Team 78 Phouc Tuy

MACV Team 78 – Phouc Tuy.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 78 located in Phouc Tuy.

16 thoughts on “Team 78 Phouc Tuy

  1. I was not US military (one time Black Watch) but was stationed in Van Kiep with the Decca team, (I know Robert Kehl.) from July 1965 to Sept 1967 before taking leave and moving to Phan Thiet. My memory is rotten on names otherwise I remember people by association. Curiously the one name I do remember is a Sgt Marseille the MP. The only military policeman I ever liked.

  2. I served with Team 78 at the training center in Van Kiep and was transferred down to the RF/PF training center in Long Hai. Was there in 1971-1972. Served with a Major whose first name was Doug- he had been in-country for about 4 straight years when I arrived. Do not remember his last name, would like to find out if anyone has any information on him or others who were in Long Hai.

    Karl Swenson

    • Karl, We may have met. I was in Van Kiep at Team 78 and spent time at the Long Hai RF/PF training center a few times to help them out. I remember a CPT Murdock being there. His wife (civilian) visited for a couple of weeks while I was there one time. That may be just before your time. I left around mid 1971

      • Greetings William! you’re right, it was a bit before my time. I arrived in Van Kiep around the middle of September 1971 and was sent down to Long Hai in November. When I got there, the team consisted of SSG, an MSG, and a Major. Before January 1972, it was only the Major and me…….

  3. I was with Van Kiep Training Center from MAY-AUG ’65, following an assignment with the 43rd Ranger Bn (BDQ) in the ARVN 9th ID AO in IVth Corps. My boss was CPT Saint, who in turn reported to COL Ruyffelaere (the guy with the handlebar mustache) – what a character!

        • Looks like the mortar attack occurred shortly before I got there. I recall there was a major effort underway when I arrived, organized by Ruyffelaere, to build fighting perimeter/positions inside our compound area. This seemed a little strange to me given that our compound was inside the ARVN compound. There was no plan or coordination with the ARVN if a ground attack occurred as to how our fires would be coordinated with theirs.

          I do remember when I arrived that Ruyffelaere’s hand was bandaged. If the story is true about those awards, they weren’t awarded. However, he was well decorated as a combat infantryman in WWII and Korea. See below bio entry from West Point’s Register of Graduates.

          13424 Raymond Francis Ruyffelaere
          B-MA: A-RI: Inf: 509PIR T-ME 44 (BSM-2PH-CI): CoCO 16Inf Eur 48-50:
          Instr NGMA 50-52: S3 7Inf 3Div KW 53 (SS-BSM-PH-CR-CI): CO 1-35Inf
          63-64: SrAdv RVN 64-66 (AM): OAC 66-68: Comp JMAG Thailand 68-71:
          Comp ARADCOM 71-73 (LM): Ret 73 COL: MPA UCO 75: D-Berkeley CA
          18Oct99: Ob-May04

          Best regards,
          Charlie

          • The attack occurred on my first week in country. The Col was a good officer and I liked him. On the night of the attack, it was 0200 hrs, I founded myself in a hole with him. He didn’t know I was a civilian. I had on a steel pot and was in my underwear. He was clearheaded and took command. Other officers were drunk. It was Saturday night.One major fired his weapon at a nonexistent enemy. Those were the days! Best regards, Bob ,

  4. This was the training team assigned to Van Kiep National Training Center east of Baria in Phouc Tuy Province.

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