Team 32 Gia Nghia

MACV Team 32 – Gia Nghia.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 32 located in Gia Nghia.

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  1. MACV TEAM 32, WELCOME HOME!!! A small detachment of troops & O-1 Birddog from my unit 183rd Recon Airplane Co. “Seahorse”, supported you in 70-71. Those pilots were
    Captains Ken Burns, Leon Cook, Alan Chartier
    & Lt John Champlin. Enlisted were crew chief Sp5 Jeff Dearing, Sp4 Joe Rice, Sp4 Hattix
    and Beaumiester. MACV TEAM 32 photo interpreter was Jim Fisher. Do any of you recall this Army detachment or Jim Fisher of Team 32?? Any pictures to share??

    • Dear Dwayne. Your father must have arrived in Gia Nghia just before I left, and I am sorry I do not recall him. Being stationed in Kien Duc or Duc Lap, I do not have many Gia Nghia stories. I recall once going to a Vietnamese hospital in Gia Nghia and there were bodies everywhere. My boss, being a kind man, lifted one off of the floor where he had been left, and gently placed it upon a nearby cot. He asked the doctor what the poor man had died of and was told, “plague.” At this by boss, as if electrified, pulled out his shot record and exclaimed, “My God! I’m overdue for a booster!” And we tore out of there at high speed for the Team Dispensary. Alas for our immortal souls, we found this hilarious. The USAF L-19 pilots were also great guys. As might be expected, the USAF had not trained wings of L-19 pilots in the early 60’s. The Air Force had, however, trained large numbers of B-52 pilots, and not all of them were needed in Vietnam. Thus a retraining effort had been underway. These guys wanted to be bombers and we’d have a few drinks for lunch and take a crate of grenades on board and go out to seek the enemy. Also, the USAF only issued marking smoke rockets to their pilots, so they’d trade. The army to get HE rockets so they could try to do some damage. Great guys. No help for your father, I’m afraid. Best, Jim Dickey, another retired regular.

  2. Hi Dan,.i was there with Sgt Delosro at TOC oct 70 to nov 71,Tom Laiche wkd in the admin part we got there together

    • Hi Kevin. I’m sorry I don’t remember you ,
      ,but that doesn’t mean we never met. I left Gia Nghia on Air America Nov. 16th 1970.
      I spent most of my last month in my hooch or the EM bar. Tom. Yeah, that was his name. I remember most guys I pulled guard duty with in the towers (the real night shift)ha. It sure was an experience being in the middle of nowhere with no place to go.
      In an earlier message I asked if anyone knew what happened to titi Charlie. Im sure he was still there when you arrived. The little guy was always helping guys out with boots and cleaning the hooch etc. Felt sorry for the kid trying to speak English. The hard part for him was that he had a slight stutter.
      Anyway glad you made it back. I’m retired and kicking back enjoying what time I have left in this world. Hope your doing the same.

    • Hi Kevin. Sorry I don’t recall ya ,but that doesn’t mean we never met. i was on my way out in Nov so I just pulled my guard duty (the real night shift,ha) and stayed in my hooch marking off the days. Oh yeah, a few beers in the EM bar also. The fellow that worked in admin with Gene was Wes. he tended the EM bar now and then. It was sure an experience. I hope you had some good times considering the situation being in the middle of nowhere with nowhere to go. I do remember Streb and most of the guys I spent time with. Quite an interesting bunch. I wouldn’t change a thing. Welcome home Kevin.

  3. Hello fellow Team 32 members — I’m SP/4 Gene Mullaney. I was stationed in Gia Nghia in !970. I was an Admin and worked the mortar pit. I would also pull night guard duty once in a while. It’s great to see this website enabling us to hear from each other. I remember Capts McPhee and Birdsong. We actually rotated back home together. I remember (vaguely) our last few nights in country, drinking Cold Duck in Tan Son Nhut. While in Gia Nghia, I usually hung out with Tim Heal, Bob Streb and Lawrence Coughlin.

    • hi gene,kevin lynch sp4 here, got to team 32 october 1970 left in nov 1971,05b radio operator wk in TOC.Remember Streb and Coughlin he was from Boston,Sgt Budda was in control of all the guards,cant remember what his real name was,worked with Maj Lloyd Easter,also Tom Liache was there.

      • Hi Tim
        Great to hear from you. What community are you living at? I am also in a retirement community in Allentown, NJ (we call it an active adult community so we don’t sound old). Sorry we didn’t stay in touch. Last time we were together was at my house in Lakewood, where we had a couple of steaks on the BBQ (better than those steaks we had in Gia Nghia on Saturdays).

        • Hi Gene, I am in Crestwood Vilage 1 in Whiting NJ, just off RT.530. Are you near Rt.539? Trying to keep active here, hope to join a senior softball league, remember those Sunday softball games when the engineers came. By thwe way there is a building where the soccer field was. I remember those steaks, they were good!!

      • Hi Kevin
        You arrived shortly before I left in mid-December. I don’t remember Sgt Buddha. I think there was a Sgt Edwards in charge of the guards when I was there. I stayed in touch with Coughlin for a short time after I got home but then lost touch with everyone until I ran into Tim Heal in NJ in 1994. Quite a few years passed by. I also remember Curtis and Marquez who were radio operators before you arrived.

        • Hi Gene. My name is Dan Capuano
          I was there Oct 1st-Nov 16th. I came in as a radio operator but Sgt. Beckman kept Curtis and Marquez in the bunker. Which was ok with me. I never seen a radio like the one they had in AIT. and frankly a little overwhelmed at 19yrs old . Ended up on the security platoon which was ok with me. Anyway. I remember you and the guy you worked with. Can’t remember his name but a real nice guy. He rented the bar now and then. Coughlin messaged me a few years ago. I replied but I never heard back. I had a couple of emails from Sgt. John Rowley. Visited Bob Stred in Rochester N.Y. briefly (I was born there)while visiting relatives in 75 or 76. I met with Marquez in 73( i think )in Sacramento where he lives. I was living in California at the time.
          Well welcome home and hope all is well with ya. Time flies. That’s Sept 69-Nov70

          • Hi Dan
            I certainly remember you. We shared a few adventures during our time in Gia Nghia. It’s great that you were able to contact some of the guys after you got back. I remember you saying you were from California. Where are you now? The guy I worked with when I first arrived in Gia Nghia was Wes Moore — great guy — I believe he lives in Montana. Cpt. Riolo was in charge of our team at the time. When they left, Sgt Lambert came in. We also had another guy — SP/4 Bennie Haarstad. I heard that Sgt Lambert suffered a massive heart attack and passed away while still at Gia Nghia. I also remember Rowley — funny guy – lots of laughs. Hope everyone is doing well — Welcome Home.

            • Hey Gene. Wow. Sorry to hear about Sgt. Lambert.
              Your right I was from California. I now live in the state of Washington since 88. I got tired of the traffic in L.A . Wes. That’s him name. I just messaged Kevin that I thought it was Tom. Oh well. I’m old and have CRS.. This site is cool although I think I messed up sending stuff. I wasn’t quit sure if my message posted so I hit post again after I added another line to the text.
              Rowley was a funny guy. We
              Kept in contact for awhile through E-mail a few years back. He was selling boats in Coupis Christy (spelling)Texas. I retired from the Airline industry in 05. I hope all is well with you
              Thanks for the reply

              • Hi Dan, my name is Tim Heal, don’t know if you remember me. I was AF radio operator. Spent many days or nights with you in EM club, played ping-pong a few times. Remembered a guy who we called Cap or Cappie, that is you I assume. Good to hear your doing ok!

                • I do remember. Yes Cappy was the name. I almost forgot about the ping pong table in back. Funny, it was hard to play a good game with no rubber or sandpaper on most of the paddles, but it passed time. I think if it wasn’t for that and the EM club we would have gone nuts The rain,mud,humidity and wind blowing at times made for a real adventure going to the showers. If anything made me thankful to this day for what we have no matter whats going on here. It could be worse. Welcome home Tim. Great hearing from ya.

            • Hey Gene. Good to hear from you. Damn it sure was a long time ago. At the same time just like yesterday.
              Yeah, Wes, that was his name. Nice guy, as your were also with your big’ol smile. I hooked up with the Airline industry in 72 and retired in 05. I did live in L.A county till 88 then took an opening here in the State of Washington. I got tired of the traffic in L.A. unfortunately its getting crowded here also. At least I don’t have to drive to work in it any longer. Sorry to hear about Sgt. Lambert. Rowley was a funny guy. When I was in contact with him he lived in Corpus Christi and selling boats. Somehow we lost contact. i Remember Cpt. Riolo. I didn’t Know Know him. Just who he was. I remember most everybody that was on the compound even if I didn’t hang with them. Small place. I did have some good times considering the situation. Thanks for the reply Gene.

    • Hello Gene, this is Tim Heal, how have you been. Still in NJ? I am living in a retirement community near the shore. I was in Vietnam in 2010 and visited Gia Nghia. So built up now but I did stand on the site where the compound was. They dug out the lower level of the compound to make it flat and built a school there. Also stayed in Nha Trang which is a big tourist attraction, many hotels and bars on the beach. Austrailan college students go there for their spring break. Anyway good to hear from you.

    • New Jersey Eugene Mullaney . . . as I live and breath . . . all we need now is PFC John Smith and we’ll have a foursome because I’m in touch with CPT Gus Riolo! I often tell the story of sneaking you into the O Club with our “US” brass on your collar (mine and Birdsong’s) and the Sergeant at the O club door looking at us like “OK, that’s bullshit, but go ahead!” We had to stick together as we out processed. I’m in touch with a few guys from the team. Gus retired as a LTC, LTC Julian retired as an O-6 and is living in Colorado. CPT Bobby Odom is in Georgia . . .the list goes on! Send me an email at jjmacsr@aol.com so we can share some other great memories of beautiful downtown Gia Nghia! Great to see you online. Hope you are well! CPT Jim McPhee (long ago and far away!)

  4. I see in this comment that Non Co got overrun. News to me (’66-’67 in Kien Duc and Duc Lap). Can anyone give details of this event? I still wonder about any details of Kien Duc or Duc Lap District being overrun (after my time, of course). As for USAF operations at Gia Nghia, I do remember a time that the Air Force refused to fly anything larger than a birddog into Gia Nghia and the province team’s only resupply came from Australian Caribous. No one has mentioned USO visits. We had James Garner, who came in and refused to play poker with any of the troops. The locals killed a buffalo for him and he got his brass bracelet (for those who remember, John Wayne got one earlier and wore it in all his later movies). Lana Turner visited Gia Nghia — I assure you no one visited Kien Duc. She had twisted an ankle and her escort officer had to carry her about. One of our radio operators looked on sadly and said, “Gee, my father thought she was a real babe.”
    Best, Jim Dickey

    • Hi Jim,

      Just a brief note as I don’t know details yet. You made me curious about the conflicts in Quang Duc Province. I googled the Battle of Kein Duc and the Fall of Kein Duc. By googling Fall of Kein Duc, I found the District and surrounding areas indeed the NVA overran them in March 1975. Unfortunately, I could not find any details. These comments were just excerpting from books about Vietnam. I get the impression there was a massive assault by the NVA on the division level over Quang Duc Province. When I get a little more time, I’ll see what I can dig up. You know you can spend 4/5 hours in about 20 minutes on the internet.

      Regards,

      Dale Stringer

  5. I served in Advisory Team 32 from Nov 66 to Nov 67. For most of the time I was the XO at Kien Duc and then inserted the first district team into Duc Lap. I lasted a week there before the District Chief, Deputy District Chief and I all got shot. After a few months in the hospital, I returned to Kien Duc to finish my tour. I did not know that the SF camp at Nan Kho (sp?) got overrun during Tet. That’s where we at Kien Duc were to E&E to in the event Kien Duc got overrun (a guaranteed outcome, were Kien Duc ever to be attacked by more than a platoon). Does anyone know the real story of what happened at Kien Duc and Duc Lap District HQs during Tet?
    Jim Dickey, at the time, CPT.

    • Hi Jim: I arrived in-country in February 1969. I was the District Senior Advisor in Kein Duc from March 1st, 69 to February 26th of 70. The whole time I was in Kein Duc I never heard anything like you just described. However, it doesn’t surprise me one bit it happened.

      We were friends and visited with the SF guys over at Khon Co. During our visits, never once did anyone ever say anything about Kien Duc nor Khon Co ever being overrun. I learned about the Battle of Duc Lap months after I arrived in Kein Duc. Yes, we had some unfriendly skirmishes and lots of incoming but nothing like being overwhelmed. In November of 69 it got a little dicey one night; but, with Air Force’s help, (Spooky 41) we came out okay.

      I will tell you this, the whole time the senior NCOs and I were there, we felt uneasy about our exposed situation! The NCOs were constantly building up the defenses and securing additional weapons and equipment for the compound. I don’t know where or how they got all of the stuff they did, and I didn’t ask!! They did a great job!

      Dale Stringer, CPT

      • Dale,
        When I arrived at Kien Duc, the five-man team (five including myself) was living in a GP medium. The sole effort was to build the team house. The major has the brilliant idea to make bricks to cover the house from the ground to the windows. These were to absorb VC mortar rounds and small arms fire. Many bricks had been made. I tested one with my trusty M-2 carbine and the brick exploded in a cloud of dust. So much for that great idea. The major never forgave me. The day I arrived, I walked the perimeter. Virtually no guards, a single strand of barbed wire and an unmarked French minefield filled with waist-high weeds. On the road to Nhon Co there wad a pre-dug regimental ambush site. Another huge ambush site was pre-dug on the road to Saigon. I wondered why we were not dead already. There was a reason. The district chief was in cahoots with the VC. Also, the district was a resupply zone for stuff moving from Cambodia to III Corps. The VC had overrun a SF camp earlier and a bde of the 101st had stomped all over the district interfering with the modus vivendi. Thus, not a single event of any sort marred my time in Kien Duc. I think the local VC used to sit outside the wire and watch the movies in reverse which we showed on a sheet. Our major demanded American food, so we ran the road to Ghia Nghis every week for resupply (no helos at Province). We had two rat patrol jeeps mounting .30 cal mg and off we went at high speed through the ambush site, got our stuff and returned. I confess that we were not often sober for the return run. Fun days of youth in Kien Duc District.

        • Hi Jim: I chuckled as I read your reply. Events were so similar when I was there in Kein Duc. By the time I arrived the district had a full advisory team. It consisted of myself, two lieutenants, and eight enlisted. The completed team house was comfortable though spartan. Outside of the house previous occupants had placed 55-gallon drums and filled then with dirt. They were around the team house with sandbags inserted between the barrels and up to window level.

          For protection, we had an RF infantry company at the compound. Fortunately, they were well trained and elite troopers! (NOT!!) They had managed to dig a deep trench around the district headquarters and placed concertina wire. We trusted them so much that around the perimeter of the team house the NCOs put claymores pointing into the compound.

          The VN didn’t like that. The claymores stayed! Over the period of the year, we added perimeter lights, 50 Cal machine gun, new bunkers and lots of other improvements. I still don’t know where they found a spare 50 Cal?? It did come in handy later!

          After a few months, out of the blue, we had a National Guard engineering platoon come for a visit. They built a water tower and ran water lines to the team house for the kitchen and showers. We greatly appreciated them for that!

          Running the Road to Ghia Nghi!! Oh, what an adventure! I remember those quite well. Most of the time our supplies like food and small things came by chopper. But other times we had to make the “Road Run!” For security reasons, we would put on all our equipment, weapons and then make a dash to the jeeps and fly out of the compound. But we would still run into VN peasants that would accidentally be “bird hunting” as we drove towards Ghia Nghi. Fortunately, they were “piss-poor shots” though we could hear the rounds go by us!

          I don’t think our District Chief had an “in” with the VC. We had incoming too many times. Most of our contacts were with NVA types. In fact, the November incident, I was told by the PSA, was by the NVA 411 Sapper Battalion.

          • An RF company. You had the Grenadier Guard! We had a reinforced platoon of PF’s dressed in black pajamas who were always high on dope. I am glad the team House we built was satisfactory. When I came over in ’66, the word was bring everything, as I might be assigned to Saigon, I brought over a foot locker and a duffle bag of gear to include green underware, khakis, greens and God knows what. During the year termites ate through the concrete floor and my trunk, ate the khakis and crapped over everything else. I went home with a hand bag. The engineers must have been a good deal too. When I arrived, we had kerosine lanterns. We bathed in a water hole with the elephants in some local village. Then we found a wing tank discarded by a USAF fighter and rigged it to catch roof water, added a kitchen heater in a garbage can and had hot showers. In those days there was something called a “District Team Kit” which had neat stuff like a small generator, movie camera, and other goodies. Naturally all these were pilfered in the rear and it took us six months to get one. But we did have it better than some other district teams. In my last months I had little to do so I was appointed pay officer for all MACV teams in Southern II Corps. This was the most hairy duty I had to perform in two tours. Some district teams lived in palaces, others in underground bunkers, one died to a man the night before I could pay them. I dine out on the long version. Things were very different by ’71. Jim

        • Hi . I’m Dan Capuano. In Gia Nghia Oct 69-Nov70. I remember Hauling butt down the road to Nhon Co a couple of time for reasons I was never told. I was just an extra body(I was on the security platoon) . I remember before we left to Nhon Co we were looking at about a 10x12in map on a board with red dots all along the road. The dots representing zappers along the road I was told. Supposedly the RVN’s cleared the road before we left..They did. Anyway, needless to say it was an adventure each time. When we got there I thought to myself, This is crazy. Small compound in the middle of nowhere. After a few beers and hard liquor the road back was a blur. I just remember holding on for dear life . I have a picture of that day sitting at the small bar they had. Cracks me up when ever I look at it.
          On another note. I’m not sure history of battles in our area were noted for some reason. While we had our share of in coming during my time one stands out to me. April 1st 70. The NVA came in and brought havoc which lasted (I think for about a week). We were on code red for awhile. I know cause I pulled gate guard duty and in the towers a lot . I remember the gun ships during the night and day and the jets doing their thing and the low fly over with a wave on the way back to where they came from. The point of this is ….Nothing mentioned anywhere. Something was going on.

          • Dan, I continue to be impressed by the war you folks fought at Gia Nghia in the late 60’s and early 70’s. My memories when I was stationed in Kien Duc are in earlier posts on this site. There was no war in 66-67. We drove from Kien Duc to Gia Nghia and back weekly (often drunk) in jeeps mounting .30 cal MG’s, like the Rat Patrol, for a year without action. Duc Lap to Gia Nghia I only tried once and never made it. The SF camp at Non Co was only half way from Kien Duc to Gia Nghia and a regular drive. One night at Kien Duc after an operation our team medic found a large leech on his dick and went crazy. We had two old US Army WWII half-tracks which had been given to the French and after that to RVN. We drove in the dark past the pre-dug VC regimental-sized ambush position (never occupied in our time) to Non Ko, but by the time we got there the leech had its fill and dropped off. So we drove home. I too have tried to find any history of Quand Duc Province in the war and have found nothing. Best, Jim Dickey, BG, USA (Ret), at the time CPT, Armor.

            • That was Funny. Yeah,strange why there is not much mentioned about where we were in the Highlands. I recall several times while on duty(and off) Snoopy buzzing around,streaks of red firing down,the sound a few seconds later. The 105’s above the compound blasting away .Our mortar pit was busy during the time mentioned above. To me at the ripe old age of 19,it was pretty intense.. If i’m not mistaken, the first or second day i arrived we had incoming. kind of a welcome to Gia Nghia. I didn’t sleep for days. Having lost 5 friends I grew up with prior to my arrival and looking out over the country side out of the window of the Air America plane on my way in, I thought,this is it. looking out over the perimeter while on duty late at night in the tower, looking through that stupid starlight scope which made every thing green and if you starred long enough it was like the vegetation started to uproot and walk away I would think to myself, we are sitting ducks. Where ya gonna go when crap hits the fan. leaves one to think how lucky we are to be home.

            • I think all you guys are thinking of the SF Camp at Bu Prang that got waxed in Oct 69. I arrived in Gia Nghia 4 January ’70 and heard all the stories about Bu Prang and the role our FAC’s (both AF & Army) played over there. Our PSA was LTC Ralph Julian, former Bn CO with the 4th Ivy doing an 18 month gig as Province Senior Advisor. I was the Senior Advisor for the Phoenix Program which was quite an assignment, to say the least. CPT Phil McCarthy was DSA at Duc Lap. We were already starting to wind down when I got there but Charlie kept it interesting for us, particularly on 1 April ’70 when he decided to attack Gia Nghia (and elsewhere) and burn down a lot of our village down the hill. What memories this site is bringing back. I’m still in touch with a lot of my fellow “Advisors” all these years later.

              • Hi, Jim, I was the District Senior Advisor in Kein Duc when what you’re talking about happened. What happened, in my fading memory, was the 66 NVA Regiment attached Duc Lap, Gia Nghia and Kein Duc in a three prong attack in late October and November of 1969. They tried to overrun Duc Lap and the Bu Prang SF Camp but were not successful. The NVA thought they could over run Quang Duc Province but the MACV advisors in Nha Trang knew about their activity. MACV knew they were going to attack and was prepared. In fact, Kugler, LTC Julian and I were flown into Nha Trang for a briefing before all of this started. They brought in the 23 ARVN Division and they drove the NVA out by early December 1969. In late October the NVA hit all of the isolated outposts along the Quang Duc Province borders with mortars, RPGs and that’s when the fun started. CPT Roger Kugler was the District Senior Advisor at Duc Lap District during this time. After it was all over I had the chance to visit Duc Lap and it was basically underground when we arrived. There were no standing buildings left. Camp Bu Prang was closed down and moved out of the range of the NVA artillery located in Cambodia that was 5 klicks away. Dale Stringer, CPT

                • Dale, You’re the first guy to start to string out a story of what happened after I left in Nov ’67. I hope you have read a few of my earlier posts about life at Kien Duc District in 66-67. Did the team house bricked up to the windows still exist? How about the wing tank shower? Jim

                  • Hi Jim: The team house you guys build was indeed standing when I arrived in Kein Duc in March 1969. It was not quite the “Motel 6” quality but it well served its purpose! In fact, it was quite comfortable and had all the needed basics. It was not bricked up to the windows but had 55 gal barrels with sandbags between and on top for protection. To the best of my knowledge, the shower was not a wing tank. The showers were built next to the team house as an addition. There were two with concrete floors and piping with shower heads. With the help of the engineers, we built a water tower with running water to both the kitchen and showers. That happened about 6 months into my tour.

                    I’m glad you had a quiet time while you were in Kein Duc. There were times I would have traded with you. Those 4.2 mortars and RPGs the NVA used will get your attention! When we got hit in early November ’69, a 4 deuce took out Kein Duc’s district headquarters building. Fortunately, the District Chief and his family wasn’t hurt. As you may recall, in Quang Duc Province, Duc Lap was in the northwest corner, Gia Nghia was in the southeast corner and Kein Duc was southwest of Gia Nghia.

                    That left a whole bunch of empty space in the middle of the province. The big party in October, November, and December of 1969 occurred in the middle of the province. I don’t know all of the details but there were a lot of artillery fire bases set up and lots of infantry activity. A large number of copters were shot down with rescue attempts to find the pilots. Most of the activity tended to be in the northern part of the province. They were trying to protect Ban Me Thout.

                    Eating lunch at the Gia Nigha chow hall I know the American advisors with the ARVN troops were catching hell! In fact, one advisor, a Captain, was talking about how his company of ARVN’s turn and ran out on him! He was one pissed dude!! The thing that really upset me was the NVA purposely mortaring the villages and killing innocent civilians! I can’t tell you how many were killed during this time.

                    Enough for now,

                    Dale Stringer

              • Hi Jim. We never met formally, however I remember who you are as with most of the people on the compound.
                After all, spending 13 and a half months there you become familar with who’s there. Thanks for the info on what went on in the province. I was just a spoke in the wheel (security platoon) making the best I could while there.
                April 1st was an eye opener. In reading some of these post no one mentioned it but me. I thought maybe I had the wrong date.
                Glad you made it back
                Dan

  6. I am looking for anyone that may have served with my father, Charles David Harrell. I am pretty sure he was in Gia Nghia, Dak Nong area. He said the area he was in was claimed by both sides. He was stationed out of Ft Hood Tx 2bnd armored Tank Div I think. (Hell on Wheels is what I remember) He was civil affairs adviser to some village and served 68-69. My mother also remembers him saying Tri Ton and Quo Doc. He got a Bronze Star for something about the villagers taking food to the cong in the mountains. I don’t want to say too much he did not like being called a hero. Any help is appreciated as the memories there were too much for him and he lost his fight to go on.

    • Sorry, didn’t know your dad. I was in Gia Nghia and Kien Duc Aug 69 to Aug 1970. Your mother’s recollection of “Quo Doc” might actually have been Quang Duc. At that time, the Vietnamese name for the province (or state) was Quang Duc. Gia Nghia was province capital. Not sure was “Tri Ton” means. Good luck Rochelle.

      • My father was the province chief in Kien-Duc from 1968 til the Fall of Saigon. His name is Hieu Khac Nguyen. I was wondering if you know his MACV. I believe he lived in Central California. I just wanted to see if anyone knows information of the the person so that I can contact them and let them know how my father’s family is doing.

  7. Hello Capt. Lenard, Im AF Sgt Bill Brown I was at Gia Nghia from Dec.1968 to Oct 1969 you must have got there just a little after I left. I was crew chief on 883. Walt 22 then was Capt Zolatsky he went home before I did. I cant remember the names of the other pilots we had 3 and 2 planes. The Army had 4 pilots and 3 planes.The CO of the compound was Lt Col Metcalf. We had some good times there, I hear a lot of things changed after that. Take care.

    • Bill, I was Walt 21 when you were there (I was there from November 1968 to late March 1969 before disappearing to go to Laos as a Raven FAC). The ALO was Major Hilbush. Karl Polifka

      • Yes I remember you very well 1st Lt. Karl Polifka, Ive thought about you ever since you left us. Im so glad you made it home! I was really worried for you when you left on that secret mission. Seems like you were also from California? I live in Lemoore Ca. I got stationed at Travis Air Force Base Ca. when I got home from Vietnam. When I got out of the service, I got married had 2 Sons , now I have 3 grandsons. What did you do in Laos, and after you got home, I would really like to hear about it! Im so glad to hear from you, to tell you the truth I didnt think you would make it back, that was a dangerous mission! Please stay in touch . Sgt.Bill Brown email bornbwb@icloud.com

  8. Just bumped into this site. Hello to all you Team 32 guys from then AF FAC Capt. Mike Leonard (Walt 22, and a couple other Walt #’s). In Gia Nghia from Oct. 69 through April 70. FYI. Capt. Jim McPhee (jjmacsr@aol.com), Phoenix Program, has been keeping the remembrance fires burning over the past few years, and for those interested, can connect you to a few more of us. See his email above. By the way, it was Lt. Walt “Phil” Phillips that was severely wounded in the stomach and still managed to bring his O-1 down on the airfield. He now lives in San Antonio, Tx. You may also remember the head FAC (ALO) at the time was Major George Lattin. George unfortunately past away a few years back. Lt. Karl “Lob” Gustke is in contact with Jim McPhee’s TM 32 bunch, as is Capt. Tal Birdson, Col. Julian, and others. As for me, hit the big 75 mark in December and will be living the dream in Reno, NV as soon as I retire (March, 2017). Best to you all. Glad to know you great guys are still out there. Mike (775) 901-1122 and mgleonard@charter.net.

    • Bill Perkins here. Radio operator mainly at Walt control BMT from April 69 to April 70. Did spend about one month at Gia Nghia I am guessing around January.

  9. Hi Carter ,
    I’m Lt. Tu Vietnamese team at T.O.C.
    Capt. Birdsong and Msgt Brockman were my S.3 advisors. I remember you, Timethy Heal ,and Cherry Holmes with all others R.O. Under T.O.C tiny bunker.
    Now my family live in Arizona. I want to know about Capt. Birdsong ang Msgt Brockman.
    Hear anything about them?

  10. My name is Bill Brown crew chief USAF I was at Gia Nghia from Dec 68 to Oct 69 when I got there, there was a Army crew chief called Red he was a real great guy. Im pretty sure I remember your Dad as the Army 1st Sgt. But its hard to remember faces from that long ago. If I saw a picture of him I would remember him. I hope this helps you.

    • I was a Radio Operator with ALO/FAC Team 32 April 70 to Dec 70 When we ceased operations and were ordered to pull the Air Force operation out of Gia Nghia . I was sad to leave and worried about the Army that was left. Our ALO was Major Ertle who I still have contact with in Shreveport La. Tim Heal was the other RO when I arrived until Sep. 70 when PCS to North Dakota. I cant remember his replacement. Curt Shoup was the crew chief and senior enlisted man for the Air Force. Capt Birdsong Msgt Brockman Ssgt Butler and Sgt Stebbins were some of the Army personnel.

      • Hello John:
        I was also an R/O in Gia Nghia from November 69 – December 70.

        I remeber Shoop, Washington, and another Army A/C mechanic only known to me as “Hillbilly”.

        The other R/O’s were Kraz, Sonny Litson and a guy from NC that was also sent there for the same reason as me. I was sent there to bolster the crew because of the activity that was going around there

        Our intel guys were John Sacco and Robinson.

        Maj Lattin was the ALO and the FAC’s were Geagly, Gustke, Leonard and Phillips.

        The NC guy was sent to Bu Prang and was hit his first day out there. I was sent to replace him that afternoon and I was on the camp for 3 days. In those 3 days, the camp was being pounded and probed almost constantly at night. We took 175 rounds of incoming in 15 minutes and when it lifted, bad guys were in the wire. The SF guys killed 5 of them on the camp that night if I remember it correctly. Lots of “harry stuff” out there for the three nights I was there.

        Maybe this will stir up a few memories for you and I would love to hear from you.

        Clay Peacock

        claypk@scottsboro.org.

        • I was in Gia Nghia in 1969.I was a crypto repairman that work on the crypto gear.I was there off and on when the gear went down.I was in Co.E 43 Sig and my main place was in Dalat.Do you remember me coming to work on the gear and any action that went on there or in Dalat??If you know of anyone that was assigned to Co.E 43 Sig in 1969 would you get in touch with me??My name is Michael S.Barnes.#305 304 0979..Thanks..Take care..

          • Staff Sgt Keeter Barnes I remember you. I was ncoic of communications at Gia . My company was also Dalat. I was there 1969 to 1970. I’m glad to hear from some of you. If any one has pictures of ghia nhia, please contact me at keetertwo@yahoo.com. I would love to hear from you. All the names that I have read I remember most of you. One story you may remember was after about five days of hell we woke up to see the nva flag flying from top of a tree in town a nd a chopper knocked it out. I was also incharge of bae loc. and went back and forth many times. Col Julian was a good friend to me and may men. I am retired and live in Athens, AL

    • Thank you Mr. Brown for posting to my inquiry about my father Paul Ryan. My email address is aryan2257@gmail.com, please email me and I will reply with a picture taken hours before the Tet offense started. You may also contact me at 740.816.9802.
      Thanks Alex Ryan

  11. My name is Alex Ryan and my father was 1st Sergeant Paul Ryan. He was stationed at ia Gia Nghia during 1968 -1969. I was hoping anyone would remember him. I am also looking for a forward air controller pilot with the nickname of Red who served around the same time. Thanks

  12. Bill,

    I also knew Tom. I recall his correct name was Thomas Oscar Norris. When I looked for him a few years ago on google, I got an obit. Not sure where he went to school, but he was 3 or maybe 5 years older than me and I am 71. Marshall may have more

    • Bill,
      I was 18 when I met Tom, in 1964 (I’m 71 now) and he was 3 0r 4 years older than me. I am pretty sure he has passed away. He was from El Centro(sp) CA or near there. I went to Saigon with him when he cleared Country. A great friend at the time. He was “stronger than an Ox”. He was the Diesel Generator Operator/Mechanic.

  13. Hello Marshal,Im Bill Brown I was USAF crew chief at Gia Nghia in 68 &69. I read that you knew Tom Norris? Do you know if he was from Campbell, California? Im from there and when i was a kid I ran around with a kid named Tom Norris, we were real good friends went to church camp together,our Moms were real good friends. But I lost touch with him when we started middle school.

    • I don’t think we had any Air Force stationed at the Advisory Team when I was there. Probably less than 25 total Americans there at one time. I left in June or July of 1965

    • My name is larry Westcott. I was a pfc in the army stationed with advisory team 32 during 1965-66. I served with Capt Medlin. I served as his radio operator on two occasions away from Gia n. I am 70 years of age and live in west Virginia.

        • Gordon,
          No. There was a small communication building there, but due to clearance requirements I never got inside. I was with the security/grunt, unit there. We dug trenches all day and worked on the bunkers. We pulled guard duty every single night and also refueled C-123’s and spotter planes, using a hand pump, at the primitive airfield. When I left Vietnam I got stationed at Fort Polk as a Drill Instructor at Tigerland training infantry guys for Vietnam. I then got out of the Army for a few years and then enlisted in the USMC, I served 19 years in Signals Intelligence with the Naval Security Group and had two assignments with NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland. I retired from the USMC as a CWO4. I was 19 when I got to Vietnam and I will never forget those days with Team 32. Thank you for responding to my comments.

          • Larry,

            Give or take a few weeks, I arrived in Gia Nighia around September 64 and left in July or August of 65. Plus or minus, there were 26 or 27 Americans. I remember the first Air Force arrival as well as the first arrival of the security platoon\squad. I returned for a few months in the Fall of 66, leaving in December to return to civilian life. I remember being told by Adams (I think was his name) that one of the security guys was accidently wounded by a friend sometime between 65 and 66. Did you come with the first group of guys? I wounder if we were there at the same time?

        • When you said troposcatter unit you got my attention..I was with the 362 signal detachment that put in that troll site I 63&64… my name is Ray Matthews, I was the NCOIC of the signal detachment….

  14. No that was not me, I left Gia Nghia in Oct 1969,and one of the AF pilots flew me to Nha Trang, to process out of Country.

  15. Wow! Guess that really did happen. Sometimes I’m not quite sure. I didn’t spend much time at Province. I was MAT Team Leader first at Khiem Duc…then at Duc Lap after CPT Horton rotated back to the states.

    • Hi Bill. I believe I took a ride with you on Air America to Sagion. I was with the security platoon on the hill. If my memory serves me correctly I was on my way to MACV HQ to interview for an E5 stripe. I think you had short red hair. I certainly don’t expect you to remember me. We just looked out the window to pass the time. This would have been in 70. Not sure of the month.

  16. Im Sgt Bill Brown USAF I was there from DEC 68 thru Oct 1 1969 I had an M2 carbine wire stock while I was there I cant remember who I gave it to for sure, but I think it was a Army Spec4 John Galloway? He worked at the Air Field with me.

  17. I was a medic in the MACV Advisory Team 32 from April 1969 to March 1970. Sometime in early March of 1970, there was a crash of an Air Force C123 on the runway at Gia Nghia airfield. I was called upon to treat two Air Force enlisted men, and I am trying to find out what ultimately happened to them. I do not know their names. Can your office help me?

    This is what I remember about the aircraft that crashed in Gia Nghia, Quang Duc Province, Vietnam, sometime between March 1 and 15, 1970.

    It was an Air Force C-123. I was told that the aircraft’s front landing gear (nose gear) hit the end of the runway as it was making a landing and that is what caused the crash. The aircraft was loaded with 55 gallon drums of diesel oil and on impact, they all broke lose, causing all of the broken bones on the one airman in the cargo compartment.

    There was a crew of four: a pilot, co-pilot and two airman, one a regular member of the crew and the other a friend from the same home town — in Ohio, I believe.

    The pilot and co-pilot get out OK, but the two airman in the rear of the aircraft were injured. One was thrown out of the aircraft and landed on the side of the runway. He had severe head wounds and broken bones. The other airman was rescued from the air craft. He had been crushed by the 55 drums of diesel oil. He had a broken pelvis, compound fractures of both leg and internal injuries.
    (Note: Gia Nghia runway was formed by leveling the top of a small mountain. It only was about 2,000 feet long)

    The crash occurred in the afternoon, the best I can remember. I don’t recall how I was told about the crash, but I was called to the scene. I rode my 50cc engine motor bike to the landing strip and when I got there, the one airman was lying on the side of the runway, having been thrown out of the aircraft. He had head wounds and broken bones. The other airman was rescued from the aircraft and taken to the side of the base operation shack. He had been crushed by the drums of diesel oil and had a broken pelvis and compound fractures of both legs, plus internal injuries. I gave the emergency care I could and then, using an ARVN litter jeep on the scene, we transported the two airmen to my aid station at Team 32, about two miles from the landing strip. I had our S-2 get a helicopter standby so we would be able to transport them. I got them stable and transported them to the hospital in Ban Me Thout. I went with them to Ban Me Thout to the hospital.

    Someone told me afterward that they were from the same home town; I think it was a town in Ohio. As I remember, the aircraft burned for a few days at the end of the runway, and was pushed off the end of the runway. But I never found out what ultimately happened to these two airmen. Can you give me any information or tell me how I might go about researching the identities and status of these two men? I need some kind of closure.

    Thank you for you assistance.

    • I had already left Gia Nghia when that happened. I was told by one of the r/o’s that it was a bladder bird but I can see how he got it wrong. He also told me that the C123 burned for 3/4 days. i never knew that the crew members had been injured.

  18. Carlos Martinez SP-4 Hi I was in Gia Nghia 1967/1968 happened to run into this site by accident glad I did. It’s really good to here from somebody that was there around the same time I was.I don’t remember a lot of names or heard about any of the guys that were there until now.We were attached to MACV-Team-32 as Petroleum Specialist aka ( Pump Jockeys) there were four of us we were at the end of the runway at the fuel depot.It’s kind of sad I was in charge of the group and i only remember one first name in our group it was Charles.I would like to thank you for all this information it’s been very helpful my memory not very keen anymore.I do recall the crashes on the airstrip regarding the C-123 and C-47 that went down the side of the runway and the Huey gun ship crash after we refueled it. I think the pilot got disoriented with all the dust every time they lifted up and it tilted to much and the rotor hit the ground good thing the crew was ok we refueled about 8 or 10 that day.One of the bird dog pilots gave me a ride in one of the planes we didn’t fly just taxed on the runway he asked if I wanted to go up I said no there were patches on the plane where some rounds had gone through in the back.Wish I could remember his name don’t even know if he was Army or Air Force. I don’t recall who was in charge of the MAC-V team at the time but I do remember the captain asking who can drive a forklift (like a dummy) raised my hand and told him I had an Army licence to drive a 6,000/10,000 lbs forklift took a course at Fort Ord ‘Ca. The captain said that the col. was getting a single wide mobile and we needed to bring it down from the airstrip.So he ordered the fork lift and when they delivered the mobile home by flying crane I carried it to the compound very slowly but it made it. That is how we got the forklift which came in handy loading and unloading the planes. You guys have brought back some good memories and hopefully remember me and some of the guys at fuel depot and their names .Would be glad to hear from them and how they are doing also the rest of you guys. I do remember one name he is a great guy Mike Crafton I think that is how he spelled it, he and I were wounded at same time going to our assigned bunker during one of the mortar attacks.Don’t know the name of the SGT. that picked me up and carried me to the medical bunker under fire, I would like to thank you for risking your life for mine. Hopefully someone remembers the incident and recalls the name.Glad you made it home.

    • Brother Carlos, remember you very well and I have being trying to fine out what happen to you after you and Crafton were medivac-ed out of the compound. There are events in one’s life that we will never forget, the night of the mortar attack is one. You asked to see me while you were in the medical bunker, and I ducked in to see both of you, Mike was out of it and you were shot up with morphine for the pain but still wanting to talk, I’ll save that conversation for later. If I recall correctly you home state was California and you could not speak a lick of Spanish, but you had a great family and really wanted me to meet your sisters. I always kidded with you about that, “if they were as ugly as you, not a chance brother ” We always manage to have a few good laughs and a lot of beer. I did manage to locate Mike Crafton in Florida a few years back and again, will save that conversation for later also.. We should have allot of catching up to do and your right we do forget names and sometimes faces. Another individual I have been trying to hook up with is the Black Sgt. that worked with you up at the airfield fuel depot but have had no luck
      Here’s hoping you recall knowing Sgt. Juan Ramirez USAF for we have been carrying memories of each other for a long, long time. If you wish you can reach me at 210-216-9155 or email at walt001jvr@hotmail.com

    • Carlos,
      My name is David Townsend I was a Sp.4, with the signal corp group at Ghia Nghia; I remember that night. You and Mike got wounded heading for the bunker on the north 40, I believe. I remember the SSgt. who picked you up, but for the life of me can’t come up with his name.It may come back to me; if it does I’ll try to contact you.(he was stocky, with red hair). He went back after you were hit and manned the 50 Cal machine gun, in a rage over what had happen, fired so many rounds that the barrel melted. I was in the radio shack during the attack and was hoping that we could stay on air, and mostly that one of those mortars didn’t come through the tin roof.
      You guys were medavacted out and we never saw you again. I have often wondered about how you two made out. We were told you both had severe leg wounds. I have photos of the gun ship that crashed just after take off or on take off, at the air field.
      Do you remember a Methodist Missionary (minister) named Merle Douglass. I remember the big flying crane bring in the the Col. mobile home. The Col. wasn’t too popular when he first arrived. Wanted us to get rid of our dogs, MACV, and the two pups. the one we had we named Yard. He wanted French to shave off his mustache, and he wanted us to bury the older ammo. Well we got to keep the dogs, I think French grew his mustache back. and we hoarded our ammo, where we could get it if needed.
      Would like other from any of those who were in that compound in Ghia Nghia, and thank God you survived that attack.

      • Hi David good to hear from you and glad you made it back.The term north forty kind of took me back a few years have not herd that in a while.Yes i do remember the SSgt. with the red hair but i also don’t remember his name. The person that got to me when I got hit called me by name and gave me a shot of morphine.He told me that Mike had also been hit and he was going to check on him and that he would be right back.All I remember is seeing sgt. strips on his shirt, his name could have been Ryan i’m not sure.I used to go in the radio shack and call in for more fuel when we were running short.One of you guys showed how to use the radio and call it in myself, maybe it was you.I think you guys got tired of me bringing in the list- (lol).yes I remember the new Col. we thought he was to gung-ho about the dress code issue.Wish i had pictures to help remember but some of my personal stuff did not arrive, it’s probably still in a warehouse some where (ha).David if would like to get in contact my home # answering machine is 1-559-783-0421 and cell# text/message is 1-559-310-1524 email is cm89051gmail.com .I’ve been in contact with Sgt. Ramirez USAF who was there the same time we were. Agian i’m glad to hear from you and glad you made home in good health.

      • Hi David
        I was the USAF crew chief assigned to Ghia Nghia from Feb.to Dec of 68. We share some great and not so good memories of our time spent there but we left as survivors. Some whole and some with holes (no pun intended) but we all met our commitment. One of the individual RTO’s in the compound was named Pedro. if I recall correctly he was Porto Rican, he and a newly promoted Spc.5 were KIA setting up their 30 cal. on top of their bunker that was located to the right of the compound entrance. Like I said we had our good and bad times. Welcome Home David and have a wonderful “Veterans Day” Lord knows you earned it.
        Juan

  19. I know what you mean about time and memory; however, our time in Gia Nghia was some 46 years ago. Soon to be living in the Nashville area.

  20. Jim… time has eroded some of the shar edges from memory. Sorry. Actually, I think we had a Staff Sergeant Richardson who adopted Brown Dog. And, as I recall, he was the same NCO who had to undergo a full battery of Rabies shots, after being bitten by a pet mongoose, who bit him, then escaped.

    Where are you these days, Jim. I am in northeast Ohio.

  21. Hi Bill
    As you may already know, I was at Gia Nghia from Jan to late Dec of 68 and during my 11 1/2 months there I witness two plane crashes. The Air America C-47 that came to rest down on the east side of the airfield, was due to a locked up right brakes or right landing gear problem. The other was a replacement O-1 from Nha Trang that landed long and went off the north end of the field. It ended in a semi flat area with its nose in the ground, some smoke rockets laid scattered all over the place from the impact, bent prop, dented fuselage, bent wings, but no fuel leaks. Pilot was unhurt and quite embarrassed as I recall. The C-123 incident occurred before my arrival but I remember a group of civil service guys out of Ton Son Nhut who were on TDY out of Kelly AFB in San Antonio Texas being sent out to recover any useable parts. They arrived early in the morning and worked like ants through the hot day, loaded everything up and were gone before dark. For some reason they did not want to spend the night at our little resort “Gia Nghia”. Can’t blame a guy for wanting to spend the night in Saigon!!!!!
    JVRAM

    • So yes, the C123 landed a bit short and broke the C123’s back. It skidded sideways down the runway and stopped blocking flights in and out. Once the wings and engines were evacuated we tried again to move it with a 1949 road grader with no luck so we put 2 55 gallon barrels of av gas an one barrel of JP4 in the side door and tried tracers from my M2 carbine. No luck so the final blow was a WP grenade with a Brown Derby beer can cover. It burned all night long, but by 7AM we pulled it off the runway easily. They say the C47 was going too fast and since it had no prop reversal they pilot tried a ground loop. Oops, not well done since all it did was go off the runway at an angle. I was there from about March 68 to end of August – left right after the battle at Duc Lap. Anyone else witness that battle? I was with the 525th MI group assigned to Advisory Team 32 and flew with the 185th and tracked SLAR sightings of NVA.
      Nick Udall
      408-309-4 4 8 two

      • Hi Nick
        I arrived in Gia Nghia Oct.1st ,69 and was given a M2 Carbine which I held on to till I left in Nov.70 and passed it on to another member of the security platoon. Unless you took it with you, I’m wondering if it would be the same carbine since it was the only one on the compound. I also had the pleasure to go up as a backseat rider with LT. Danny James once.
        E4-Dan Capuano

        • dan this paul riddle and i dont remember anyone in security having or getting a carbine we all had 16.tell me you came to team 32 without a 16.

          • I had an M-16. The Carbine was left to me by the guy who’s booth I took over when I got there. I just kept it and passed it on.

  22. I was there from Dec 68 till Oct 69 there were no crashes at the airfield during that time.A.F. Sgt Bill Brown crew chief 883 01 bird dog

  23. Hi I was stationed in Gia Nghia 1967 tet 1968 with 185th recon as a pilot. When Non Co got over run. Their was an observer from MACV in back seat that was wounded. I flew him back and C130 was waiting to Medivac him. I have blocked his name out of my memory, I am having continues flash back over this event. I have forgotten his name and if he is okay from his injuries. It would really help me if you could find out for me. Capt Dick White 185th Recon

    • Capt. White,
      It always good to hear from old acquaintances and the first thing I would like to do is “Welcome You Home”. I remember you well and even have an airfield group picture (pilots & crew chiefs) with you in it. We all suffer from a lapse of memory now and then. Forgetting the past is impossible for me and I have only managed to set it aside so as to move on in my life.
      I recall the incident you mentioned in your reply, the backseat observer was wounded that day and lost quite allot of blood. You wouldn’t think one AK47 bullet would do so much damage and I’m sure your thoughts wonder to what would have happened if that bullet had been two feet further up. The Officer was loaded and medevacked out on a waiting C123 and flown to Phan Rang for medical treatment. His name and wounds I don’t recall, I may have mentioned the incident in my letters back home and will check them for more information. Hope I can be of more help in the future. In the mean time, we keep you in our prays, for there is a reason for the extended life we lead. The Good Lord would want us to make the best of it.
      Thank you and again “Welcome Home”.

      J,V.Ramirez

      • Great to hear from you. I would like a copy of the picture you mentioned you had. any other info on the observer would really help. Welcome Home!!

        • Capt. White,
          Don’t think we can post pic’s on this site but please look up “185th Recon. Airplane Co. Angle fire”. Scroll down to Gia Nghia there you will fine some interesting pic’s. Even a going home picture for two of the Army pilots, you may recognize one of them.
          Will be attending an out of town mid-year seminar this weekend, but soon as I get back I will check on the information you requested. In the meantime feel free to use my email walt001jvr@hotmail.com
          JVRamirez

      • Sounds like Captain Phil “Lob” Phillips who took AK round in rear end, very badly hurt, retired out of AF mrpeducally, lives in Atlanta.

        • Thought Lob’s last name was Gustke ??? Went to Notre Dame?
          Wounded by Armor Piercing AA round during Cambodian Incursion in April- May 1970.

          • Lt Phillips graduated from Auburn. Lots of times when he was flying he would use War Eagle if I was on the radios and of course I answered him as Roll Tide. LOL

            LOB (Loaf of Bread) Gustke may have been a ND guy but I don’t remember for sure.

    • Dick,
      I believe his name was Captain Ford,can’t remember the first name. I was at Gia Nghia at that time, I was with Co. E 43rd Signal Corp. attached to MACV Team 32. We received word that Capt. Ford was wounded, but was expected to recover. I never saw nor heard from him again.

  24. Good to hear from you Juan,when I got Gia Nghia Lt.Col. Metcalf was the CO. He left before I did and I cant remember the new COs name? You didn’t say if Willie Franklin was there with you or not, he told me he was, he was from Tenn. Another Army guy at the air field was John Galloway he was from Calif. like me. That was a real experience there. we kept really busy.Sometimes after dark up at the airfield. Had to put out the cans of avgas to light up the airfield. remember Ben where we took are laundry to get done,or the little barber shop on the way to the airfield.One day on my way to the airfield, a sniper shot the tire on my jeep,I just kept going all the way to the airfield. Well take care Brother I have your email yea lets keep in touch my email is billbrown7714@comcast.net.

    • Brother Bill,
      The compound CO Was Lt.Col. Metcalf and Second in Command was Maj. Harris for some reason they never took a liking to me. I guess having no control over AF personal was one and having to go through a 20 year old kid for what they wanted to implement was another. I always placed my priorities first, mission and the safety of personal. Willie Franklin was there, I’m betting he the one that received the BIG Sugar Daddy Lollipops from his wife, I have a pic with him and his lollipop somewhere. The army crew chiefs that I remember were Frenchie, Rick Clark, Jim Sommers, Crafton, Ayers, Dennis Shape and of course Red. Don’t recall a John Galloway for the time being. Keeping busy was never hard to do as I remember, between the airfield and the compound there was always a few sand bags that needed replacing. During my tour there was only 4 times we had to light-up the runway and that was a big job & dangerous. We would use the small army trailer to place the avgas canister out from one end of the airfield to the other, of course there were some spills. You ever wonder why the bed of that trailer looked like it had been burned? Now you know. Never a dull moment and it doesn’t take much to keep a crew chief occupied. After we secured the plane we all made tracks in a convoy to the compound, safety in numbers was the explanation. I’ll get back with you on some other events that took place there, like the “Great Roller Coaster Fork Lift Ride” that was never again duplicated. You may have heard of it but I can give you the true skinny on it.
      Later, God Bless you and yours, JVRamirez

  25. Hi Juan I remember you, I was your replacement, when I arrived Willie Franklin was my boss,the top Army NCO Pappy. Our CO was a Major an older guy bald head cant remember his name. My pilot was Capt. Zolatski,great guy and a 1st Lt. Plifka, as to answer your question Snoppy was still on 8883 when I left in Oct 1969. there was also a red headed Army crew chief there when I got there cant think of his name. Oh there was also 4 Aces on 8883,i had to put a new engine on 8883 while I was there.Good to hear from you Jaun.

    • Brother Bill,
      Willie Franklin and Jerry Hayes were there when I left Gia Nghia, our CO was Major MaCormick left right before me, found out later that he was shot out of the sky and died in 1972 up by Danang. Capt, Zolatski was an LT back in my time but your right he was great guy. Capt. Wayne Arnold was another one of our pilots, flew back seat with him many a times, had brass ball when it came to troops in contact, learned quite a few things from him, hope he’s still alive. I still keep in touch with Alan Erickson the guy I relieved, it took us 25 years to fine each other, and we have kept in touch ever since. We even had a small reunion here in San Antonio with the Army Crews and one of their pilots, Capt. Ball. The Army NCO Pappy was part of the MACV team and we always thought He was up at the airfield just to spy on us. The red headed crew chief your trying to remember was named RED. That’s what I always called him never bothered to call him by his given name He and I spent some days together at DaLat and at Ban Me Thout never called him anything else but RED, sure wish I could touch base with him, he was a great guy and a true friend, back then we’d did thing that we wouldn’t dare do today. But we lived through it. God Bless you and your. If you need to reach me feel free to email @ walt001jvr@hotmail.com

  26. Jim, I remember you. Which is remarkable since these days I can hardly remember breakfast. I was a Captain then and the MAT Team Leader at Duc Lap. Jerry Owens

    • Jerry!!! Good to hear from you. Think you were from Pittsburg area and had political aspirations?? Did you have red hair?? Anyways, I am glad we made it back. Do you remember Sgt. Loc, my interpreter? Was killed unfortunately..

      • Jim,

        I entered the Army in Pittsburgh, but we retired in Washington State. I did have red hair. I still have hair, but it is sort of a light blond now:) No, I’m not in rock band, it just got that way on its own. SGT Loc served as my interpreter as well. We were with an RF Company constructing a fire base at Dak Son when he was killed. I called in a Dustoff and SGT Loc and several other soldiers in the company were med-evac-ed to Bami Tuit (sp-?) But I think Loc was DOA. We took up a collection and went I went down to Dion a VN CPT took me to his home in a small village and we gave the money to his Mother.
        Do you remember our cook, Tau? He was about 17 years old and a very good cook I thought. When I met my wife in HI for R&R we bought him a fishing rod and a pair of levis and sent them to Maj McCoy.

  27. Served at DucLap and left in 71. Maj McCoy was Team leader.medic was Rowdy, Sgt Huey, Sgt Ballardand I was Diocc(Dist, Intelll Ops Center Chief
    . J. Shaw

  28. I was with tm32 from Oct 1, 69-Nov.16, 70 ..
    Ltc Julian was our CO. What an experience. I hope all is well with those I served with.
    Yard and Guard were the compound dogs at the time and titi Charlie was a kid always happy to do something for you. Anyone know his status these days?

    • Gordon (Red) Cormack
      I was with the 125th ATC, Army flight following stationed at Gia Neghia 64 to 65 and later in 66 for 4 months. I remember Tom Noris, Lt Lovegreen, Texas John Slaughter, Raymond Hagawara, BJ Cherrami, Sargent West. I am sure my spelling is off. Also the cook was Ben and Sey cleaned the hooch. How about Major Johnson. Michael Welch? Smith, radio operator.

      • I remember you , “Red” All those names bring back memories. I met Lt. Lovegren through his brother about 5 years ago. Kept in tough with Tom Norris for a while. He was in California. Still in contact with Richard Boucher, he may have came after you left. We (362 Sig) left in mid 65 to just outside Chu Lai. I did a 2nd tour in 1966 was wounded in Bin Loc and got out in Mar of 1967. Now live in NC. How about You? Sp/4 Marshall Welch.

  29. Kevin Lynch,team 32, 70/71,i remember the spider monkeys we had in the cage in the center of the compound,we had a big dog think YARD was his name,.good to hear from you lt Tu,time goes by quick,seems so long yet so new in your mind,things you remember right away i Iive ,lancaster Pa now,, hope to hear from you 2 digit midgets again..SGT RALPH DELORSO was also there when i was there.I remember going for a swim in our water supply basin on the hill.

  30. i served with team 32. 70 /71 under major lloyd easter remember captain birdsong I AM k lynch SP4 great bunch of guys,tom laich fron La ,etc.Hi lt tu remember me worked as radio operatoer in the bunker YOU HAD YOUR SON WHILE I WAS THERE LTC J ulien was CO then greay guy.

    • Hi Kevin ,
      I am happy to hear from you. Too many memories come back. I still remember some others operators as Maquest , Heal, Cherry Holme…My son now 45 y old. my family now live in Arizona.

  31. I was with Advisory Team 38 in Bao Loc, Lam Dong province. We were visited once at an outpost named Dai Quay in western Lam Dong province by a Lt. Royal (late 1967). I believe he worked with Regional Forces in Quang Duc province. Do any of you Team 32 personnel remember or know him. I have a photograph of him, but all I know is his rank and last name. Thanks.

  32. @ Manning Jeter: College students Huh? Different steps for different generations I guess. Times were so much different for our generation. My wife and I were just watching an old Paul Newman movie called “Verdict.” It was made in 1982. I was amazed at the difference in technological advances. There were no cell phones, no faxes, etc. Remember pay phones. Newman’s character, a lawyer, was always running around looking for a pay phone. These teenagers and 20’s types today are so use to modern technology they probably don’t know any thing that happened beyond 5 minutes ago. It’s all good for the better right?

  33. Dale Stringer, as I recall, you were my District Senior Advisor in Kien Duc for maybe 6 months in 1970. I was a 1LT acting as District Intelligence Advisor (Phoenix), through 8/21/70. You may recall I lived in the trailer attached to Kien Dyc team house, when you moved to the team house. I had a young German Shepherd named Brown Dog (from Snoopy’s litter in 9/69). Master Sgt George “Papasan” Porod was a fixture on our team.

    • Hi Bob, I remember you vaguely but only because of the years that have passed. I honestly thought your name was Pharma. As I remember you replaced Neil Rooney or he replaced you. Do you recall any of these men? There was our medic SFC Cossette, our top sergeant MSG Perod, SFC Richardson and of course SP4 J. C. “Jesus Christ” Riggs. SFC was medivaced back to the states with a broken leg the night we were hit by the 411 Sapper Bn. There was a CPT Zoburn. I can’t recall which position he held. There was LTC Metcalf, LTC Julian and the Group S-3 was MAJ McFadden all were at Gia Nigha. Oh Yes! The team dog “Sweet Thing.” Never met a boy dog she did not like!

        • Dale, do you recall the two monkeys we had in mid 1970? Aggressive female rhesus named Boon, and timid, scrawny squirrel monkey George. Boon used to ” beat up” George, and also used to pick the latch on her cage to escape. She would raise holy hell on the metal roofs, banging on them to raise a ruckus. She also got into my trailer and destroyed some of my stuff. We had a Sgt on the team with a pet mongoose, who bit him. Resulted.in needing series of rabies shots. I also recall we rotated responsibility for setting claymore mines in perimeter concertina wire at dusk. I was more concerned about snakes and took.a.flashlight.. I recall Porod screaming “Lieutenant, you’re gonna get yourself shot.” As you said, it was long ago… I this recent thread has triggered long forgotten memories. Hope you are well.

          Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

        • John Carter I served at Gia Nghia with the ALO FAC TEAM 32 from April 70 to December 70 when we closed down the ALO FAC TEAM. I really hated to leave the Army guys without our support. they were all a great bunch of guys. I learned a lot from them and really enjoyed their friendship. Msgt Brotman, Spec 4s Curtis, Marque, Delgado and Sgt Stubbins. I would like to hear from anyone that can update me on what happened after the Air Force left and when did MACV TEAM 32 shut down. Ltc Julian was a great leader and gave us good support. Our ALO was Maj Ertle Pilots were Lt James Lt Uhles who was lost over the Plain of Jars in Laos in the Steve Canyon program.

  34. Dear Bob: I saw it (a C.123 aircraft) running so fast on Gia Nghia airfield runway that day and took off successfully. The aircraft pilot must be an expert. Let’s give him a clap. Your friend Cu/Vietnam.

    • No C-123 crashed in 1969, loadmaster killed. I was there spring 1970, flew 5 missions with 185th, WO Bill Schaffer and Walts, Capts Leonard and Phillips.

  35. I remember airplane carrying General Stillwell, belly landed at Gia Nghia, approx, July 1963, no injuries, bad plane damage, story was told pilot did not extend landing gear, do not know if true

  36. I served on Team 32 from June 1970 to May 1971. LTC Ralph Julian was the Province Senior Advisor. I served as the PSYOPs/PSYWAR advisor to the Province S-5. Seems like long ago now.

    • Hi Tom: I served as the District Senior Advisor in Kien Duc District from March 1969 to February 1970. I remember LTC Julian quite well. I was not in Ghia Nia all that much. that was a long time ago. Will try to rack my brain for other details and memories.

      • Last month I had a college student ask me which came first – Korea or Vietnam. Guess it would have been a waste of time to try to explain MACV and CORDS now. But back then, we served.

  37. LTC Julian.. Howdy sir. Good to see your post. I was young 2LT and 1LT on your team 9/69 thru 8/70. Spent part of that time in Kien Duc. When 1LT Al Polito rotated in late 69, I adopted his dog (Brown Dog), who was one of Snoopy’s pups. Hope you are well. Still in South Dakota?

  38. Glad to see the listing. There has been a lot of changes to the area. Glad to see comments of team members. LTC RWJ

    • Happy to see your post.

      Agree that there have been many changes to the area. Over the past few years have looked at recent pictures of Gia Nghia. Found nothing that I recognized. Couldn’t even find the air field. Probably not there anymore, at least not as an air field. Looks as lots of money has been pumped into the area; however, it was well overdue for some basic infrastructure.

      Have also spotted several posts of pictures of Snoppy. I remember his riding in your vehicle.

    • This is a very nice surprise! I never in the world expected to run across you again Colonel Julian. Our tour in Quang Duc was many years ago. I was your District Senior Advisor in Kien Duc District from 3/1969 to 2/1970. You might recall Roger Kugler was the DSA up in Duc Lap at the same time. Best thing I remember was you released the gun ship “Spooky 41” to us one night and that got the bad guys off our back. Thanks for covering my back!

    • LTC RTW my name is spec 4Paul Riddle,and I remember you .I was up on the hill with the security for awhile,glad to hear your doing good after all these years, LEFT IN NOV.1970 Do you remember the other air field where there were 5 soldier stationed.

    • LTC Julian, Do you remember me Staff Sgt Keeter? I was your NCOIC of communications. I ran into this site today. I have many stories that I also remembered. I live in Athens AL. retired and fight health problems like most. Look forward to hearing from you. I sure appreciate your support.

  39. Served on MACV Team 32 October 1969 until October 1970. LTC Julian was the commanding officer, a very competent and highly respected leader. The passing of almost fifty years takes a toll on the memory; however, I do recall that the team members did their jobs well.

    • Are you the same Sgt Green who adopted my dog BROWN DOG when my tour ended in August 1970. MACV Team 32, in Kien Duc district?

      • Although I remember Brown Dog, I am not the one who adopted. I did, however, adopt the open mess accounting records, which you had been maintaining prior to your reassignment. I was at that time 1LT Green.

  40. Spent 15 months with MACV team 32 from Jan. 67 to May 68. Found Richard Horton a while back but no one else.——–Don Billings

    • Don,
      I was sent out to to MACV team 32 just after New Year in 1968; with Company E 43rd Signal Battalion. I remember you. Were you the one who went out with a flash light and a 45 to get rid of a cobra in one of the bunkers? Richard Horton was from Boston Area I recall. I remember Captain Maddry coming up to the radio transmitters hoping to get a better connection and yelling on the phone, his face beet red. There was a guy named Halprin, or something like that. You guys got short and rotated back to the world. I left on Sept.15, ’68

      • David,
        I remember you, and Al Halprin, Larry Blackham, Pat Kelly, Sky, Sgt. Moore ( and his replacement : Sgt. Jenkins ). I have talked via phone with Horton a few times during the last few years, he now lives in Plymouth, Ma. I live near Indy but was motorcycling in Ma. last week and wanted to go see Horton but it did not work out. Don’t know where you are located but hope life is treating you well, I’ve been retired since 2005 and been traveling the U.S. for fun. Never did find that snake. Best Regards———-Don

        • Don,
          So glad to hear from someone in our group. I think of our group constantly. I remember that we were going to meet on the steps of the Capitol Building in Richmond Virginia, on the 4th of July in 1970. I remembered about it in 1974; I often wondered if anyone showed up. I live in Hudson Falls, New York, about 200 miles north of New York City, about 6 miles from Lake George, a popular resort town. I have been involved with our American Legion Post here in Hudson Falls, supporting our vets’, so that they don’t receive the treatment we received on our return from Vietnam!
          Welcome Home Brother!
          Dave Townsend- Co. E, 43rd Signal Brigade, Camp 32, Ghia Nghia

  41. Hi, I am Bob Barna. I was in Gia Nghia, and also in Kien Duc District and Duc Lap District, from August 69 to August 70. I was a Phoenix officer. Interpreters then were Nghia and Van. Did you know either of them ?? Thank you, sir, for posting your message. I have very warm feelings toward the people I met in Gia Nghia and Kien Duc and Duc lap.

    • Cu, you have a phenomenal memory! Thank you for all the information that you provided. Unfortunately, only a few names ring a bell. Are you now in the States? Have you been to Gia Nghia since the war ended. If so, how has the area changed. According to pictures seen online, the town has grown considerable in the past 40 years. Thank you for your information and any updates you care to share.

    • Bob, I was at Gia Nghia from jan to Sept. 1968. I was with Co.E 43rd Signal corp. We visited both Duc Lap & Kien Duc, and were sent to set up antennas for VHF communication systems, replacing the old antennas. At Duc Lap we had to leave hastily because of incoming small arms fire. In Kein Duc the only threat was an elephant charging after our jeep. We received a new antenna at Team 32 in Gia Nghia shortly after. We installed the new antenna, and two nights latter were bombarded with mortars & rockets. Our new antenna was like putting up a bulls eye. It was hit as well as our radio shack several times. The building was riddled with shrapnel. Thank God for all those sand bags we put in as extra precaution. Sadly one our group as well as another at their bunker were killed. But with all the destruction we were never off line, and able to get some assistance from F4’s that ended any more shillings.

      • David,I also went to Duc Lap to re establish communicatins.I was a good friend of Pedro (he and I from NYC)who ran from the switchboard to the bunker. I was assigned to the switchboard and remained safe.John Boland..wow 48 years ago..

    • What years did you serve as an interpreter? Were you assigned to MACV Team 32? Do you recall the names of any team members with whom you worked?

      • Dear Jim: I served as an interpreter for Public Safety Division (PSD)/MACCORDS/Quang Duc for period 1968-1972. Names of the Police Advisors/Quang Duc I worked with: Messrs. Drexel Doolin, Charles Trout, Richard Elving, Sam McKinney (NPFF), Georges Braxton (NPFF) and Lowell Janson. From 1972 to April 1975: Transfered to MACCORDS/Province Senior Advisor’s Office/ Quang Duc. Names of the PSAs and DPSAs I worked with: LTC Metcalf, LTC Ralph Julian and Col. Katagiri (A Japanese American). DPSAs: Messrs. Holcomb, Frank Hope Young (a Philippino American). Names of some District Senior Advisors of Quang Duc: Maj. John Rich (Khiem Duc District), Maj. Peter (Kien Duc District). Names of some military interpreters of Quang Duc Sector: SSG Phuong, Sgt. Vy. Names of some civilian interpreters of Quang Duc MACCORDs Office: Messrs. Y’Klong Adrong, Long Buon Ya. Names of some Vietnamse staff/ PRRO office/Quang Duc: Mrs. Xiu, Mrs. Phuong, Mrs. Phung. CORDS Compound supervisor: Mr. Le Dao…
        I’ll be happy if any of these US Officers/civilian officials and Vietnamese personnel still remember me. Thank you.

  42. Served with MACV Advisory Team 32 as the USAF FAC Mechanic/Observer during 1965-1966. First Pilot Capt. Bill Fearno was killed while I was on a 3 day R&R. Second Pilt was Capt. John Houston.

    • Im Bill Brown I served in Gia Nghia with USAF FAC Mechanic Observer 1968-1969 I was crew chief on01 bird dog #8883 was it there when you were? I have a lot of memoires of up at the Air Field.

      • I came across some information about one of our former comrades. You might remember CPT Roger Kugler up in Duc Lap. He was the District Senior advisor in 1969. After his tour in Duc Lap he returned to attend the Armor Advance course at Ft Knox, KY. Then went to another District Senior Advisor Course in Washington DC. He then returned to Pleiku as DSA in 1972 and left when the Paris Peace Treaty was signed in 73. He retired as a major in 1981 and currently lives in Vermillion, SD with his wife Janet.

      • Bill Brown what ever happen to the Snoopy Decal (hub cap) on the engine cowling of # 883. There is a great story behind it. I served my time at Gia Nghia from Feb. of 68 to Dec of 68. I recall very little of them days but your posting jarred my brain a little, Would you be the USAF person that received the large Sugar Daddy lollipops?. If not it’s nice to know that #883 kept flying after I left. Welcome Home!!

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