Team 8 Qui Nhon

MACV Team 8 – Qui Nhon

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 8 located in Qui Nhon.

51 thoughts on “Team 8 Qui Nhon

    • I was with Team 8 from Dec 65 to Dec 66. I was a SP5, the lowest rank enlisted on the team. Sorry, I did not know SP5 Lynch.

  1. Hi Vic. I was with Team 8 MACV compound from Dec 65 to Dec 66. In the compound were Team 8 (II Area Log Comd ARVN) Advisors and Team 22 (Infantry) Advisors and maybe a few spooks. Next door to the MACV compound was a Special Forces Compound, SF B-Team 22. I used to go next door to their club. Those guys were really great. I’m thinking maybe you delivered to that compound and they paid you with whiskey. I’m sure they had some shadowy types. Take care. J Lycans

    • I am looking for Army Personnel that served with my husband in Qui Nhon from December 1967 to December 1968. He has really bad hearing and the VA Hospital is giving him trouble in getting hearing aids. They said we needed to locate some of his old unit to see if any of them had the same problem. Please if you or anyone served in Qui Nhon during that time period and has hearing loss and constant ringing in their ears could you please contact us either by phone (989) 277-5172 or email romarhardy67@frontier.com. We really could use some help. They are saying they have medical records that don’t show any problem. Well we have learned that the medical records from that time period were destroyed in a fire AND that the record keeping wasn’t what it should have been anyways due to the chaos over there. My husband served his country and deserves to get hearing aids provided for him. So if any one can help us by backing up the fact that there are others out there with this problem and that there was bombing or shelling constantly every night over head into the mountains it would be much appreciated.

        • Hi Vic, My husband was with MACV Advisory Team #27. We have found one soldier he served with and he has extremely bad hearing also and has been helping us. But if I can find others it would help us further. Thank you for your help and others. Marie Hardy

      • Ditto with my hearing and loss of vision of right eye…no med records and I am sunk. Oh well, life of a soldier. Hope you can get joy out of your pursuit…great lady you are.

        • Thank you Charley Brown. I would do anything for my husband of 50 years this December. We were married 2 days before he left. I am thankful he returned home. I have found one person so I just keep plugging along in hopes of finding others who served with my husband. Thank you for your kind words.

          • I’m retired in Ecuador South America, for the last 21 years. I have no contact with the VA here but gave up on ’em anyway. I bought two cheap old fashioned hearing aids, the ones which have a pod that goes benind the ear for a watch battery and the electronics. You can see them for I till have a military haircut but they work, cost about $15 each. I need only one, the other esr is good enough. I bought them online 21 years ago from a nunting/outdoor outfit, selling them for hunting to hear animals better. They are like the hearing aids of the 50s, using a newish component called a transistor.

            This may help. They are simple amplifiers not tuned to augment certain frequencies of hearing los.they amplify all sounds instead of certain freauencies such as BELLTONEs etc..

        • Hi Charlie, It took me 20 years to get into the VA even though I had documentation from Army doctors who examined me ears. I hurt them in training firing a M60. First round both my ears blew. Lucky my right ear came back. But even with documentation, I couldn’t get in. Someone suggested I try getting an advocate for me. Turns out there are folks out there that want to help us and know the system better than we do. Try calling your local VFW or American Legion. They may help or put you in touch with people that do this for us. I used an Americal Legion guy that does this for free. They know how the system works and want to help.

          Good luck,
          Vic Francis SP4 Vietnam Oct 67-68

      • MY FATHER WAS A CIVILIAN CONTRACTOR WORKING I N QUI NHON . HE WORK FOR J.A.JONES (I THINK) HE TOLD US THAT WHILE WORKING ON BUILDING A HOSPITAL ,OUR MILITARY HAD TO CONSTANTLY SHELL CERTAIN MOUNTAINS TO KEEP THE CONG FROM SHELLING THE HOSPITAL. WE HAVE SUPER EIGHT FILM HE MADE AT NIGHT SHOWING THE LIGHT FROM TRACER BULLETS. HE PASSED AWAY A FEW YEARS AGO. IF OUR FILM COULD HELP IN ANY WAY, YOU CAN CONTACT ME BY EMAIL

    • I was with Team 27 1967-68 through and after Tet NVA offensive, but in that same compound in Qui Nhon too. Martha Ray used to hang out in the SF compound next door at the club house. Needing a MACV EM clubhouse of our own, master sergeant Barrack assigned me for a month to start building one in the MACV compound itself which I did. I was recovering from a nasty case of hep caught at Team 99 in Duc Hoa from non treated compound water (a duffless Duc Hoa Capt was relieved of command because of it). I had just returned from a month at a Navy hospital in Japan and on light duty..good time to build a club house. It was completed by others as my field work living with RF PF infantry militia took me back out to the paddies and hamlets. Great duty but risky. Team members of our CMIT were 1st. Lt. Tom Higdon from TN and Ssgt Fanning. Both were 1st Air Cav out of An Keh/Pleiku. CMIT stood for combined mobile improvement team, combining skills and know how as well as liason with Ist Cav and MACV, best of both worlds. It was Fanning’s 4th tour, an ex SF too, Tom’s 1st tour and my 2nd. I was usually the jeep driver when we didn’t use Huey slicks to get out and back every three weeks and RTO as well as anything else needed. Club builder!

      I hang out at Team 27 on this site, just thought I’d clutter the board a little here since we all based out of Qui Nhon. And some of ya’ll drank in my 1967 club! Bottoms up.
      All the best guys!
      (Sgt) Charley (Chuck) Brown

      • I forgot, THANK YOU SPECIAL FORCES GUYS next door for loaning us your deuce and a half truck on occasion! One had to start it by connecting two wires…no switch button, lol, nothing like a hot wired SF hot rod. I remember when your or some SF outpost on the hilltop overlooking the bay was attacked one night, I was downtown at my VN captain’s house and we saw the tracers flying. That was before Tet.

      • Charlie, thanks for the club. We all spent a lot of time there. A nickel for a beer and ten cents for a mixed drink. Steve Bakkum RTO QuiNhon TOC 1969 and most of 70.

        • Hey Steve, I didn’t know you since I ETSed in April 1968 after Tet in Feb. I poured the concrete foor of the club and started the structure with Viet guys, but I went to the field and some very savy guys finished the club. I think I got to enjoy it once or twice! Good deal…nickle beer,

  2. I was with Advisory Team 8, 1968 and 1969, in both Qui Nhon, and at the Sub-Detachment, on the 821 ARVN Ordinance Compound, In Pleiku. I have some interesting photos.

    • Michael Sivilli, Thanks for the reply. I have a few pics but mostly of our guys posing like tough guys. Tet was tough for all of us. our Squad was stuck on the air field in Qui Nhon for 7 days. We ran the gas station on the air field. At one point I was in one of those Lincoln Logs guard towers about 20 feet up. 50 feet behind me was 200K gallons of JP4. I figured if they hit the tank, they wouldn’t even find my dog tags. We had one land about 10 feet from the tank behind me but it didn’t go off. Do you remember anyone delivering gasoline to you guys in 67 or 68? Chances are it was me. My MOS was petroleum product annalist but except when we got a delivery of JP4, I could do my MOS job in 2 hours so I volunteered to drive a truck after I did my MOS job.
      If you have pictures of your crew or of anything you think would be interesting, I’d love to see them. I had an 8 ml camera with films that was stolen from me in Camron Bay when we were leaving.

      Vic Francis SP4 U.S. Army

  3. Team 8 Qui Nhon. y name is Vic Francis and I used to deliver MOGAS to a MACV compound in Qui Nhon Oct 67 Oct 68. They wouldn’t let me into the compound so I’d hand them my nozzle and hose and they would fill their stand alone tank. When they filled the tank and handed me back my nozzle, it always came back with a 5th of whiskey. Great guys.
    Thank you for your service and for the whiskey.
    As a side note. The Freedom of information for disclosure has long passed. I always thought you folks were either special ops or CIA. True? or false?

  4. The EM & NCO was opened when I was in Macv Comound. It closed not long after I got there, so we all went to the officers club. I was in room 100, first floor.

  5. MSG Lycans. Just browsing and saw ur msg. See above. Housed in MACV Compound in 1 of 4 rooms by Off. Club. Beautiful view. Got lucky! Was mural on EM Bar wall still existent when you there? Enjoy your retirement. SFC Hamilton, USA, Ret.

    • SFC Hamilton, I was with Advisory Team 8 (II Area Log Comd) from Dec 65 to Dec 66. We also had Advisory Team 22 (Infantry) on the compound. I lived in the small quad across the street in the block buildings. That was my first tour and we really had it good. Thanks for posting. J, Lycans, MSG, Ret

  6. Dear Sir: Thank you for your comments. I was with the II Area Logistics Command (ARVN) from Dec 65 to Dec 66. I made the ARVN convoy trip to Pleiku 3 times a week for a year. I lived in the MACV Compound by the beach. I went on to serve a year at MACV HQ in Saigon, 6 months with Advisory Team 99 (25th ARVN ID) at Duc Hoa and one year with the Americal Div at Chu Lai.
    Best wishes
    Jay Lycans, MSG, USA, Retired

  7. Dear Sirs,
    Just to say Hello (from the son of the South VN officer who was the CO of Binh Dinh Logistic and Support centre based in Quy Nhon between 1971 to 1974)

    I would like to say a big Thank you to all of you for coming to SVN to help us in fighting against VC and let us have the taste of democracy and freedom.

    May God bless you and best wishes.

    Peter Le Ngoc , Portsmouth UK

  8. Was with mat II-8 from July 1970 to June 1971
    Started in tuy phouc district with the Korean compound within sight
    Moved into town shortly after we lost our American artillery support
    Major Arts was our commander to be relieved by Major Brady
    Have not heard anything from any of my fellow mat team soldiers
    Lt Peterson

  9. I served with team 8 from March 1971 to April 1972 E4 TRansportation Specialist transferred cargo from us to the Arvin’s ?, Ammo, Tanks you name it , checked a lot of cargo inbound on ships was there when Ammo dump went up in April of 71. As well as a ship sunk on the pier and other areas that were hit while I was there

    • II was in country with the Miss America USO Show 1971 in August/September 1971. It was around the end of August when we did our show in Qui Nhon & my husband then fiancee Army Capt. Thomas “Barney Barnett, III arrived. His Commander or Officer in charge, not quite sure of precise terminology, was Colonel William “Bill” Story whose wife & children were in Brenerhaven, Germany where Barney was stationed before he deployed. I know Barney was an adviser there working at the port and with the ROC ARMY and I met one of his friends stateside after the war Capt. John Glowe. Think John lives in Ohio and we are in Texas. Did you, by chance, know them? They used to be in in the group playing football on the weekends. Barney has spoken often of the cookouts they would have with the ROC ARMY when they brought BUKGOJKI & KIMCHEE & the AMERICANS brought STEAK & POTATIES & switched. He loves BULGOKI & KIMCHEE!
      Bellinda Myrick-BARNETT, Miss Texas 1970

      • I was with Macv team 13 in Saigon when I first got in country. Macv in Qui Nhon needed 2 people. Myself and a man from South Carolina decided to go to Qui Nhon. I didn’t like the traffic in Saigon. We got to Qui Nhon right after Christmas 1971. I have the whole listings of everybody that were in Mac-v compound . I am sorry I do not know the people you asked about. I think that Ray Ferguson might be the person that was in the same group I was in.

        • some of us went over to the army MACV club a couple of times. our navy Swift boat advisory team 42 was actually across the harbor on the peninsula. Only transport was mike boats to town. I was told that there was a Cpt. Novotny there around 69/70. If anyone has any information, please let me know. I joined the army later on and went SF, got busted from O3 back to E5 in 87, but just went back to Bad Toelz, south of Munich to ski, skydive and mountain climb. Made it to E7 and ret. as an O3 in Oct. 91.
          I don’t know how to modify the gravatar thingy.

          Frank Novotny

      • Bellinda, Thank-you. Thank-you from all of us lonely Americans a half a world away from civilization and everything we loved. You were there after I left Qui Nhon. I worked mostly at Binh Dinh Povincial headquaters in Qui Nhon and mostly in the tactical operations center. I had never been able to see a USO show as it always seemed to happen when I “was out in the field”. One night however, sometime in 1970 three state beauty contestant winners (not sure if that is politically correct anymore) were staying at the MACV compound that was on the beach in Qui Nhon. They joined us one night at our nightly movie. Our outdoor movie was a 16mm projector, two 4×8 sheets of plywood painted white and bleacher seating for about 20 people. This particular night there was only a couple of us and 3 beautiful American women. Just to talk with them and spend some time watching the movie was uplifting. We had our share of bad moments on our advisory team but that one night talking to American women halfway around the world, well that was fantastic. Thanks again. One question. Were you aprehensive about going to Viet Nam?

  10. …not too much info available concerning Advisory Team 8. I tried tracking down SGT Thorsen, who I worked with in Pleiku, to no avail. Good luck…

  11. Hi – I’m looking for some help here. I was with Naval Advisory Team 42, across the harbor from Qui Nhon in ’70. Went over to the MACV club in town a couple of times. Joined the army later and as i could not wear a NAG patch, I wore a MACV patch because Naval Advisory Group was under MACV in the chain of command. I am trying to start a little organization of navy advisors and am looking for another organization that has a yearly convention to coat tail with, if possible.
    If this MACV organization has a yearly convention, please let me know. I was on a VN navy Swift boat that had turned over, on coastal patrol. Got back to the Chesapeake Bay and didn’t want to see a fish or a squid for ten years!
    Frank Novotny, Cpt., U.S.Army, ret.
    formerly QM1 USNR

  12. Advisory Team 8 was indeed in Qui Nhon. There was also a sub detachment in Pleiku on the 821st ARVN Ordinance compound.

  13. Don’t recall if Team 8 or other. Sgt. Joe Clark was Supply Sgt. Sgt. Pennington was Mess Sgt. The BEST Mess Sgt. in the Army. I tried to run 2 bars. Sgt. Pennington was a lot of help. I reported to Capt. Jackson of II CALC in Qui Nhon. Had a ARVN Ordnance Depot Co.
    as Advisor. 68 – 69 served at ARVN Ordnance Rebuild Depot at Saigon. I recall M/Sgt. A. Sullivan, CWO Morgan, WO James Chaney, Sgt. Hendricks. Were contract Civilians there also from Vinnel Corp: Red, Al Yegger.

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