Team 39 Phan Rang

MACV Team 39 – Phan Rang.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 39 located in Phan Rang.

61 thoughts on “Team 39 Phan Rang

  1. Hi John,

    Ordered and read Dr. Hamilton’s book. I vaguely remember him. I worked mostly with the Air Force doctors and enlisted guys. I have some pictures I would like to share. Do you know the best way to do that?

    Best regards,

    Jim Murray

  2. I Am William A Hall SGM USA (RET). As a 19 year old E-5 I joined Team 39 (later 45) in July of 1968 after spending a year in a Rifle company of the 101st. I was on MAT II-36. We were assigned to the Buuson district. MAJ Ryan was the district advisor. My first team leader was a LT Cornish, and then CPT Rerecich (SP?)
    team members were SGT Roy Ashton and SGT Smith (medic) We also had a LT on our team as XO who”s name escapes me at the moment. LTC Vincent was the Team 39 Senior Advisor. Does anyone remember the big flood that resulted in chest deep water in the Buuson Team house. I had to help one of the Montanyard guards wrestle two American hogs onto our ammo bunker . I left Team 45 (former team39) in Feb of 69.

  3. Not certain of Capt. Hale’s precise job title. I was a physician at the Phan Rang Hospital. Time at MACV was April 1, 1969 to April 1, 1970. Dan

  4. a few of the guys I remember are Maj Ryan, Col Vincent, Bruce Richards, John Brewer, James Roberts, Ron Steele, Ken Guido, Ronald Best and SSG Roberts you owe me a poncho 🙂

    • I think I have worked together with you,do you remember me, my name is ssgt. Bich, the arvn interpreter of the team. Good lucks to you Peterson.

    • Hi Peterson my name is James Roberts/James Kaleohano I was with team 39 from 67-68. I was the infantry advisor with the team worked with Maj. Mcvey than with Mag. Ryan and the Pru team. My tel. No. 808 277-3633 give me a call.

    • Hi Peterson. Maj Ryan was DSA, LTC Vincent was PSA and I was Maj Ryan’s arvn interpreter, I think I know you, do you remember me? Glad to hear from you. Bich.

      • I am William A. Hall I was the heavy weapons advisor on MAT II-36 Jul68-Jan 69 assigned to and quartered at Buu last team leader was CPT Rerecich (SP?) Maj Ryan was the DSA and LTC Vincent was the PSA. Anyone remember the flood. I was the guy that saved the pigs along with 2 montanyards.

    • The MACV officers during my time included:LTC George Patrick, Sr AdviserCpt. Richard Culp, S-2Cpt. William West, S-3Cpt. Rufus Crow, S-5I was Lt, Asst S-2  John Murphy

    • Hi Spengler. As I remember that Capt Hale was chief of S-2 advisor, Ninh Thuan sector, is that correct? Glad to hear from you.Bich

  5. Hello John, No I wasn’t your interpreter because I was assigned to team #45(replace for team #39} since 1968 but I was Cpt Hale’s interpreter.,who was intelligence officer in that time. Good lucks to you.Bich

  6. I was a Medical Doctor (Captain) in Team 39 from 1 April 69 to 1 April 70. Remember Jim Harris by name but forgot names of many others. We had a great team and cared for a variety of injured including VC and North Vietnamese injured on the air base. Also had several wonderful interpreters. Will post a few photos when I convert them from slides to ephotos.

    • I was with the team at that time you might be the one who took out the shrapnel from my neck in june 68 if you were the doctor of the province

  7. From that time, the 3d Battalion, 506th Airborne Infantry reinforced by the 3d Battalion, 44th ARVN Infantry; two Mobile Strike Force Companies; three RF companies and 15 PF platoons drove the enemy out of most of the city and had secured the area by 9 February. On 18 February the enemy again attacked Phan Thiet and overran the prison, releasing 500 prisoners.

  8. Charlie Clark, I don’t recognize the people but remember that mountain in background of one picture. Flew out of Phan Rang Feb.-May 68. Walt42

  9. mag mcvey & i did some dumb things together,what a tme. clark is that u. i oue u 2m16s. sgt don goddard 1/44/23rd arvn

  10. My name is Sfc James K Roberts but now my name is James R Kaleohano is was with Mack team 39 from around October 67 till October 68. I was the infantry advisor for the team. My first operation officer was Maj Mcvey and after he rotated the next op. Officer was Maj Ryan. I worked with the pf,rf,Aron and the pru team of the Provence, also with the mountain yards in fact the yards made 6 wrist brackets for me and you know they don!t do those bracelets unless they like what you’ve done for the people of the village. Maj. Ryan and I were wounded on the same operation when we were attacking a village.I used to come back to the macv camp to rest and get ready for the next operation. I was the one who captured that Russian machine gun on one of our missions. I can’t remember to many people by name at the macv camp. I’m retired from the army in Jul 1970

    • I am SSG Franklin Peterson I was with team 39 in 67 and 68, remember Mcvey and Ryan well, I retired in 68

      • Go to google and type in james kaleohano you’ll see some pictures of me in the korean war and vietnam war maybe you can recognize some pictures

    • Robbie,
      Gene Hale here. I often wondered what became of you. I know you planned to reclaim your Hawaiian heritage and I see you’ve done that. Didn’t you have a martial arts school in the Va/DC area. If I remember your wife was running it while you were overseas. One of your staff was giving her a hard time and you had me type him a letter.
      I’m 72 now, had a triple bypass brought on by Agent Orange exposure. On the plus side I became a Grandpa recently and I love it!
      Hope you are well. Write if you feel like it.

    • Ronald Best went home around March or April of 1969. He was at the base in An Phouc at the time.

        • When were you at Phan Rang? I was at An Phouc From Sept 68 until May 69. Best at his best was a sip of coke, a sip of OGD, followed by a sip of coke.

          • I was there January 68-January 69 for some reason I have a memory of drinking gin and wink? With you

            • You have a very good memory. That would have been me. I have tried to locate him, but to no avail. I only know he was part Am Indian and from OK. When he left he said he was coming back as a civilian. How are you doing?

              • I am kind of fuzzy about can na. I do remember going out once where I had a cocked and loaded .45 pistol but, don’t remember why and another time with mop Villanova and his uncle who was in special forces not sure where we went

  11. I was big, but not as heavy as Capt. Gilchrest, who was in supply. I was Assistant Intelligence officer to Capt. Culp. Were you our interpreter in November 1966.
    We were Team #39 at that time.

    • My name is James Kaleohano formally Sfc James Roberts I was with team 39 from oct 67 till nov 68. I remember some of the pictures that you posted especially the pow I was there on that opperation. That was the time that we captured the russian anti aircraft machine gun also one of the sgts in the pictures. I also worked with the pru team on several opperations. Lct col. Vincent was the over all commander of the team

        • If you google james kaleohano there is some pictures of me in the karean war and rhe vietnam war maybe you might be able to recognize me in the pictures

      • I forgot that mag. Mcvey and I was attached to the 3 of the 506 101 airborne for the month of nov. 67 and went with them on opperations “Rose”. We stayed with them for awhile

    • Hello John Murphy I remember that you are the one with a fat body and your job were a supply personnel MACV team#45, right ?

      • I was big, but not as heavy as Capt. Gilchrest, who was in supply. I was Assistant Intelligence officer to Capt. Culp. Were you our interpreter in November 1966.
        We were Team #39 at that time.

          • Hi Bich My name is Jim Murray and I was with the Milphap team from March 1967-April 1968. I know you arrived a bit later but maybe you ran across a few folks I worked with. Han Van Tung was an x-ray technician at the hospital. I think our interpreter was named Bang. Was there when that terrible fired killed all those people across from the Compound. Is the hospital still there? I know it was built in 1907 and the electrical and plumbing systems were in very poor condition. Would enjoy hearing from you.

            • Hi Murray.I was transfered to MACV team #45 on o3/1968 and served till 1975 I was interpreter for Ninh Thuan sector HQ,Bang was an civilian interpreter for your Milphap team and I did not see him since 1975,the hospital still there and being repair to becom a privat hospitalk.stay intouch and good luck to you.Bich

            • Hi Jim,
              Seems we overlapped. I remember well the terrible fire you mention. I was Asst. S-2 and often ate with Milphap doctors.
              Did you know Dr Henry Hamilton, aCanadian civilian, who wrote a book from his diary, and recounts treating the victims of the fire in some detail.
              Best to you,
              John Murphy

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