Team 77 Trung Hoa

MACV Team 77 – Trung Hoa.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 77 located in Trung Hoa.

17 thoughts on “Team 77 Trung Hoa

  1. My name is Jim Lauer, I was with the MAAG in 1961. I was at Trung Lap for only one day to give some administrative support. It looked so different back then.

    • Jim, Note that the photo at the top of this page is the same one for all MACV Team sites listed to the right.

      It definitely does not look like Trung Hoa RTC.

  2. I’m looking for anyone who was at the trung lap training center in 1966. I was the radio operator there. Looking for “doc” Elbert m. Boyd Lt. Lee, pappy hires? Major Gransback, Sgt. Gentz.

    • Hi, my name is Greg Gransback, Major Don Gransback was my father. He retired from the Army in 1985, worked for state civil defense in Honolulu, HI, for ten years and retired fully in 1995. He passed away in Honolulu in 2015. My mom, Bernice, is still alive living with my daughter in Richmond, VA. I’m a retired Army CW4 and now work for the Dept of the Interior in Wash D.C. both my brother are retired Army Soldiers as well, and my son is also inn the Army.

      • Hi Greg, I’ve been off this site for awhile. I have old black and white photo of the whole group of us including your dad. If you text, my # is 352-636-5964. Text me and I can send it to you. I never knew your dad’s first name, lol. Just Major Gransback. He was a very honest and fair man who treated us at Trung Lap as tho we were just equal. Oh, I also have him laying out in a lawn chair with a towel wrapped around him. We did that every day from noon till 2. It’s like the war stopped for that time. Please text me when you can.

    • I was there with my Bn (43rd) in Sept/ Oct of 66. I remember the names you listed, and have a few photos of them, as well as the Interpaddy Airport sign. If I recall, each evening we watched The Hank Williams Story movie.

    • Charlie,

      I can’t help you with the guys you named. My only contact so far has been with Joel Darsey. I was there mid-1966 to mid-1967. I remember you as my radio operator on a number of operations (to include carrying Vietnamese Rangers across a swollen stream and getting a leg full of leaches for the effort, fortunately, your heighth kept some of the Rangers from drowning).

      My best memory of Doc Boyd was when he gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a young woman from Trung Lap village who had the plague. Doc had balls!

      Don’t know if you were still there when we got mortared on the 15 of March ’67. Darsey’s and Avery’s hootches got turned into firewood (fortunately R&R in Hawaii kept them from becoming casualties). Unfortunately, MSGT Kenneth Chadwick (my team sergeant) sustained critical wounds and died the next day at the hospital in Cu Chi. Between VN tours, I was a senior instructor at the Florida Ranger Camp for 2 years. And then back in country in War Zone C commanding Co B, 2/8 Cav. Living now in Orange Park, FL.

  3. Looking for anyone who remembers SGT. Lewis Milton King team 77 and 57 Radio Technology KIA 21 Aug 1968 married a local girl has a daughter 51 years old Nga

  4. I was at Trung Lap with my Battalion (43rd BDQ) in the Fall of 1966. We were upgrading from our World War II vintage equipment. Actually had my CIB pinned on by the Senior Advisor. Have a few pictures of the area and the staff. A great bunch. Many of the officers were Aggies.

    • Hey David, I was the radio operator at trung lap the year of 1966. The previous year I was the radio operator for the 30th ranger battalion (bdq). I’m new to this site so hit me up if you’re still here. Sgt. Charlie Stoothoff.

      • Charlie,

        I have a team photo received earlier from Joel Darsey. It was taken late fall 1966 (I’m still a Trung Uy in the photo), kneeling just in front of you. Memories…memories.

        If anyone wants a copy of the photo, just send me your e-mail addresses. I tried attaching it to this reply but without success.


    • David, I was the base radio operator at the same time you were there. I was with the 30th (BDQ) for the year before.

  5. My name is Richard Carey. I was 19 years old when assigned to Advisory Team 77 in 1963-64. a Ranger Training Center. My first assignment in Vietnam was in the MAAG com center in Cholon,a suburb of Saigon before being transferred to Trung Hoa / Trung Lap. I was with the Team when Sgt W. Dunlap was KIA during an ambush while on a recon training exercise, and I remember that afterward, we had built a memorial to him in the compound. I still remember Sgt. Dupree a Medic, Sgt. Schober, Sgt Ames and Sgt Yont, as well as our CO; Major Ludwig Faistenhammer, Jr, It’s amazing how I can remember this more than 50 years later, that’s how much things impacted me back then. I did not know it then, but the time I spent with these men and those who I can’t remember, was a maturing experience that has impacted my entire life. God bless all of the men I served with over there.

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