Team 76 Vinh Binh

MACV Team 76 Vinh Binh.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 76 located in Vinh Binh.

5 thoughts on “Team 76 Vinh Binh

  1. It’s been a while…… I was on MAT 76 in 1969-70. We were in outposts and villages in the southernmost tip of VN around Nam Can, Ca Mau and Rach Gia . Roger Corrado and Doc Tully joined the team as I was getting short. I later ran into Corrado in Denver where I was living and he was working for the GAO (I think).

    • Steven this is Charlie Barnes. We met on MAT 76! My memory is not strong after 50 years but I have notes from that time. I wrote that MAT 76 consisted of Roger Corrado, Doc Tully, SFC House and Lt Steve Norris. I joined the team in Rach Gia, but on October 23 we moved to Vinh Binh, and MAT 76 became ARVN Advisors. In Vinh Binh the team was: Roger, me, SFC Herbert an Doc Tully. Roger and Herbert got blown up on November 8. They were replaced by SFC Martinez and Captain John Turano. Tully went home, I believe on compassionate leave. I think something happened to his son. A few years ago Roger’s son arranged for him to go back on a nostalgia tour. Roger asked me for maps and names; I gave him what I had. I still have our ops map from Cang Long, and I told Roger I could give him the exact coordinates where he tripped the bomb, but he was set on going back to Rach Gia where he had spent most of his time. He liked it, but he said it was very sad because of the way the VNs who we knew were treated after the fall. What with one unfortunate turn or another, by the end of my tour, MAT 76 consisted of just myself and Sgt Martinez. The day I left, Martinez went out with a PF platoon and stepped on a mine. About five years ago, John Turano and I were able to locate him in a hospital room in Alaska. We each got to say goodbye; he died a few days later.

  2. I am assuming that these number designations refer to MAT Teams and not District Teams. I served on MAT 76 attached to Lien Doi 82. We operated out of Vinh Binh and were assigned variously to areas around Cang Long District. In March through May, 1971 we particpated in aggressive operations against the VC 306 main Force Btn. aft5er the paddies dried up.
    Originally our team was assigned to a PF fort inTan An but we were moved to the more active area I think in September or October, 1970. My memory plays tricks on me.
    MAT 76 was comprised of myself, E-7 Rafael Martinez, E-6 “Doc” Tully, Captain John Turano (now lives in Rhode Island), Lt Roger Corrado and another NCO whose name escapes me. Corrado and the NCO were blown up on an operation and sent home in December (?), 1970. Martinez was blown up in an operation the day after I left was and sent back in early June, 1971. Turano went home later, and Lt Ed Wyse took my place in late May, 1971. At that point MAT 76 consisted of Wyse and two replacement NCOs (SSG Heater and SSG Broughton – never met either man). We had known Captain Bullock of MAT 85 (they operated around Tra Vinh) and apparently he was brought in to round out the team. I was gone at the end of May.
    We had VN 105s for artillery support and American airlift support, and we had Australian “Black Ponies” for close conbat support. Beyond that we never saw another Amercian combat soldier for the entire year we were there. We had all gone to language school at DiAn, and then lived with the VNs in the swamps of the Delta.
    I kept the Team log and I took considerable journalistic license in my essays. I would love to know what happened to those; I wonder if they ever made it back to The World.

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