Team 71 Soc Trang

MACV Team 71 – Soc Trang.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 71 located in Soc Trang.

107 thoughts on “Team 71 Soc Trang

  1. My dad, Ba Hoang Le, was an interpreter in Soc Trang from ‘69-‘71. Would be nice for him to reconnect with some people and to talk about their experiences. Wondering if anyone knows anything about Sgt Coleman as well.

    • Uyen Le, I was a member of Team 71 from September 1968 to September 1969. I was the advisor to the S5 from September 1968 until March 1969 when I was reassigned to Thuan Hoa District. From September 1968 until my reassignment myth interpreter was a SGT. Is he the same guy as your father?

  2. I just found this page, and the one for the 63rd as well. I was with the 221st Shotguns from Feb 69 to Feb 70 with my first three months out of Soc Trang flying for Team 71 under Captain Bruce Werner. I was Shotgun 33 and I also flew with Lt. Jim Kummings ( Shotgun 32). Jim, as you know, was KIA on June 4, 1969 right after I had lunch with him and I left to return to Rach Gia. Memories of flying for Team 71 … the night the outpost SW of Soc Trang was overrun with several US KIA and two captured … the outpost about 15 miles SW of Soc Trang that had several VC trenches being dug toward the team and in plain sight. I flew over and rec’d the most ground fire from one point in my entire year in the Delta. In May of 69 I was sent to Rach Gia and Team 55. I was quickly introduced to the U Minh forest, the Three Sisters and all points in between. Loved flying for the Advisors!!

    • Hello, I am looking for someone from MACV TEAM 71 who knew my father Wayne Garber he was an E7 He was KIA 14 JUN 71. Anything you could share with me would be greatly appreciated. I know he was married to someone else and that I have a half brother named John. I only have just a couple of memories of him as I was only 3-4 yrs old when I last saw him. It would bring me great joy to just talk to someone who knew him. Much love and respect for all our Nam vets!! Respectfully, Tori

      • Tori. I was in the Team at the time of your fathers death. He was one fine soldier. There is quite a story behind his service in Vietnam. Here is my Email. Contact me and I’ll give you my phone nr. rdgindia6@roadrunner.com. I’m in Ohio, if your close we can meet. Your dad was special, you can be proud.

        • Hello, Thank you so much for replying so quickly. I had almost given up hope of ever finding anyone who knew him. I live in Illinois, near Scott AFB. My email is toritanc16@gmail.com. My phone number is 618-206-8110. I would love to speak with you and find out everything I can. I am just so greatful to you for answering me so quickly. God bless you!! You can email me a time convenient for you to talk with me and maybe in the not too distant future we could meet. Thank you again so very much!!! I look forward to talking soon.
          Respectfully, Victoria Tancredi

      • I believe my husband knew your father. He re,members his name. My husband is alive and here with me. Am very sad that you lost your father.

        • Thank you so much Mrs. Penbirthy for answering my post. I have been searching a long time. Any information is greatly appreciated. My email address is toritanc16@gmail.com. My home phone is 618-206-8110. I am retired and home most days. Please feel free to call any time or if you prefer I can call or email you. God Bless, Tori

      • As I recall, Soc Trang basically had two good RVN battalion (Regional Forces). They were the 22nd battalion which was the Provence reaction force and the 67 battalion which guarded the American air field and also acted as the reaction force. For a while I was the Advisory team leader with the 22nd battalion (69-70). We conducted many joint operations with the 67th. The Vietnamese commander of the 67 battalion was Captain Sau. He was a great leader. Does that help any? Gordon Gogola

        Sent from my iPhone

  3. ALL:

    Looking to make a connection with James C. Wise who was a CPT in ’72 and was a member or part of Team 71 SOC Trang. I have a certificate he presented to my father, then CPT David O. Davis. The certificate is a Mekong Delta Chapter Dai Uy Protective Association presentation to my father as a testimonial to his long and faithful service to our cause.

    My father passed away in 2002 from Prostate Cancer caused in part by Agent Orange exposure and complications. I just wanted to touch base with anyone who knew my Dad and to get any information I could

    Thanks and with respect, COL (Ret) Brian P. Davis, Army, ’85-’16.

  4. I am interested in details on the death of Major Rodger Pierce on 25 Jan 1972. I served with Rodger in 1967/68 in the 25th Division. I replaced him as the Commander of B Company, 2/14th. We were class mates in the IOAC at Ft. Benning following our first tour. I am writing my memories of a military career and wanted to provide details of all those lost in the conflict. Any help would be appreciated.
    LTC (Ret) Al Coke
    Smithfield, VA.

    • LTC Coke,
      Welcome Home and Thank you for your service !!!
      Sometimes I alternate between the blog on Tm 63 and 71 to try jogging my memory. For reasons I do not honestly recall, but the Team number did change during 1968. You may wish to do the same as the then, Capt. David Zeckser and Capt. Lee Gilmore may very well be able to assist in some way as they monitor Team 63’s blog as well. As enlisted, I served from Aug ’67 to Apr ’69, in the S-2 group, under Lt. Michael Delaney and Capt. Salinas. Although this isn’t much help at this point, I feel as though both of these gentlemen, former Capt.’s Zeckser and Gilmore can provide a far better memory to your need. Capt. Zeckser’s contact info can be found by scrolling down on this blog to July 8, 2015. Also, an enlisted Walt Mather may also be able to help. He, too, monitorsTeam 63 Blog.
      Best Regards,
      Ray Renois
      Thibodaux, LA
      .

  5. Don’t remember the names of all those islands, so many. We did have several RDC teams on them. One was way down at the end of that maze, couple clicks from the Sea. Was always interesting getting in and out of there by boat. The Seabee’s were working there building a school and dispensary. They flew in and out and got all there supply’s by chopper also.

  6. Yes, I worked with Lanny Bise for about 6 months! I left VN before he did. I think he has been a local city official in North Carolina..

    Can’t believe I just found this site!

    Did you ever go to Dung Island across the Bassac? Supposed VC R&R site.

  7. SFC Gaddis. RDC Advisor Oct 70 to Oct 71. Passed by your front door may times in the Boston Whaler on the way to inspect our teams. Did you know Cpt Bise ? Don’t recall the District he took over. I worked with him in RDC for about a month before he went to a District. Learned a lot from him, damn fine officer.

  8. For those who remember William ‘Bill’ Simmons, web site reports his death injured Savannah, GA in January, 2016. I remember him as a man of great integrity and honesty. A real pro!

    • Mike, would you possibly have a link to the web site on which the report you mentioned is posted.? In addition, I am wondering whether you recall another State Department officer named Dick Rosenberg who, as I remember it, was Bill Simmons’ deputy?

      • John, sorry, I did put the link in but it did not ‘take’. Anyway, my son helped me and re-posted it. I can’t quite understand how this web site works as, once I post there seems to be a day’s delay in seeing it. I do not remember Dick Rosenberg. When I arrived, LTC McCray was thePSA and Simmons was his Deputy. By December 1968, Simmons was the PSA and LTC Dick Rodney became the Deputy. Simmons was gone by July 1969 and Doc Evans became the PSA.
        I finally have a converter for converting my 35mm slides and hope to share those in the near future.
        Mike

      • Sorry, guess I can’t post a link here. If you Google “William Simmons obit Savannah” it will be the first one that comes up.

      • John, did you see Brandon’s post ref finding the infor for Bill Simmons? I am really not very good with web sites and did not realize the caveat of the web site against posting refe to other sites. I finally am able to convert my 35mm slides and am now trying to figure out how to allow my fellow ‘ancien combattants’ access to viewing them.

  9. Lt Eno and Lt Clark. Mark, I googled and read the article about lessons learned for successful advisory work whether in Vietnam or in the Middle East, or in the time of Lawrence of Arabia to current conflicts. It was interesting. When I have talked of issues affecting returned veterans of Iraq or Afghanistan, I’ve said I thought it must be much harder for them with their multiple rotations in and out of those areas. And every time they have told me that they thought Vietnam was much worse. I find that interesting. I would love to see photos. I don’t have many, but I have one with Lt. Eno getting a shower under the broken rain gutter, in back of the house during a monsoon rain, which is amusing. Think of all the 5-gal. cans of water that we had ferried out to us for drinking, cooking and showers.

    • Hello John, was w/Team 71, Than Tri District. 71/72 w/SFC Paul Manuel and MAJ Roger Pierce who was killed 25 JAN 72 down by Gia Hoa village. Colonel James Turner was Ba Xuyen Province Senior Military Advisor

    • Hello John Graupner,… I have gotten my old 35mm slides out of storage. I came across a picture which I believe is you, along with Maj Peeples , and SFC Jordan. I have been trying to get my 35mm slides converted to jpeg files but it is rather expensive. However, my old slide projector still works and I just took a picture of the projection with my i phone. The picture quality is pretty good, but I could not read your name tag. My email is: mwclark7@gmail,com. Send me your email or phone number and I will send you the picture so you can confirm. FYI for John Baum I came across a picture of You, Pat Gorman, Fred Bruger , and Bill Campbell. Keep in touch…. Mark

    • Hi John Graupner. I am trying to put togeather and convert my 35mm slides to jpeg files. I think I have a picture of you and Maj Peoples, and Lt Kelly. Mike Devlin or Russ Eno can possibly identify Lt Kelly( my replacement).Send me your email address and I’ll send you the pictures. I can definately identify Eno, Montoya, Jordan, Zizak,Porter, and I believe Budnik.

  10. Hi Russ… Great to hear from you. I stumbled on this website 2 years ago. Heard from a lot of people that followed us and it was great to hear from them.
    I googled you a few weeks ago and read your article in Infantry Magazine. Once I saw that John Graupner had answered on this website I knew that we had made a connection and some of the old Thuan Hoa Tigers were still alive.
    Sadly, Tom Porter a great navy corpsman and a great humanitarian took his own life a few years ago. I always thought he would have become a great surgeon.
    Vince Zizak, and outstanding medic and great soldier retired as a Sergeant Major. He died of pancreatic cancer several years ago, and is buried at Arlington.
    I have not been able to track down Cpt Frank Montoya. I still remember Cpt Montoya after all these years as the person who taught me everything I know about being a survivor. If I am ever in a tough spot, Frank’s words of encouragement and advice still echo in my mind. To this day whenever I travel I still remember his advice to carry a map and know exactly I am.
    This Memorial Day I will be joining my co workers in placing flags at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery.I will remember all the great guys that did not make it back.
    I still need to go through my 35mm slides to get them converted to DVD. As soon as I do I will send them to you and John.
    So keep in touch and great to hear from you.

    • Lt Clark, I accept that My Tu must be Thuan Hoa, expecially since Lt Eno spoke of the MAT team at Tam Soc. I was there at that time and remember getting the radio calls from them and us connecting with Soc Trang. It was, as I recall, mere chance that we had not yet signed off. I also recall the feeling of helplessness–so close, yet so far–nothing we could really do, except stay on the air. Finally, but too late, the aircraft with the miniguns, (Puff the Magic Dragon?), hosed down the place with red fire. A very sad time.

  11. Lieutenant Eno, It is great to see your post and it is great to recognize another name. My memory is so bad. I think I have mistaken a Lt. Kelly for you. I don’t know who Lt. Kelly is now.

  12. Great web site!

    I arrived in Thuan Hoa District as a 2LT in June 1968 and worked for CPT Frank Montoya as his deputy district advisor. We were LT Mark Clark, MI officer, brave, good man; SSG Zizak, medic; Tom Porter, Corpsman, a good decent man. Worst point in my tour was when our MAT team got overrun down at Tam Soc. 1LT Rick Bowers and SSG Arroyo (medic) were captured but later died of wounds. SFC Anderson and SFC Freidman (SP?) died at their positions in the mortar pit after firing up all their ammo. We were working a deal with LTC Rodney to swap captured VC Mausers for 2 M-60s; he got the rifles but the M60s never materialized in time. I recall LTC McCray as a good and decent man of extraordinary courage. John Graupner and Bob Budnick made the team work. Brave, smart Soldiers. Bill Simmons was a bright light as Province advisor. Foreign service officer, fluent in French, he lent dignity to a bunch of grunts.

    • Russell, I was Shotgun 33 and flew over the team house after the overrun the next morning early. I also overflew the operation that same morning to hopefully get Lt. Bowers and SSG Arroyo back. I think I was the last to see them as I witnessed two shirtless and tied caucasians being forced into a sampan just South of the Team. Never got to see where they were taken as they were lost under a tree canopy on the canal. Horrible feeling for me.

      • David,
        I replaced Lt. Rick Bowers, but never met him. He was killed a few days after I arrived in country, and was told at MAT team was captured, but the Lt. and the medic hadn’t been found yet. But a few days later, they were. Would you have any more information on Bowers, or a picture? If not, do you know of a way to get more information? Thank. Tom Mahon Email: tommahonnyc@gmail.com

  13. Thank you Mark. I noticed UBND huyen My Tu, on road TL930, WNW of Soc Trang, for the position of the bridge, the confluence of canals and the amount of vegetation along the canals. I hadn’t noticed what might be our house. But I am still not convinced. So many roads and new houses and large buildings have been constructed. I tried to imagine parachuting ammo in for the artillery. And picturing the rat trapper pushing his bicycle over the bridge with his catch strung out as he headed off to market. There is a Thuan Hoa near the road TL 1A going from Soc Tang NW to Can To, but it has no resemblance to what I remember.

  14. On Google Maps it looks like the name is My Tu. A lot has changed but I remember the intersection of the two canals and the bridge going to the village. Our old house looks familiar.

  15. John, Thuan Hoa is wnw from Soc Trang. But remember that is the old GVN District name and may have been re-named after 1972. I have a picture of the map somewhere. Will try to find it and send. Mike

  16. Can anyone clue me in on where Thuan Hoa is? I have been scouring satellite maps/imagery and cannot find anything that looks the way I remember it.

  17. Re: Bernard Kline. Thanks for news of Tom Porter. Could you describe him a little? Was he fairly tall? Do you remember the approximate month he was assigned to or left Thuan Hoa. A tall order, I know, because my memory isn’t worth beans.

  18. Mike Devlin, I think I’m beginning to understand. Mark Clark can clarify, if not. Mark’s replacement was Lt Kellsdt. Lt Kelly was already at Thuan Hoa with Mark and Capt. Montoya. Sp4 Budnik was there, and SSG Perez. I thought we were a great team. Budnik and I were playing catch with a baseball one day and he dislocated his arm. I couldn’t reset it so we medivac’ed him out for that. The first navy medic I met was a bit chubby and quiet. I just don’t remember him well. Huynh Suh and Miss Nguyet were the girls. Huynh Suh sent me a letter admonishing me for giving them a present when I left, because they couldn’t give me something of equal value. I am so happy and relieved, really, that she would marry SSG Perez, because I was so concerned about what might have happened to them after the North VN takeover.

    • I meant to write. Lt Kellstedt….. missed a couple of letters.. The implication is that I confused Kelley and Kellstedt.

      • John, thanks for clarifying the names and giving me the names of the house girls. I don’t know which one Perez married but I think the older of the two. I do not know Lt Kellstedt he apparently was gone ong before my arrival. By the way, you may want to check out Team 63 on this web as I found that the number was changed in August of 1968 from 63 to 71. No one seems to know why. Stay in touch. Mike

  19. Mike, I don’t recall Vince Zizak. He, the medic, had left before I got there. Tom Porter rings a bell. I worked with two different navy medics and I think Tom was the second. We set up a number of MEDCAPs with our counterparts, which I thought went really well, especially after the road was built and we had means of carrying supplies

    • I was on MILPHAP N-6 with HM2 Thomas Porter USN June 68/69. He is deceased of suicide in 2006. He was married to Judith Ann Porter and lived in E. Lansing, MI. Sorry for the bad news. I was his supervisor and supervisor for all the navy medics in the districts during that period.

  20. John Graupner, no , you have me confused with LT. Kelly who was the DIOCC officer. I have several pictures also but are unfortunately in 35m slide format and i need to get them converted. You probably don’t remember me because you departed for the 9th Div within about 20 days of my arrival from the Team HQ in Soc Trang. I remember you well because MAJ Pepples was getting ready to depart shortly and the Team Sr NCO was PSG Everette Turnbow (I screwed up his name in my last response to you) was also a recent arrival. So you are the guy that really introduced me to Thuan Hoa and we went on a couple of ops together just before your departure. I was impressed by your knowledge and no nonsense attitude.
    Yes, SP4 Budnik was the radio operator. There also was a Hamlet Security NCO who I think was a SSG Perez?? I later ran into him at Fort Rucker. He had married one of the house girls (the older sister) that used to clean our quarters.

    • PSG Everette Turnbow, replaced Sgt Perez….? That name seems to be back in the shadows of my mind. He was a real asset, but I have to say, when he first came out to Thuan Hoa I had a reticence to accept him after Sgt Perez. He was just in the business of taking on the role and fitting in, but I guess I wanted Perez’s clone. Turnbow and I never had an argument or said nasty things. It was in my subconscience, because one night I had a terrible nightmare about Turnbow and me. In the dream I yelled at him and slugged him in the face. I was surprised and embarrassed to wake myself up, and the whole team, and the District Chief and everyone else. My knuckles were pretty sore from hitting the cement wall. But from that point on I really enjoyed working with him.

    • Michael, I confused you with Lt Russel Eno. Kelly, I think, is a nickname for Lt Kellstedt. I know Kellstedt because I have a letter he sent on behalf of the two girls, and I know he was Lt Clark’s replacement. I don’t know if this is crazy or what, but my time in Thuan Hoa was the best of my 18 months in Vietnam. Although I am getting some memories back. it is a personal disappointment not to remember more.

  21. Hi John: Did you replace Sgt Vince Zizak as the medical advisor ? Also do you remember Tom Porter ? He was a Navy Corpsman attached to the Thuan Hoa Team.

  22. My name is John Graupner. I was placed as medical adv. in Thuan Hoa from late Jan. to mid July ’69. I’ve forgotten everyone’s names from back then, but I do recognize Lt Kelly, Lt Clark, Capt Montoya and Maj. Pepples. I never imagined there was a site like this.

    • To John ‘Doc’ Graupner. Wow, finally I have found someone from the Thuan Hoa Team that I remember. I came to the Thuan District Team shortly before you transfered to the 9th Div. I was MAJ Ed Pepples deputy for a short period and then I became the District Sr Advisor when he DEROSed. I clearly remember being on a couple of ops with you. I have been looking for people that i served with like you and SP Budnik, and LT Kelly and PSG Elliot Turnbough. I unfortunately lost my list of all the rest of that team. Great to hear from you! Mike Devlin

      • Michael, were you a 1 Lt, blonde hair and did a lot of ops? Was Budnik a radio operator, or what? I have pictures but no names to go with them.

  23. Certainly would love to join all of you tomorrow, but I’m currently undergoing Chemo Therapy and not yet up for travelling. Best Regards to all of you. If anyone would like to contact me, you have my email address. Chemo treatments should be over in February. Gordon

  24. Hello Mike,
    Yes. I do remember John Huber. I seemed to recall that he was promoted to Captain while in country. I do remember him in the S-5 role. He seems very effective in that role. Did you know Don Lapes (1LT)? He also worked for Max Sanchez at the Provence Reaction force. Don was actually poisoned by a VC infiltrator at our unit. If you’d like more details let me know. Good to hear from you.
    Gordon

  25. Gordon, I did not depart from Soc Trang until Sep 1969. I certainly remember LTC Rodney and Doc Evans with the greatest of respect. Did you know John Huber? He was working as the S-5 Advisor after I left for Thuan Hoa in April. Mike Devlin

    • Mike,
      I was just reviewing the earlier postings. I want to let you know that the MACV Team 63 reunion is now firmly scheduled for 10:00 Nov 7, 2015 in Windermere, Fl., near Epcot.
      The address is 12821 Water Point Blvd- Windermere-34786. You seem to be in the circuit with the guys from the MAT Teams. Please spread the word to them and give them my contact information. David Zeckser-dzeckser@cfl.rr.com Tel:4077580820.
      Thanks,
      David Zeckser

  26. Hi all,
    Gordon Gogola here. I was in Advisory Team 71 from June 69 until May 70. My first assignment was working with Lien Doi 22 -provincial reaction force. Max Sanchez was the team leader. LTC Richard Rodney was the deputy province senior advisor. I remember Doc Evans well as a man of integrity.
    I took the first MAT team into Hoa Tu. We had an 8 man team and it was wild and woolly. SFC John Jackson was my Senior NCO. For those of you who don’t know it. He went to Saigon to take the E-7 test and finished first in MACV. His stripes were waiting when he returned.
    Good to see Brian’s name. We worked together in Thanh Tri with LTC Ninh. It would be great to hear from any of you.
    G

    • Gordon,
      The MACV Team 63/71 reunion is firmly scheduled for 10:00 am Nov 7,2015 at: 12821 Water Point Blvd-Windermere, FL. 34786. Please spread the word to the guys you know in the MAT teams attached to MACV Team 63/71 at the time, they are all invited. The location is near Epcot Center. Also, wives are invited. Food and drink will be provided and catered.
      Further details will follow.
      Thanks,
      David Zeckser-dzeckser@cfl.rr.com tel: 4077580820

    • If you were in Thanh Tri anytime between June 68/69 you may recall HM2 WESLEY P. MILTON from Erie, Pa. He was honored by the U.S. Army with and Army Bronze Star for heroism under fire in the most dangerous district in Ba Xuyen Province. I spent lots of bad hours there! I was his supervisor stationed in Soc Trang MACV 63/71 JUNE 68/69

    • Hello Gordon, I was on Team 71 Than Tri District 71/72 with SFC. Paul Manuel and MAJ Roger Pierce who was killed 25 Jan 72. I was a SSG at the time. COL James Turner was the Province (Ba Xuyen) Senior Military Advisor then.

      • Hello Gordon, I was on Team 71 Than Tri District 71/72 with SFC. Paul Manuel and MAJ Roger Pierce who was killed 25 Jan 72. I was a SSG at the time. COL James Turner was the Province (Ba Xuyen) Senior Military Advisor then.

        • Hi John,
          Who was the District chief when you were there? When I was there it was LTC Ninh. He was President Thu’s first cousin and incredibly corrupt. If you wanted an artillery barrage you had to pay for it. How was Maj Pierce killed?
          Our team leader was a very strange bird. At one time he ordered me to go on an operation unarmed. I refused the order and left the very next day from Thanh Tri to go to Soc Trang and become the combat police advisor.

          • Hello Gordon, Major Pierce was killed during a 5 day operation in the vicinity of Gia Hoa village – was in a sampan, got ambushed. Really great guy, learned a lot from him.

        • Hello SSG Ditmore….hope all is well. Served with you, SFC Manuel, MAJ Pierce. Left in ’72. Always wondered if I’d ever possibly get in touch with you or Paul. CPT Smith…..

    • Hello…my father was on team 71 until his death in Jun 14, 1971..Wayne Garber. I am looking for folks whom he served with. I have found one gentleman Bob Gaddis that knew him briefly. If you knew him please contact me. I would like to find out more about him and his service.
      Respectfully, Tori

  27. I read through all of these posts for the first time, as well as the posts for Team 63, earlier this morning. As Mike Devlin implies in his own post, the Bung-a-low was, for all practical purposes, a bordello. There was a similar establishment just outside of the fencing surrounding the compound and adjacent to LTC James G. McCray’s offices and residence. The PRU advisor was, in fact, a SEAL whose name was Swede McPherson. He was preceded by William F. Goines, the very first person of color to become a SEAL, who retired as a MCPO and who recruits on behalf of the SEALS to this date. LTC McCray, a 1948 graduate of the USMA is, I think, still living.

    • Good recall! However I disagree the the Bung-a-low was a “bordello” I had the pleasure of volunteering to run rip shod over all prostitution establishments in Soc Trang from June 68/69. I could never pin anything on the Bung-a-low. But I made sure most of the houses of ill repute were “clean” by payday. I had photos of every girl in the houses and they could not work without a pelvic exam that I did myself at the hospital and a negative culture. No compliance from the mama san and I called CanTho MP’S and they were placed off limits. It worked well. I reduced VD in Soc Trang by over 90% and was awarded the Nave Commendation Medal for my efforts. On the other hand I still worry about all the IUD’S I put in for my girls to avoid unwanted pregnancies. What kind of care did they get after the fall of the South?

      I recall Swede well and contributed pictures of him for the reunion last year. He hosted great parties at the PRU hooch at the back gate. Can’t recall William F. Goines except perhaps by reputation.

      LTC JAMES G. MC CRAY is alive and well in AZ I think.

      • The Bung-a-low was so named for a reason. They weren’t selling fortune cookies in the little back rooms, as I am sure many of our compatriots would tell you were they put to the question!

      • Hi Bernie,
        What was your verdict of Liz’s place (approx left of the rear bunker) ?
        I think that may have been in the 10% that “got away”. LOL
        Walt

  28. I was a member of mat 14 from August 1970 to May of 1971. Served with two Sfc with last name of Jackson and our medic had last name of Picou.I was First Lt. Would like to hear from anyone.

    • Richard,
      Just found this site in my search for what was then Thuan Hoa village, which does appear to be located just east of My Tu where two canals come together. I was the counterintelligence advisor (with “US” on the collar) on the Thuan Hoa team from August 1970 to June 1971, and then did a short assignment in Soc Trang after that. I remember you and the two sergeants – especially the colorful Picou – and the dog. Our team was led by Maj Rivera, with Lt. Andy Traver. Can’t recall the names of the two sergeants who rotated in and out, or the medic from Tennessee. It was an educational experience, made more interesting with my conversations in French with the Village Chief. Wish I could know what ever happened to our interpreter who was a member of the RVN. We recently met a chef who was 4 years old when his family left via helicopter from the roof of the US embassy in Saigon, and it brought back a lot of memories. Hope you are doing well.

  29. I was a MAT TEAM leader in Hoa Tu sub sector, Ba Xuyen province from Sept 1969 to Sept 1970. I had a 5 member team that consisted of myself and 4 of the finest NCO’s to ever serve in the army. I wish I could find them to thank them for their great advice,”just keep your ass down lieutenant”. Thanks to Tommy Naum who was senior Logistics advisor in Soc Trang and helped keep us as fed and comfortable as possible in very difficult times

    • Brian
      I was a MAT leader in DAi Ngai with province hq in Soc Trang. We may have been at the same monthly meetings with the chief advisor Dr. Evans. I was there in 1970..
      Mike Hasser

    • Brian,
      Our MACV Team 63/71 reunion is now firmly set for 10:00am, Nov 7, 2015 at 12821 Water Point Blvd-Windermere, FL. 34786. Wives are also invited, food and drink will be provided and catered. We are hoping to have seventy or eighty people but so far we have only 30.
      I would like to add your name to our master email list that will provide other details about the reunion such as a group discount at a nearby hotel. Please contact me, David Zeckser at dzeckser@cfl.rr.com tel 4077580820. Thanks,

    • “I never had the chance to properly thank you for the nice things you said about me under MACV 71 because I didn’t think you liked me because while you were in the rice patties I was overhead in a helicopter.-Tom Naum

  30. Although I was assigned to team 51 in Bac Lieu I spent my tour in Soc Trang, 8/68 to 8/69 as the advisor to the vietnamese 2/9 cav unit assigned there. Would like to hear from anyone that was assigned to the vietnamese 9th cav.

    • Hi Edward,

      I remember the 9th cav, I was the advisor for the 67th RF Battalion in Soc Trang, We have set the date for the MACV Team 63/71 reunion for 10:00am-Nov 7, 2015-at 12821 Water Point Blvd-Windermere, FL. 34786- Wives are also invited. Food and drink will be provided and catered. Please send me your email address so I can keep you posted and tell the other guys you know from Team 63/71. We have also invited the MAT teams attached to team 63, as well as the Seabees. Contact: David Zeckser, dzeckser@cfl.rr.com tel 407-758-0820.
      Thanks, David

  31. 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, I don’t know if I can assist but I can tell you that all MAC-V Province Teams had Bird Dog (O-1 fixed wing) support from the 221st Avn in two aircraft and two pilot detachments known as “Shotgun”. In the case of Team 71, the guys flew out of the Army Airfield at Soc Trang which also had the USAF 8th Aireal Port. I would imagine that your brother may have worked in joint support of those detachments. I don’t know if the 221 has an active website.
      Mike

  32. Hello, my name is Mike Devlin and I joined Tm 71 in Sep 1968 and was assigned duties as the S-5 Advisor. I think the Senior Advisor was a COL McCray(?) and the Deputy was Bill Simmons. i recall the S-3 Advisor was MAJ ‘Tommy’ Thomkins and the S-2 was a CPT Thoms. I believe Bill Garrison was the RD Cadre advisor and a SEAL known as ‘the Swede’ was the PRU advisor. CPT Jon Huber took my place in late Mar 1969 and I was assigned as the Thuan Hoa Dep District Sr Advisor and worked for MAJ Pepples. He departed in May and the Tm 71 Sr advisor (then ‘Doc’ Evans) asked if I could be the Sr Advisor and I accepted. My Intel guy was LT Kelly and NCOIC was SFC Everett Turnbough. I returned to the US in Sep 1969 and ultimately retired from active duty in Aug 1989.
    Would like to talk to anybody who remembers that time and place.

    • Mike: Lt Kelly was my replacement in Thuan Hoa. I worked for Maj Pepples for a short time before I returned to the US. I remember Lt Kelly and Maj Pepples. I must have been there just before you got there.The senior NCO was SFC Jordan, Capt Frank Montoya was the Dist Sr Advisor prior to Maj Pepples. My best memory was the Vietnamese Capt Theiu ?.Educated in North Vietnam and spoke fluent French. The Vietnamese S2 was LT Tho ?

      • Mark, thanks for the reply. I can’t remember the names of the counter parts but as DSA my counter part was a very young Major who moved his wife and 2 children into the compound. I thought that was pretty gutsy. We had lost a MAT team in the very south of the district in Feb 1969 and that necessitated the removal of the old district chief. Godd to hear from you.
        Mike

      • Mark Clark,

        I saw your reply to Mike Devlin. When you were in Thuan Hoa I was with the 67th Security Battalion at the airport in Soc Trang but I had a bunk in the first room on the right in the old Team 63 house, Sep 67-Oct 68. I remember Montoya and that time the Ranger Lieutenant got his arm shot up badly crossing the river going back to the District Hq in Thuan Hoa.

        Anyway, I live in Windermere, Fl. near Orlando and I am trying to set up a Team 63 reunion here on Oct 31, 2015. I need names and addresses of team members if you have any. So far I’ve got Joel Leson, John Baum, Lee Gilmore, Walt Mather, Larry Moore, Fred Knudsen and I’m waiting to hear from Mike Devlin. My email is: dzeckser@cfl.rr.com. My address is: 12821 Water Point Blvd.-Windermere, FL.34786

        I’m looking for Carlos Salinas, Nick Chandler, Dick Gertz, Bernie Watson and lots of others. Please let me hear from you. You’re invited.
        David Zeckser

    • Hi Mike,

      Good to locate you. My name is David Zeckser and I was the senior advisor to the 67th RF/PF Province Security Battalion at the airport from Sep 67 to Apr 68 and through the TET offensive. I was the assistant S-3 under Maj. Herrington from Apr 68 to Oct 68 and then I left to become the Army Officer in charge of the R&R Center in Sydney.
      We must have met but it was still Team 63 when I left. I remember Montoya and wasn’t Bill Simmons the bald GS-14? I remember the “suede” too but not his name.

      Anyway, I am trying to set up a Team 63 reunion in Orlando on Oct 31, 2015. You’re invited and you mentioned a lot of guys I would like to find, like Mike Kelly. I can send you a list. So far I’ve located John Baum, Lee Gilmore, Walt Mather, Larry Moore and Joel Leson. I hope you can get back to me.
      David Zeckser

    • Did you possibly know my father..Wayne Garber? He was on team 71 until his death in ’71, any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

      Thanks,
      Tori

  33. Robert D. Gaddis Team 71 Oct 1970 to Oct 1971 RDC Advisor. When I got there I think there were about 175 Advisors there. I was one of the last new pep to come in. By Oct 71 the about 75 Advisors left. I was there at the time Wayne Garber was killed.

    • Hi Robert,
      Unless they expanded that compound or added a bunch of tents after I left in ’68, it’s hard to imagine 175 advisors packed in there. Were some advisors living in the big house just left of the rear bunker? Nice Vietnamese family lived there too. Was “Liz’s” place still there? 😉
      Walt

      • That number was for the entire Provence Team. Facing down the street from the bunker, I lived in the house to the left. The Vietnamese were in the house next door and that was Garber,s family. What did you do there ? I had good luck working with the RD Cadre. They were great folks and I spent a lot of time out in the Vill,s with them. I had a big old Boston Whaler and got into some really scary places with that thing. I don’t recall Liz,s but a bar was a bar, LOL Now that I think about it, you may have been a diff compound all together. One of our main buildings was the old Bungalow Bar. Was that the some place ?? Good hearing from you, take care.

      • That “Boston Whaler in scary places” remark brings back the memory of when we lost 3 of our guys in Dec 67. Can’t remember their sub-sector but they also used to travel in to our MACV compound by canal every weekend. We even warned them about establishing too much predictability. One day Charlie ran a cable just under the water line and when the boat hit it, they opened up from both sides. They never had a chance. I think the boat was wood / fiberglass but I’ll never forget how riddled with holes it was. Things had been relatively quiet until this. Of course Tet wasn’t too far off and that’s when it really hit the fan.

      • Hi Walt my name is Tom Thelen. I was with MAT 63 from Early 68 to Aug 68. I believe we knew each other and shared a “few” drinks. I was transferred in from the 173rd. I am hoping you are the same man. Pls contact me at tthelen@atlanticbb.net or 410/643-4236

        • It’s possible Tom but I can’t place the name. Did you stay at the MACV compound or the airfield? If at the compound, what function did you serve there and do you remember any other names?

        • Hi Tom,
          I just emailed you a conversation Ray Renois and I have been having regarding that night I was “cooking” with the VC hat. I found the picture. LOL.
          Walt

    • I was an S-2 advisor from Aug ’67 thru Aug ’68. Liz’s place was basically her house, which was on the left of the compound, past the tennis courts, heading toward and left of the rear bunker. By “Bungalow Bar”, do you mean the bar on the ground floor of the NCO quarters, that had access from both the street and the compound? (or at least that’s how I remember it). Short, cute little Cambodian lady tended bar for a while. Lizards all over the walls ….wait, every bar had lizards all over the walls. 😉

      • Robert and Walt, let me help explain. I arrived in late Sept 1968 and I never heard of “Liz’s” but the Bungalow was right on the Main Street in front of the Team House. The Bungalow was a notorius hang-out for the Airfield guys and was ultimately purchased by MAC-V and by May of 1969 was no longer in operation. By the time I DEROSed ( I had moved to Thuan Hoa District in Apr 1969) in Sep 1969 there no longer were any ‘private’ business enterprises on the Team 71 compound.

      • The Bungalow bar was next to the bar in the NCO quarters. There was a barbed wire gate from the MACV Compound just outside the NCO bar that went into the Bungalow Bar” but LTC McCray sealed it off in the fall of 68.

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