Team 66 Dihn Tuong

MACV Team 66 -Dihn Tuong.

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  1. I AM LOOKING FOR ANYONE THAT WAS IN MYTHO DURING THE 1968 TET OFFENSIVE. I AM THE GUY THAT STAYED WITH THE USAID NURSES AT THE PROVINICAL HOSPITAL AFTER LTC SCHOWALTER LEFT TO REJOINT HIS UNIT.

    SPECIFICALLY, THE SGT THAT WENT WITH US TO THE ORPHANAGE AND FOUND WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GIRLS AND BABIES.

    I WAS THERE AND KNOW THE DETAILS, I JUST WANT TO MEET UP WITH THE SGT TO SAY “THANK YOU”

  2. Hi I was there 0ct 71 to 0ct 72 can you.put more context on his role. I was a captain and advisor in intelligence and operations. Do you know what district or assignments he had? Rick Nelson

  3. if it would help, I was the guy that stayed with the USAID nurses at the Provincial Hospital on the first night of TET and I was the one that found the children at the orphanage.
    I have no problems relaying some of that night.
    if interested let me know

  4. I was the District Senior Advisor in Cho Gao in 1966 (Team 75 then) and District Senior Advisor in Long Dinh District (Vinh Kim located there and later named Sam Giang District) June 1968 to June 1969. A number of my brave E.M. and young officers assisted me in writing a memoir of those two years for my family and their progeny. It contrasts Dinh Tuong Province (My Tho area) before Tet ’68 and after, speaks of some of the real Army/ Navy heroes we knew, acknowledges the many competent RF/PF leaders we served in combat with, lays out the many successes and troubles we had with coordinating the activities of the U.S. Ninth Infantry Division Units and other allied forces in the Rocket Belt surrounding Dong Tam Base and our heavily populated villages like Vinh Kim. None of us thought it would become a popular narrative with its many reflections on personal family life, the foibles of a small, mixed-rank team sharing close quarters in a tense war situation, and the narration of our activities vis-à-vis the strategic war in Saigon and Washington. We are surprised to see that the book, “You Ain’t Nothing But A SWAMP RAT” is now the Book of the Month and best-seller at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum near Ft. Bragg, N.C. All proceeds go to the museum which really needs the income as government funding of the museum has been cut. All of us need to write down our memories about the advisor role and the fine men who manned these teams or it will all be lost to history and nothing but “official archives”. Ours is a long read of 680 pages and fifty photos.

    • Terrific. I was the final advisor in Cho Gao in 1972. Served alone as they finished the bridge. A pretty big compound just for me and my mmasan cook!

    • I obtained and read your book. Some I could relate to and some I couldn’t. I arrived at Team 66 in late December 1970 and assigned to MAT 25 at My Dien Hai (2) and we relocated to the Sam Giang District Team house for several weeks and until the Seabees rebuilt the road and bridge west of Vinh Kim. Our MAT then moved in with a PF platoon at the base of the “Y” for 5 months. I have some photos and articles about the local area you might find interesting. Major Teddy J Hary was the Sam Giang DSA when I was there and he left in late March 1971 for Camp Smith in Oahu, replaced by Major O’Brene Richardson. COL Joy K. Vallery was PSA until March 1971, then replaced by John D. Evans, Jr. (COL, RET. USA) FSR-2 and close friend of J.P. Vann and Wilbur Wilson. I can be reached at dave.priddy@yahoo.com or 703-627-2109.

  5. Trying to get in touch with or info on:
    SSG Richard Doyle MOBILE ADV TEAM 130, ADV TEAM 66
    SFC Gilbert R. Mumford MOBILE ADV TEAM
    Sgt Major Jesse Joyce MOBILE ADV TEAM

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  7. My name is Don Taylor.Was in team 66 70-71.Trying to locate jack hoeft,John ruskiewicz,or anyone else who was there during that time..also interested in finding out what became of our kit Carson scouts and interpreters (hue and trong)

  8. “Nicely” was her nickname. Her real name is Nancy. she had a younger brother with a speech impediment and that is how he pronounced it, so she became known as “Nicely”

    Email is just fine, sent it to pody@roadrunner.com

    Thank you for all of your help.

  9. I probably ran across at least one or two of the three but I’m not good with names unless I spend some time with the person doing something memorable. I logged some hospital time about June of ’69 . . . not particularly a fun experience except for Nurse Nicely (her real name).

    I found the My Tho map. Locations of Embassy House, Hotel 1, etc., on the map but no street names. But maybe I can find an on-line map with that information. More later if I am successful with that endeavour.
    Lance

    • Was she short, about 5’3″-5’4″ or so, shoulder lengths brown hair?
      About the Map could you send me what you found, I have found a map with some street names
      anything would be helpful

      • The brown hair fits but I don’t remember how tall she was . . . too long ago and I pretty much only saw her from the low angle of a hospital bed.

        Exactly what I was thinking . . . I can scan my map and e-mail it you. Or mail you a copy . . . whatever works best for you.

        Lance

  10. I shipped out for home at the end of October 1969, Brian. I thought it was stupid that they moved me to Hotel 1 as I was always getting pulled to do rush jobs and special jobs for the various bosses at Embassy. My immediate boss, Major Hertwick, was really pissed about that but the Colonel in charge of Team 66 seemed to be a “by-the-book” officer. They should have left you at Embassy too.

    I posted some more pictures to my Embassy House album on FLICKr. You might find them interesting. They are of one of the SEALS at Embassy when we took the Embassy boat across the river to pick up Captain Kozak over at the Coconut Monk’s island. I can’t remember that SEAL’s name but I remember that he and the other SEAL at Embassy were both kind of crazy at times.

    • yes I remember the seals where crazy.the had a party one time and one of them bit the head of a snake off.
      I agree about them moving us out no reason whatsoever.when I moved back into the team house the officer that was assigned as my new boss didn’t like the idea of me going into the field without a radio.
      I left the early part of October almost got killed twice in the last 10 days.
      I never got along with the top sergeant in the adv tm he got some bad info on me from 2 officers the 2nd day I was there and he didn’t like me until just prior to me leaving and I had a chance to have a good chat with him and he got my side of the story
      seems so long ago I will check on those pics and thanks for taking them its always fun to see them.

    • For Lance and Brian:
      I don’t know if we ever met, my name is Jon and I am a River Rat (PBR Sailor) What I am trying to do is put some things together and need to pick your memories. I remember driving around to the various houses but trying to locate them on what maps are available I am running into a stone wall. I do remember once stumbling across an interactive map that displayed just about every location in My Tho.
      Anyway do either of you remember the streets that Hotel 1, the Embassy House and the Phoenix compound were located?
      any help would be appreciated.

      • Hey, Jon, I will look among my memoralbilia. I may have an old map of My Tho. I’ll try to get back to you in a day or three.

        Lance

        • Lance: that would be great. I have looked at what is online but they are completely lacking factual information.
          BTW did you ever run across LTC Lord (Go Cong) or LTC Schowalter (Team 75,) or Peter Brownback (USAID/CIA)?
          FYI: I am the guy that spent the first two days of TET at the Provincial Hospital with the USAID Nurses.

          • I served as LTC Schowalter’s S-4 Advisor on Team 66 (originally Team 75 House 1) from November 67 to shortly after he was wounded during TET. Loved the man dearly and he was a role model for my life. Many stories about him. The Mission was clear, Keep Highway 4 Open. He was a no BS guy with only two answers, Yes or No. Best to always have a Yes. Brownback was also a great person, well respected by both military and civilians on the team. He was the Acting PSA until Schowalter’s replacement arrived, who, which for me was a very sad case. Do not want to mention his name because that would be giving him too much respect. As a side note Col. Schowalter was awarded the CMH for heroism in Korea. The guy had no fear. He passed in 2003 and is buried at the Ft, Benning.

            • My name is Richard Burns, I was a sector pilot in Dinh Toung with the 199th RAC. My call sign was Swampfox 17. I recently rediscovered a plaque I was given from Advisory Team 66 DinhToung Province, with the inscription ‘CW2 Richard Burns, Sector Pilot, Dec 67 – Jul 70’. I was at My Tho from ~November 1967 until I was shot down on July 2, 1968.

              I vividly remember standing on the street in front of our billet with LTC Schowalter in the early morning of TET, with bullets whizzing through the trees. I was a little ‘apprehensive’, not knowing exactly what was going on. The colonel arranged transport for my crew chief and me to go to Binh Duc Airfield. I flew 11 hours that day in support of My Tho. I remember later seeing the colonel with his arm in a sling and hearing how he was standing up encouraging the troops amid the shooting from the VC.

              I had forgotten his name until I found this site, but I have never forgotten his deeds. May he rest in peace.
              Sincerely,
              Rich Burns
              yourcontrol@gmail.com

  11. Yes, Cecil, I remember Vaugh very well. A real nice guy, I liked him a lot, and I remember he was a pretty good barber, too. I do have pictures of both of you. I will be scanning them eventually and posting them to my FLICKr site. I’ll let you know when that happens. I wish they would let us post pictures to this site . . . would make it a lot better for reliving memories . . . a picture is worth the proverbial thousand words and usually a lot more.
    The former Spec4 Lance Nix

    • Thanks lance, I look forward to the pictures and hearing more. I was starting to think it was all a bad dream. :-[ be safe

      • Hi Cecil. I posted several pictures from Hotel 1 to my FLICKr site. You should be able to get to my site using my screen name “Lance and Cromwell” or my real name Lance Nix. Look for an Album titled “HOTEL 1”. Somewhere I have more pictures which I will add when I find them. If you remember the names of the guys in the pictures leave a message with a comment with that picture. Memories from over four decades ago.

          • Hi, Louis. When you get to my Flickr site you will see a picture across the top of the screen. Right below that picture are options listed across left to right. One of the options is albums. Click on that and all my albums (there are a lot) will come up. You just scroll down through them til you find Hotel 1 and single click on it. And your in. Lance

  12. Anyone know what happened to interpreter ‘Ahn’? He was at Matt 81 My Phuc-tay, North Cai-lay?

  13. I am so glad to hear from you. I am pleased that you have survived. How is your life under the government of the North? Have you a family?

    • Hi WEBB, how are you feeling,and your family?
      with me !!!oh no!!! says: terrible life when nva come!!!!
      almost,we lost house,out city to move many place to alive!!family are broken,sell everything we have to keep alive,you know why???becauce,my family& me are ex.enemy of them….
      In last 10 jear,,the people like us feel good better in a life,
      having a little big manright. I still a single!!! broken man!!!
      41 years pass,now,i m feeling very tire,i need money for a restting life.That is!!!! GOD bless you.In next letter , you can mail to my email
      exodusman75@gmail.com (maybe safe better) bye now.

  14. I was there in 68/69 at the head office in My Tho. Col. Harry Amos was the province senior advisor. Master sargent George W. GOINS headed up the office with captain ken turnquist. It was adv. Team 66, Macv. Great place to visit

    • I was there. 68-69. In the S2 office worked with Lt Tooke and Cpt Gordon. Dodd Caudill, SGM, USA retired. I remember Col Harry Amos. Remember when his helicopter got shoot. He survived. I also ran the HCO club. Remember being under attack Tet 69.

  15. I AM MAXEY KEMPT I WAS IN ADVISORY TEAM 4-26, ADVISORY TEAM 66 JUNE 1969 TO MAY 1969, I WAS IN DINH-TUONG PROVINCE AND I THINK WE ALSO WERE AT CAC-DOC OUR LAST PLACE BEFORE COMEING BACK TO THE STATES, THE ONLY PERSON I REMEMBER FROM THE TEAM WAS A LT. CHADWICK, HE WAS OUR TEAM LEADER.

    • This is Bobby Palk’s son. Sorry so late. I do have a letter from an individual in the unit describing the events of that day. He said that nightfall came when they were attacked so they attempted to defend themselves. He visited once and mentioned that my father had made it over the hill when Donald ? got hit. Not sure if it’s the same Donald. He turned around and went back to help him then got captured and found dead next day. I think that this Donald was buried at Ft Donelson TN. Does this sound the same as what you know?

    • I just looked at Donald’s info on Internet. Guess he is the same person I heard about in the stories of that day. The Ft. Donelson was the key. I have been there and seen his gravesite. If you interested, I can copy the letter from the individual in the unit and send it to you. Please let me know.

      • thanks for getting back to me. I just can’t believe in this day and age that I can’t track down Sp4 William Vaughn. We did just about everything together while over there, now, nothing. maybe he doesn’t want to be found. thanks

    • hi cecil I was with tm 66 same time as you but the first 10 months or so I was at the embasy house around the corner I was assigned to the militia tms in dinh tuong province.so you will probably not know me

  16. Anybody know my Father Capt. Bobby L. Palk (KIA 18 Dec 1970)? Don’t know much about him. I was only 6 when he was killed. Any info would be nice. Thank You…

  17. For Lance Nix: Lance were you in My Tho for TET? I seem to remember a guy with glasses on the roof of the house.
    Anyway, I am looking for information concerning some of the events that night. if you are the same please let me know and I will provide you with my email address or phone number.

  18. My name is Dave Priddy and I arrived in Team 66 in late December 1970 and left late May 1972. I served on Mobile Advisory Team (MAT) 25 in Sam Giang District until May 1972 and we transferred to My Tho and advised Linh Doi 15 until the MAT teams dissolved in March 1972. I then was assigned to Cai Be District Team until leaving Vietnam in Mat 1972.

    During my time there, we worked with a lot of interesting groups including the PRUs, Embassy House, Kit Carson Scouts, Seal Team 2, Digger/Kiwi training school team from Dong Tam, Seawolves, Black Ponies, Seabees, RDC, AID and was visited by a lot of foreign dignitaries, including Sir Robert Thompson,

    I would like to connect with anyone who was there during my time and who may be looking for someone.

    I’m know Ray Robison and JC Fischer,

    dave.priddy@yahoo.com

  19. I was there with Team 66 from November 1968 to October 1969 assigned to the Phoenix Program under Major Wolfgang Hertwick, Check my photos posted in my albums on FLICKr. My FLICKr name is “Lance and Cromwell”,

      • Hi, Brian. Yes, I remember you very well. As I remember you, I and Sargent Hackmeister were the only U S Army at Embassy House who were not officer rank. I wonder from time to time what happened to everyone there at the time; I remember Hackmeister was good at going out to Dong Tam and coming back with a load of goodies. I remember those two crazy Navy SEALS. And I recall a couple of Australians their at the House for awhile. And all the guys in civilian clothes involved in who knows what. I’ve tried several times to find Major Hertwick and Capt Kozak but no luck. Hard to believe its been 46 years since we were there. I hope all is well with you and everyone
        Lance

        • hi lance forgot all about this website I hope are well.i have sad news carl hachmeister passed away about 3 years ago.i have a strange question for you do you remember the exact name of my boss it was something simpkin or close to that and you mentioned on your lance and Cromwell pictures that you had other photos of me

          • Sorry to hear about Sgt Hackmeister, Brian. Although I did not get to know him real well I very much enjoyed his sense of humor. I remember him calling our weapons “Bullet Launchers” and saying some of the Vietnamese didn’t know how to use what he called the “iron sights” on their weapons and thus he said they were not at risk of ever hitting their targets.
            Yeah, I thought your boss’s last name was Simco. I remember someone told me he was an Air Force Captain but I can’t remember his first name either.
            I recently posted some new Embassy House pictures on my Flickr site. They are in an Album named “Embassy House”.

            You’ll find you and Hackmeister in several of the pictures. Also your boss. The pictures were taken when your boss was leaving after completion of his tour of duty.

            The very Best to you, Brian,
            Lance
            .

            • hi lance very nice to hear from you I will check that out its always good to remind oneself that we where young once haha all the best to you too lance I hope you are well

            • I went to flickr and typed in lance and Cromwell then clicked on embassy house but I didn’t see any pictures of the ones you mentioned in your previous post

              • They are there, Brian, but just hard to find. Go up to the search box at the top right and type I “EMBASSY HOUSE MY THO” and hit the search button for my photos. They all should come right up. Also, if you can find “ALBUMS” in the menu at the top you will see the album “Embassy House” on my list of albums. You have to click on the menu words at the top and that will bring up sub menus where you will find “Albums” as one of the choices. Let me know if you are successful.

                Also, I have an excellent printer and I can send you prints of the pictures if you would like. Let me know if you are interested . . . no cost to you.
                I’m on the road right now but can keep in touch via Wi-Fi.
                Lance

                • found the pictures lance I printed them out here at the library I don’t have a computer at home so I go to the library 3 about 3 days a week.The other picture I have is the one you took of me at some reception in one of the local buildings in my tho. Those pictures sure bring back memories and wow did we look young then.
                  I remember the officers and some of the embassy staff.
                  I often wonder what happened to them once we pulled put.
                  take care lance

                  • So very glad you found the pictures and could print them out, Brian. The pictures proof we were there back then even if our memories are foggy about those times. My mother saved all the letters I sent home and when I read them recently I don’t remember a lot of the things I wrote about.

                    I think you are right about your boss’s name being Larry. I seem to remember his full name was Larry Simco. But I could be wrong.

                    Best to You, Lance

                    • yes that does sound like his name I didn’t know he was an airforce capt until the day I took him too the airport cos he always wore civilian clothes.
                      although I,m not very good on names I remember some of the personnel like the 2 aussies and the navy seal. Not too long after larry left I was transferred back to staying at the team house.
                      when did you ship out of nam ?

  20. Hi: I was DSA in Cho Gao 1966 and came back in 1968-1969 after TET as DSA Long Dinh District, later named Sam Giang District. Writing a book on those two years with team members help that I have found: 1st Lt. Jim Jeter, Captain Enrique Pujals, SP. 4 Dick Bond. Also in contact with Cpt. Lynne Mike Patten, SSG. Hollis Hibbitts, and Major Jim Gilbertson from 1966 in Cho Gao. We were Team 75 in 1966, changed sometime after. Any body recognize any of us??

  21. My grandfather, SFC Felix D. Knutson, was KIA September 4th, 1969. I was wondering of anyone knew him and/or had pictures of him. Thank you very much gents!

  22. I was with Tm 66/75 My Thon in 68 as a Naval Advisor. The ARVN Boat unit was just out side My Tho by the rifle ranges. Our Tm 75 Medic lives near here and I know another that was with Cords in My Tho. A group of us fromer Advisers have form up an odganisation named Counterparts. You can find us on the net under the name. We have members from many Teams and many eras in Vietnam. We are planning a reunion in April 2015 in the DC area.
    Thanks to whom ever put this site together. You need to contact us. We have about 600 members.

    • Hi, I don’t know if we ever met, I was on PBR’s in My Tho in 67/68. I was also at the Provincial Hospital for TET. I would like to contact you with some questions about the first days of the offensive.
      Respond here and I will pass you my email address

    • I was Senior Advisor to MAT81, My Phuc-Tay, Cai-Lay District. (Captain William Webb ) 1/1970-11/1970

      EMAIL :cib@cenurytel.net (text okay)

      • Hi capt Webb,did you remeber me,sfc/interpretter/Tri service in your team in my phuoc tay when CIDG return to RF 19th group in cai lay dist.That time,DSA are major Brown,and I left , sgt/interpretter/ANH are replace my position.ok,i still alive in VN.Hope you will contact or relation with me on my email #exodusman75@gmail.com
        Ps/i am last one left dinh tuong macv in 3/1973 .

    • Your name rings a bell with me. The last two or three months of my tour (about August thru to October 1969) I was housed at Hotel 1, top floor. I have a few pictures of the guys living there at the time and I believe you are in at least one or two of them. I shall try to get them scanned and posted to my FLICKr site this winter.

        • Hi everyone !
          My name is Ho van Hai. I was an interpreter at team 66 Cho Gao District during 68-69 and then I was transferred to BenTranh District, serving there until 1971. Looking for all the American advisors and Interpreters who were once working together. The email below is my young brother’s.

      • Very familiar name. Mine is Cecil Allen Sp4, hotel 1 top floor. I was a clerk at the headquarters bldg. just around the corner. Do you remember William (bill) Vaughan, also a clerk, African American, that was on the same floor?

    • Hi Frank! Ron Hicks I was with the supply unit from Sept. 69 to Nov. 70. Been wondering if I would ever hear or see anyone that I knew from there. Often wondered what happened to a lot of the guys. Hope you get this and reply back.

      • Hello, Tri, I,( CaptainThen) William Webb , was Sr. Advisor to My-Phuc-Tay camp in the far North of Cai-Lay Distrct from January 1970 – November 1970. I more than likely don’t recall names well. Blessings to you.

      • Hello sir,how you doing?you get any answer from your parnert in team #66 also mat team in cailay dist in that time,when i left your team i was tranfer to cho gao dist,when cho gao dist team go back US,i tranfer to J2 team#66 until macv team#66 leave out VN in 1973,so i have tranfer to arvn with signal corp in saigon service in there to 1975.that is finish.

        Tri

  23. I am trying to put a time line together concern events on the first night of the
    TET offensive. Was there an assult on the Team 66 TOC that night? were the guys from the 148MP able to get there? I know they were staying at the Armor House and that they rescued a group from team 75 that got trapped somewhere in the city.

  24. Was on MAT 80, Adv Team 66 May 1971- March 1972, Dinh Tuong,, province, Light weapons
    advisor. Looking for Capt Miller whom later married a girl from Sydney.SFC Lewis was on the team with us and I would love to talk with him also.MSG Soles

  25. I was a member of team 66 , from feb 71 to jan 72 . I would like to meet other member and one SSG Connor or O’connor.

    • I was there as the Admin NCO and left in Feb 72. 1LT Wallace Schnee was the S1 and LTC Troy Baxley was Asst PSA. and there was a civilian FSO. Schnee from what I can tell is buried at Arlington. I never got along with him so I spent a couple weeks on leave in Bangkok and when I got back to Tan Son Nhut, I stopped into MACV personnel and they said I should have already departed home. I had them amend the orders so I could clear. Went back to Bangkok for 30 more days.

  26. Trying to locate anyone that was in My Tho during the TET Offensive. I am looking for informaiton concerning the events around that night at/near the Provinical Hospital

  27. Captain Rickey G Nelson, DIOCC and DDSA, Cho Gao, Chau Thanh, and Cai Be districts, Dihn Tuong proviince, The Delta, Team 66 Oct 71-72

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