Team 82 Ham Tan

MACV Team 82 – Ham Tan.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 82 located in Ham Tan.

25 thoughts on “Team 82 Ham Tan

  1. My father was an adviser at My father was an adviser at Ham Tam and at Xuan Loc. I think he was on team 82 and 87. His name was John Robbins, I think he was in Vietnam in ’65 to early ’68 was wondering if anyone new him?
    Thank you.

    • John, I was in Ham Tan in 1965. I don’t remember names any more, but if you have a picture of him from around that time i it would help. If you like you can send it to me BeetleJuiceHP (AT)protonmail. Just change the (AT) to the @ symbol. BTW, the pics of Ham Tam mentioned below on Shutterfly and Flickr are ones I posted there from 1965. Nice to see at least a few people are viewing them.

  2. Mike McCaffrey – I was in Ham Tam team 82 during 67-68. I was a radio operator and was there when the base got hit in May. I would also loved to see the pictures posted on Shutterfly.

  3. I was stationed at Ham Tan and Vung Tau ’67 and ’68. Crew chief on the O -1 bird dog. I remember an Army officer, Lt. MOCKO and there was a black air force sgt. who was in crypto.

  4. I stayed at ham tan in with a com team june 1967 while they build a fire base for b btry 1/83 . we were with the 53 sig

    • I was an O-1 FAC based at Ham Tan in 1967. I do remember the construction of the new Fire Base.
      Richard Kosco
      Kenny 04
      19 TASS

  5. I remember there were a few times when we would take a jeep out of the compound and through the town out to a sandbar. While one of us would stand guard to make sure of our safety, the rest of us (usually four of us would go at a time) would do some body surfing in the waves. While we attracted a lot of curiosity from the locals, they always left us alone. I suspect they thought we were totally nuts.

    I’ve always thought that Vietnam was a gorgeous country, and if left alone, it could really be something. When at Ham Tan for the four or five months I was there (1965), I thought that someday it would become a great tourist resort. That turned out to be accurate. While I have not been back, I have seen pictures of what it looks like now. Nothing at all like it was when I was there. I can’t even find the location of the old MACV compound I was in. Lots of resorts there now, including some very recognizable resort names.

    I had, some time ago, posted some pictures of the area and the compound on Shutterfly, but this site does not allow links. Feel free to contact me if you want a link.

    • Marvin,

      So glad to see your recent entry as I was beginning to think this site was bogus, disabled or something like that. I was in Ham Tan from October 1967 to October 1968. It was an extremely busy team and compound with a lot of activity. We numbered around 40 or 50 guys at that time. I’ve always regretted not being able to speak with some of my other team members but have no idea how to reach them. The passing of 50 plus years makes that sort of difficult! Anyway, I’d definitely love to see any pictures or info you may have available. Thank you for being there!!!

      • Larry, thank you for your comment. The Ham Tan pics are on Shutterfly. Try to copy and paste this: If that doesn’t work or the site deletes the url, then email me at: Bultena(at) Of course, change the (at) to @ Feel free to send me an email at any time.

      • I was beginning to think the same thing Larry…..I was there less than three months after being sent from Tm #87 at Xuan Loc….Would love to see those pics as well.

        • For some reason there is a problem for some with the link. I copied and pasted it into a new window and it worked okay. But if you have a problem, go to: photos.shutterfly (you will need to at the .com) then when the site comes up add the “/album/10258210555” …without the quotes of course. If the site adds anything else right after the .com then delete that and add the album info.

        • Robert,
          I actuallycame to Ham Tan via Xuan Loc where my initial orders had me assigned. 2 or 3 days later I was told to get on a Huey and ended up in Ham Tan where I remained until DEROS about mid to late October 68.

        • Robert, I’ve shared some pics of the Ham Tan MACV compound from 1965 via email with anyone who has requested them. If you would like to see them and cannot locate them on Shutterfly, please send me an email. Please put something like “Vietnam” or whatever in the subject line so I don’t over look it, thinking it is spam. My email: Bultena(at) You need to change (at) to @ of course. (I do that to prevent bots from picking up my email address and getting even more spam).

  6. My name is Charles Preston. I was a Air Force FAC assigned to MACV Team 82 at Ham Tan in April 1967 got there with the 19th TASS Headquartered in Bien Hoa. TRIVIA. does anybody remember Mylin and Deplum????? There was a Black Sergeant I believe his name was Fatrell or Catrell from Alabama if memory serves me right. At 73 that ain’t saying too much these days.

  7. I was a USAF FAC O-1 Birddog pilot at
    Ham Tan from Jan. 1967 to Dec. ’67
    The runway was not considered safe
    So we flew our 2 Birddogs to Vung Tau.
    Ham Tan was hit in May , a night attack
    By North Vietnamese . The hit several outposts and pulled out. Wounded were evacuated by a C-47 Flareshop.
    We were assisted by a USN destroyer firing illumination shells. Their pilot, Cpt.
    Aiello and crew were decorated for
    This as well as myself.

  8. I was at Ham Tan from August through November, 1965. I’ve posted several things in Team 48, thinking that was the team number I was assigned to , but found some old orders that indicated it was actually Team 82. I have many photos of the compound we had during that time, on Shutterfly. This site will not allow links, so if you want the IP address of the photos, you will need to let me know via email, bultena(at) (change the (at) to the @ symbol, of course.

    The compound, at the time I was there, consisted of two buildings, one the barracks and the other the mess hall/day room. There was also two out buildings that housed the generator, etc. The compound was on white sand about three miles from the coast. The ARVN compound was a ways up the road. There was a town there, and a nice park with a water falls and pagoda. Went to the park with the ARVN commanders kids.

    At the time I was there, there was no well to provide fresh water, as I understand was there sometime after I left. Instead, we had to go through a few small hamlets to a river, and pump water via a pipeline to a water tower in the compound, then had to add tons of chemicals to the water to kill all the parasites.

    Just before I left, a third building was built, to house some US troops who were brought in to provide security, as otherwise, there was virtually no security other than as provided by the 15 or some advisors who lived in the compound.

    Do let me know if you want the location of the photos on Shutterfly. I went to a lot of trouble to convert them from slides and color correct them as well as I could, so it would be nice to have others see them.


    • I was there March, April & May of 1965, as a E6 S/Sgt. Room was the end one – my r/mate was a black S/Sgt, really nice fellow but I forgot his name. He loved to play checkers, and always won.

      Tim Coughlin

  9. I too was in Ham Tan. Spent my time in the bush or out at the ARVN base camp west of Ham Tan and took a lot of sniper fire also lived in the camp with the ARVN company I was an RTO.

  10. Sorry i cannot write English clearly , My name is Manh Quynh, born on 22-5-1970, My Mother ( Quyen Thi Do ) she was a housekeeper at( HOAI DIC District 1969) , im looking for my father He was stationed in Hoai Duc District town of Binh Tuy ,near Tanh Linh , all I know that he was stationed in HOAI DUC DISTRICT 1969 his Name is (Hackett I’m not sure ) he African Americans , I just wants to know what my father looks like or if he is alive at all. If you can give leads, I would appreciate it so much ,

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