Team 47 An Loc

MACV Team 47 – An Loc.

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  1. Let it be known that last evening I received a call from Jan Smith informing me that her husband, Barry Smith, passed away 8/29/2022. His organs were ravaged with Agent Orange. Barry arrived in An Loc one day before me the first week of AUG68 and for those of you who knew Barry and I we were the best of friends and remained that over the past 50+ years. Jan misplaced my contact info so that is why I was informed now. So, the next time your outside, look up and give Barry a salute. I’m sure he would appreciate that. He was a great man and a great friend as well.

    • John,
      Sorry for your loss. It sounds like you had a good friend for a long time.
      You guys arrived in An Loc just after I departed. I was home a few days before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in July, 1969.

  2. If you were at AnLoc in 72 I would love to talk to you. I am writing a novel about the Easter Offensive, actually three and The Battle of AnLoc/Loc Ninh is one of the books. I was a Huey pilot in that area from Feb69 to Aug 70 so I am familiar with the area. Please contact me.

  3. Ronald , I am Frank Cowart and I started working part time as a bartender and later after the SSGT
    USArmy that was manager of the Binh Long OpenMess Association left then I became the Manager. There was a USAmy Sgt Sanders and it was either you or him that got the beer,colas and whiskeys for the club. I was there from July 68-July 69. I worked in the club , but also I did my job as an Adviser with MILPHAP. I had a couple young waitresses in the club and they were escorted by the USArmy home after closing . Do you recall any of this and the small PX we had there?

    • I sure do. I didn’t get the beer & such but I certainly enjoyed the goodies at the bar. Can’t forget the Tommy Gun hanging on the wall. I only recall Peanuts from the bar, though, and she and the other girl(s) ? survived the battle in ’72 — how I don’t know. I just now remembered the First Sgt at the time, too, but not his name. He seeded the compound and sure as hell ended up cutting the lawn after that. I also recall the small PX there. You were gone before the new latrine was built, I suppose, by our civilian contractor who allegedly stoled everything to build it. MPs came up once & said it was the best latrine they ever saw. Before the battle, all the Vietnamese called me babyson 🙂

      • I recall the old latrine and lack of water on many occasions! We had to go downtown to get ice for the bar, but the soldiers were taken care with more than Seagram 7 and Soda Water! The C-130’s were used to bring in pallets of Beer & Colas! There was 80 cases to a pallet and there was either 2 or 3 pallets dumped on that red dirt runway and usually a 2 1/2 ton vehicle was used to bring it from the runway to the compound! Most times the C-130 opened the ramp door and pushed the pallets on the rollers out and never landed! The mail plane was used to bring bottles and cartons of other things in! We did have some drinks that a lot of other teams couldn’t get! The Special Forces encampment troops really enjoyed the variety of drinks and the MAT teams was ready for beer and whiskeys when they came back in! I have many more thoughts and memories from those days even though we were in a War Zone! Ronald, you have a blessed day and may the Good Lord bless you with many more to come!!
        I am retired now and enjoying being 78 and in relatively good health! How are you doing?

        • I’m doing well turning 70 in April. Fighting bladder & lung cancer (3 types from smoking) but last reports no more tumors or whatever; VA treating me. I have a dog Lily, a coonhound pointer mix, that makes my life awesome. Do you remember Shithead — Lily looks a lot like him. Shithead maimed Ratdog & the Team voted him off compound in ’71; guys in Loc Ninh took him. I have indeed been blessed, thank you. Likewise, Frank, God bless you.

          • Ronald,it is sad to hear you are suffering with those illnesses but I am glad to hear that the VA is taking care of you! I will be praying for you and all the other Vietnam Veterans as I know a lot of them are suffering from many illnesses and aches and pains of all different types! My brother ( CMSGT Major Lucion L.Cowart ) was in the Delta region from August 68-August 69 while I was in Central Region! Our father passed on December 10,1968 and both of us came home for the funeral but had to return and finish out our time in Vietnam.
            Speaking of our friend I do remember him and I helped feed him sometimes! You have a nice day and it is good to hear from fellow servicemen like you Frank

    • I am new here so if I am not doing this right let me know. To give a background on time in An Loc I will give some details. I am 74 & I arrived at ( Hon Quan) in aug 69 till may 70 and again from aug 70 to oct 70. I was with the 36th Signal Battalion attached to MACV and was working in the com bunker for voice communications on the compound and slept in the underground quarters nearest the bunker line defences.. Final rank was SGT E-5. I have so many memories of my in country experiences and often they come to mind. Am still in contact with Paul Lundstrom who worked at the TOC. I currently live in New hampshire and if anyone lives nearby please let me know. I also have movie film of life on and off compound around An Loc and some film of compound from a Huey along with many pics. I can probably make cd copies if interested. If anyone would like to talk on phone just email me and I will give you my tel#. Great to see this site and it has been nice to hear that others who have such memories as mine. You are all number one in my book! Ron

      • Ron,
        I was at An Loc from NOV 1968 through JUL 1969, attached to Tm 47 from Co B44, 36th Sig Btn, 1st Sig Bde in Phu Loi. I was a 31M20, but we also ran miles of black phone wire around town and, later when the 100 pair phone cable was strung, learned to repair it’s shrapnel wounds.
        As your arrival came on the heels of my departure, perhaps you remember Marvin R. (Peete) Price or Harold L. Green. They were my closest mates during my time there.
        My colleagues and I built the bunker around the radio van around FEB ’68 but it was not completed in time to spare the van from some shrapnel courtesy of a rocket in the compound. I also moved into the same underground bunker you described, likely in early summer 1969. Prior to that I lived in a hooch next to the laundry room.
        As most of my photos of the area and compound have been lost over time, I’d be most interested in yours. I would gladly reimburse you any expense created in sharing them.
        Welcome home. You’re the first signal guy I’ve been able to make contact with.
        W. Bruce Morton, Sp4

        • Bruce, very nice to hear from you. I came in with company HQ at phu loi also. I did not like it there immediately because it was so much stateside like BS so I asked to be sent as far away as possible to get the full Nam experience and to work my MOS, which was also 31M20 and eventually 31M40. Do people on here give out tel# or is that not done? Also I don’t recall the names you mentioned. I spent a couple of months at S2 in Long Binh when I was promoted but it was wayyy to military for me so I again asked to go back to An Loc. To me it was always an adventure kind of deal , call me crazy but I still feel that way. Will try and do movies and pics. I wonder if they can be posted on here also. If not then send me your mailing address by personnel email and maybe that would be ok. Keep in touch and as they say (you bic GI ?) Ron

          • Guys, this is John Sawyer. I was the RF/PF Advisor from May 69 to Dec 69 and then moved to Chon Thanh as DSA. I was a Dai Hy (Captain and an Armor guy who came from Germany. Had a nice mustache most ot the time in An Loc. Tall and balding. I worked out of the TOC and Major Wilson was my boss. I lived in the hooch on the other side of the Mess Hall and was there when the 107 rocket hit the tree behind the Mess Hall and scared the s— out of Dufus, our team monkey. Major Bob Mowery was the An Loc DSA and worked with him at FORSCOM later. I remember the commo guys as being easy going and always helpful. I think this is a site for us to use and we can post what we choose to post. I recommend doing e-mails to make contact and then pass on phone numbers through e-mail correspondence rather than post them here. Just my thought. I did go back to An Loc with my son in 2010 and the city is pretty much the same. Thunder road is no more. It is all built up from Siagon all the way. Houses, churches, businesses, you name it but no more jungle. Old compound is blocked off by the local NVA unit so could not go on it. Road behind the compound is still there and is still used to go around the city. Quan Loi is back to being a rubber plantation with very little to know that it once was a thriving military base. Ditto for Lai Khe. Could only find a couple of oil changing pits there and all the rest was gone. I am at if anyone wants to communicate directly.

            • Ron here—Did you know Paul Lundstrom, he would have been a SPEC 4 and worked at TOC at your timeframe and was also at Chon Thanh.

              • Boy, the name sure sounds familiar. I think he might have been our RTO at Chon Thanh but not certain. Hard to remember names now. Can remember Lt Warren Griese, SFC Hershey and SFC Cato and that’s about it. Know we had a USAF SSG Medic and another SFC but names are not there.

                • Paul may have arrived in 70. He and I are in close contact so will ask next time we talk. He was in Chon Thianh for only a short time but it came under mortar or rocket fire while there and affected his hearing.

            • Bruce Have been having issues with gmail/hotmail communications, can receive but gmail will not receive. Anyway, have you seen everything and what do you think? A bit disappointed have sent out 5 kits and no thanks or responses. Ron

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              • Hi Ron FINALLY got the chance to look at your great Vietnam pictures- had to crank up an old MacBook to do it. Thanks so much for your effort. Still trying to decide how good or bad it is to crank up those old Memories – I’ll send you a few of mine to show what I mean ! Anyway it’s really neat that you would think of us and be so generous with time and resources. Jim

                Sent from my iPhone J. Woods. MD


            • Ron here, Will be sending movies eventually and pics too. If anyone knows how to post on this site let me know, otherwise will send individually.

              • Ron, This is SP5 Tommy Granert. I worked in S1 with Lt Pierre Talbert and went to Quan Loi every day at lunch and picked up the mail and held the mail call in the afternoon. I stayed in the lower underground houch on the end next to the Special Forces Altiery Camp. All my slides that I had were left by mistake at a house I sold my niece that she threw away. I would very much appreciate getting a email of your pics and movies. ( Thanks

                • Am saving everyone’s email so I can write when I have time to put all my things together and ask for mailing addresses. No money needs to be paid, am more than happy to share our memories. I should recognize you Tom so eventually if you have a pic of yourself from that time it may jog my memory.

              • Unfortunately they don’t allow pics or links on this site.  I’ve tried.  I was briefly in An Loc in 1965 on my way down to Chon Thanh.

        • Bruce, Ron here, I was wondering what your thoughts were on cd info I had sent. Would appreciate any comments from you or the other 4 vets I sent info to. Hope you are doing ok. Thanks Ron

          • Ron,
            I’m so sorry; I thought I replied to your email (not in this forum.) Please accept my gratitude for the images/videos and my sincere apology for the tardiness of this note. It was very kind of you to take the time and absorb the expense of providing them. Your printed description of the images was also helpful and appreciated. They did, of course, bring back memories that clearly lie just under the surface.
            At the beginning of July, for financial reasons, I had to move from my condo to sharing a house with a woman my daughter’s age. My housemate was born in Saigon in 1967; her mother being Vietnamese and her father U.S. Army personnel working there. They were married and later lived in Europe and other locations. Now her mom has moved in with us. She’s our age and, despite living in the US most of the last 50 years, speaks very little English. But, she’s a good cook (her “Vietnamese egg rolls” are to die for.) So, after all this time, I’m reminded every day of Vietnam. And, that’s not so bad.

      • I will gladly take one and happily pay any costs. I was there Jan-Nov 68. I am at 107 Mayapple Ln. Elizabethtown KY 42701
        I had 2 trays of 35mm slides from there, but someone stole a piece of furniture from my house and the slides were in there.

        • Roy,
          You live just over a mile from my client (a cardiology practice) in Elizabethtown. I’m in Colorado (20 years), near Boulder, and visit them fairly often. Small world. I’d never heard of Elizabethtown until 2010, but have enjoyed my visits. A surprise, for a Southern California boy who grew up eating good Mexican food, was the El Acapulco restaurant. Good Mexican food… in Kentucky! Go figure.
          The drive down from Louisville or up from Nashville is a pleasant one. Beautiful country.
          Enjoy Ron Bru’s photos.
          Bruce Morton, Sp4
          Co B44, 36 Sig Btn
          Team 47 An Loc Nov ’68 – Jul ’69

  4. Looking for PFC Sherrod and SP4 David Ashmore, MACV Adv Tm 47, An Loc, ~1969-1971. Sherrod was S-2 clerk/typist and Ashmore was Movement Specialist.

  5. My husband was a 2nd lieutenant in team 47 ba to from the end of 69 until the end of 70. His name was George Primm, he came from Pittsburg, Kansas. Does anybody remember him?

    • Did your husband ever mention a SSGT Charles Love and Capt. Michael McDole? They were ambushed on December 27, 1969, and my cousin Charle Love was killed. They were both members of Team 47.
      Ronnie Cothern

        • Well, Roger you probably remember him as quiet. He was not loud. I am not sure I have written to you before, but he was my first cousin and we grew up together in Central Florida.

          • not sure if i have msged you before. i served with team 47 from aug 68 thru nov 1969.
            i remember charles when first came to teM 47. HE BUNKED A couple bunks away from me. we had some good visits at night
            waiting or sitting talking about good times at home.

      • I arrived in An Loc, Adv. Tm. 47 on Dec, 10, 1970. At the time, our compound was moving to a larger compound which was named Love Compound in honor of your cousin. I mentioned the compound name to another team mate (CPT Hensley, ret. LTC., deceased 2021) in the mid-2000s) who arrived after me in 1971 but neither he nor anyone else I knew were aware of the compound name; the compound for all intents was referred to by a military number. I believe LTC Robert Dunlap may have been the team leader (Province Senior Advisor) at the time your cousin was KIA.

        • LTC Robert Farr was the PSA when SSGT Love was KIA. I was the HQ Company Clerk July 1969 – August 10, 1970and also over the mail room at the time. Ronald C. Moak…you must have taken my place.

        • Arrived in-country on the 10th of December and arrived in An Loc on the 12th by helicopter. The First Sergeant (memory fails me, a Black First Sgt) took me to the new compound (Love Compound, the former Special Forces Compound) to the mess hall under construction, told me to lock & load my M16A1 and challenge anyone who came in. Newbie. Guys looked at me and said hello, mess sergeant gave me a sandwich & something to eat with a bent fork that chipped a tooth. That was my intro to the Team. Bunked with the HHC clerk/typist (can’t recall name) and first night woke with a huge rat standing on my chest in the middle of the night —- killed 11 rats (mostly young ones) that month at night before sleeping before we moved into Love Compound.

          • yes i remember shooting a number of rats in under ground barrarks sure did clean everyone out of there in a hurry. i was there from aug 68 nov 69. if they moved to new compound and named it Love compound was that for charles love killed in action at Loc Ninh in 1969??

      • George talked about getting ambushed while he was there and tried to find newspaper coverage before he died of the complications of cancer. He couldn’t find anything and I don’t know the date or names.
        I found slides and had them put on a thumb drive. There are a lot of people in the pictures but I don’t have a name for any of them.
        I could connect some of the pictures with events that he told me about.
        The time in Vietnam was so heavily on his mind before he died, he looked at topography maps of Vietnam and found the website for his team.
        I also found the correspondence with team number and it also included his SSN on the address.

        • Claudia my cousin, SSGTCharles Love, and Captain McDole walked into a “L” shaped ambush on December 27, 1969. Charles was KIA and McDole was seriously injured. Is there any way I could see those pictures you have? I can identify Charles.
          Ron Cothern

  6. I went back to An Loc about 15 yrs ago. The base camp was bare and the cement ? arch entryway was all that remained.

  7. I would like any information on my husband, CSM John D. Hutchinson, ret.. He passed away last August and had completely forgotten or would not discuss his time in Vietnam in his later years. We found in his papers an essay he wrote about his time in AnLoc during the Easter Siege where he was wounded and received a silver star. He was Sgt First Class at the time and was there from March of 1972 until May of 1972 when he was Medivaced out. He mentions Sgt. Roy L. Carruth and a Vietnamese Sgt. Van Ta. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • it was the worst fighting in the whole war there was more incoming artillery in one little area sometimes 2,000 rounds a day, i was outside we where trying to break threw. look up easter offences 1972 anloc it’ll give all you want to know

    • Mrs Hutchinson. I write under the name Matt Jackson. I have written three books, historical novels about my time as a helicopter pilot in the An Loc area from Feb 1969 to August of 70. I am writing a fourth book now that is about the Easter offensive, An Loc. I would love to read what he wrote and possibly incorporated it into the book. Once I have a draft of the book, I would gladly send it to you as I send it you my editor so you could review it and be assured the your husbands information would be honored. Thank you for your consideration.

      • If you are the guy who goes by the name of Matt Jackson, author, then my question to you is simply this: During your tours of Vietnam, especially the ones covering December 27, 1969, did you know a SSGT Charles Love and Cast. MCDole with Advisory Team 47? Love was killed in an L-shaped ambush and Cast. McDole was severely wounded on December 27, 1969? McDole told me in an email that they had three (3) helicopters as support, which they lost temporarily as they had to refuel. They got in time to same McDole, but Sgt. Love was already KIA. The two of them were on a training mission with the 1st Cav. and 3 helicopters with their South Vietnamese troops. I am Charles Love’s cousin.
        Ron Cothern

        • I was flying out of Lai Khe at that time but there were six 1st Cav UH-1H units in that area at that time. Seldom did we haul ARVNS or their advisors. I still have contact with a lot of guys and will ask around. I do not recall anyone in my unit talking about it although in December 69 I was flying night missions for the month.

          • Thanks for your comments on Sgt. Love and Cast. McDole. The helicopters were not hauling, they were just flying overhead support, so I am guessing they were not Hueys.

      • Hope you’ve all seen the book by Lam Quang Thi of the 5th ARVN division re the 2972 siege of An Loc – called HELL IN AN LOC. I was the field hospital surgeon there and helped train Dr Qui, the surgeon who ran the surgical field hospital at An Loc during the siege. I was Medevaced due to kidney stone and sepsis before the big battle started. Jim Woods

        Sent from my iPhone J. Woods. MD


        • I am reading his book right now and find it to be one of the most accurate on presenting dates and times. Excellent opinions that are different from American views but understandable. Very clearly written.

  8. Just found this site. Good to see Don Korsted and Louis Hart. I was in An Loc from October 69 – August 70. Went back in 2005 but all I could recognize was the street pattern. I know the province chief made it to the US but suspect the other Vietnamese were not as fortunate – Thiet (S-2), Co Minh.

    All the Best,

    John Stockton

        • Hi John. Yes, I’m in Anderson but it’s back in Anderson after a considerable time. I recall that you were from Charleston? You’re in NYC area? Oh man, I’m so sorry! Charleston is the place to be these days.
          I’m so glad to hear from you. I have some pictures from back then. My email is Please keep in touch.

    • John, I was there from July of 1969 to August 10th 1970. I worked as the company clerk with Lt. Talbert in the building with Col. Farr..I think that was the S-2 building. I was went to Quan Loi every day ands got our mail and sorted it and had mail call in the afternoon. I bunked in the front underground hooch with Robert Standart. I think I remember your name but it has been so long.

      Tommy Granert

      • Hi Tommy. I was there at that time also. I lived in the hooch right by the tree where Dufus lived. I remember LT Tolbert (Peter) very well. I read somewhere that he passed away. I was not a big LTC Farr fan.
        Lou Hart

      • Tommy, I was on Team 47 from May 69 to May 70. First seven months as Asst RF/PF Advisor in An Loc and last five as DSA in Chon Thanh. So good to read your comments and those of Lou Hart. Talked to Lou the other day. Neat. Remember his hooch got hit with shaprel from a 107 rocket that was aimed for the Provence Chief’s house but came past and hit the tree behind the Mess Hall. Poor Dufus went nuts. I stayed for twenty-nine years and did go back in 2010 and found the compound by going around the back road toward Quan Loi. QL is now one big rubber plantation. No evidence of an air base at all. Stopped at Lai Khe and could only find a grease rack or two otherwise all rubber as well. Hope you are doing well. I am at BTW, I bunked in the hooch beside the Mess Hall about half way down. Thought the world of LT Talbert. Great guy.

        • Hi to all who served at Quan Loi on Team 47!!! How well do I remember the rocket hitting the canister of C-Gas and poor Dufus! I served under Captain Brizidine on the 552 Milphap Advisors Team 47! I was in my upstairs room when the rocket attack took place and was coming down the stairs when the Rocket 🚀 hit the canister and I couldn’t see as the gas filled the air! I did make it to my assigned bunker on the Back Perimeter!

          • Hi I was at An Loc as the Hospital Commander starting May 1971 – an Air Force surgeon ! My assigned Vietnamese counterpart became the only surgeon during the An Loc invasion April 1972 – as I was Medevaced due to sepsis from a kidney stone. We lived under constant threat of NVA invasion- as we knew that BATTALION strength NVA troops were encamped just a few miles away across the Cambodian border where we were NOT ALLOWED touch them under the new non-war, war “rules “ ! Would love to hear from anyone who experienced the travesty of those months – or anyone I operated ! Thanks Jim Woods MD. ( Maj. USAF. – 2yr wonder !)

            Sent from my iPhone J. Woods. MD


            • Hi, James. I was the S-1 clerk/typist to the PSA (LTC (ret. COL) Robert Corley) and his HQ 1/1971-7/72. I remember you as a hero before the battle and no doubt the battle added to your honor. That’s really about all I recall ~ Good to see your post.

            • I have heard that the HQS for all NVA actions were just across the border about 4 or 5 miles from An Loc. I heard we put B52’s on an area near there.

        • do you know if LT Talbert was direct commissioned in late ’67 or early ’68? I think I remember him from my time at team 47.

          • From 69 to 70.
            He was an advisor in a compound, special forces were close by, they had a landing strip and the river was close. They built a shower in the team house.
            George passed away on May 7 this year, the war was heavily on his mind before he passed away!

    • Hi John
      I was there shortly after you returned to US. I functioned as surgeon at the AnLoc field hospital.
      Would love to hear from others.
      J. Woods.

    • John you were there when my cousin, Charles Love, was killed on December 27, 2969. His Captain, Michael McDole, was badly wounded on that same day. Do you recall Charles? He was on his 2nd tour and was a SSGT, E-6.

      • I do remember him, but not very well; he was on a MAT team and spent most of the time out of the main compound. He was from Kentucky, wasn’t he? He was with an ARVN unit in APCs and a number of them, including the advisors,dismounted to cross a river in the north-west part of the province and ran into a large number of NVA.


        • Charles was from Winter Garden, Florida, and he was with an ARVN units in APCs and they lost their helicopter support when they had to refuel and they ran into a L-shaped ambush. Charles had the radio and he was shot in the neck. Captain McDole was seriously wounded, but was save when the helicopters came back. Both were awarded Silver Stars.

        • Charles was the heavy weapons adviser with Adv Team 47 MAT III-13. He was based in Loc Thanh on 12/27/1969. He died in an L shaped ambush.

      • I remember SSG Love. I was at Loc Ninh District at the time. The MAT team spent some time with us between assignments in the villages. In December they were working out of Long Thanh a village we called Village #9. As John Stockton said, they were working north of the village not too far from Cambodia when they encountered the NVA.
        I can’t say I knew him well, but recall him as a nice person. Easy going. I was only in country a few months when he was killed and it is a memory I will never forget. They held a service for him in An Loc that we were able to attend. I recall how distressed Cpt. Smith was that he was not there to lead the MAT team. He had recently been replaced by Cpt. McDole.


        • I’m anxious to connect with anyone who served with Maj Balfanz at An Loc just before the Battle of An Loc 1970-1971 !? I was surgeon at the field hospital there. Jim Woods

          Sent from my iPhone J. Woods. MD


          • I remember Maj. Balfanz from my time in An Loc. I don’t recall that he was the PSA. Maybe that happened after I left in Aug. 1971. Don’t remember too much about him. He smoked cigars and gave me one after a successful medevac one night. I was the Chief RTO there and helped bring in the chopper that night. I never had any interaction with the hospital in An Loc. At Loc Ninh we had a smaller team and worked with the MILPHAP team at the clinic there. TGST Graf and SSG Cosilito are names I remember. That was in 1970. I moved to An Loc in January of 71.

            • Thanks Tom. I arrived An Loc in May 71. Got shipped out , back to US with a kidney stone blocking my L kidney before the end of the year. Lots of memories. Jim

              Sent from my iPhone J. Woods. MD


          • I served as an O5B20 in the TOC at that time. We had quite a turnover in S3 officers during my tour: march 22, 1970 – May 5, 1971. Major Balfanz was there. I remember his pistols. Do you remember Major “Lucky”? He was the S3 for awhile. I remember Quon Loi too. Huge rubber plantation. Used to drive up and down QL13 from Loc Ninh to Chan Tan. My tour was relatively quiet thanks the “secret Cambodian invasion in May 1970. It’s been 50 years but some memories are as vivid as yesterday

            • Steve. My name is Ron Bru We wre together at Hon Quan. I had a movie camera and have been making copies for people here. I even have some pics of you and Paul Lundstrom,who has been in contact with me over the years. I remember sitting outside the underground bunker having a smoke one night and a flare parachute came down right between us. Funny the things we remember.

              • Hi Ron
                My first day was May 5 1971 – so I missed you! I did serve with Maj Balfanz ! Even tho I was a surgeon , he made the guys teach me how to shoot my M-16 !!

            • ronbru says:
              August 12, 2022 at 9:34 pm
              Steve. My name is Ron Bru We wre together at Hon Quan. I had a movie camera and have been making copies for people here. I even have some pics of you and Paul Lundstrom,who has been in contact with me over the years. I remember sitting outside the underground bunker having a smoke one night and a flare parachute came down right between us. Funny the things we remember

          • Hi Mike, It’s interesting how some things don’t fade from memory even after 50 years. I was only in Loc Ninh for a short time when Cpt. Smith, you and Charles Love were on the MAT team there but I remember that time well. Cpt. Smith made an impression on me then. Do you know anything about him post Vietnam Nam? Tom

            • This is Ron Cothern, Charles Love’s cousin and we have communicated before. I am guessing Captain Smith was there with Charles before Captaincies. McDole took his place. Again, do you have any photos of Charles Love?

            • Sir. I have written three historical novels about helicopters in Vietnam. I am working on a fourth book about the battle of An Loc 72. I have read an extensive report by Captain Smith, ZIPPO, I would really like to talk to you if you are willing.

        • I arrived on the Team after his death. The Team moved from the compound (that was occuppied thru December 1970) to the old Special Forces compound (I believe it was called) and the compound was named Love Compound, which is what I was accustomed to calling it. Follow-on men never heard the compound name from what I’ve heard through a couple old timers and only knew it as some military number. I looked his name up on the Vietnam Memorial wall in Washington, DC in the 1990s along with LTC Norde (KIA in Chon Thanh Jan. 1973) who was the last American servicemember killed before the Paris Peace Accords.

    • John: I was assigned to MILPHAP 10 as admin officer, and was at An Loc for about 6 weeks from 5 August to mid-September 1969. Due to USAF bureaucratic bungling, the 10 man team wound up with 16 assigned. Several, including me, were sent to other teams. The team leader, Capt John DeWeese, MD, had me called back to An Loc on occasion to attend to administrative chores. On one of those trips, I encountered you on the way to the shower with my brand new camera in hand, and you “posed” for me. It’s not the most flattering portrait I’ve made, but when I saw your name in this post, I thought I should offer you a copy. Let me know if you’re interested.

      • Larry, good to hear from you. Sure, love to have a copy and BTW what happened to Dr. DeWeese? Good guy. E-mail Lou Hart every now and then. I went back in 2010 and was able to find the back part of the compound that was aside the road and the side entrance that we seldom used toward town. Think we found the remains of Thunder IV and the air strip. Can still go up to the little hill near there and look back at the city. I served with Bob Mowery (An Loc DSA) at FORSCOM years later. Later, john

        • The An Loc airstrip is long gone. Unless it was redesignated, Thunder IV was several miles south of An Loc. I was there when it was hit hard by the 9th VC in Dec 67. I was later on team 47, under LTC Raymond Suarez, who was KIA in Song Be in Feb 69. I worked the hill north of An Loc with the local RF/PF platoon in Feb-May 68. You’re right about the old compound in town. Was there in ’15, could find the Prov. Chief house, but the rest is long gone. Welcome Home.

    • John did you know a lieutenant named George Primm? His widow asked me to do research for her. George was a captain when I knew him, in a leg company of Kansas National Guard. We are trying to find out information for his family about his time in country. Thank you. Rick Fulton,

        • My husband, George Primm, was there from 29 November 69 until 25 October 70. He was there as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was in a team house close to special forces, they had an airstrip and were close to the river. I can only relay the information that he told me, he passed away on May
          7th of this year. The war was on his mind heavily before he passed away.
          I would just like to find out, if somebody has personally met him and what memories they have of him.
          Thank you!

          • So sorry about George. We would definitely have crossed paths at An Loc. I’m searching my memory bank – tell me exactly what he did. What was his cause of death ?Jim

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            • He died from small cell lung cancer.
              The war was so on his mind, talked about it so much and looked up Team 47 and topography maps of Vietnam. He was a 2nd Lieutenant assigned to a team house with the Montagnards. They had a special forces team close by, a landing strip, and were close to the river.

            • He was in team 17 BaTo, I don’t know why he searched team 47. His cause of death was complications from non small lung cancer.

    • John, this is John Sawyer. I was Asst RF/PF Advisor from May 69 to Dec 69 when I went to Chon Thanh to be DSA. I recognize your name and am trying to put it with a face and job. Were you an AF MD? BTW, Lou Hart and I were MATA Classmates and have been in touch for some time. Thanks

  9. There is a YouTube video “The Battle of An Loc 1972” which you may like to watch. At 2:55 thru 3:05 into the video is a quick glimpse of the Team 47 compound in ruins. The main thrust of the video is the Blue Max defending An Loc with anti-tank rockets killing Soviet Tanks in the city. Col Bill Miller who was the Senior MACV Adviser at the time is in the video and you don’t want to miss this character and I say that in all due respect. Col Bill Miller retired a General, buried in Arlington and it’s rumored that he was buried in his jungle fatigues. Now that’s a Soldier!!!

    • Is there any chance anyone would know anything about my deceased husband retired CSM John D. Hutchinson. He was the First Sergeant assigned to Team 47 in the city of AnLoc during the Easter Siege of 1972. He also mentions SFC Roy L. Carrouth, LTC Donnaly, Major Davis, and counterpart Sgt. Van Ta (who he credits with saving his life taking care of him in a bunker after he was wounded). May 22, 1972 he was Med Vaced to 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon.MG Hollingsworth pinned his silver star on him there. Near the end of his life he had absolutely no memory of anything about Vietnam and all we have now is a paper he wrote for college so any information would be greatly appreciated.

      • So sorry Patricia, I didn’t know your husband John. I left An Loc near the end of 1971 with a kidney stone blocking my left kidney. Dr Qui was the surgeon there during the Easter siege 1972

        • Jim, thank you for your reply. Most of the information I have about my husband at AnLoc is what he wrote in a Psychology term paper in 1985. He does not mention a Dr. Qui in the paper but he laid wounded in a bunker with Sgt. Van Ta caring for him for quite a while before he was Medivaced. It is possible I suppose he was treated by Dr. Qui. Is there any way to communicate with Dr. Qui? Or is there anyone else you know who might have known John D. I can’t thank you enough for your reply because my daughter and I didn’t find this paper until after his death. We are really grateful to know anything about those years he never talked about.

      • Bill Carruthers (FAC) created a website,, which might have info. Bill died a couple years ago. (I was the team HQ admin clerk/typist Jan. 71-Jul. 72 but my memory is trash.)

  10. Battle Of An Loc 1972 Blue Max Anti-Tank Rockets first used against Soviet Tanks during the battle. YouTube Video
    frame time 2:55 thru 3:05 shows Team 47 Compound. Ya gotta have a quick eye but it’s the ‘ole compound.
    Team 47 Commander at the time was Col Bill Miller who is in the video. You will love this guy. He retired a General and
    rumor has it he was buried in Arlington with his jungle fatigues on. Now that’s a Soldier!!!

  11. Does anyone know a Herbert Francis Doreck of Galveston, Texas. I don’t know his MOS, Branch, or rank at that specific time. But he was an NCO. I’m his grandson and I’ve been searching his military history.

  12. Not with MACV but I was at Thunder !V in AN Loc (Binh Long Provence) as part of the 23’re artillery group, 2/13th C battery and never knew there was anything else closer to us than Quan Loi. Where were you guys located?

    • we were located on south west side of an loc next to special forces camp. right by soccer field there was also another base big red 1 at the airfiel. i think your artillary group was right next to our compound. roger reed

      • During the beginning days of the April ’72 battle, the NVA used the soccer field to zero in. Air drops were targeted the soccer field and the NVA had it well zeroed at that time. If you remember, the S-1/HQ bldg. was next to the field.

    • Too bad we cant add photos on this site. There are a couple from The Battle of An Loc 1973 that show our compound.

    • Thank you guys for your artillery support as we were located next to the Province Chief’s house. I was there from July 68 to July 69 and served with the 552nd MILPHAP Team under the MACV team 47. I served also as a bartender and later as the Club Manager of the Bing Long Open Mess Association. This was during my off duty time that I did this job!!

    • Hello my name is Louis Buckingham, I was with 2nd Field Force, B Battery 6th Bn 15th Arty Unit at Thunder Four, we were supporting the 1st Infantry 2nd of the 2nd Mechanize Unit . I was there from March 1969-June 1969. We left Thunder and went to FSB at Quan Loi, the Red Dirt

      • Louis Buckingham. Are you the Captain that visited a friend on an operation with 11th ACR West of An Loc in mid 1968? I listened to the action through your transmissions, then the 11 ACR limped through An Loc in blackout conditions. I remember that vividly.

        • was that by the soccer field?? i remember once when airforce jets dived on the soccer field and the thrust when they went back up bent the communication tower over.

  13. 1st Lt. Terry Durand Graham was my oldest brother. He was killed 1 week before my 11th birthday. My name is Robin Graham. I followed in the footsteps of my brother Terry and my father Msgt. Charles N. Graham and my other bother Charles Graham and joined the Army. My dad was a Charter Member of the Special Forces since their inception in 1953. He was a medic for his team with over 3000 parachute jumps including combat, night and HALO. I only saw my father, this great warrior cry once. And that was the day his first born was KIA. I’m proud of my brother. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and many more posthumously, which I have. I thank every one who served. And everyone that served with my brother, may God bless you all.

    • When was the date of your brothers death ? I was with the MILPHAP at Team 47 from July of 1968 to July of 1969. I don’t remember the names of the 2 Lt’s that was KIA , but I remember the story of how they were killed !! My name is Arville Cowart and I worked a with Dr. Brezidine and TSgt Rausch was our NCOIC!!

        • Sure did and I was the Club Manager and vividly recall your Brother and Lt. Browne the night before they left for DucVinh!!! Sad day for all and my heartfelt prayers and thoughts goes out to you and your family!!! I worked in the Club on my off time as a Manager and Bartender at times but my primary job was with the civilians in An Loc with MILPHAP 552! We were placed in the compound for security and rationing with Team 47!! Great people there!! My brother and I served in Vietnam at almost the same years 68 & 69 , but he was in The Delta region below Area III

      • Thank you sir. I truly miss my brother. But I take comfort in learning of memories like yours. Again, thank you. I’m glad you made it home. Thank you for your service. God bless.

        • Yes , it was a special night before in the Bing Long Open Mess Club when Lt’s Graham and Brown was ( buying the bar)and I was the Manager and sometimes served as bartender! We were all having a good time and fellowship as the MAT team was going out to help a village ( Duc Vinh), but was betrayed by the people they were trying to help. This was the story repeated many times but just so happened to take the lives of two Special guys!

    • Thank you, Robert, for your touching story. While I did not “know” your brother, I’d encountered him a few times around the Team 47 compound (I was Signal, attached to the team). One time, he’d left his beret in the “club” which was right across the courtyard/driveway from my radio bunker. Not wanting it to disappear, I placed it in the bunker and he later came to retrieve it and thanked me for preserving it. As we approach 50th anniversary of my assignment to An Loc, I can still see his face without any difficulty. I am sorry for your loss. Wishing you and your family peace.

      • spent some time in that “club” playing cribbage & drinking beer until the AC froze up and run us out. early summer 69 before I went up to Loc Ninh.

    • Robin,
      Thanks for your post. I hardly know where to begin. Terry was the best. One of my responsibilities was supervising his five-man Mobile Advisory Team (MAT). Mostly making PX runs and bringing mail. It also meant filling in for a team member that was on leave or rotating to the States. So I spent a fair number of evenings with the team. They did a great job at Duc Vinh and the other villages, training the Regional Force Vietnamese.
      Thanks also for Terry’s Virtual Wall website.
      Like Bill Clepper, and others, that night at Duc Vinh still haunts me…
      One of my hardest jobs was clearing out their storage container and sending his personal items to your dad. (Thank God, I was not the one walking up to his front door.) We corresponded a few times and that was when I learned he had been a combat veteran. Now I know just how much of a soldier he was.

      • Thank you. My brother and my dad were cut from the same cloth. I’m glad you made it home. Thank you for sharing your memories of my brother. Thank you for your service and God bless.

      • Robert, did you know the Sergeant (E5) who was wounded in a rocket attack in February ’69 (I think)? He was evacuated to Japan with a low spinal cord injury. I think he was doing the job you described as yours. When did you undertake those responsibilities? At the time of the attack he was on his way to join me in the elevated cement bunker in the corner of the compound behind the laundry shed. An Air Force nurse/medic named Cousins was in the bunker room below my platform and went to tend to him. I’ve always wondered how things turned out for him, and hoped for the best. Bruce

        • I was the Deputy District Advisor, Aug 68-Aug 69. I was an O-3 on MAJ Mowery’s District Team and supervised the MAT team.
          I recall the night of the rocket attack on our compound. It looks like 22 Feb on the date I have scribbled in a tiny 2×3 inch appointment booklet I kept ( why didn’t I keep a proper diary?)
          A rocket hit the roof of the hooch just as he was running by, and the air force medics were able to get right to him, stabilize him and evacuate him.
          Unfortunately, I do not have any information on his name or outcome. We may have run into each other but I do not recall him. It sounds like we had different jobs.

          • As an FYI, worked for Bob Mowery at FORSCOM Headquarters many years later. I was at An Loc May 69 to Dec 69 and then ChonThanh from Dec 69 to May 70. He was my boss as a GS15 and I was an LTC.

  14. For everyone who has posted here at Team 47 I find it very intriguing for me to read the posts of the guy’s before and after my time in An Loc and the guy’s who were with me. What’s even better than that is to meet up not only with a high school friend but, one who I spent 14 months with in An Loc. Danny White and myself had breakfast on 10/19/2017 (my 69th birthday) for two hours and we swapped memories when we were in An Loc and life after Vietnam. I haven’t seen Danny for decades since he has resided in NJ for many years. I found his post on this site and immediately sent him an E. He told me he was comming to Butler 10/16 and he would contact me. I found this site just in in time when he was coming back to Butler to visit family. Like everyone else when you leave high school you lose cantact with friends and start your own life. Well, the first time I ran into Danny after high school was 5:00am the morning of 5Mar68 in the Butler County Courthouse, PA as we were about to board a bus to be inducted in the Army at the Federal Building in Pittsburgh, PA. I had no idea he was drafted and he had no idea I volunteered for the draft. We took basic together at Fort Dix (same platoon) then got seperated after graduation and I figured until at least we did our time. To make a long story short we ran into each other a few more times after that and even in Long Binh waiting for our assigments. The day he left I said I’ll see you in a year as we said to each other every time we ran into each other. I left Long Binh the following day and flew to An Loc. Who do you think I found at Team 47 that day? Danny White. Let it be know we never went in the Army on the buddy system. Quite a story and yes, we went to Sydney, Australia together, (R&R) we extended 59 days together to get the five month drop off our 24 month hitch, flew back to the states together and flew from San Francisco to Pittsburgh, PA together and we were both toast when we wobbled down the stairs off the plane in Pittsburgh.

    Having breakfast/reunion like we did leads me to the next idea I would like to put out there as food for thought. I see a number of guy’s on this site would like to have a Team 47 reunion. I don’t know how many of you have ever been to Kokomo, Indiana for the annual Vietnam Veterans reunion. It has been held there every year for decades and I was there two different years with Barry Smith I think ’93 and ’94. Let me say that Barrys’ family members were blown away when they were mingling with Nam Vets from all branches and just the atmosphere of the reunion. Barry and I found it to be a very humbling experience especially when they play TAPS. The reunion is held every September and I will be going there myself next year (2018) with my Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 862. Let me say the National Kokomo Vietnam Veterans reunion is awesome. Why couldn’t we plan on that location, being in the midwest, and incorporate one day out of the four day event with a Team 47 reunion? I already know I will be hooking up with Bruce Cozzi and looking forward to that. I’m going to take the liberty to nominate Danny White, Roger Reed, whom I have spoken to over the years and Bruce Cozzi, whom I have spoken to recently because of this site. I think they would make an excellent trio of administration amigos who could put this together rather than just talk about it. Do I hear anyone second this motion? I don’t think it would be to hard finding out how many want to go and we’ll get a block of rooms at the Merriott (that’s where my 862 chapter stays) (or some where else) and guy’s would have the option of staying how ever many days they want. We just have to get the September 2018 dates and and firm up what day we set aside for Team 47 reunion. I’m the first guy with a plan so everyone else can please chime in and let us all know any ideas you may have. Like Roger Reed Said on 11/13/2016 GET ER DONE IN 2017. HOW ABOUT 2018?

    My sincerest regards to all of my Team 47 brothers.

  15. I was at a sub sector to An Loc, specifically at Chon Thanh, in 1965, but stopped in at An Loc a number of times. I just finished watching “The Vietnam War” series by Ken Burns (it’s being shown on PBS channels). An Loc is mentioned a number of times. if you have not seen it, be sure to find it and watch it. It is excellent.

    One of the things that I learned from the series is that as early as 1963, President Kennedy knew that we could never win a war in South Vietnam, due to the situation with the corrupt SVN government, and lack of support from the Buddhist majority and how badly the govt treated them. In addition, the Viet Cong were very dedicated and determined, whereas the govt was not.

    Despite his belief about how unwinnable an American war would be there, Kennedy was concerned that if he did not stand up to the communists, he would not be able to win re-election in 1964. President Johnson also believed the same thing, but each of them kept building up US involvement, sacrificing American lives, in the interest of their own re-elections.

    I find that to be disgusting. I lost friends there, as most of us have. And for nothing.

    • The war scared my soul. I said things I never should have & team mates forever shunned me. I loved the Vietnamese and Vietnam but never was the guy I was before then (I was 18-20). Lieutenant Colonel William B. Nolde, my last Cmdr (PSA, An Loc) of 3 that I served was LTC William B. Nolde who was killed just prior to the 1972 peace accords. Single incoming shell, Chon Thanh.

  16. I was a member of MACV Advisory Team 47 from mid-December, 1968 to late November, 1969. The last five
    months I was the liaison in Siagon shipping supplies back to An Loc. I have pictures and would like to share them.


      Colonel William Benedict Nolde (August 8, 1929 – January 27, 1973) was killed by shell fire at An Loc eleven hours before the cessation of all hostilities in accordance with the Paris Peace Accords. He was the last official American combat casualty of the war – the 45,914th confirmed death during the conflict.

      Nolde was buried on February 5, 1973 in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery (his widow Joyce was buried beside him in 2005).

      He was the senior military advisor in An Loc in Binh Long Province. At 43 years of age, he was the oldest graduate of Field Artillery OCS to die in Vietnam. While he was not the last American to die in Vietnam, his death was the last recorded before the cease fire, earning the dubious honor of being the last of 45,941 Americans killed during the conflict.

      As such, his funeral drew not only full military honors but considerably more brass than the funeral of a field-grade officer would normally command. Among 150 or so mourners were General Alexander Haig, the Army Vice Chief of Staff, and Lieutenant General Robert E. Coffin, who had been his Commanding Officer when he served in Italy before his Vietnam tour.

      At Central Michigan University the William B. Nolde Scholarship was established in memory of the Colonel by students, family and friends. The William B. Nolde Lecture Series takes place every two years and invites various politicians, professors and military leaders to lecture on the importance of leadership.

      COL Nolde commanded the 5th Bn, 30th FA in Italy (1969-1971) and is a well remembered member of the “Hard Chargers” of the 30th Field Artillery Regiment. The “SPERRY” Missile Trophy was retired in his name in 1974, and is prominently displayed in the 30th FA Regimental Room, in Snow Hall, at Fort Sill, OK. His service with the 5th Bn, 30th FA has been recorded in “The History of the 30th FA Regiment 1918-1998”. For more information about the “Hard Chargers” of the 30th FA Regiment contact MSG (R) Dan Gillotti, Historian, 30th FA Regiment, (

      Colonel Nolde enlisted in the Army in 1951 and served during the Korean War. He then attended OCS at Fort Sill. Among his many assignments, he was Assistant Professor of Military Science at Central Michigan University from 1962-1964 before his first tour of duty in Vietnam. He then returned to CMU as APMS for a second time, leaving that position in the fall of 1966. Colonel Nolde also served in Korea, Germany and the Far East. Prior to a third tour in Vietnam he had been stationed in Italy.

      Colonel Nolde was inducted into the Field Artillery OCS Hall of Fame on 16 June 2006

      • Another Team 47 PSA also died in VN. LUV Ray Suarez was PSA when I was there in early 68. He was a great leader. Was moved to Team 67 at Song Be and was KIA on Feb 69 when the NVA overran the MACV compound. Very sad….

        • Hello Chad. I served with COL Saurez at An Loc from Jan 68 until he went to Phuoc Long in the late summer. He was a good officer.

      • Sgt Smith, I worked in the Bing Long
        Open Mess Association as a bartender and there was a SSGT in charge of the supplies and also the Club Manager. I was with an Adviser outfit with the Air Force medical called MILPHAP, but I took over as the Club Manager and Sgt Sanders got my Cigarettes and my drinking Liquors for the club. I had beer and sodas brought in by C-130’s using pallets. Do you recall our beautiful red dirt runway? You mentioned a Col. Nolde, but we had a Lt. Col as the CO of the Det. 47 and he was flying on a LOCH helicopter when he was shot down and an Army Major took over command. Do you recall the Lt. Col. ‘S name? Just wondering and trying to keep my memory intact.

        • Hi Frank, SP4 John Smith here. Runway was 1,300 feet long of beautiful red dirt. The largest aircraft that could land there was a C-7 Caribou and I brought quite a few pallets in the duce and a half that I would use to meet the Caribou. The C-7 was the smallest of the transport planes that the Air Force had. I posted below which you may have missed about the LTC that was shot down. I’m not going to attempt to spell his name so let’s try a pronunciation exercise. Does this ring a bell? LTC Per-show-dough. That’s exactly how you pronounce his name and as I posted below it was to my understanding that he was rescused with a broken back. We had a new LTC that took his place in a very short period of time and I can’t remember his name to save my soul. Did SGT Sanders have blonde hair and did we call him Sandy as a nickname? I dropped my camera in the red mud at the air strip the day Danny White and me left An Loc and to this day I never cleaned the red mud from the camera. A little keepsake memory I keep in my Nam box.

          • Nice website, nice memories. What was your official duty at An Loc? I was Assistant District Advisor at An Loc. Sept 68- Sept 69.
            We had a SP4 Smith on our District Team. You? Senior District Advisors Maj Mowery and Maj Hodge.
            Good memory on our LTC. I remember he was evacuation with a severe back injury from a hard emergency landing in a Loach OH-6. I am sure my spelling is no better than yours. Maybe Pachuta? Likely Italian. Short steel- gray hair.
            I checked my OER and I believe his replacement was either LTC Corey or COL Ochs.

            My Interpreter was Sgt Vung. Like a brother and I really miss him. Ideas?

            • I was a Medic with the Air Force and we were known as the 552 Milphap and advisors to the civilian hospital. Dr Brezidene was our Commander and TSgt Rausch was our NCOIC. I worked as a bartender in the club and appointed to the Bing Long Open Mess Association Club Manager.

              • I was in the MILPHAP 552 Unit in 69. An Loc for a couple of months then went up to Loc Ninh until I left country. Had to take our jeep so went up with a company of 11 Cav. I was there when that butter bar lieutenant got Love killed.

            • Robert, My MOS was 11B10 for nine months then three months before I was due to leave Nam my MOS was changed to 71N20 which was a movements specialist. How do you like that title? I did go to the bush with Major Mowery at times but spent most of my time at the little airstrip of An Loc meeting any aircraft that landed there and by no means was it a busy place. Very boring MOS just hanging at the strip waiting and waiting and waiting never knowing when a plane would show up. But everyday when I brought the mail it was all worth the wait.

              BTW: Maybe Pachuta. Very well could be.

              • Smith, I am sure that was you! You did not realize it at the time, but you saved my life. At the time I did not realize it either. How so?

                The first week in Sept 68 I was on board the Blue and White Air America Beechcraft that touched down on the red dirt strip at An Loc. We had a drop off at Tay Ninh and we were headed to the last stop, Song Be. I was on orders for the Civil Affairs officer at Song Be.

                I hopped off to stretch my legs at the An Loc. You (I am pretty sure) were there to pick up the mail and we chatted a bit. I was not keen for the Civil Affairs assignment and I asked you if there were any openings at An Loc. More in line with my infantry training. (We were young then…) “Yeah, the Assistant District Advisor just left, and I guess that slot is open,” you answered. “They are out in the bush a bit.” I tossed you my duffel, and off we went off to HQ to negotiate.

                Saved my life? Chad’s posting on Sept 22, 2017, mentioned Song Be. The Province Advisor was killed that night, as well as most of the Song Be team, likely the Civil Affairs officer. If it were not for you, that probably would have been me.

                Thanks! I owe you one.

                • Well Robert, you owe me one. I did meet an Air America Beechcraft daily. I had a Top Secret Clearance and I gave a pouch of top secret docuements from our intelligence maybe S-1 Sector , not sure now, to the piolet and in turn he would give me the pouch of docuements he had from the brain trust in Saigon. I guess it was the best was to pass very sensative information without be intercepted by any type of radio. I think I remember the encounter we had. September of ’68 I was surely there. We’ll have to figure out a way we could meet and I can collect a cold one!!! A number of guy’s on this site are talking runion and I am going to post my idea within a couple of days and see how my idea fly’s with everyone. Stay tuned. I’ll be talking September of 2018 location.

            • Robert, I do remember you but 50+ years later my memory is a tad cloudy. The SP4 your talking about was Barry Smith and he served under Maj. Mowery and SFC Kirby. I don’t remember Maj. Hodge. My MOS was 11B10 and I did go to the bush a few times with Maj. Mowery but, the majority of my time was spent at the airstrip waiting on the mail along with club and PX supplies. I also met with an Air American single engine aircraft a couple times a week and handed off secret documents from our district to be delivered to MACV headquarters in Binh Hoa or Long Binh. Can’t remember.
              Take Care Robert

        • Following Memorial Day ceremony yesterday I got on the net to see if anything new was on Tm 47 site. Just to fill in some of the questions, the LTC that was the Dep PSA went down in the chopper was LTC Peixotto. He was with Maj Kneirnem (sp? the Prov S3 Advisor. Both were injured but survived. The crash was in the vic of the old French Fort in Chon Thanh District. LTC Peixotto was found walking out and using a cigarette lighter to signal searcher/rescue aircraft. At least this is what I was told. The morning of the crash I had medevaced myself via the chopper to Long Binh with severe dysentery. Upon release I took over the S3 Advisor Psn for the remainder of my tour. Went to Germany for about a year and volunteered to return to Vn as a District Advisor again.

            • I was assigned to An Loc Aug 68-Aug 69. Richard Parkinson (civilian was the Province Senior Advisor) and Ltc Peixotto was the Dep PSA.Tried very hard to get assigned there again in 71 when was assigned to Cang Long District in IV Corps. Met an old college buddy in Saigon who worked in assignments and tried to convince him to send me back to An Loc but he would not help me. Last days of second tour An Loc was basically overrun so I was fortunate that I did not return to III Corps. Remember SFC Kirby, Maj (later LTC ) John Sawyer, Lt Lauretti, S!, Maj Judd Wilson, LTC Norb Koziatek, who I served with a couple times, VN, Hawaii, Atlamta Ga.etc, Lt Harris District Phoenix Adv, SFC Lopez, District Medic, both Lt Graham and Brown from the Mat Team.

          • Oh my, do I ever remember the dysentery. I had amebic dysentery when at Chon Thanh (a sub-sector to An Loc) and had to be medevac’d out. Was in a hospital in Saigon for nearly a week, then back to Chon Thanh. I remember while at the hospital, there was some kind of Vietnamese opera-house or something like that across the street that played loud “music.” I am convinced to this day it was a VC plot to drive American patients in the hospital nuts. I think It worked! haha.

          • Hi Major- (at least that was your rank when I knew you). Great seeing you here. I reported to you as your Deputy Senior Advisor 4Sep1968. I remember you well. And the day the chopper went down. MAJ John Hodge was the DSA after you left.
            Where in Germany? And where on the second tour in VN?

            • Between Vn tours I was in Bad Kreuzach Germany. Spent just over a year there and volunteered for reassignment to VN.Probablly not the wisest move I ever made. After 2d VN tour went to C&GSC at Leavenworth then to Atlanta when Forscom was formed, Then to Rotc duty in Pa. then to Hawaii for three years at CINPAC HQ, back to Atlanta for a year and then retired. Following retirement I worked at FORSCOM for another ł7 years as Dept of Army Civilian, retiring again in 1999.
              Regards, Bob Mowery

              • Hi major Mallory this is your RTO from Nam Barry smith.Long time no hear I’m not good with computers .My email address is to hear from you.Im going to the Vietnam Nam reunion this week I hear your not going was in hopes I would see you.Would reaiiy make my week.Look forward to hear from you your RTO Barry Smith.Noblesville In

          • Good memory, Bob. That’s pretty much the same story I heard. Finally, the correct spelling of Peixotto. I was under Major Kanerinem (sp) and I don’t remember him being on board when the chopper went down. I can’t remember if Major K. was still in An Loc when I came home. I left the first week of Oct. ’69. Do you by any chance remember the E7 who was Major K’s right hand man? I have a picture of both of them and I can’t remember the E7’s name to save my soul. You would find both of them working in the under ground bunker that was being built when I arrived in An Loc Aug. ’68. I was an RTO in the bunker for about three months. There was a fellow by the name of Grimm who was in my hooch and worked the midnight shift in the under ground bunker most of his tour. We were in round the clock radio communication with our guy’s in Loc Ninh, Chon Thanh and the MAT TEAM.

            • jphn smith and others going to kokomo ind in sep 18

              hope to see as many of team 47 there it will be great to see everyone

              again. its been way to long and all those memories.

              ive got my reservations in and conformation back for all 4 days.



              • Who can share info on the Kokomo reunion? Think I might want to attend and meet you guys from An Loc.

                Chad Spawr
                MACV 47
                Mar-Jun 68

                • Chad, I think you were in An Loc and gone before I got there.. I will be in Kokomo and we are not allowed to talk about reuenions on this site and I hopre every body respects the requests of the site who say’s no talking about reuenions. Pleases conatct Danny White or Roger Reed and we will all meet up at Kokomo. Please respect the site administartor and no talking about a reuenion. Please!!! I will be at Komoko for four day’s.
                  Sure would be great to swap some good stories with guy’s I haven’t seen for 50 years. Who ever reads this please try and show up. We’re all getting a little age with some problems but, I can say I am blessed to be in very giood health. I know my good buddy Barry Smith is dealing with issues releated to Agent Orange and he told me he will be at Kokomo if he has to come by ambulance. He’s a Tropper.

            • Hi. Pardon the intrusion- I found this site in a search for “Peixotto 1969 Vietnam”. LTC Peixotto’s granddaughter here. Could someone kindly tell me what month the helicopter crash occurred? He’s not able to tell me (at 92, details are a bit fuzzy for him now) and I’m trying to piece together timelines of his photos and audio tapes from then.
              Also, I have a photo labeled ‘Maj Mowery Soc Xiem.’ I’d be happy to send a scan along if it happens to be you.

              • I think it was around August 1968. I thought it was a Huey but others say it was a LOH. Major Knerim (sp?) who was in the crash was later at Ft Knox.

        • LTC Peixitto and a Major went down in a Huey South of An Loc. Major Corey took over for a while. Yes, I absolutely remember the red dirt short airstrip, almost got killed there twice. Once when fired on while landing in Air America plane. Another when I was going to help a Marine Sergeant teach his men the LAW (Light AntiTank Weapon). I was delayed and they hit a mine just off the runway. They were guards for one of our special detachments. May 68 or so

        • LTC Robert Corley was the PSA/MACV Adv Tm 47 Commander prior to LTC Nolde, and he was there for the most vicious of the fight, remaining in An Loc throughout the battle with several other Team officers as his spt. Prior to LTC Corley, LTC Robert Dunlap held the honors as PSA.

      • John: Would you have any info on a silver star recipient, Lt. Richard Michael Arnovitz, Mobile Adv. Team 47,HQ., MACV, KIA at Tay Nih Provience, S.V.,. I am in the process of completing a book on those killed in Vietnam from McKeesport, Pa between Dec. 1965 and 12/26/1971. They are part of a group called the “McKeesport 23”, collectively as one and honored as such. “Tube City Patriots” is a human interest story on ordinary lives that made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for your service.

        • Dale: I am working on a project to honor Drexel University Army ROTC commissioned officers who were KIA in Vietnam. Lt. Richard Michael Arnovitz’ name appeared on an old plaque that Drexel’s ROTC department found recently. However, he was not a Drexel graduate. I found some anecdotal information that he may have been a University of Pennsylvania graduate. I would appreciate your help in clarifying this information. I also was a Drexel ROTC commissioned officer and served in Vietnam. Thank you.

          • He graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy and went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania. He was in ROTC at UoP. (I am Mike’s brother)

            • Hi Anthony, sorry for the late response. Drexel University had planned a ceremony to honor your brother and six other ROTC grads who died in the Vietnam War. Sadly, the event scheduled for May 20th, has been indefinitely postponed due to the COVID 19 crises.
              Please feel free to reach me at “ “.

          • Anthony, Ray Stankus again. Drexel’s planning to hold the pandemic postponed ceremony to honor the Drexel Army ROTC commissioned officers that died in the Vietnam War. It’s planned for May 24th. Just need to confirm that your brother received his commission through Drexel’s program. We have confirmed that he graduated from Penn in 1968. Thank you.

            • My husband George Primm was in the ROTC program at Pittsburg State University and went to Vietnam from 69-70 as a 2nd lieutenant. He graduated from PSU after he returned. Back then it was called Kansas State College.
              He passed away from complications of lung cancer on May 7, 2021. I had a ceremony for him at the PSU Veterans Memorial because that war was so heavily on his mind before he passed away!

      • Thank you for your post. I only met LTC Nolde once (Bien Hoa at Team office after evac from An Loc) before he was off to the Battle of An Loc. CPT (LTC, ret.) Donald M. Hensley, Sr. (Phoenix) served with him in Binh Long Province until he was killed; Don spoke/wrote very highly of him. [Don passed suddenly June 7, 2021, in Colorado Springs, CO. Don and another captain wrote an after-action report that you can find at]

  17. I was at a subsector to An Loc for a few months in 1965. I don’t remember the team number, but it was at Chon Thon, advising ARVN popular and regional forces. We did not trust the units we were with at all, so the four of us pulled our own guard duty rotation. The forces we were advising were very poorly trained.

    I posted pictures of our little hut and the area on Shutterly and Flickr if anybody wants to see them. It is difficult to find by doing a search, so if you want to see them, email me at bultena(at) Just replace the (at) with @. I would post a link to the photos here, but that is not allowed on this site.

    • Very interesting. Did not know there had been a team at Chon Thanh. I did some work with the RF/PF on Hill 128 just north of An Loc. We’d go up there for 2-3 days at a time, work with them on weapons, teaching hygiene (they needed it), medics taught basic first aid, etc., we did some patrolling, setting up better perimeter security, etc.. Hill was high enough you could see a long way; didn’t feel we could trust the RF/PF on the hill at night, so we literally spent a third of each night on watch while the other two guys slept. That was tough duty, so it was a good thing we were only there 2-3 days at a time.

      • Hi Chad, An Loc was the main headquarters for Team 47. I worked at the air strip and on Mon. Wed. and Sat. and I had a work chopper ferry supplies to Chon Thanh and Loc Ninh who were part of Team 47. I was with Team 47 from the first week of Aug. ’68 thru the first week of Oct. ’69.

        • I remember the airstrip. It is gone now, built into the new city. I left An Loc in June 68, so just missed you. Was in An Loc in Feb 15, and the entire MACV compound is gone and rebuilt into a residential area.

          • Chad, Lt. Willette went back to An Loc maybe 15 years ago. He sent me pics. Compound and airstrip gone like you said and I didn’t recognize anything in An Loc. Rebuilt 100% after it was blown off the map during the 60 Day Easter seige in ’72.

            • John… is very different from the late 60’s for sure. I was able to get oriented at the circle where the Quan Loi road came up the hill into town from the east. From there, it was easy to find the old compound location, but it sure was gone. A very nice residential area is now there. I always loved An Loc; glad it was rebuilt after the war. Except for the phoney-assed mass grave they constructed in town, it is a very nice place to visit. Chad Spawr.

            • Lt Willet was my roommate until I DEROSed end of October 68. I heard about his injury and I visited his Mother in GA for a few minutes. He was at U of Ga by then, I think.

    • Oops, sorry for the typo. I am too old to remember spelling, it seems. Chon Thanh. Be sure to ask me if you want to see the photos, and I will email you the link to them. My email is given in my earlier post.

  18. Where would this reunion be held? didn’t know this fellow or where he lived, but I wouldn’t mind getting together to share memories of An Loc. It has changed a lot since the war. the MACV compound is long gone, replaced with a pretty nice residential area.

  19. hey anybody interested in visiting terry grahams grave this summer an making it into a reunion?????

  20. I was on Advisory Team 81 at SF Camp Long at Hon Quan (An Loc), as an AF FAC (Rod 8), from Dec 66 to Dec 67. Did the new fort change the Team to 47 after I left? I’m not finding much that puts 81 in Binh Long. I’m pretty sure I was there. At least that is the address on the mail I saved.

  21. I do remember your name, Tom. If we can get some guys together in a good place, I’m up for it. Hope to meet you all one day soon. Chad Spawr, Team 47

    • Hi; I was the Psyops Advisor assigned to advisory team in Binh Long Prov from 1 Mar 1964 until late Jul 1964. At that time we were part of the PBT Special Zone. Team # was 88. On July 13. 1964, three (3) members of the team and our Vietnamese interpreter were killed in an ambush near Tao O, along Highway 13 about 12 Kilometers south of the Province Capital of Binh Long. The VC ambushed a Ranger Company on the way to assist a unit in Chon Thanh. There were about 37 Rangers Killed in addition to our Team. Those killed were Maj Joseph William Burkett, PSA, Cpt Billy T Hatfield RF/PF ADV, Cpt Richard Marion Sroka, Rgr Bn ADV. The only reason I was not with them that AM was I has business with the USOM Guy and as I returned to the compound they were ready to leave. I asked Maj Burkett if he wanted me to get my gear and go with them. Maj Burkett, said no, “they better leave somebody back to mind the Store”. A Maj Robert Switzer ( SP) Came to replace Maj Burkett. I was subsequently sent to be the Ben Cat DSA, in Binh Duong Prov
      I do not know when the team # changed but When I was there it was #88 as listed on the Wall. E1, Row 58
      By the way, my name is Forrest Woods, I went on to a 2nd tour in Phu Bon Prov, 1967, Mar, to mar 1968.

      • Hi Forrest,

        I was PSYOP field team leader for 2d Bde 1st Cav Div at Quan Loi and Lai Khe in ’68-69, quite a while after you were there. I’m currently President of the PSYOP Veterans Association (POVA), an association of veterans of US military PSYOP. You clearly qualify for membership, and we’d love to have you with us. You can reach me at, and I can send you information on POVA. Looking forward to connecting with you. By the way, during my time at MACV Team 47 (Mar-June ’68, I drove down to Bien Hoa regularly without incident. Driving north of An Loc was virtually impossible, but going southbound was quite safe by then. When I visited Viet-Nam in Feb ’15, we drove Hwy 13 up to Loc Ninh, and it was strange to see that country that I’d only ever seen from the air and on the ground following air insertion. We also drove to Bu Dop and Song Be, none of which I’d seen from the ground before except after being flown in. My how times have changed.

        Welcome Home!

    • Hi Chad. We met by way of a Battle of An Loc memorial page. My first email here was for JohnCusolito. He and I met in Loc Ninh in 69. I spent my second year in An Loc and left in August of 71 about six months before that battle. I’d like to see a reunion if we can round up a group.

      Tom Friedel

  22. I worked the comm room & the cooks & supplies and some facility support.
    I left in Sept of 69 and I was in the adjacent underground when they got them done.

    • Hey Bac Si, how are you? We spent time in Loc Ninh together in 69 – 70. A reunion would be interesting. Chad Spawr and I have traded emails, although a few years ago. Where do you call home? Maybe that will help us decided where to hold a reunion.

    • I was in Loc Ninh , 1970- 1971 with SSG Thorson, SFC Yamata, Major Blair, and Lt. York. If any one knows these people, let me know. I was able to locate and communicate with Ted Thorson. But unable to locate the others. Help if you can. call 210.310.1000

      • Memory is trash but I remember Major Blair. I’m not sure, but he may have been evac’d from An Loc o/a April 7, ’72. Best name I recall from those days is CPT George Wanat who was captured in Loc Ninh behind enemy lines in May ’71 if my memory holds correct. George said the captors were evil, per se; he was released after Peace Accords in ’72.

  23. Appreciate that. My memory holds 4 specific dates for 66-67 and 71-72. Then of course his discharge in 1980 from Fort Riley, his final assignment. Why would assuming knowledgeable people deny the existence of one of the Teams?

  24. P.S.: If memory serves me right someone posted here about the death of a Colonel. And if memory serves me right he was in a riverboat that had just left Rach Gia. My husband took pictures of the riverboat after the recovery.

  25. I entered a query quite a few months ago about my husband and received minimal info about Team 47. His name was Charles Joseph Prusik (aka Chuck). He was approximately ten years older then most of the men over there so I really didn’t expect anyone to remember him. I had been in touch with the commander of his unit at Rach Gia but also got minimal information since the commander had only been with the unit before they had an overrun by the Viet Cong, shortly after which my husband was transferred.

  26. Sorry—-I don’t have his files anymore–sent them to the family to avoid fights about who got everything when he died—my memory say 44, but I may have a subliminal memory of 47 also. I know the higher echelon were playing games with the unit numbers sooo…. Again apologies:

  27. After his death when I was trying to straighten out my husband’s tours in Viet Nam every time I mentioned Team 47 I hit a blank wall. They either claimed it was eliminated/never existed/never heard of. Curious to see if you have any remarks about this. He went from Team 44 to Rach Gia near a Sea Bee project. You know the situation, secret missions into the jungles of every connecting country around and raids into the Michellin Plantation–etc.; etc.

    • MACV Advisory Team 47 was the Team during the battle of An Loc in 1972. You can find a host of info at (created by William B. Carruthers, Jr. of Charlotte, NC (deceased 2019), a Forward Air Controller during the battle of Loc Ninh and An Loc).

  28. Marvin, the cut/paste works, but some numbers and % characters also appear around the “DOT”. Correcting the path statement does work and I enjoyed your photos. Thanks for posting them. Liked the old-school boots and fatigues. Bruce

    • Okay, my posts with the links to where you can find the photos of Chon Thanh keeps getting deleted, so I guess y’all will just have to do a google or bing search to find it. You can search for Saigon 1965 on Shutterfly or go to shutterfly and try to find it. Whatever.

      • Or you can email me and I would be happy to send you the link. Of course, replace the AT with the @ symbol.

    • I really don’t know why I spent the many hours and money it took to scan my slides of Chon Thanh, etc., in order to share them with all of you who might have enjoyed them. The hours included not only scanning them but a LOT of time trying to color correct them and improve them. I’ve made several attempts to point to the location of the photos. However, it has all been fruitless, as every attempt I have made has resulted in the posts with the links being deleted, and it seems doing a google search or going to shutterfly to try to find them is not successful without a specific link.

      So, I made the attempt, and if you want them, you’ll just have to get a message to me so I can email a link to you.

      • My name is Frank Cowart and I was assigned with 552 Milphap MACV as an Air Force adviser from July 1968-July 1969. While there our Army CO was a Lt.Col in US Army and was killed while flying in a LOCH helicopter. My commander was a Capt. ( USAF) Brezidene, M.D. I worked for a TSGT Rausch . If anyone out there recalls any info about what the Army CO ‘s name was let me know. Thanks

        • Hi Frank, my name is John Smith and I was with Team 47 from the first week of Aug. 68 thru the first week of Oct. 69. If we are on the same page we did lose our Team 47 Army CO who was a LTC while flying in a LOCH. It was my understanding that he was rescued with a broken back. Now for the name I will give it a try and I’m sure I will botch this bad with spelling but sound this out. LTC Per-show-dough. Ring a bell?

          • The back injury fits my recollection as well. We were told that they performed an autorotation landing that was violent enough to cause the injury. Subsequent to that news, I never heard (or do not recall) any updates.

          • John, I’m interested in any photos of our An Loc compound that you may be willing to share. I’ve managed to lose mine, over the years. My grandson is now a Marine and I’d like to be able to share some of my history with him.

            • Bruce, I do have some pictures of our compound but not many. I also have an aerial picture of the ‘ole Team 47 Graham ~ Browne compound. I worked at the air strip and had a work chopper ferry supplies to Loc Ninh and Chon Thanh three times a week to our extended Team 47 members. I asked the chopper piolet one day if he would fly my over the compound and get some aerial shots. He said no problem, get in and away we went and circled the compound. You’ll have to give me an E address for me to send them to you. I don’t have many but I’m sure they will bring back memories. I just sent some pictures to Danny White but he gave me his E address. So your grandson is a Marine. Awesome!!!

              • has aerial photo of An Loc damage from the NVA’s Easter Offensive. I flew in and out a bit before the battle but never took any pictures. We had no one on-site for the air strip when I served there (12/70-4/72) during the drawdown Pacification.

  29. I’ve been trying a long time to post a link here to some photos of Chon Thanh that I uploaded to Shutterfly. None of the comments with the link would post. I think I have finally figured out why. This site doesn’t allow links.

  30. Carl Thompson (posted by wife) was in Chon Thanh from June 68 through May ’69. He was a Radio Operator. We just uploaded pictures of Chon Thanh if you are interested. We are looking for as much information as possible to support his VA disability application. He remembers serving with the following, AF Sargent Ed Maldinaro, Sgt Simms, Sgt Jones, Sgt Peffly Sargent Flowers and his first CO was Captian Johnson. He does not remember the name of the CO who replaced him. If any of you were there during that time or might have information that would support his recollection of his experiences please e-mail me at: Thank you, we appreciate any assistance you could provide.

    • Carl and wife, where did you post the pictures? Would love to see them . You can see mine (see my above post).

      I hope you are able to get the information you need for Carl’s disability.

  31. I have located my old photos (slides) from Vietnam taken in 1965. Several of Chon Thanh, plus Ham Tan, Saigon, etc. Once I convert them to digital, and since I normally do NOT post photos on-line, does anyone have any ideas of where I can post them so others can have access?


    • Marvin, You might consider using “Dropbox”, a FREE utility made for that very purpose. One can upload photos (or any files for that matter) to folders created/named by the user, then Share those folders with specific other parties. You would have to know email addresses for those persons, as it must be entered to Share the folder. That person then receives an email link to the folder(s) you’ve shared with them. Just Google “Dropbox”, download the application and set it up. It’s easy and intuitive. I, for one would like to see those photos, so please post when you’re ready to go. I’ll be happy to provide my email address. And thanks for being willing to share your photos. I’ve lost most of mine.

      • Thank you so much for the suggestion. I will open a DropBox account, and also probably Shutterfly and maybe a few others if anybody has any more suggestions, to make it easy for people to access them.

        I just got done going through the slides. The slides were really mixed up, and they all have dust spots. Also, as they are 50 years old, and I am 50 years older, it is hard to identify just where some of the shots were taken, as I had moved around to different locations while in Vietnam.

        However, there are about 50 slides of Saigon (including a few of Ton Son Nhut), and maybe around 30 or so of Chon Thanh (not very many of the village, as being only 19 or 20 at the time, I was NOT very talented when it came to selecting subject matter). After I left Chon Thanh, I went to Ham Tan, and there are about 35 or so slides around there.

        There are several I cannot tell where they were taken, and then several more that I most likely have misidentified, so do have patience, and once I get them posted, please help me correct any misidentified ones or those I could not identify.

        It’ll take me maybe a week to get them scanned, then maybe another week to clean them up a bit in Photoshop Elements.

        Does anyone else have photos at these various locations? I’ve been in Phouc Vinh, Ap Bo La, An Loc (briefly, on my way down to Chon Thanh), Chon Thanh, and Ham Tan.


      • Bruce, I’ve posted the Chon Thanh photos to Shutterfly (see above) but have also put them in DropBox. If you want them via DropBox, let me have your email and I will add you there. Same applies to anyone else who wants them from DropBox.

  32. Bob Tarbet. I was with Adv Tm 47 when it was in Tuy Hoa, 1963-part of ’64. I was an assistant infantry battalion advisor with 2/47. Bill Privette was with 1st Battalion and an artillery 1st Lt was with 3d Battalion. Life was pretty good for the advisory team in Tuy Hoa. I understand things went south after the regiment moved. I switched to Adv Tm 28 at Tuy Hoa and became the Hq Commandant. I like to call my job the Hq comedian. email

  33. You would not believe Chon Thanh now. I was there in February. It has moved onto Hwy 13, is a big bustling town with beautiful buildings, paved highway, lots of shops, tremendous area. I was surprised and impressed. No matter what else happened, capitalism won.

    • I sure do believe you. Photos I took at the time are lost somewhere, so I went on the internet to try to find some the way Chon Thanh was circa 1965 and found none. Instead, there were a lot of current photos which blew me away. Wow, what a change! You are right in that capitalism actually did win.

      BTW, I see notations in some posts that they uploaded photos to the site, but I have not figured out how to access them. Do you know, or does anybody know. I am after photos of An Loc, Chon Thanh, Phouc Vinh, Ham Tan, villages in War Zone D (I was with a couple ARVN ranger companies there in ’65 but cannot find anything on that ranger compound or the village we were in). On this site, I can’t identify the Phouc Vinh team.

  34. I remember Chon Thanh in ’67 to ’69 as a dusty ville just east of Hwy 13. When I was there, we could usually travel Hwy 13 up to An Loc without much trouble, although there were occasional ambushes and snipers. I actually drove a Jeep alone from Quan Loi to Bien Hoa and back the next day without trouble. Stupid in hindsight, but I made it. I can imagine how bad it was in ’65.

    No way we could ever drive up to Loc Ninh from An Loc. Just too dangerous. Great memoire! Thanks.

    • Yes, it appeared to be a very sleepy little village. Behind the scenes, however, there was a lot of VC activity. If any of us needed to go into the village, such as for a haircut or to get something, or to perform medical services for the villagers, we all went, There was no electricity in the village that I was aware of or remember.

      Even in the Regional/Popular Forces compound where our hut was, there was no electricity. In the evening, the Vietnamese commander sometimes ran a generator. We were lucky enough to have a refrigerator in our hut which was powered by propane, but we didn’t always get a supply of propane to run it.

      Unlike you, Chad, we never tried the main road to go any great distance. You were very lucky. When the ARVN rangers or any of the R/P forces went up the road, 9 times out of 10 they were ambushed, if my memory serves me.

      When I was there, I didn’t understand or appreciate how much of a hotbed of enemy activity it was. But even so, we were prepared to bug out very quickly if anything serious happened.

      Once we were pulled out of there, I went back to Phouc Vinh for a couple of weeks, then on to Ham Tan.

      Regarding An Loc, I thought the French country club was really something. Gorgeous. Large covered but open-air rooms, lots of marble, etc. I understand it was destroyed in a battle either later in 65 or maybe it was 66.

      • The French country club in late 67 was “on” Quan Loi 1st ID forward base about 3 miles East of An Loc. Had to have Vietnamese Officer to go there. If we are talking of the same place. The house I speak of had French occupants or visitors, ladies included, living inside the wire at Quan Loi.

  35. I was at An Loc for several days in 1965 while waiting for transport down to Chon Thanh, a bit south. While at An Loc, I went with some other guys out to a French owned rubber plantation, to a club house they had there, and had some drinks.

    After being with the MACV team in Chon Thanh for a few months, our four man team was dispersed, and replaced by a special forces A-Team. The medic on our team, a really great guy, was transferred to either An Loc or Loc Ninh (don’t remember which now). Unfortunately, a week or so later, VC attacked the MACV compound there and he was killed. That really saddened me. He was always giving of himself, and helping others, including locals, making him popular with the locals. I heard the VC had a price on his head.

    While at Chon Thanh, I contracted amebic dysentery and spent a week in the hospital in Saigon. As we didn’t trust the local ARVN units, we pulled our own guard duty all night long. Being down one, it was a real burden to the others, working during the day, then rotating on guard duty at night, so I made it back to Chon Thanh as soon as the doctors released me.

    The amebic dysentery was no fun, with bright green “stuff” coming out both ends. Totally disgusting. No idea how I got it, as all four of us were very careful.

    • The team I was with in Chon Thanh advised regional and popular forces. Another four-man team advised a couple of ARVN ranger companies. Our paths seldom crossed except on special occasions, such as if we got our hands on a generator and movie projector, and set up a white cloth in an open area near our hut and invited the local ARVN military guys and other locals to watch a movie with us. That happened very rarely.

      The forces we were advising were trigger happy with their 105mm artillery pieces, always sending out rounds into the countryside, so we were constantly on the radio advising choppers coming in to approach from certain directions only. There was a field right outside our hut that was big enough to land two Huey’s at a time, max. Other than a road that went up to An Loc as well as further south (which was way too dangerous for us to travel on), our only mode of transport was via Huey. There was no airstrip.

      Chon Thanh was on a known route for the NVN forces and VC when traveling between War Zones C and D. At one point, we got word they were scare to death to travel that trail because a man-eating tiger was in the area. Apparently it had taken out several of them. Go Tigers! Never heard what happened after that, if they got it, or it got more of them.

    • I was assigned to Team 47 for most of 1970 as the Phoenix/DIOCC Officer. I later transferred to Team 86 in Tan An to finish my tour.
      What do you know or recall of the team members?

    • I was there on the Tema from Dec. 12, 1970 to July 10, 1972, S-1 clerk/typist. Youngest and longest one there when the ’72 battle unfolded. Major Davidson, CPT Wanat and several others were in Loc Ninh when the NVA offensive began. MAJ Davidson w/ his interpreter escaped the Loc Ninh compound and made it to An Loc safe. CPT Wanat hid ~30 days until he was discovered and captured. There was a SFC advisory who tried escaping to the high ground which was napalmed (MIA/KIA). CPT Mark Smith (“Zippo”) of Loc Ninh (not Adv Tm 47) has after-action report posted online (that reportedly is studied in a military school in Pakistan (if my memory holds correct regarding which nation it is)); he was captured during E&E during the battle and has quite a hardcore story. MAJ Davidson killed no one during the battle and E&E and I’ve been told by grace of God he was shielded from capture thru enemy lines.

  36. Send me an email at “” and I’ll send you some pic’s of An Loc today and the old compound area.

    • Send me an email at “” and I’ll send you some pic’s of An Loc today and the old compound area.

      • Ron, I was there from July 68-July 69 with the 552 MILPHAP assigned to MACV Team 47. I would be interested in seeing the pictures of that old home place , that we called home for a year! I served also as a bartender working for an ARMY Sgt. , but later when he left I was made the CLUBS manager along with Sandy that ordered our BX items and my needed supplies for the Binh Long Open Mess Assoc.

  37. I’d love a picture or two of the An Loc compound. I took pictures of the old compound location as it looks today. Was just there in February. Totally changed!

    • Chad, I’ve often thought of going back. How did you accomplish the trip? Were you free to travel anywhere you wanted, or were you restricted to “tours”? I would like to see your photos of the current site. Can you direct me to your gallery, or to where you have them posted?

  38. Hi, anyone here serve MAT 47 Rach Gia April 1970 and recall Charles Joseph Prusik; Providence Ready Reaction Team; Battle of Chau Duc in Cambodia that left with 144 RFs, interpreter. Later 3 Lieutenants airlifted due to injuries and returning with only 18 active returning?

  39. I believe your right, Thanks. I’ve got a few pictures of the monkey and others if I can find them I’ll post them, Thanks, Greg

    • Greg, I’ve lost almost all of my photos of the An Loc compound. Any you could share would be appreciated. That freak’n monkey bit my hand and drew blood a few days before I was to leave country in July ’69. I didn’t report it, as I was not about to have my departure delayed. I guess luck was on my side; I didn’t pick up any strange monkey-born illnesses.

    • Hey Danny Boy, John Smith here. Let me set the record straight about all three monkey’s in the compound. I was the first owner of a monkey at the expense of Barry Smith. He bought a monkey for my 20th birthday (10/19) from the montagnard’s for $5 MPC. I gave her to Lt. Rodriguez MAT-TEAM CO. the day I left for home and you were with me. We extended 59 days together to get the 5 month drop from our 24 month hitch.
      Monkey number two was owned by Lt. Willette named Dufus and Dufus was dumber than dumb. He had no tail and looked like an over grown rat when he got lose running through the compound. Monkey number three was a Rock Ape owned my SFC Kirby and was pure mean to the bone. He was tied up on a wire run between the mail room and the club. He got hold of Barry’s dog one time and made love to it. I saw it. This Rock Ape was bad news and I knew his name to be Sam. I kept my distance from Sam because I used to torment him and if he ever got hold of me I would have been a KIA at the expense of Sam. I am dead serious.

      BTW: When Barry gave my the monkey I called him George because he had a pair of stones. To my dismay female monkey’s also have stones (go figure) so I changed the name to Gorogitta. One time when the 11th ACR was on a three day stand down at the airstrip I found out they had a monkey named Mike. So, I took Georgitta down to the strip to meet Mike with the thought of having baby monkeys and Col. Patton Jr. who was the CO of the 11th ACR (Gen. Patton’s son) saw what we were up to and he came over and said he didn’t want my monkey abused. I left her there for three day’s and nothing happened. Georgitta was honked off at me for a week after that. She was to young to breed.

      Other than that Danny, how the heck are you doing? I heard your in NJ with the family. I’m still in Butler retired and living the dream.

  40. I was on a 5-man MAT team with the 47th group up in Loc Ninh, north of An Loc. The year was 1971 and our team Commander was an Infantry Major whose name escapes me at the time. He was a former Special Forces captain who sustained a head wound during a previous ‘Nam tour. Our “Operation Phoenix” Intelligence officer was a Lieutenant York who was purported to be the grandson of WWII hero Sgt. York. We supported the ARVN 74th Ranger Battalion and shared their base camp. During that time our individual 5-man team served on several individual ARVN outposts manned mainly by Cambodians and Montagnards. During my last 4-5 months of my tour there my team was phased out as part of the U.S. withdrawal taking place. My remaining tour time was then spent in An Loc at the TOC as a night time security officer. My main duties there included keeping up with individual team ambushes, plotted artillery, gunship support, and Med Evac choppers, and then reporting all the night’s activities during our morning briefings. It was during that time that I befriended a Captain Wannat who later became a POW after my departure. Did anyone else on this site serve up in Loc Ninh during ’70-’71? I’d love to hear from you. If yes, please feel free to call or text me at 501-551-0362. Thank you brothers.

    • The Majors Name was Blair. I think you where the medic. Yamata (SFC) was the infantry coordinator. Huel (S/SGT) was your Phoenix guy. Lt. York was the Intel Officer. I have photo of all five Americans together. You replaced a medic names Zapeda.

    • I served as Phoenix/DIOCC Officer for Team 47 for most of 1970. I later transferred to Team 86 in Tan An. The name of the major in charge escapes me at this moment, but he had been a former non-commissioned officer if I recall correctly.

    • I was with MAT 47 from summer of 70 to summer of 71 but I don’t remember these names. I was not up north but in the main compound.

  41. 8 Jan 1972 to 9 Jan 1973 …came from Baumholder, Germany to find I had been invited an unfriendly party. Home a week before going to Arlington for the Colonel’s funeral and burial.

    • Were you at AnLoc during the Easter Siege? Did you know a First Sergeant John D. Hutchinson, or a Sgt. Roy L. Carruth or a counterpart Sgt. Van Ta? My husband mentions these names in a paper we found among his things after his death last year. He served three tours in Vietnam and received a silver star after being wounded at AnLoc. However, in his later years he had no memory of Vietnam at all and we would appreciate any information.

  42. I was assigned to Team 47 from Mar – Jun 68; worked with the Province S3 and Civil Affairs. SSG Loveday, SP4 Transue, CPT Sheiner,SP4 Terrell. We had a little yellow dog we called “Bear.” He came with us from the 1st Infantry Division at Quan Loi.

  43. This is from Greg Mortland, Aug 68 – Sept 69, does anyone remember the name of the Lt. with the pet monkey ?

    • No, but that F’ing monkey didn’t like me for some undetermined reason! Used to screech at me while I was walking past to the mess hall.
      W. Bruce Morton, Sp4, 1st Signal Btn (attached)

    • Greg, I’m Lou Hart, on Team 47 from Sep 69. I lived in the hooch by the tree where the monkey lived. ( we called him Dufus). I was a 2 Lt when I arrived. It’s been a few years since you posted this but I just found the site.

    • Hi Greg, I think I remember you. John Smith here. Lt. Willitte owned Dufus without a tail. Lt. Willitte was also the one of two Lt.’s that were hit with shrapnel from a tree burst from a 122mm rocket in May of ’69. I talked to him maybe 10 years ago and he remembered me driving him and the other LT. to the soccer field to be medevac’d to Quan Loi. Can’t think of the other LT. for the life of me and have no idea as to what was his fate.
      Barry Smith rode shotgun for me and leaving the compound after midnight some time was a little unnerving to say the least.

  44. bruce morton, yes without faces i forget also.
    my name is roger reed i was with macv 47 from aug 68
    thru nov 69. i worked in s1 section with ray rappazzinni
    was in underground barracks with greg morton, john smith
    chet mochel john cheney

      • Tommy, I was the Phoenix clerk Dec. 70 and moved to S-1 company clerk & mail room Jan. 71 working under 1LT Stevens & SFC Shiverly, then CPT Eubank for LTC Dunlap. SF CPT Charles Hall (served in An Loc during battle of ’72) and SSG Charles Cox under LTC Robert Corley, then finally Team Cdr LTC Nolde (1 mo.). E-5 Promotion Board in Saigon sent report back to LTC Corley advising I be admonished for my lack of prep. *I had 10 minutes or so notice prior to Hwy 13 closing, arrived in Bien Hoa (or Saigon?) too late but to get mattress to cover me for night from mosquitoes, no sleep, wearing my best uniform that had a huge blood stain on the front that wouldn’t wash out. My NCOIC had a lot of prior notice, didn’t like me and made sure I wasn’t prepared thru study or otherwise. Such was life for me ~ Hope you loved the S-1 girls (Suzy, etc) as much as I did ~ My tour was an awesome education. Rotated July 10, 1972 to work for USACIDC Plans & Trng Directorate in Fort McNair, DC until April ’73 early discharge. The war broke my heart thru & thru.

        • Ronald, Thanks for responding. I think Lt Stevens is who took Lt Talbert’s place and I worked under at the last before going home…Yes the girls that worked there in the office were great…Suzie and Co-Sin and there were 2 others but can’t remember there names. Seemed like Lt. Stevens wore glasses and was a very nice guy..laid back. Who was there in our place from August to December?



  45. I was Signal, attached to MACV compound in An Loc (Team 47) from Nov 1968 through July 1969. We must have run a million miles of single-pair phone wire around that town before they came and installed the 100-pair cable (which was immediately cut by rocket shrapnel). I recognize some of your names; but without photos… you know how it is.
    Dom Sementelli was the chap who died following the jeep accident. He was one of our foursome for pinochle. And, of course, I remember the sad loss of Lt. Terry Graham and Lt. Earl Browne. Just before that, the sergeant who shared the cement guard-post/bunker by the laundry room with me (during attack) was wounded by rocket shrapnel en route to the post, and was shipped out for surgery. He was the one who supplied out little closet sized “PX” from his trips to Saigon. Wish I could remember his name.
    (W.) Bruce Morton, Sp4
    36th Signal Btn
    Facebook: Bruce Morton

    • Bruce,

      I am “Dom’s” sister and was in the 8th grade when he died. We knew him as Mike. He was my father figure as my dad worked nights. His death devastated my mom and the rest of the family. He left behind 2 brothers and 3 sisters a wife and 6 month old daughter. he would have been a proud grand pa to 3. My parents and 2 sisters have since passed as well. I miss him everyday. do you remember anything about him?

      • Barbara,
        It’s been 48 years so my memories are not complete. I do recall that “Mike” (in the Military we only referred to one another by last names) was a likeable chap and a VERY proud father. I remember seeing a photo he’d received of his wife and daughter. I don’t know if he ever got to see her in person; but regardless he was looking forward to getting back home. As I previously stated, he was a fourth for our Pinochle games. I’m not, nor was I ever, much of a card player, but I really enjoyed those games. We stopped playing after his death, and I never played that game again. I guess I’m saving that memory. I recall the day of his death vividly, or at least the portion when a vehicle came racing into our small compound with an another Air Force member clutching his badly broken arm from the accident. The story of the incident (as I recall it): There was a “two lane” dirt road leading from An Loc, the province capital of the Binh Long province, to Quan Loi, a base camp a few miles away. The road ran through a French rubber plantation and the trees had been cut down on both sides of the road to provide a modicum of security. The jeep in which they were riding was forced off the road by a truck passing other trucks and struck the stump of a tree. We heard about Mike’s injury and I mistakenly thought that he would recover. He was not returned to our compound, but I don’t know if he was taken to the little “hospital” the Air Force MD’s operated in An Loc, was airlifted directly to Bien Hoa, or went to an aid station in Quan Loi first. We learned a couple of days later of his fate. I’m certain that I’m not the only one who remembers him and looks back on that time with sadness. Only later in my life did I realize how difficult that war had been on mothers and younger siblings. The recent Ken Burns documentary “The Vietnam War” has really brought that home. We were young and felt invincible. The only reason the military works is that young men feel that way. But we were not, and the real pain was realized by the loved ones left behind. I lost several friends from my home town; one was a fellow who was drafted with me. And of course the two Team 47 LT’s Graham and Browne, with whom I was acquainted by not friends. I can’t even imagine how terrible it must have been for your family. So please know that Mike was a good man doing what had to be done with comrades who still miss him, and convey my sympathies to your family, especially his daughter. Warm regards, Bruce
        P.S. While I have no photos of Mike, there are a couple of photos that may be of interest to you. I can be reached on Facebook (Bruce Morton) or at

        • Thank you so much for responding Bruce. Mike did get to see his daughter Patty. I have several pictures of him holding her.

          Pinochle.. ah that brings back many memories. My dad taught us all how to play. We played 6 handed. My dad had the uncanny ability to know who had what in their hands. My dad was one of 13 and 1 of 7 brothers. 6 of them were in the military. my dad was in the Navy during WWII.

          I was so young when Mike died. I remember the day (even at 62) vividly when they came to get me from school and I was screaming and crying he’s dead isn’t he. The lunch room went very silent. Mike was the best!! He always encouraged me to do well in school and was there to fix my bike. He left behind many friends here. One of his good friends was also a casualty of the Vietnam war. Mike planned to make the Air Force his career. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of him and wish he could have seen his daughter grow into a beautiful woman and mom to 3 children. he would have been a proud grandpa.I will look you up on facebook.

          thank you again and God bless you for your service to our country,

  46. I cannot say that I remember him exactly, but I do remember two of our brothers killed at a village just south of town one night not too long before I returned to the states. I also remember the team holding a memorial service for the two plus another brother that was fatality injured in a jeep roll over just three or four days before that.
    I do remember Roger Reed and the day he left the LZ on a chopper headed home.

    • Greg, I’m pretty sure I remember you. The memorial service was held on 31March1969 somewhere in An Loc. Don’t remember where.
      First LT Terry D. Graham KIA 28March1969 at Duc Vinh (2) Hamlet
      First LT Earl F. Browne KIA 28March at Duc Vinh (2) Hamlet
      Sargent Dominic M. Sementelli died 25March1969 result of a vehicle accident.
      I still have the pamplet that was handed out as to the memorial preceedings.
      Very sad day for Team 47. I knew all three quite well.

      • John, I jest saw your reply. Mike Sementelli was my brother. He is so very missed by his family. I see you knew him well over there. Can you tell me anything about him or have any photos of him over there? I miss him so much :(. although I was only in 8th grade he was my father figure. His death devastated our family. When he came back for interment he didn’t look like the person I knew. my poor mom had to look for his chicken pox scar. To her dying day (at age 90) I know she never recovered from his death.

        • Hi Barbara, I read your heartfelt post and it stopped me in my tracks with my sincere and deepest sympathy for you and your family, especially your mom. I can only echo what Bruce Morton posted and it was well said. Your brother was well liked by all. Happy go lucky, always upbeat, great attitude and just a heck of a nice guy. The kind of guy you want as your friend. I was not much of a picture taker when I was there so I can’t help you with any pictures of your brother. The only thing that I have as I mentioned above was the pamplet that we were given prior to the Boots & Helmet Cermony which was held at a religious structure in An Loc. I suspect when you read all the posts from Team 47 guy’s you can’t help but have your feelings surface with tremendous sadness. I feel for you. God Bless you and your family. You can be real proud of your brother.

  47. Team 47, Sept 68 – Sept 69, Lots of memories, some good, some bad, especially warm Schlitz beer at the movies ! Greg Mortland.

      • Served in An Loc wth 2nd Civil Affairs Company, attached to MACV Team 47, from October ’70 to June ’71 as a Vietnamese intetpreter/translator. Mike and I were in the same dorm our freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania and used to play boxed war games from the Avalon Hill company. He especially liked the Desert Fox game, based on the exploits of Erwin Rommel. Mike’s roommate was Fred Krieger from Missoula, Montana. Mike became Battalion Commander of the Penn Army ROTC program during our senior year (’67-’68). I hope some of this information is of use to you. I am so sorry for your loss. It has been a very long time since our experience in the war, but time does not erase the memories. Please drop me a line if you find the time. I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, now. I turned 70 last February.

        • Was also assigned to 2d CA Company; sent to Team 47 in March 68, left in July 68 to go to Psychological Operations battalion. Our platoon sergeant, SSG Mel Loveday, just died in the past month.

  48. found a picture of you sitting on psp next to me drinking beer along with 11 other guys. from the picture I remember korstad, chaney, rap, wilkins, and the 2 smiths.others I remember include grimm (s-3), cozzi S-4,suttles S-2, and Lt evans.

  49. yup yup remember you yes i worked with rappazinni lt lauretti and lt talbert went by that s-3 section all the time remember korstad think he was in for many years

  50. rog
    i remember Rap, he worked in the S 1 shop. john smith and I were from the same hometown and were drafted together. I worked in the S2 shop with Korsted then the S3 bunker under Maj Mowery.

  51. Dan, dont remember names very well. a few name pop into my head every now and then.
    ive gotten letters from ray rappazinni, chet mochel. they gave me couple more names tommy garnet, the smith boys. its just been so long

  52. no one has left any msg here yet guess ill be first one

    many memories of team 47 in 1968 -1969 long time ago

    but still remember. sp4 roger reed

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