Team 60 Vinh Long-Sa Dec

MACV Team 60 – Vinh Long-Sa Dec.

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  1. Trying to remember the Major’s name that was with us on Nui Giai. Sgt Grigsby was the third Advisor and I thought it might have been Major Blankenship at first but now I am not sure. It might have been January 71 when we got ambushed coming down from the mountain. Don’t remember any KIA’s on the ARVN side but we had a tent full of wounded. I was told there were 30 enemy casualties but wasn’t in that area the next morning when either the local Rangers or ARVN from the 16th checked out if anyone was on the other end of the Sea Wolves barrage. Thought someone might know if they worked higher up. I’ll look up the date sometime on stuff I stashed away. Hope the mice didn’t get at it. LOL

  2. I was a resident August 70 to August 71, Learned how to operate radio at Chau Doc until I pissed off an officer over writing a letter on what I thought was my time. LOL Went from there to 16th regimental command post under Colonel Vance and Major Blankenship. After Sgt Shelly got heat stroke, talked the major into letting me go out as a replacement so that Captain Kenneth Clayton would not have to be pulled in, liked it better in the paddies once I got used to sinking in the mud and watching the Arvns look like they could walk on water. Visited Vinh Binh Province, Nuii Ghaii of the Seven Sisters Mountains, and several other interesting places I never got the name of. Spent the last few months as the mail clerk in Sadec trying to stay out of trouble, which wasn’t always easy hanging out with the Signal guys next door as well as with the ones on the other end of Sadec. Their signal tower had a California flag flying atop it. Scary stuff watching some of them climb high up and enjoying the scenery. When I was out in the field for almost 8 months, we took our stand downs in Vinh Long, that was nice, had access to jeep, stayed out all night, good times. Worked under Colonel Marx most of it, great guy, stuck up for me in some tight spots. Never kept up with anyone after I came back, had to look ahead as most of our brothers did to try and move on. Just now trying to figure out what the hell was happening around me back then. I googled Captain Clayton not long ago, found out he passed on a couple of years ago. Obit thanked docs and nurses in cancer hospital. Sad he was a good and brave man. I have been blessed. Had Tonsil Cancer and Colon Cancer ten years ago, playing a wait and watch game with the Prostate Cancer for the last three. So that was what all that dead vegetation was about when we worked out of that area along some river in who knows where. Agent Orange? What’s that?

    • Served as advisor to 9th ARVN Div, 15th Regiment, Recon company from 68 to 69. Promoted to captain the day I left. Privileged to serve with three outstanding NCOs – Honsucker, Hammonds, and one whose face I recall but whose Name I cannot.

      • I arrived feb 69, 9th ARVN, 15th Regiment, 1st Bn was my assignment. Also worked with the Recon Co. off and on when 1st Bn was not in the field until they got replacement for Recon. Both outfits were very good at what they did. Left April 1970. Turned down the promotion to 03 for a very close girl friend. Should of stayed for the 03.

        • I came home Jan 71 from Vinh Long wife said she’d leave if I stayed guess what she left years later anyways should have stayed as well.

          • If you were the Finance guy, I might have hitched a ride with you to pick up some poker winnings from someone. I believe his name was Captain Deal not sure though, just started trying dig up buried memories.

            • There was a Cpt. Deal who was with my husband Lt. DK Davis I think he picked up the nickname Deak. His name was Lt. Dana Keith Davis.
              I am trying to find someone who served with him.. He also was an advisor……

              • This would have been around April 1971 not too long before they sent me back in from the field. Never worked with Captain Deal, just met up with him during the poker game, sore loser. I was an E-3 at the time so it kind of hurt his pride a bit besides his wallet. LOL The Senior Advisor was Colonel Marks.

      • Do you remember Sgt Gary Southwick his nickname was Lurch. He was an advisor with the 9th Recon Sadec in 68. He was shot in the arm and chest.He survived and returned after 18 days. I was an advisor Sgt Gary Williams and worked with Lt Bill Hendrix. Our position was just to the right of the 9th Recon on the peninsula outside of Sadec. You can contact me at gary1948@gmail.com

        • He probably was my replacement. I was advising DD9TS until Sept of 67, when I was finally wounded and medevaced. The SA with the Recon Co was a Cpt., Bernie Muller-Thym.

      • I believe the other NCO you served with was Gary Southwick his nickname was Lurch. He was an advisor with the 9th Recon Sadec in 68. He was shot in the left arm and the bullet passed through his arm and into his chest. He survived and returned after 18 days. I was an advisor Sgt Gary Williams and worked with Lt Bill Hendrix. Our position was just to the right of the 9th Recon on the peninsula outside of Sadec. I think we may have met in the early morning hours of December 13th 1968. That would be Friday the 13th and the VC’s first mortar round hit our CS launcher. You can contact me at gary1948@gmail.com

        • Who ever was with the 9th/15th/ Recon Company, we had a ARVN soldier by the last name of THU who use to carry our PRC25 in the field. Does anyone remember him? I served from July 67 to June 68

          • ARVN Major, 16th Regiment 9th ARVN Division had cook named Thu but that was in late 1970, not sure how common the name or if they move them around to different Regiments. This Thu got pretty tore up and the kid that carried the radio got KIA when they walked in three Mortar rounds on us in the middle of the night on our camp. If it was the same Thu, I was told he survived but he would be getting out of the Army. We got medevacked out but they found a small map the next morning with an American Flag on the area were me and Captain Clayton slept and a Vietnamese flag were the Major slept. So much for security.

  3. I was a radio-teletype operator with the 9th Divisional Assistance Radio Research Station at 9th Forward at Nui Sam and Chi Lang Oct 70-Feb 71. We were attached to DCAT 60 for rations. I have a fair number of photos from the CP areas and some from Sa Dec and Can Tho. If anyone was there and would like some pictures let me know. I don’t think I have any photos of DCAT 60 personnel.

  4. Two of us who were with the 9th in 65-66 have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s for which the VA has accepted Agent Orange as being a probable/possible cause. Question we have is are there others of us who we’re with the 9th in the Delta who have PD. Your response would be appreciated–time with the 9th in terms of arrive/departure would be most helpful. Many thanks
    Bill Hanne

      • My husband passed away from lung cancer related to agent orange. He was Lt Dana Keith Davis. He served in the Delta area in 1968/69. Does anyone remember him?? He was wounded in May of 1969

      • I was at Sadec Nov 65 to around Mar or April 66 then a bunch of us got reassinged to different places in country MOS 951b does anyone remember when several ARVAN were blow up in their huch by a V.C on the compound and we ,the Americans put a barrier and guard between our huches and the Arvans

      • I was flying into the Mekong Delta about weekly during 1966 and 1967. I was often sprayed with Agent Orange there and around the Saigon perimeter. I have gotten many melanoma cancers on my skin plus many other cancers and pre-cancers. Some of them are very fast growers and surprise my dermatologist, who I see every six months. She thinks it is because of Agent Orange. I suggest everyone see a dermatologist right now!

    • I was with the 9th in Sadec from Nov 65 until Mar 65 do not have Parkinson’s I am 74 only there for 6 months several operations don’t remember much

  5. Captain Mcginnis i served with you in Sadec in 1967. I remember us getting drunk at the club when the Colonel shipped back to states. Can’t remember his name. Been 50 years hard to believe. SP/5 Dewayne McAninch.

  6. Did anyone know Captain Clarence R. Lancey….Battalion Senior Advisor 3rd bn., 15th Regt., 9th ARVN Infantry Division…1970-1971?

      • Pat…I took Noel Doyle’s position and you were just leaving as I checked in…what happened with then-captain Demski? Lost touch with him as well. Bill Hanne

        • Hi Bill, yes I recall you coming in as the new G2 Advisor. I don’t know what happened to CPT Demski. If I recall correctly he graduated from law school and probably separated from the Army and went into practice. Pat

      • I was supplying intel reports and map overlays to the JGS which were forwarded down to the 9th. DId you see them? The Vietnamese captured a bunch of NLF currency in Cambodia which was going to be used after RVN was liberated. Did you see it? Were you given any as souvenirs? I have published a catalog which describes all of them.

          • The RRU sent their stuff to me at MACV J2 IDHS where we collated it against other sources and created reports and map overlays for our “customers” and briefings.

  7. There was a engineer dump truck located at the far end of the airfield away from most air craft when I was inserted into the field seven aircraft was burning and a 3/4 ton made into a gun truck T Chung was the CO of company 1 and was located under the truck, the drainage tile was blown apart and VC was entering the field trom that hole and T Chung was cutting of heads of VC coming out of hole, T Chung was a mean commander and got mad at me because I would not do what he was doing, there was 4 American bodies on back of engineer truck, the gun truck had a SP/4 and a WO and had located the hole in the drainage pipe, I was right there as the Inf Advisor

    • Not sure what his first name is. I think he was the 1 sgt . The Senior Advisor Was Colonel Frances Conaty Jr. He was tghe person that signed my certificate when I departed. I left Sadec Aug 1964.

    • Not Sure what his first name was. He was the First Sgt for the infantry group. He was close to the Mess Sgt . Big heavy set guy.

  8. Just read your post I was in Sadec Nov 67 68 16and yes all hell broke loose in Vihn Long I was inserted by helicopter around 2 pm 16th Regt 9th Arvn Divison was there all night then went into VL city I remember you some you remember the 50 cal position in the tower back of club

    • I was in Sadec a few years ago and the old tower is gone now. There using the area now for a small military compound. Pretty strange sitting across the water and looking at the old site so many years back.

  9. Jim, great to hear from and about you! We had a great team that you were definitely part of…and being with the 9th was another great tteam, esp in the early 70’s when BG Di led them up and over the Seven Mountains. Please get back in touch off line when you get tthe chance…BTW, ck Amazon for “A Snake in the Road,” my biased comments on the two tours I had with the 9th.
    Bill Hanne

  10. My father was sgt Marshal( Woody) Woodson. Comment if you knew him have stories or pictures of his service.
    1964-1965

    • Was your father the mess sgt in 64. If so he was a fine man. I remember one night he and Sgt Cupp slipped out with a advisor and some ARVN on patrol.

  11. Yes, I have known him for MANY years. He and I worked on some books about Viet Nam together beginning back in the 1990s.

    • Howard, I found a Son Nguyen that died in Penfield NY. 11 May 2016 on the internet. Was that Major Nguyen Xuan Son ?

      • Yes, that was him. I did not know him in VN but since he came to the USA. He and I shared an interested in collecting and researching the money printed by the Viet Minh in the Mekong Delta during the French Indochina War. He was a real gentleman!

  12. Hi! DOUG WILSON Crew chief Vinh long
    Commanding Genegal of the 9th ARVN, BG Huynh van Lac has lived in Sacramento, California

  13. Charlie, sounds like you knew my Dad. He actually passed away in early 68, but everything else is spot on. It’s really great to make a connection to him. I lost him when I was 3, so I’d really like to learn more about his time in viet nam.

    • Christian, yes I knew your Dad. He was assigned to the Regiment Headquarters team, the 14th Regiment, 9th ARVN Division, and I was with one of the Regiment’s Battalion. As I remember he arrived in Tra Vinh in June or July of ’67, after my arrival in May. He was a good man, with a loving heart. I was an Infantry Officer out in the field, so I did not have the opportunity to visit with him very often. I remember, and hopefully we’re referring to the Major Butt’s, your Dad, he died of a heart attack while asleep. I was totally devastated to learn of his death. Thought that I might have a photo of him, but thus far have been unable to locate it. I’m now 80 years old and hard to find things from 50 years ago:)) Blessings, Charlie

  14. A SFC Trujillo served on the advisory team with the 3rd Bn, 16th Regiment, 9th ARVN division for several months in 1967 and then transferred to another position within Tm 60. . Sorry, I don’t have his first name.

    • Hello Rex
      Don’t usually respond to these but I saw a few names I recall. Anyway last time we saw each other was several years ago. Anyway alive, well. Was in the delta two years ago. Other than the highway, new bridge not much really changed. The NVA have removed almost all signs of the ARVN and US presence.

      • Steve, Thanks for replying. Returned to Vietnam in 2007 with five other men involved in the Easter Sunday 1967 battle, my wife and the brother of one of the other men . Found an impressive monument near the battle field. It was very interesting to revisit Sad Dec & the Vinh Long areas. Hope you are doing well.

  15. I did not serve with Sgts’ Plata or Castaneda but I did serve with Team 60 from March 1970 to April 1971. When I arrived I was placed in the administrative field then The administrative Captain and I bumped heads quite often and gave me orders to the field as a Light and Heavy Weapons infantry advisor with the 3rd Battalion, 15th Regiment, 9th ARVN Infantry Division. My Battalion Senior Advisor was Captain Clarence R. Lancey and Team 60 Senior Advisor was Colonel Conant. I am Latino of Mexican descent from Los Angeles, California.

    • Yes, I remember him well. Tall, gray haired. When Connie Francis visited one day, she slept in the Colonel’s hootch. I was the Company Clerk for Co C, 52d Signal June 67 – June 68. I was there listening to my PRC25 when all hell broke loose in Vinh Long. Sadec compound didn’t get hit at all. My office was the little shack behind the club. Looking at Google Earth, you can see some of our old buildings remain but most are gone. Were you there for Tet 68?

  16. I cannot remember the first SA name when I first got to Sa Dec. What group were you with? Major Sweeney was my commanding officer. Good guy and leader.

  17. I found some 9th ARVN video from November 1970. Search vietnam war 9th arvn division chau duc province .

  18. Reunion of Easter Sunday Battle, 26 March 1967 Veterans & Families -To mark the 50th anniversary of that battle, veterans of the 175th Aviation Company are in the very initial stages of planning a commemorative reunion to be held about 25-26 March 2017. They are hoping to invite all those who participated in or supported units involved in the battle (MACV advisors & helicopter crews, etc). If you are one of those people and are interested in attending, or know someone who was in or supported units involved in the battle, please respond to this post.

    • I’m in Rex looking forward to it. Gary luff 2/16 arvn. As you know, I was one of the first units in. Regards moultrie ga

    • Rex, Were you “Lieutenant Latham” at that time? I was a Captain on the 9th ARVN Div. advisory staff, knew most of the Bn advisors who passed through Sadec. I remember very well seeing Bn advisor, Captain Mitchell, on his way to the Div Hq to get briefed early in the AM on Easter Sunday. That was the last time I saw him…

      Jim McGinnis

  19. I sure would like to see some pics or video of the old tower. It’s not there anymore as I was there a few years ago. Live in the Philippines now and been back many times. If you could send some pics as I was WIA on 11 Feb 69 and lost most of my stuff when it was returned to the states. My email is vetforjustice8@gmail.com

  20. Wow! Very interesting on all your comments. I was assigned to DCAT Tm 60 from March 1970 to April 1971 after serving a tour in Korea. Was supposed to be a clerk but ended up with Captain Clarence R. Lancey, Senior Advisor, 3rd Bn., 15th Regt. He kept me alive along with those awesome ARVN’s in our battalion!

  21. I was attached to the 2nd/15th/9th ARVN Div in Long Xuyen from July 67 to June 68. I would like to go back and revisit Sadec and Long Xuyen. Does anyone know older Vietnamese tour guides (65-75 years old) that remember how it was back on the 60’s? On convoys from Long Xuyen to Sadec the ferry was the only way over the river. I understand a bridge is now in place. I also understand that an airfield is now standing where the 2nd Battalion was stationed.

    • Hello Ramirez. I was also there from Aug 68 until I was WIA on 11 Feb 69. I live in the Philippines now and have backpacked and traveled back to Sadec numerous times as it’s only 1 1/2 hour flight from Manila. Yes there are many roads and bridges now. Right across the river from Vinh Long there is a few resorts that can be reached by renting a boat for a few dollars. The owners are old Viet Cong who married each other after the war and started this resort. If your interested , I’ll find the name and some contact info. If you go keep in mind very little English or French is spoken in Vietnam anymore as over 90% of the population was born after the war. You can hire a Vietnamese fairly easily if you look around in Can Tho or Vinh Long to interperate for you. It’s really cheap to go on your own and if you decide to do that you’ll save a bundle as these guided tours are well over twice as much as you’d pay just going it alone. It’s easy and safe. If you want to know more or are interested mail me at vetforjustice8@gmail.com and we can SKYPE.

      Scott Cameron

      • Was with Team 60 from 5/68 until dusted off on 17 Feb 69. Was a first lieutenant and Sr. Advisor with the 3d Bn, 15th Regiment, Dai Uy My in command. With me at different times were SSG Griffen, SSG Stover, Sgt. Williams. I began as Asst Bn Adviser, but spent most of my time as Sr. Adviser. I was training my replacement, CPT. Draper when I was WIA. 2d Bn advisers were Cpt. Norm Otis, 1Lt. Dan Cronin and SSG Weiner. Lt. Copeland was the 15th Recon adviser. Ben Castaneda, an OCS classmate and close friend was also an adviser with Tm 60, but was KIA in the latter part of 1968.

  22. I was the Marine Staff Sergeant and in charge of a Naval Gunfire team attached to Team 60 at Rach Gia during the Easter Offensive in 1972. Had previous tour with Korean Marine Brigade in I Corps and with Adv. Team 95 In Bien Hoa A.B.

  23. My father was Major Herbert H. Butt. He was with team 60 and died shortly after the TET offensive. I was wondering if anyone on here knew him.

    • I was with a Major Butt’s at Tra Vinh (1/14 Inf of the 9th ARVN Div Tm 60) who died of heart attack in 1967 (á heavy set individual). A great gentleman, could it be him? Charlie

    • I remember a Major Butts or Butt. He was one of the initial people that started the SDC. He was great guy. I had the pleasure of riding around country with him. I was a Sp 4 with the 232 signal det 9 in 1964 . He had no fear and enjoyed his counter partner. I think he was a vet of the Korean war. Where he got a battle field commission to Major . You can be proud of him

      • Mr. Zink,
        Thank you so much for your reply and your thoughtful words. I lost my father when I was 3, so I have few recollections of him, much less a lot of detail of his wartime service. Having some small connection to someone who served with him give some small measure of solace. Thank you again.

    • Do you know the name of the Commanding General of the 9th ARVN Division on April 30, 1975? Do you remember a Major Nguyen Xuan Son? MSG, US Army Retired (VN 66-70 & 71-73)

      • Howard, I believe that the Commanding General of the 9th ARVN Division 26 October 1973 till 30 April 1975 was BG Huynh Van Lac .

  24. FYI, my recently published “A Snake in the Road” covers personal comments about Team 60 in 65-66 and again in 71-72. Wrote it for our four sons so they had some idea of “what Daddy did in the war.” It’s available thru Amazon (have to
    add my name to the search element) or thru BookServices.us. Enjoy!

    • Enjoyed your book. I was an MI LT in Sadec 69-70 as a Phoenix and then an economic development adviser and I’m trying to write a memoir/Sadec province history utilizing archival material and the recollections of about thirty men who served there as well as my own experience. I have some of your observations particularly on the changes between your two tours and footnoted you. I’d be interested in your comments on my manuscript and also your experience in publishing. Shoot me a line at gordonbare@msn.com

      • I live in the Philippines now and have traveled back alot over the last 10 years as Vietnam is very, very cheap and only 1 1/2 hour flight from Manila. While in the delta last time, I took a boat from Phnom Penh into our AO at Chau Doc. Nice guy that runs an English bookstore there right in the town square. Was amazed to see most maps don’t include Sadec there and asked why when I was there. Was told that it was the birth place of Ho Chi Minh’s father. The old compound is almost gone , but the 9th ARVN Divisional HQ bldg is still there and looks like it went through hell as alot of pockmarks from frags and bullets. The tower is gone and it’s being used as a Vietnamese base last time I was there.

        Scott Cameron
        Adv. Tm 60, RTO
        1968-69

    • Tet 67 68 I was with the Arvn Inf Regt 2nd Bn from Long Xyeun I went into the Vihn Long airfield which was partially over run, I stumbled onto how Charlie was getting in a 1st Lt Chung formally a VC commander took over he was cutting the heads of vc does anyone remember him had no teeth was 1st CO we stayed in Vihn Long 3 weeks 11th US Armored Cav came to our rescue does anyone remember why the 9th Div was sent to Can Tho (21st Div AO} we had to retake the University

      • I was also attached to the ARVN 9th, 15 Regt.out of Long Xuyen. I served from July 67 to june 68. I was a radio operator. I would go on operations with Sgt Brunty. and the 15th Recon unit which were also part of the 2nd Battalion. Major Langlias was our top Ofr. He could speak french and his ARVN counterpart could also speak french so it was easy for them to communicate. i remember Captain Crowell who was hawaiian and Lt Brock. I was also there for the Vinh Long airfield skirmish that went on for days. Mr. Edwards, were you the E6 Sgt that had to leave the 2nd Bn out of Long Xuyen because of hepitatis or other illness?

      • Do you remember a Capt. Stewart Jamison. He also came to the airfield via a two Shinuck lift. I was at the airfield for tet-68. He was with an ARVN unit.

      • That’s some really bad information and mostly pure BS! VL airfirld wasn’t partially overrun, yes, the sappers got inside the wire, mostly trying to blowupr the aircraft, whic they failed miserably at. the defenders,a lot, aviation personnel from the units hel thwem at the wire and cleand up the ones that managed to gett through. There were few casualties inside the wire, but did include our company clerk the base comander nad one of the Sea Wolves pilots. Many of the VC were captured, but no heads were cut off. I was there from the very beginning and know how it went down. It was a whole different story in VL city!.

  25. Gordon, good luck, I had excellent support from Book Services, Betsy was a joy to work with, timely responses and much encouragement.
    Bill

    • I was enlisted Intel Advisor to the 9th ARVN Inf Div at Sadec and worked for a Capt William Hanna or Hannah,as I remember the spelling. He was a fine officer and a West Pointer. Could this be you??

      • No I had 1st Bn and did c&c ops training a maj from D.C. for col. Colonia(sp) was on compound night of shooting. I had 3 different Sgts. One from Guam sgt Iguana e-6\ incorrect spelling but that’s how it sounded\he was on his 5th straight tour, then “pop” Dunn e-7, and finally ed wiley e-5

  26. Tran, I was the Sr. Advisor to 2nd Bn 16th ARVN Regiment in 1967 the moved into TOC late in 67 until TET of 68. Do you happen to know what happened to the ARVN Battalion Commander LUAN who was a Dalat Graduate. He got relieved of his command sometime in Sept. or Oct. of 1967 and I could never find out what happened to him or where he went.

    • Gary, You could try the source. General Thi wrote a book entitled The twenty-Five Year Century which he signed for me and I believe he is still alive and living in Fremont California. Other than that I know Cpt Luan left in August since I left on Sep 9th and he had been gone for at least a few weeks by then. If you would like to read the book I can send you my copy. Reg

      • Dear
        Sorry!,
        I didn’t know capt. Luan, because I was in 1st Bn/15 Reg 1965&66 with capt. Huynh.
        Yes, I would like, too. Thank you.

    • Gary, we must have worked together at the TOC. I was SA 1/14 until Col. Callahan paid me a visit after a battle to inspect the captured weapons, and assigned me to the TOC in Nov 67. Lt Jack Jacobs, the MOH winner, was my assistant until I left for home in May 68. Remember the night Tet started, bullets began bouncing off the TOC walls:)) Cpt. Red Taylor was the compound commander, and remember him running down the street by the volley ball court with his carbine, fell with his hands under it tearing the skin off his hands and fingers, but was good for a Purple Heart:)) I think that I remember you, but at 80 faces, times, and things have changed. Was trying to remember the name of the red headed FAC captain that was assigned to the Division and lived on the compound. Glad to meet you again. Charlie

  27. I was SFC Interpreter in G-2 DCAT-60 9th inf. Division ARVN. Knew capt.Black, Lt Harris, Slavin…. Did you remember me? Thank for your time.

  28. Knew Major Noel Doyle–was G2 Advisor 70-71, he left me a smooth running and professional shop–he had two assistants, Captains Demski and Niemeyer…I was Noel’s “turtle.” Lost contact with him following 71 transfer. BTW, Book Services (bookservices.us) just published my experiences with the 9th in 65-66 and again in 71-72. Title is “A Snake in the Road.”. Enjoy!

    • William,
      I just ordered your book. I am writing a Sadec province history/memoir of my tour with Team 65 in 69-70 as a Phoenix LT and as an economic development guy. Looking forward to what you have to say about the bad old days (Sadec was quite secure in 69-70) and also want to get your take on publishing with book services — an operation new to me.
      gordonbare@msn.com

      • Hey Just visited Sadec the bridge is still there and also the Phu duc but its not called that also went to the brick factory was there 67 68 70 71 Vihn Long has changed I coud not find the Team building but went on the air field some of it is still there but could not go too many un exploded devices will visit agin on March……I live in Philippines vacationg here in USAWilliam Edwards

        • Was the red and white microwave signal tower still standing in the corner of the airfield closest to town? 369th signal battalion company C… “long lines vietnam”

        • I also live in the Philippines Bill Edwards. Just came back from the American Legion Convention in Angeles City. I’m the new Cmdr of Post 66 in Davao, PI., but live in General Santos City, Mindanao. Contact me if you’d like to correspond at vetforjustice8@gmail.com. Been back to Vietnam a number of times, twice to Sadec , Vinh Long and Can Tho. I usually take the boat down the river from Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

          • I first went back to Viet Nam after the war in 1989. I was restricted to Saigon by the secret police. Went back in 1991 and they allowed me to travel to my wife’s hometown in Ben Tre province. We took a car down to My Tho and then a boat up the river to Cho Lach because many of the roads/bridges would not support a car from Ben Tre City to the end of the province closest to Vinh Long. The entire town came to see me because they had not seen anyone but Vietnamese since 1975. Now, no one pays attention to me except my friends and in-laws. My wife and I go back four out of five years to Viet Nam and will be back in early Dec to early Feb. Sometimes my wife comes with me but I am often traveling in the Delta by myself doing research for my books. A lot of the old places are gone and the towns are now cities, and the villages are now towns, etc. Building is going on everywhere. In the last few years, I have seen only one old US Army bridge going over a creek, and I am sure it will be replaced with a new one when I am next at that location. One thing which is obvious is that the farmers are growing excellent crops and animals and making money. The farmers/country people were on the wrong end of the stick for many years until the late 1980s and early 1990s, and now you can see they are living much better lives. Things are not perfect but they are much better.

  29. Yes I remember Mal. Doyle he was the assistant regt advisor to Maj Languies hope I spelled that right he later went into G 2 I believe he was from Georgia or Alamaba

  30. James Shipp, I was also there then and I remember your name, but after 45 years faces seem to fade. I’m sure we saw each other alot. Where do you live now. I’m living in General Santos City, Philippines now. I’ve been here about 9 years now. My e-mail is vetforjustice8@gmail.com and would really like to corresponde.

    • I live in the Philippines Angeles Cith near the Clark Air Base I own the bar and grill Luthers Bunker just down from the VFW Pinatubo St Bill Edwards

      • Do you still own the bar as have to be up in Manila on Feb 29th and will travel to Clark if your still there. I almost died in the hospital there as they took me off the plane and ended up spending another 32 days there before I could make it home. Found the hospital ruins and my old room just behind the McDonalds about 8 years ago. Who whole face is gone and had to sneak around a guard who tried to stop me from going in. Look forward to seeing you

  31. Shipp I was with MACV Tm 60 from Dec 68 to Dec 69. I have photo’s of you in my collection. The day the shooting took place in the barn I was flying out of Vinh Long. When I returned latte that evening I was informed of the incident. Sad situation.

    • Jim, WOW, I have no pictures of my time in Vietnam as I had an irate exwife that destroyed everything, including my purple heart and bronze star. If you could send me a few photo’s it would be greatly appreciated. Amazing to me. My e-mail is scameroninduluth@gmail.com. I would really appreciate it. I remember the name now, Penny. If you remember and I knew that Penny was trying to start the old racial thing in the unit and Pat had a talk with him in a bunker. So sad. The pictures would be great and also of yourself as it would refresh my memory so much. Thanks much Jim.

    • JIm…great to catch up!…no boat rides like my Navy buddy McCallister took me on!…maturity is a great thing!

  32. That particular day I was flying out of Vinh Long, when I returned late that evening I was told of the incident.

    • Amazing they had a chopper on the pad in minutes to get the shooter out of there as Pat was well liked and we felt it was murder. Understand though that there where some that say Pat was reaching for his M-16. He was a great guy and the other one a real big city punk in my opinion. It was a sad day. I was WIA a few days later.

  33. I was with Team 60 Dec. 68 to Dec. 69. Major Sweeney was my commanding officer. I worked Div G2. I flew with the 199th RAC. Col. Smith was the SA. I have also been trying to locate Maj. Sweeney, last known address was in Georgia. I too would like to make contact with him, can anyone else help?

  34. I was with the 2nd/15th/9th out of Long Xuyen from July 67 to June 68. I was a drafted 2 year radio operator. When I served my 2 years I was only 20 years old when I got discharged, Even though I was at the base compound with the 2nd most of the combat operations I went on were with the 15th Recon unit. Major Langlais, Major Fern, Capt Brock, Sgt Bradley, Sgt Brunty were some of the others I remember throughout the year I was there. One of the big combat operations i remember was during the Tet offensive at the Binh Long airfield. One end of the airfield was being hit hard by Charlie so multiple airstrikes were necessary.

  35. Ed
    Did you go into Cambodia in May of 1970 with the 9th ARVN Division. I had a few ARVN friends in the 9th and they got permission for me to go along in at the Parrots Peak area.

    Dennis

  36. Capt Ed Delehanty here
    I was Sr advisor to the 1/14th 9th Division Sept 1969-Mar 1970 then was an advisor to the ATVN 2nd Cav in Vinh Long. I remember Col Knapp who was the 14th Regt Sr. Advisor and my boss.
    I cannot recall the NCO killed in Jan or Feb of 1970. He was with the recon platoon attached to the 14th Headquarters. I had to ID him at graves registration my memory escapes me.
    I have a few pictures and remember the Cambodian Campaign as I ended up running the TOC at the special forces B camp in Chi Li ( ARVN Traing center at the base of a mountain) on the night shift as my ARVN amored cav unit continued operations in Cambodia wewere not allowed to go in after 90 days.I remember a Major Mattheison with the ARVN 2nd Cav. in Vinh Long.
    ED

      • Wish I could remember his name Jan or Feb 1970 I think. I have no idea who I replaced as SA. I don’t think I ever met him.

        I can’t remember squat–Names escape me–I can remember some of our operations. We were the “airmobile reserve unit : for the 9th DIV and flew all over and walked forever.
        ED

  37. I was there in 63 left Aug 64
    I ran the switchboard
    . Sgt cupp was the 1 shirt. Col crane was they senior advisor
    Can’t remember my Lt name. Allso perry mason visited us.

  38. I came to DCAT 60 in Sadec Sep 71 through Mar 72 from 362nd Signal in CRB . I am trying to piece together my time in Sadec . When my father died my mother gave me all my letters I had sent to them from June 71 through April 72. They have helped me put together a timeline of places and all letters are dated which provides the when. I remember an ARVN Capt named Huy or Hui it was pronounced dah-we we . I have complete memories of my time in Nah Trang and Cam Rahn but my time in Sadec I had no interpreter and had to rely on 4 yrs of High School French taught by a nice elderly black man from the Deep South . Most conversations we would write in French. I was trained on Microwave communications 26L20 . Anybody remember me ? I was from St Louis and Mom would send the Post Dispatch newspaper once in awhile (according to my letters) Any help would be appreciated !!

    SP4 Richard Rankin
    235 East Main
    Cambridge City, IN 47327

  39. I did not know your father. I was with Adv Tm 60 from June 71 to April 72. I was with Div HQ and Div HQ was in the field–first at Chau Duc in the Seven Mtns and later moved in Nov 71 to Rach Soi on the Gulf of Thailand. There were elements back at SaDec,mainly administrative personnel. There were also sub-sector teams in the six provinces which it appears your father was with. I recall that the six were Vinh Binh, Vinh Long, Kieng Phuong, Kieng Giang, Chau Duc and one where we had no advisors that was north west of Vinh Long and Sa Dec. Long Xuiang must have been a district . If you can determine which province you might be able to go to the US Military History people at Carlisle Barracks for more assistance. Good hunting..

    • Was ordered to chi Lang in Sept 71 as Naval Liason Officer later went with the team to Rach Gia. Great bunch of guys. Can only remember a few Capt Syndnor, Capt. Flauto and Col Harris. Never forget the daily volley ball games and night movies Things we didn’t have at the Naval opbase. HaTien

      • Jim, I was with Team 60 in Sadec, Rach Gia, and My Tho from December 1971 through November 1972. I don’t remember names, but you must be that Navy guy I remember in the TOC at Rach Gia. Long ago. Ben Fouts

    • You can go into the mountain now and see all the VC rooms billiting and hospital inside the mountain now. Not many tourists go there, but they where basically running the war in the Delta from there.

  40. Wondering if anyone here served with my father sfc solei. Looks like paperwork says he was adv team 60 1971-72. Longxuyen viet. Under senior advisor TS jones. My father has passed but i find myself spending alot of time trying to research what hes done and where. Thanks for any info.

    • Robert, I was there in 64-5, and again 68-9, so did not know your father. I suspect your reference probably is to Long Xuyen, the capital of An Giang Province (the 7th province in Adv Tm 60 (ARVN 9th Div) area) to those mentioned by William.

  41. Bill Hanne: Was with DCAT 60 in 65-66 as asst G2 adv and again in 71-72 as G2 Advisor following Noel Doyle. COL Vic Conley was SA first tour and COL Aubrey Harris was SA most of my second tour. COL Ted Williams took his place. Was in Sa Dec 65-66 and in Chau Duc and Rak Gia second tour after the division took the Seven Mountain area. Remember BG Di very well as SA and I flew with him virtually every day visiting div locations and provincial HQ. Just found this site by chance–many thanks to those who started it and kept it going.

    • Bill, I remember you as one hell of a half-miler on the West Point track team. I just stumbled across this Web site. I was with Adv Tm 60 as a CPT from Jan 67 to Jan 68, first as Asst Revolutionary Development Advisor (winning hearts and minds), then as Asst G-3 Air Advisor (killing those who failed the first test). Senior Advisors were COL Bringham and COL Calnan. General Thi was Div commander. I later saw him when he visited West Point while Supe of the VN Mil Academy.
      Hope you are well.
      Jim McGinnis

  42. Bruce and William. I also live in the Philippines and have been back to Vietnam many times. I live in General Santos City, PHP. I guess I just like living on the edge as I’m as far south as you can get in Mindanao. Sometimes not such a friendly place as alot of MILF and NPA. Abu Saraf is around occasionally, but usually 50-60 miles away.

  43. Does anyone remember or still have contact with the following from Team 60 in the 1966-67 time period?v Lt. Mason, SaDec HQS detachment XO; SFC Springer, MP advisor & club manager; Navy Lt Gibson, Navy liaison; Cpt Faulkner, 9th ARVN Div TOC; Cpt Stone, G1. Found some slides I took of them in the Team 60 club circa Jan-June 1967.

    • I would sure love to see those Club photos. I played poker with Pete Rose in that club when he came on a USO visit with DiMaggio and another player. Connie Frances did a show on the tennis court. The PSA was Col Callan. The TOC S3 NCO was MSG Cato.

      • Rich, I was there for the event also. Remember having trouble getting the projector to work. DiMaggio took my and Cpt Red Taylor’s hut:)) If you’ll send me your email address I’ll send you a picture of myself and an NCO at a memorial service on the court. I was Chief of the TOC, with Lt. Jacobs who had just won, but didn’t know at the time, the MOH. Bet you remember Red Taylor, the compound commander. Left there in May 68. Charlie

  44. Rich, To my knowledge I was not related to Danny Latham (although the Lathams are a large extended family.) At least I did not know him in Vietnam.

  45. Hey Rich you are spot on. That Sunday night as darkness fell my PRC25 was not working well and I was virtually lying in the rice paddy as there was s much fire going over head. TOC got a Spooky up for us but when trying to communicate with Spooky the only way we could communicate was he figured out that if I clicked once he would either fire or stop firing and twice the reverse or something like that. It was pretty harrowing for awhile but thank goodness the two of us got if figured out.

    I am sure we worked together in the TOC as my first tour dd not end until after TET 68 and I remember Vihn Long Air Field was still pretty dicey and when I got to Saigon was down in Cholon where the fighting was still street to street and a lot of fires were raging. In fact when we were finally bused up to Long Bihn the air field got mortared and we had to be brought back to Saigon at last light and finally boarded a Freedom Bird there. Not a word was spoken until we were up in the air as it was a surreal situation that’s for sure.

    Regarding General Thi, he lives in San Diego area and as I understand, he has been somewhat unsuccessful in running in local politics out there. Goggle his name and you will find him still a prominent figure in the Vietnamese Community.

    • I also remember an operation where the ARVN 9th had the VC pinned down but the ARVN Commander wanted the birds to come in and pick them up and take them back to base. The Advisor advised TOC that the reason the ARVN wanted to pull out was because the next day was a holiday and they don’t fight on holidays. Reminds me when my 1SG and myself were visiting some signal sites because WE provided all land line, microwave, and TROPO commo in that part of the Delta. Sorry if you had to whistle down circuits to complete a call, but we had to drop into a RFPF outpost for some reason and there was an Officer taking down a loss report from two Advisors. They got overrun the night before and all they had was the clothing they wore.

  46. Sgt. Yoder was my Sgt. in late 68, 69. He was from W. Virginia. We we’re Div. G-2. I also flew w/Swamp Fox Recon Airplane Co. Out of Vinh Long. Last operation for me was Nov 69 in Vi Than w/Major Sweeny. Does anyone remember him?

  47. Hey Does anyone remember 1stLt Nichlos later made Cpt was with the 15th Regt and I do remember Sfc Gentry he lives neat Fort Cambell Ky

    • I was with the 15th regiment ARVN out of Long Xuyen from July 67 to Jun 68. Happened to be in Sa dec when a mail plane hit a antenna tower and crashed in the canal adjacent to the compound killing the pilot.

    • Hey Bill Edwards, were you the Sgt that got malaria (or other sickness) and had to leave the 15th. i remember a Lt Nichols (who I think use to shave his head). We would drive into the city of Long Xuyen from the base camp of the 2nd and drink some BA-MI-BA (33) beer.

  48. Thanks Reg. I suspected something like this might have happened. The whole situation from the time we off loaded the trucks and came under fire was unlike another operation I had been on with them. Since Luan was a graduate of DaLat and kind of a “Fair Haired Guy” for General Thi, I just never did know what to think of what happened to him. By the way, I just read “Outlaws In The Delta” and relived a lot of their missions with them including the Top Secret one where the Seals were inserted. As memory recalls, we went in to link up with them and they were ahead of us, and when we got to the spot where the POW(s) were to have been, found strong indications they had been ahead of us and were moved by the time we got there. I often wondered if the target with Major James Rowe.

    Thanks for the note about the Outlaws getting together. Don’t know if I can make that but will look at the calendar. Spent a lot of time in the air with them that’s for sure.

    • Gary, Just got back from the visit with the Outlaws and Maverick’s. Met Jon meyhr and Jim Martins on they got shot up on Easter Sunday. Everyone had a good time. Rex was sorry you couldn’t make it. Me too, we are getting old. They are hoping to do it again in 2 years, the 50th. Hope you can make it then. Reg

  49. Maryland Public Television, Stevenson University, and the Wall of Faces and Virtual Wall are looking for a photo of SFC John E Davis KIA Jan 16, 1971. He was a member of ADV TM 60 and he was from Baltimore. We are trying to ensure his sacrifice is recognized.. Please reply if you can help with photo or can describe circumstances of his death. Much appreciated.

  50. Hey Rex, Long time. I do remember you but we probably did not get to cross paths that much since we were all so spread out. It was interesting that after the 9th ARVN on my 3rd tour I got to be the S3 of 6/31 Inf of the 9th US when they were a separate brigade and spent time out in the Plain of Reeds doing interdiction missions. Had opcon of the hovercraft for awhile and was kind of like being in the Deltat all over again.

    Regards

    • Gary, Long time. Rex emailed me the other day about a reunion of sorts the Outlaws are having in western Kentucky March 26- 29. I am going if you could make it, it would be great. In the meantime let me know how life is. I am fine freezing here in Connecticut. Reg

  51. When I arrived in SaDec Dec. 68 Major Sweeney was my commanding officer. When I departed in Dec. 1969 Maj. Sweeney was my boss and Colonel Smyth was the senior advisor. I’ve been attempting to contact Major Sweeney in Georgia but have been unsuccessful to date. Any additional information would be appreciated.

  52. Question. I was the Senior Advisor to 2/16 ARVN in 1967/1968; and moved over to TM 60 at 9th ARVN Div HQ Toc Operations in the fall of 1967. One Sunday in late 1967, while camped outside of Div. HQ the Sa Dec Provience Chief got permission for 2/16 Arvn to join PF forces who had gotten in a fire fight and it then got really messy. The next day, after the fog of battle cleared, several VC Suspects were marched off and never seen again. That is the last time I ever saw the ARVN BN Commander Cpt. Luan. Does anyone ever remember this incident or what might have hapended. I got an email years ago from a LT of the lead Company stating that there were MGs placed at either end of a dike line and as the ARVN forces moved across the open field but them down by inviting them to advance that they (The VC) were PF Forces. I believe the field advisor from Sa Dec was a Citadel Graduate (Major).

    • Gary, Don’t know if you remember me but I was the assistant advisor to 3/16/9th ARVN 1966-67. I do remember you. I served with Captains Mitchell, Clark and Wiley. I am also in touch with Reg Farrington who also served with the 2/16 and with Dave Radin who was in Vinh Long.

    • Gary, I remember what happened I was with 1st company, they got shot up . The company commander got shot in the butt his second wound in a week. He took one the week before as we were uploading LCVPs in an area called the triangle. Cpt Luan Was relieved because one of the never seen agains was the village chief, a VC. He and the security platoon were sent to the 10th ARVN Div. It was Let. Hanh the S3 who filled me in. Reg

    • I was assigned to Co C, 52d Signal, a tenant attached to Team 60. I think I also remember that incident. I had a PRC-25 that I used to listen in on missions. BTW, the Ops NCO was MSG Yoder I believe or it started with a C. Can’t remember. What I heard was the ARVNS had the VC surrounded on an island and it was getting late. The ARVN Commander decided to wait until daylight to go in and get them. When daylight came, the VC had disappeared. Also, do you remember whenever General Thi would leave with his family, we would get hit? I was there during Tet 68. We were lucky but Vinh Long not so lucky. I was also the first person to take a drink of water from the new water purification unit that sucked water from the river. You can see the compound on Google Earth. I see the old TOC building is still there along with the Rec Hall, and Club. Looks like the rest was torn down, oh, and the tennis court is still there as well. My dates in Sadec – Jun 67 – Jun 68 and Outlaw 26 the PSA’s ship flew me out to Long Binh. Welcome Home.

    • Gary, you were at 60 the same time I was but I was attached from Co C, 52d Signal Bn. Did you know MSG Cato S3? I was there June 67 until June 68.

      • Do you remember a Ricky Holmes who was with his 52nd. He was in sedac in 1968. He and I grew up together and he does not live far from me now. I was in sadec at the same time as an advisor. gary1948@gmail.com

  53. Remember a Lt. Mitchell. Ran into him in the 29th EVAC just before I was evaced to Clark AFB. He caught a mortar frag through his back into his lung.
    The date was February 1969.

  54. Thank you. Ms Tay was a very pretty lady. I never got to talk to her but she seemed to be very nice. Sgt Gentry sounds familiar. Like i said before I don’t remember a lot of names. I hope you enjoy your trip back there too. I have looked at Sadec on Google map or earth. You can still see the compound. I have wanted to return for years just could not afford

    it. Thanks for answering.

  55. I am in Philippines now and am making plans to visit Vihn Long in Feb 2015 My unit went into the airfield during Tet 6768 mean ass time

  56. Major Sweeney was my commanding officer and we worked with a translator of Sgt. Duc. I left Vietnam in Dec. of 1969. My last operation was in Vi Thanh. Spec/4 Jan Brown was my replacement.

    • Yes, talked with him last week. His email address is BaDiD9@yahoo.com. I’m a bit leery of publishing his telephone number. I arrived October of 1969. I talked with Ed Sweeney last year. He was living in Madison Georgia at that time.

        • Yes,I hope too.one day!I remembered my SFC Le served with Maj. Ed Sweeney in G-1. Did you know him? A MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR SEASON

    • I also remember Sp4 Brown, He arrived Sa Dec about same time I did, left for home later. Also remember I saw him coming back as I was leaving in July of 71, I believe. I think he was an E5 and had requested fast return. He was shared clerk for G2 office. 3 officers and 1 enlisted. What a rank heavy configuration that was. Major Ninh and LTC Nguyen were ARVN officer names in G2 I recall.
      Sweeney’s given name is Edwin.

  57. I have a web page on facebook search for Vinh Long Army Airfield, it has lots of photos and personal stories from its members and have even connected those who served in IV Corps.

  58. Bill, Do you have contact info or full name of SSGT Frye? Hoping I could find out info on CPT Wiley. I worked with CPT Wiley for a few months before ending my tour. Would like to contact him if possible. .

    Thanks. Rex

  59. I served with both 15th and 16th Regt Capt Nam and Maj My was commanders Heavy wpns Inf Advisor Looking for Senior Advisor Capt Nichlos last known Germany

      • Gian Tran, I was a 1Lt. with the 1st Bn/15th Regiment/9th ARVN/ Team 60 out of Sa Dec. I was the senior Bn advisor from March 1960/April 1970. SFC (sounds like) iguana (sorry) he was from Guam, another Sgt was Ed Wylie and SFC “Pop” Dunn. I believe Col. “Colona” was the Reg. commander. I also ran C&C ops and trained a (desk-no combat experience) Major how to run C&C’s. Spent a lot of time in 4 Corps, “visited” 3 Corps and a quick tip one the other side of the Mekong. Did you cross paths with any one of us?

  60. Arrived Sadec October 1969 and left July 1971.. Served Division G2 (Major Ninh) and then 15th Regiment SA parts of 70& 71. Met General Di, in Orlando October 2012 and hope to see him again next month. Great man, he was a WARRIOR. Di was a full colonel in 1969, promoted during the Cambodian skirmish in 1970 and received additional star after I left.

      • I was with Division G2 Dec 68-Dec 69. Major Sweeney was my boss. The last month in country we were mobil in IV Corps.  Running an operation in Vi Thanh.  Any body remembe?

      • Yes., He was living there and I believe he continues. I have misplaced contact information, but Orlando is a good addres for him.

    • Hello! Slavin
      I am so happy when seeing your name.
      Do you remember 2 interpreters in G2/DCAT-60/9th ARVN division located in Sadec province/Delta area
      I am a E.8 Gian and other E.8 HOA
      I wish your respond.
      I have been in Sacramento, California.
      My address Gian tran
      4001.S. Watt ave apt # 223
      Sacramento, CA 95826
      My phone # (916) 363 9026

      And HOA still lives in VN

  61. Charlie, Believe the name of the restaurant was the “Long Chau” or something life that. The restaurant is still there, but under different name, Phuong Thuy.. Ate there during a 2007 trip to commemorate the 26 March 1967 Easter Sunday battle.

    • ‘Long Chau’, that rang the bell, Rex – thanks! I remember sitting there eating an omelet watching the long-tail boats ply there way back and forth, and Hiep always referring to the catchup I put on the omelet as ‘cat soup’.

    • Rex, are you any relation to Danny Latham from Texas? He was a cook in Sadec in 67-68 and moved up to Binh Thuy where he committed suicide.

  62. Thanks for responding, David. In addition to “tough SOB, and a great commander”, I also remember Hiep as calm, cool, determined, but with a good sense of humor (very dry). When in town (VL), my daily routine was to pick him up in the morning at his home (with my jeep), and drive to the popular water front restaurant (don’t recall the name; wish I had taken notes). Our table served as his VL ‘office’, to which his staff would bring assorted paperwork for him to sign. One time his younger brother joined us for lunch (he had first gone to his home, and his wife told him we were at the restaurant). Hiep had previously told me his brother was a VC Co Cdr.in the Tan An area. He told his brother that he had told me of his affiliation, so his brother asked if I had any concerns meeting him. I said something to the effect ‘OK with me, it it’s OK with you’. He hung out for about 1/2 an hour, and bid his adieu’s. After lunch, he would normally move his ‘office’ to one of the bars.

    Hiep also told me his bro-in-law was a MG in the NVA Marines (he met his wife in NVN while serving with the French ABN), and had asked him to consider changing sides and he would get him a commission as a Colonel in the NVA. I have MANY anecdotes about my time with Hiep, and several of them are hilarious!

    Where are you now, David? I live in Seminole County, FL ~ 20 mi. north of Orlando.

  63. I served as assistant bn advisor with the 3rd Bn, 16th Regiment 9th ARVN division from about Oct 1966 to November 1967. We ranged over Sadec, Vinh Long, Kien Phong and Vinh Binh provinces. When I joined the battalion it was in the 13th Regiment but was designated the16th when it was decided that 13 was an unlucky number. Am looking for others who served with Team 60, especially during the 1966-68 period.

    • I was the Air Force ground radio operator with the MACV Advisory Team 60 1965-66. This was prior to it becoming a naval base although we did go on a few missions in the boats. Anyone else from that time period on here?

      • Danny;

        I have been in contact with Art Fromm who was a radio operator for Adv 53 at Long Xuyen and Chi Lang during the same time period as you were in Vietnam. I have his email address.

        Interested?

        Ed Toussaint (etoussaint44@yahoo.com)

  64. I need some help from you IV Corps (Mekong Delta) Advisory Team vets.

    I am trying to piece together my brother’s experiences in Vietnam (June 65 to June 66) for the benefit of his boys and the rest of the family.

    A2C Tom Toussaint was a USAF reciprocating engine mechanic. For part of his time he was on Advisory Team 53 at Long Xuyen or Can Tho. He spent time at Soc Trang and Chi Lang. And he had been in both Thailand and Laos.

    I think he was a crew chief on a Forward Air Control 1-E Bird Dog. He had hundreds of slides taken from the rear seat of the FAC plane of air strikes in the forests below. But the few pictures I have of him show only Bird Dogs with US Army markings, not USAF.

    How were these Advisory Teams organized? Who did the members report to?

    Could he have been working on an Army plane?

    He talked about having an M60 mounted on the door of the O1-E. The FAC’s I have talked to said that the Army O1-E’s did this, but not the Air Force.

    What was the role of these USAF people on these Advisory Teams in the Delta?

    Thanks,

    Ed Toussaint
    Potomac, MD
    Etoussaint44@yahoo.com

    • Ed,

      The Cessna produced O1 series (originally L-19) was used by both the Army and AF, as well as the Marines. The AF use was predominantly, if not exclusively, to support FAC’s directing air strikes. The Army used them also to direct air strikes (both USAF and Army gunships), put primarily for directing artillery and observation/reconnaissance missions. When I was there each of the provincial advisory teams had an AF team assigned consisting of an officer-pilot/FAC, and an enlisted crew chief..

      As far as I know, all of the Army O1’s flew in support of US Army units, and were not assigned to advisory teams. The M60’s were add-on field modifications by the Army. The Marines also flew their own O1’s with the same missions as the Army O1’s, with the addition of directing naval gunfire support.

      There is a ton of info available on the internet, including some good pictures and YouTube videos. Just search on “O-1 Bird Dob”. Here’s a good one about one of the most famous episodes: http://www.airforcemag.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/2007/March%202007/0307battle.aspx. I went to school with the Ranger advisor mentioned in the article.

      Hope this helps.

    • I was WIA on 11 Feb 69 with Adv. Tm 60. Scott Cameron. I think Lt. Davis , if I remember correctly had just gotten incountry a few months before being hit.

        • I vaguely remember the name. Remember that I was an 18 year old kid and now 65 and living in Asia. Went back to Sadec and Vietnam and ended up staying in Asia. Go figure, but love it here. I spent 5 months in the states out of 36 backpacking from Hanoi to Kamodo Island in Indonesia and everywhere in between.

  65. Mike Virginia I served with Tm 60 Dec 68/ Dec 69 G2 also flew with 199th RAC out of Vinh Long as the GIB gathering intel. Maj. Sweeney was my commanding officer.

    • Dear Mr Gregory M. Virginia.
      Interpreter E.8 Gian Tran I served with Tm 60 Feb.1970 G2 9th ARVN Division located in Sadec-Delta area. My G2 Tm Leader was Major Noel Doyle and Major Sweeney was commanding in G1.May you tell me about Major N. Doyle. Thank you for your time
      My Email address is giantran2206@yahoo.com

      • I used to go to Vinh Long a lot. I had a friend there by the name of Whitaker. He was a gunner tdy from Hawaii. I remember a beautiful translator in Sadec. She was tall and slender. Do you remember they found out our bar tender that they had brought from the last base was a VC. He go away before anyone could get him. When I first arrived in Vinh long a Special Forces Sgt. Took me to eat at a down town restaurant. He later got me a 45 from the supply at Can Tho. I would like to return to Sadec one day, but getting to old to go. I turn 72 this year. Enjoy your time in country.

        • Mr Vink read your comment the translator was Ms Tay sorta sweet with 1ST Sargeant do you remember Maj Langely, SFC Sims, SFC Gentry all with 16 RCAT what about SFC Lightsinger in the club this is in Sadec was in Vihn Long during TET 67 68 bad ass time

          • Hello!IThe 16 RCAT was in Long Ho – Vinh long province but Iwas in 1st bn 15th reg. located in Rach soi- Rach gia..I also remembered Sfc Lightsinger in PX too.

          • Looking for more info on SFC Billy Lightsinger. I am writing his biography on our website – Madison County Hall of Heroes (Alabama). Have his citations for Silver Star and one of his Bronze Star with V. You ought to consider a similar website for the advisor teams – certainly enough valor there.

    • Sarge, When were you with the 14th ARVN Regiment? I was with the 3/16/9th from Oct 66-Nov 67 and a friend, the Capt Reg Farrington was with the 2/14/9th ARVN during part of that time frame.

  66. I was assigned as the Chief Radio Operator to Hq. 9th ARVN Infantry DIV. (MAAG – Advisory Team 60) at Sadec, Vietnam from DEC 1963 – DEC 1964. There was a Signal Company Detachment on the compound but they were a separate unit from the MAAG folks. We worked Morse Code with other Support Units throughout the sector, Provided Communications Support for convoys, Long Range recons, and Search and destroy missions.

    • I was with the 232 signal co detachment 9 at Sadec about the same time frame you were.
      I we operated the tiger switchboard and lines men. We also had the crepto operators in the truck behind the building. . The senior Adviser was Col. Crane and he had a black Plymouth . And first shirt was Cupp. We had a black Spt 4 that ran the radios on the end of the island. out of a tent. He did not like leaving the island, can not remember his name.
      We had just got our new billets and hot water around Aug 1964. We ran convoys and I drove the Dr.s on their Phsy War to treat the locals.

      • Sorry I don’t remember thoughts names. Its been a long time. I do remember a Kawiski he was a linemen. Can not remember our Lt. He was a ROTC officer. I have some movies of sadec on old 8mm reels. Was you there when they blew up the round guard building just out side the gate? How about Perry Mason when he visited us ? We had one USO show . Not a very good one either. I do remember Sgt Fontano and his side kick. Remember the medic that had the combat medics badge?. I had a monkey I keep chained to the awing beside the switchboard. I built the awing to keep the rain out of the switchboard area. I taught english at the school in town to the locals. I remember a tall slender black radio operatos that stayed in the field I think with Lt Hines. You can email me direct if you want. larryzink@hotmail.com

    • Do you remember the AirForce Lt that flew the L19 as a spotter He cracked up a few birds. Was chased by a Meg once. You could hear him ( hes diving at me again. , finally I think he hit the trees to get away from him.) 1964

    • Was the NCO/Officers Club at the end of the island when you were there? I remember that they had photographs of all the troops that were stationed at Sadec posted all around the upper walls in the club.

      I also had a Radio Operator by the name of Snider working for me that I had to send to one of the sectors and he begged me not send him. I guess he liked it there as he wound up extending his tour for six months.

    • Are you the man that had the radio tent next to the old tower on the end of the island? I have some video of the campI will try to up load on my face book

    • Dennis, I was with the 3/16/9th ARVN 1966-67. Am sure we crossed paths as I remember some joint operations with the 43th. Have also established contact with Reg Farrington (2/14/9 ARVN and Dave Radin of Vinh Long Province advisory team 1966-67.

    • David,
      I was with the 43rd BDQ in 1964-5. Do you have any info you can share as to your experiences with CPT Hiep, who was the Bn Cdr when I was there? And any info as to what happened with him after you left? Thanks.

      • Hiep was Major when I was there. No idea of what happened to him. He was a tough SOB, and a great commander. As were many of the company commanders. Lt Chi particularly sticks in my mind, the 4th Company commander.

      • I went in with the ARVN 2nd Cav that was attached to the ARVN 9th division We staged at Muc Wa ( big strike camp there) and actually had 14th ARVN infantry riding on our tracks.

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