Team 61 Chi Lang

MACV Team 61 – Chi Lang

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 61 located in Chi Lang.

24 thoughts on “Team 61 Chi Lang

  1. I was at at chi lang in late 68 and early 69
    With the 7/1 air cav. And again in march
    I was a medic and remember a special forces
    Medic named Jeff.Would love to hear from
    Him.Glenn Doc O’leary

  2. I was stationed at Chi Lang from July -69 to June -70. 221st aviation co. Flew reconnaissance for the special forces!

  3. I was stationed at Chi-Lang South Vietnam from Sep 1971 to May 1972 on the B-43 Special Forces compound with the New Zealand Army Training Team as a Advisor attached out from the 20th Engineer Brigade.

  4. I was a O-1 FAC at Chi Lang from July-Dec 69 when I moved to Cao Lanh. My call sign was Bomber 43
    Lt. John York, Lt. Al Gore and Maj. Floyd Gilbert were also there as FAC’s. I believe Col. Asp was the commander. Also remember a Maj. Tom Ragussio (not sure of the spelling)

    • Larry,
      My brother-in-law, Tom Ragusa, was a Maj. in while stationed at Chi Lang. His younger brother, Breezie, is my husband. We would be interested un any memories you have of Tom, who passed away several years ago, sadly.

      • Carol I apologize for taking so long to respond but I had quadruple bypass in April and oral surgery and eye surgery since so I haven’t spent a lot of time on the computer. Tom was a great guy that we all respected. There was one incident I had with Tom that I will never forget. It’s a little long to type out but if you could give mea call I would love to talk to you. Thanks

        Larry Muench
        502-354-9064

  5. I was at Chi Lang Oct 66 to Sept 67 as a part of FAC team. Capt. David McKenna and Mag Glenn Campbell were pilots of O1E. Our unit was 22TASS out of Bihn Thouy near Can Tho.

  6. Was assigned as Naval Liason Officer 9th ARVN advisory team Chi Lang late 71 -Sept through December after the move to Rach Gia (spelling?). Can remember just a few. Capt Flauto, Capt Sydnor and Col Harris.

  7. I was with Tm 64 in Tri Ton June 67 to Sep 67. We got our mail and some supplies from Chi Lang. One night we got reports of a large …very large enemy force heading our way. Where they were located at that time was out of our 105s range or protected by the terrain, I dont remember which. Anyway they were within range and accesable to the 155s at Chi Lang. Thanks to a serious barrage of willy peter….that ended that. Decimated them. Will never forget that night…and the 155s from Chi Lang that saved our ass.

  8. The Air Force team at Chi Lang in the first half of 1966 consisted of two Forward Air Control pilots, Capt Don Taylor (Virginia) and Capt Dean Eggen (Kansas). Their radio call sign was Beaver 98. The crew chief on their O-1 Bird Dog plane was A1C Tom Toussaint (NJ). The radio operator was Art Fromm (Ohio).

    The team and their airplane had been moved from Long Xuyen because of increased enemy activity closer to the Cambodian Border.

    One FAC pilot reported he hit a large Banyan tree on a hill in the middle of the Chi Lang camp. He was practicing dropping rocket tubes filled with mail to see if these worked better than what they were using previously. His attention was on the ground, when he sensed something in front of him. He tore several branches off the tree trying to avoid running into it.

  9. My bad brothers – Advisory Team 61 was located with the 9th ARVN Division. SOCC was detached from Team 60 out of Sa Dec. Teams 60 and 61 did not share the same compound. SOCC was stationed with the 44th STZ at the Chi Lang Ranger compound. Got to looking thru my records and found the discrepancy. Sorry.

  10. Team 61 (SOCC) had a 2 man USAF FAC radio element assigned. Daily operational control was USA while administrative control was USAF.

  11. My brother, A2C Tom Toussaint, was stationed at Chi Lang for at least the last several months of his time in Vietnam which ended in June 1966.

    He was most likely a crew chief on a O1-E Bird Dog that was Forward Air Control plane.

    He began his tour on Advisory Team 53 at either Long Xuyen or Can Tho. He was also at Soc Trang and had been in both Thailand and Laos on assignments.

    Even though he was a USAF Reciprocating Engine guy, the pictures I have show him with a Bird Dog plane with US Army markings.

    Where did members of these Advisory Teams report into? Did USAF guys report into Army people?

    • I was at Chi Lang from Oct1966-Sept1967. Our FAC , USAF, team of five people reported to 22nd TASS at Binh Thuy.

  12. Team 61 was located in Chi Lang – A part of team 61 was relocated as the Support Operations Coordination Center in support of cross border operations from 1970 – 1972.

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