light on what happened the first week of july1970.i left the district team the last week of june 1970.i understand there might have been enemy action at the ant hill ( dam poa). some injured.would appreciate any feed back. thanks so much. russ

    • Team members on this event were Cpt R.A.UNDERWOOD ,1LT HUGHES ,SFC M.A. THORNTON , SFC.ROBERT COWAN SGT.DREW. The Ant Hill received incoming @ 2200 and the two RF/PF compounds were probed by ground forces but repelled for two or three hours.We used every asset we could communicate with from 60m mortars, small arms ,artillery and air support until dawn. There was a Project Concern Hospital across the road from the Ant Hill that was in the middle of the fight..There were VC KIA near the main entrance as I recall and the RF HQ TO WHOM WE WERE ADVISORS TOOK LIGHT CASUALTIES. This the best of my recollection and would like to hear from anyone else who was there to include members who was assigned the district team ? My phone number is 405-437-7270

      • mr. cowan I greatly appreciate the info on dam pao on the fourth of july. Iam a little confused about the the team members tho. where did lt. Willingham amd glen phiffer who was wounding that day. he stated(glen) was beside thornton when glen suffered a severe head injury. I made contact with john kilgress who was at district in duc troung. You and I should set up a time to chat on the phone. My nu ber is still 616-485-2932.thanks for the update and happy vets day. as well as to all of the rest you who served. russ bailey

  19. to john goode, was just curious. were you the lt. I was with when in dalat when we were hit by another jeep head-on? was just wondering. right now I find it difficult th grasp the news sfc thornton was kia another from the team was also kia. glen suffered the most without a dought. seems like yesterday- I guess it always will. later, russ bailey

  20. to mr. brockwell. iwas contacted by glen,we talked on the phone and I received a letter from glen yesterday.i’m having some copies of photos I had from the ant hill. will be sending out in a couple of days. thanks for putting glen and I in touch again.

  21. Dalat – Anyone remember a SFC Wolfgang Ostertag – worked a Mike Strike team with him along with a Norwegian SSGT (?) ’68 – ’69.

  22. Thanks “LT”,
    Since I arrived in-country the same time as you (just before the wind-down when Life mag posted the photos of the 250 or so avg weekly American KIA’s) my lasting impression of Maj. West’s death was its differing circumstances than most losses. By that I mean its political nature suggestive of specific targeting. Whether it was his being well-liked by many locals (as we’d heard), or simply his role as station chief, or both; that was an elaborate and effective raid. The machinations of warfare aside, finishing my tour in that region was a welcome relief in terms of climate. To that I add, the area was stunningly beautiful, particularly Da Lat. Again, THX.

    • Transferred into the engineer compound below you in early 1970 the day following an attack on your compound resulting in a Major’s (your CO?) death. Rumors were rampant, including that tube flashes were visible from either in, or nearby, the vill, that the wire was cut right near where the Major was hunkered, that one of your own (probably a PF) was deliberately AWOL during the breech, that the VC tossed grenades into your CO’s bunker, and then, hacked him up as he emerged. Since I never had a chance to talk to any of you, this incident, so many years later, still eats at me.

      • I (Lt. John Goode) served with MACV 26, in Dalat from June 69 – may 70 as the Province Engineer Advisor. I remember the event described below. Maj. West (I think, West Point Grad) spent a couple of nights in Dalat before becoming the Don Zuang Dist Chief. and was killed as you described. My interpreter was Mr. Kim. Col. Hilty was our CO. Others on the team were: Capt. Johnson, Lt Stanley Reiser, Sgt. Harrington, Capt. Woods. John Goode

      • Major Richard Ator was the District Senior Advisor of Don Duong District, Team 26, apparently targeted and killed by Sappers in early ’70. The Team was moved to the 577th Engineer Battalion Compound at the base of the Da Nhim Dam until the living fighting bunker was rebuilt at the District Headquarters Compound. I joined the team sometime in May 1970 before it moved back into the RVN compound,.

        • You most have been my replacment, I were the when Major were killed, I derosed april 1970, I rememmber a Sgt Green (phoenix program) an interepter, called “macv”, I were Heavy weps covon SFC Jones

      • I was a medical corpsman with the 577th engineer batallion from Mar 70-Apr 71. I remember some of the personnel from the MACV unit that lived in our camp while they were undergoing reconstruction. There was an officer who spent some time hanging out with the medics. He was a Notre Dame grad as I recall. I do not remember his name. We had more casualties from accidents and/or shootings secondary to drug use than we did from any enemy actions. I am retired and I do participate in veterans history programs at two high schools in St. Louis. The Vietnam war was a huge waste in lives and resources. I have an ongoing disagreement on this subject with my next door neighbor who is an Air Force colonel.

  23. Hello Stephen,

    Being honest I don’t remember must as I try to block the memory of both tours. I remember we lived on a compound and 1SG Scott was the First Sergeant. I started that tour being a guard on the front gate and then became the Admin NCO for team 26. Worked down town in an office building with Mr. White who was a civilian and the Senior Military Advisor who reported to John Paul Vann. I always chuckled when I would think about the money the Army spent on training us to be advisors and teach us to read, write and speak the language and then put us on a gate guard flagging in and out traffic.

    I’m well but could deal with less snow. Hope things have gone well for you and your family. Thanks for your service my friend!

    John Tranum –

  24. I served at a place called the “ANT HILL” in DAM PAO near Dalat under our district team in Duc Truong.Team members were Underwood,Thornton (doc) who were awesome soldiers ! I welcome contact form any who served .

    • I was also at the ant hill. july 69 until dec 69 when I moved back to the district team. the day I left the district team I spent the day calling in support fot the team in the bonnies.Was thorton the one who did some surgery on his own behind? I think I have some pictures of the ant hill and at the district me 616-485-2932 russ bailey.

      • I built the sand bag bunker for the MAT team that was attacked by the VC and destroyed. Lt. Lewis was the OC at the time and survived the attack with most of his team. I was in the TOC when we called in Spookie and Shadow for air support. I don’t remember the date of the attack but probably summer of 69. Lt John Goode, Province Engineer Advisor, Team 26

      • still looking for team members team 26 duc trong ,mat teamII-31lt. lewis,lt. Willingham,sfc brown,sfc-thorton from district team 26 jack kilgress, capt parker LT. gilbert. LT. goode- are3 you referring to dam poa? If so– filled plenty of sand bags didn’t we? Trying to remember the name of the LT. who was the assistant district commander. He was the one who put me on the chopper on the Saturday the dam pao team was engagement with the vc. The LT. could write up a veit commander telling everyone how incompetent he was and the commander would smile and thank him. I sure hope to hear from someone out there. russ bailey-616-485-2932

      • I was with A/5/22 Arty at Duc Trong. I knew Gilbert, Parker, Lewis, Willingham. I have been contacted by Glen Allen Peiffer of Hot Springs,SD. He was severely wounded at Dam Pao(Ant Hill) and is trying to locate members from the Duc Trong/Dam Pao teams.His address is Brookside Apts.#418, 201 South River St., Hot Springs, SD 57747-2328. It would be nice if some of you guys sent him a card or something.

  25. MACV Team 26 – I served on this team from April 1971 until late December 1971. Then I was SSG John Tranum and my MOS was 12B4LVS. This was my second tour in Vietnam. I got be know John Paul Vann as he often visited Dalat. Upon my return to the states, Fort Jackson, I ran across the First Sergeant who was there when I was in Dalat. Sorry, I don’t remember any names but should you remember I would enjoy talking to you. I stayed in the Army and retired in 1988 as a Sergeant Major.


    John Tranum –

    • Hello John Do you remember the 556th Signal Company or the compound. We always had MACV people all around etc. I would be willing to bet you do? Anyways hope you are well and in good health! Thank you for your service!

      Stephen Stankiewicz
      Marlborough Massachusetts former member of the 556th Signal Company 73rd Signal Btn

  26. John Goode

    I was in Dalat from June 69 to May 1970. I would like to hear from anyone serving on MACV TM 26 at that time.

  27. Looking for Captain O’Neil; Senior Advisor to a Battalion HQ just outside DaLat; I was TDY as Arty F.O. from 5/27 IFFV. He is a Cornell Grad, previously stationed at Fort Ord, CA.


    Peter Little (Ha-si Nho)

  28. Team 26 was located in Dalat which was in II corp. I was there from July 68 to Oct 69. Dalat was built by the French during their occupation. It was built around a small lake which was in the center of town.

    • Sam, I was glad to hear from you. My name is Ron Griffin. If I remember right, we used to run around together. I was also friends with Dean Woolsley(sp) and Dale Rantum who was killed. I would be happy to hear from you.

      • Good morning, My name is John Goode and I served with MACV TM 26 from June 69 to May 70. I was a 1st Lt. and recall the following members; Lt. Col Hilty, Capt. Johnson, Capt. Flowers, Sgt Bridges; do any of those names ring a bell. I hope you all are doing well and thank you for your service. John Goode

      • I was on team 26 1971-1972 I was a radio operator. I was with Sgt. Jerry Beckett. Mr white, John Vann. I lived at kraus compound . I am looking for cpt Fong a Vietnamese captain who was with 302 recon. He is in the United States. He may live in Fla or Ca. My commander was Lt. John Bringham.
        If you have any information call (585) 344-3944

        • I was in Dalat also during 1971 (April – December). I started my tour flagging traffic in and out of Kraus Compound. The Company Commander was Major Lucky and his First Sergeant was ISG Scott with offices on the left as you entered Kraus Compound. I worked after duty at the NCO Club created there on Kraus. After learning how to flag traffic in and out they moved me over to the building that Mr.White occupied. He was on the second floor we were on the first floor in the Admin Section. I was the Admin NCO and Security NCO. I drove the 1966 black Ford station wagon that Mr. Vann enjoyed using when he was in town. I’m have issues with my memory and recalling names, but i remember a Navy guy who also lived on Krause. MSG Harrington I remember, smoked a pipe, was married to a local Vietnamees lady and lived down at the bottom of the hill when you departed the Krause Compound. He was an excellent carpenter. As the Admin NCO I had to drive an Army 3/4 ton truck about 1.5 hours South topic up the mail. About 50% of the time I had a shotgun to go with me. One time when I had no shotgun, I got ambushed. The mail had holes and some letters were covered in peach juice as some rounds hit the care packages from home. After that attack, they flew me on a huey to get mail. I have no information on CPT Fong nor LT Bringham as I do not recognize the names. Hope you fine the folks you are looking for.

          • Been doing some research for my mémoire. We all knew “Mr. White” as the Province Senior Advisor. His full name was Richard W. White, a career foreign service officer who held the equivalent military rank of brigadier general. His Deputy Province Senior Advisor was LTC Paul Hilty.
            The Vietnamese company commander that you asked about commanded the 302 RF Company. I went on my first combat operation with him in September of 1970. We had 5 enemy KIA’s with no friendly losses during that operation. He was a multi-generational native of Tuyen Duc Province. When I knew him, he was married and had two kids, ages one and three. His wife was pregnant with their third child. His unit was the most proficient in the province.
            I remember SGT Beckett’s name. He also had a good reputation.
            I live in Florida and will try to see what I can find on him.
            Best wishes to you and thank you for your service.

        • John, I was with MAT 106 in Dakar with Advisory Team 26 in 1970-71. I remember Sargeant Beckett and Dai Uy Phuong. I’ll try to call you tomorrow.

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