Team 89 Phuoc Tuy

MACV Team 89 -Phuoc Tuy.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 89 located in Phuoc Tuy.

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  1. My name is Gus Morgan, in 1970-71, I was a 1Lt serving as a Phoenix advisor ln the village of Xuen Moc, Phuoc Tuy province. I work with an Australian liaison officer named Barry Stach. We became life long friends. I mostly put Viet nam behind me, but I do have a few records, maps pictures. gusorgan@cableone.net

    • My name is Derrill de Heer (Australian Army Veteran 2 tours Vietnam) and I am a Visiting Fellow (Military Historian) at the University of New South Wales Canberra Australia (UNSW Canberra) based at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). Our research team here is led by Dr Bob Hall (also a Vietnam Veteran) and others and we have produced an Australian web site at vietnam.unsw.adfa.edu.au/ .

      The web site displays the combat activities of 1 Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment when it was attached to the 173 Airborne Brigade in Bien Hoa in 1965-66, and the activities of the 1st Australian Task Force based at Nui Dat from 1966 – 1972.

      Gus, we invite you to join the site and write your stories of your time there. These stories enrich history as official records record facts and not the personal touch of those involved. Part of my first tour was (69-70) I worked in the 1st Australian Psychological Operations Unit and visited Xuyen Moc on a few occasions.

      Were you at Xuyen Moc in May/June 1970 when Australian troops brought the bodies of some of those killed at Thua Tich ambush on Route 328? They arrived on APC’s M113’s. They were place near the market place and the Vietnamese were waiting for the families to collect the bodies.

      I hope your life has been good to you. If you are in touch with any other Team 89 members please pass this along.

      May you enjoy the festive season and may 2018 be a good year for you.

      Regards from Australia.

      Derrill

  2. I served as rto at Dat Do subsector from January 66 to February 67. Had several Senior Advisors and other personnel over that time I remember most by name. Earned my CIB the first month I was there. Always wondered what happened to the VN soldiers who I lived with there after 1975. Stayed at Van Kiep February and March until DEROS. Email with any questions. Rick

  3. Hello, I am Major Hadley Foster’s youngest daughter. I happened upon this site, and wanted to thank all of you who served with him. I have the highest regard for the price you paid and still pay today. My dad is forever my hero.

    Elizabeth Foster
    efoster50@gmail.com

  4. Hi All,
    Occasionally, Team 89 veterans have queried where they might find the Team’s reports – so I offer the following: An historian at the Australian War Memorial – Tom Richardson, has just published a book: Destroy and Build – Pacification In Phuoc Tuy 1966-1972 (if you “Google” the title, you’ll see that some of the book is free-to-read on the Internet.
    During his research, Tom visited the US and accessed the following at your National Archives and Records Administration (College Park, Maryland): A1 123 Senior Advisor’s Monthly Evaluation Reports 1964-1965; A1 488 – Province Files 1972; and A1 731 Records of CORDS Advisory Team 89. Australian veterans are continuing to write about their service in Phuoc Tuy ie Fred Fairhead (IO 5RAR 1969-70) is completing a second edition of his “A Duty Done” (a history of the RAR battalions in Vietnam); and Bob O’Neill (Professor, IO 5RAR 1966-67) is working on a book on operations on Route 15 and in the Nui Dinh/Thi Vais in 1966. I’ve just finished another book on the 33rd NVA Regiment – free-to-read on the Internet, and am working (ie grinding along) on a book on 1 ATF’s “anti-VCI” Acorn Operations. Best wishes to all. Ernie Chamberlain (IO Baria 1969).

    • I appreciate the information! I was at the Van Kiep Training Center in 1971-1972, but spent most of my time at the RF/PF Training Center down in Long Hai. When I arrived there the team (Team 78) was four members strong living inside the Training Center Compound. One by one, the team members returned back to the States until I was the only member left. At that point I was moved back to the Van Kiep Center for the remainder of my tour. Does anyone have recollections of Team 89 at that point??

      • To all members and friends of members of Tm #89:

        I am pleased to report that Hugh (Buddy) Adcock has finally won his case with the VA. After more than 15 years VA finally acknowledged that his claim was and is true and accurate on all counts. The final hearing was held some weeks ago with his attorneys, his son, and me in attendance. The attorneys and I testified. We were loaded for Bear, as we say in the south. We were determined VA didn’t deny him again especially in the face of the evidence we found that supported his case, ie he was where he has always said he was, that the tragic incident resulting the death of Simpkins was true and of official record and that he experienced combat trauma as a result. Thanks to the Aussies we had photos of the Van Kiep compound and the building where his office was located. We also had official geological survey maps of the III Corps area showing where he routinely traveled in performance of his regular duties, most of it traveling through ‘Indian country’ alone providing his own security.

        Miracles of miracles I was allowed to be with him during his C&P exam for PTSD. That is essentially unheard of. The examiner was very knowledgeable, capable, and compassionate. The examiner acknowledged VA had mistreated him and was very careful to be fair. Before the exam was completed he was informed he indeed was and had been suffering from PTSD.

        At present he is awaiting official notification of service connection for PTSD, the per centage and his back pay.

        Each of you who has assisted him in providing information, documentation and testimony is appreciated. Hugh furthermore sends his thanks and appreciation. He would have personally conveyed his thanks but he does not use the computer, his health is deteriorating rapidly, and he has much difficulty getting around.

        Again your contributions to his cause is greatly appreciated.

        joe adcock

    • Hi Ernie, just a quick note to add to your ref to Fred Fairhead, he was IO 6 RAR 1969-1970, (not 5 RAR) as mentioned.
      His book, ‘A Duty Done’ is now out, and is Published by the Royal Australian Regiment Association South Australia Inc, 13 Beatty Street, Linden Park South Australia 5068. AUSTRALIA. It is a very informative read, I have a copy, and recommend it for all who served in Phouc Tuy Province in 1969-1970. He retired a Lt Colonel. ( I drove him a fair bit visiting the Various Hamlet Chiefs, he apparently had a price on his head!)
      Regards,
      Mike Rogers, L/Cpl
      ex 6 RAR/NZ/ANZAC, 1969. (a 10th Intake Conscript.)

      • Hi Mike, Thanks for the correction – yes, Fred was IO 6RAR, I met him once or twice in Phuoc Tuy in 1969. As with the first edition of “A Duty Done”, I’m assisting Fred with “enemy” aspects – including some SIGINT that’s now been released. This week, Fred has been sorting out some formatting and publishing issues. I think that Edition 2 will also be very well received. Separately, I’ve been collating info on US personnel KIA in Phuoc Tuy in 1966 – eg in the period early April to mid-September 1966, their casualties were reportedly 90 personnel KIA and 408 WIA – ie in Operations Abilene (principally the Cam My/Tam Bo battle), Hardihood, Hollandia, and Toledo. In my view, those operations and casualties should be acknowledged more prominently in Australian accounts of the fighting in the Province. As noted on the Team 89 website, MACCORDS Team 89 lost three KIA in a D445 ambush at Da Giang on Route 44 on 8 January 1966 (CAPT Blair, SSGT Wittman, SGT Tynor – advisors at the Long Hai Training Center). I’m hoping Team 89 veterans might advise me of other Team 89/78 casualties in 1966.

        • Hi Ernie, thanks for you quick reply, I don’t usually receive replies, especially from our Government!!! I’m glad to hear Fred is writing another book, looking forward to it. I have been doing a bit of research on MACV lately, MACV was the superior Command in SVN I believe during the War, with Australia/ Allies being Subordinate to it, and all ops would have to be ok’d by it, is that correct. There have been some inconsistencies with Awards bestowed/‘intended’ for Allied Forces (including Americans) from the Government of the Republic of Vietnam at the end of the War. I have seen information on the Internet that states that, ‘all’ who served in South Vietnam under MACV were awarded the Cross of Gallantry! Is that correct. Also, and more important to my research, is that I have also seen, on the internet where the GRVN intended that ‘all’ who served in South Vietnam are entitled to wear the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal? As a National Servicemen called up and sent to serve in SVN and having served for 127 days, (along with 90 of my intake in the same Battalion) we are not permitted to wear the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, because we didn’t serve 181 days? It was a ‘Campaign Medal, we did our duty, we ‘were’ there, but no? We need the proof that the South Vietnamese offered it to ‘all’ servicemen at the end of the War. Any leads on that would be of great help to our fight with the Australian Government ! There are still approximately 17,000 Vietnam Veterans who are being denied this Medal by our Gov’t. It’s been 50 years since we were there,

          and still we have no recognition or Gratitude from the Government of South Vietnam for what we did for them. Any thoughts on that, or info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again Ernie, Regards Mike Rogers Ex 6RAR/NZ/ANZAC Battalion SVN 1969

          Sent from my iPhone

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  5. Mike,
    Any chance I can get a copy? I can send you an address for mailing. I just sent John Hullum a copy of what I had. Can do the same for you.

  6. There are three Stephen Rohaty’s listed on Facebook which one is you? Or just request a friend invite and I will list you so that I can add you to the viewing list.

      • Hey Bill: I promised to send you slides (1/2-frame 35 mm, Spring 1972). I can put them on One-drive, Google Docs, or send them to you on CD.

        Mike Sheehan (former PPCVA(S-5), Acting DSA Duc Thanh, Acting Adjutant) wlgeek (at) snet.net, OR telephone: eight-six-zero-eight-six-one-two-three-seven-five.

        Best regards,

        Mike

  7. Hi All,
    A group of Australian Vietnam veterans are completing a book on the “early days” of the Task Force in Phuoc Tuy – including securing Route 15 in the second half of 1966 (ie operations in the Nui Thi Va and Nui Dinh Hills etc). Does anyone remember whether in May 1966 LTCOL J.R. Thurman III (later LTGEN, d.2004) was the “senior advisor” in Phuoc Tuy or the “Senior advisor: with the 10th ARVN Division ?
    Regards, Ernie Chamberlain (intelligence liaison – and Van Kiep “resident” 1969).

    • Hello Mr Chamberlain.,..I noticed this post of yours and I was wondering if you could help me. I was posted to Van Kiep from
      the 1 ATF Nui Dat in 1969-1970. I served there on a MATT team (cant remember the number) at the time of the posting I was
      a RAEME Cpl . I am ex infantry hence the detachment, my team leader at van kiep was new Zealand SAS sergeant attached
      to the SASR(Aust) .I spent time at the LRRP school and camp heavy weight there are a lot of gaps for me regarding this
      can you help me with this I have more information so my email address is supplied gcraavnet6@outlook.com.
      Regards Chriss Grant

      • #89 Team members: All hands on deck. That ought to get your attention. It’s that USMC (Uncle Sam’s Mischievous Children) influence.

        Seriously guys, do any of you remember a *Village Security Planning Guide for District and Mobile * *Advisory Teams* (1970) for III Corps. I have a copy of the one for IV Corps. I am assuming they would be the same or very similar.

        If you are familiar with it and or have a copy of it, that also would be very helpful in proving Buddy Adcock’s VA Claim.

        Also do any of you have copies of or know where I can get them ASAP for the period May 1 – July 9, 1969 for command chronologies, after action reports, casualty reports, personnel rosters, etc. Any of this will be helpful.

        Thanks again. joe

        • Hi All, Regarding the query on the “Villages Security Planning Guide”, I only know of two 1970 copies on the Internet – ie accessible on the Texas Tech Archive website with an introduction by John Paul Vann DMAC IV Corps. It appears to have been initially produced by Colonel (Retd) T.E. Rowe. Both copies have a “MACV IV Corps” logo on the front cover and the introduction refers to IV Corps – but the contents appear to apply Vietnam-wide ie not specific just to IV Corps. The second copy is at Texas Tech VCAT Item number 2810102002. Best wishes, Ernie Chamberlain 1ATF MILO 1969 (Van Kiep resident).

        • Regarding “handbooks”, there were of course several eg HES, RD Cadre, Military Support to Pacification, Pheonix Advisors Handbook, Guide for Province and District Advisors etc …. The “broader” handbooks included: “The Territorial Security Advisors Reference Book”, 29 January 1973 by MACCORDS “Predecessor” books were the 1969 PSDF Handbook by Colonel (Retd) T.E. Rowe – that probably inspired the IV Corps “Vann” book of 1970; and the RF/PF Advisors Handbook (draft Feb 69). Copies of all the foregoing can be found and read on-line on the Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive (VCAT) website.
          Regards, Ernie Chamberlain

          • Ernie: Thanks for this ‘heads up’ info. I shall try it. I’m getting closer to the ‘spot on’ evidence on Buddy’s claim. I’ll let ya know how this unfolds. joe

    • To members of MACV Advisory Team #89, I want to thank each of you for the very valuable information and documentation you provided to me on behalf of your fellow Tm Member, Hugh S Adcock III (Buddy) in his many long years (more than 15 years) of fighting the VA for service connection. Earlier this month on June 7, 2017 (after denial decision by BVA and the Federal Court of Veterans for VA Claims) his private attorney and I testified on his behalf in a DRO Hearing. We both were ‘loaded for bear’, as we say in the South. We both had spent about 200 hours in research and preparations. We were very surprised at the outset of the hearing that the VA conceded the existence of his stressor, the death of Tm Member, Tim Simpkins and Major Hadley Foster and VA conceded service connection. This ruling was published without our having to present any testimony. So after more than 15 years of fighting VA as of the date of the hearing ruled he is indeed service connection for PTSD. He will undergo another C&P exam to determine the per centage.

      A special thanks go to fellow team members who offered testimony and documentation and a huge ‘shout out’ goes to the Aussies for providing photos and combat op documentation which helped to confirm stressors. We couldn’t have been successful, I believe, without your help.

      Semper FI joe adcock, Capt USMC

  8. I have uploaded several pictures onto my Facebook page of Phuoc Tuy Province pre 1975. I have also started to upload some post 1975 pictures with the only one now being the First U.S. Naval Ship Visit to Viet Nam since 1975. I was posted to the U.S. Consulate General in HCMC at the time of the visit.. As of now they can only be viewed by me but if you are interested in seeing them and are on Facebook let me know and I will allow individual access. They are uploaded into albums which are identified. I will continue to upload more as I get time.

  9. Michael: I’m sure you have read at least some of the replies from me concerning one of Team 89 members, Hugh S Adcock. He has been fighting the VA since 2002 for service connection for PTSD. Would you be willing to send me copies of your photos of the Team 89 compound. This would be helpful as supporting documentation for his VA Claim. Thanks Joe Adcock (no relation to Buddy)

      • William, please accept my apology for the delay in replying to your posts. My health has interfered with my plans. I have asked by Hugh Adcock’s attorney to testify in his behalf on or about July 6 or 7, 2017. If you could resend the photos and anything you can share ref to any enemy attacks on the Team compound or camp anytime during 1969 or 1970, it would be very helpful. Thanks, Joseph B Adcock

    • Hi Joseph, I sent a link to your facebook page that should enable you to see the photos I have. I replied earlier, in this forum, with the link to the photos, but it did not appear in the forum. I am guessing they disallowed the post due to the URL being present.

  10. Hi All,
    Regarding the death of Major Hadley Foster, on 13 September 2015 I posted a note to your website noting that his death was reported in the Australian 1 ATF INTSUM No. 73-69 of 14 March 1969 at sub-para 3.a: ie – “At 2240Z 14 March 1969, at YS 413645 ((north-western approach into Hoa Long village)), an ambush patrol was attacked by an estimated enemy company who fired RPG-2 rounds, automatic weapons and small arms. Fire was returned and the enemy withdrew to the west. Results: one enemy KIA, one AK-47 captured. Friendly casualties: two US KIA, three PF KIA, four PF WIA, six PF MIA.”
    Subsequently, in an exchange of postings on the Team 89 site on March 18 and 19 last year, I related the VC version of the engagement and other 1 ATF reporting.
    Regards to all, Ernie Chamberlain (1 ATF Int Lo, Baria, and Van Kiep resident).

      • Hi John (Prush) – my second attempt at a reply:
        The Australian Task Force (1 ATF) didn’t arrive in Vietnam until April 1966 – so there are no 1 ATF Reports covering the earlier part of 1966. However, the 1991 D445 VC Battalion history does relate an ambush in early January at Da Giang on Route 44 (Long Dien to Long Hai) on a large column of ARVN trainees from the Long Hai Training Centre – and in which three US advisors were reportedly killed. A captured VC document related : “at Đá Giăng, the communist forces “appealed to US troops to surrender” unsuccessfully, so they “shot and killed them all” . Regards, Ernie Chamberlain
        PS. My translations of NVA and VC unit histories (D445, D440, 33rd NVA Regiment etc) – with extensive “correcting” commentaries, are free-to-read on the Internet.

    • After 48 + years I think you refreshed my memory. Dat Do may have been where Major Hadley Foster ++++ lost their lives in 1969.
      I have 8 mm movies of 1968-69 when I was MAT III-62 team led along Hwy 15 (includes at least one VC who did not make it through our booby trap under a gully along Hwy 15!🐸😞😟😟😟😇😇😇

      • Maj. Foster and Sgt. Baumgarner died in Long Le district, well south of Dat Do. I saw their bodies the next morning, stripped of their watches by our “allies”.

        Stephen Rohaty

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        • Stephen, Could you explain what you mean by our “allies”? Are you saying that taking personal items from deceased troops was a common thing? I realize the extreme times, but don’t understand the thinking here.

  11. I’ve been going through boxes of “stuff” that I have had in storage for about 25 years. Now that I am retired I am going through all of my files, mementos, and collections.

    This weekend I found some items pertaining to Viet Nam and Advisory Team 89. Along with other items I found a “Van Kiep Compound” diagram with the defensive positions and by position personnel stationed there in an alert. I also found a list of Team 89 military members. It does not have a date but It is most likely from around the spring of 1972. LTC Modica is listed as PSA, CPT Watson is listed as the Admin Officer and CPT Gulakowski is listed as the Psyops/Pol CA/VIS Adv along with everyone else from LTC Modica to SP4 Darrell K. Utt. It also has FSO-5 Jerrold M. North as DPSA.

    • Bill,

      I’d love to get copies of whatever documents you have, especially the ones you mentioned in your most recent posting.

      Appreciate your effort doing this.

      Denis

    • Watson was an effective poker player. I was also the PPCVA for a time., before I went out to close down Duc Thanh, but that was during Mr. Perkin’s reign as PSA and LTC K’s time as DPSA.

      • Yea, I think this list is after that. I also found a couple of pictures. One of LTC K and Mr. Perkins during an awards ceremony on the compound and the other of the PSA’s office.

        I will get the two documents scanned in a few days. Bill

        • Hey Bill:

          I still owe you those ½-frame photos, once I get around to scanning them. I’m sure that there’s a photo or two of you and the civilian staff at the Province office.

          Have a great holiday!

          Mike Sheehan

    • Much “mahalo” for the pic. Brings back memories. Some of my recollections were wrong. For instance, I mentioned Advisory Team 76 instead of AT 78 in some of my musings. Must be getting semi-senile!! I do recall in the picture that the first building on the left was part of the bar and movie room, the second building next to it was I think where the barbershop was located. On the right of the picture by the banana tree was the supply room and the motor pool was where the jeep is shown. I don’t think I ever heard anything broadcast from the loudspeaker over the sign in the 2 1/2 years I was there. What the heck was it for??

      • On further observation, the speaker I thought was over the MACCORDS Team 89 & MACV Team 78 is more likely than not just a light fixture.

        • Hi all,
          I have a photo of the sign above the entrance to the MACCORDS Team 89 & MACV 78 compound, taken in 1971. I also believe the “loudspeakers” are light fittings, not speakers. I was billeted in the compound whilst working as an 1ATF Liason Officer Sig, for Capt Terry Nolan. We commed to the Tactical Operations Centre (TOC) in Baria (Callsign 91). I have a few (bad) photos of the TOC. I am visiting the area on 16/17 April 2017. Can anyone provide a Google map reference for the locations of the Van Kiep Compound and/or the TOC? Thanks in advance. ( I also have a few scanned photos some of the buildings in the compound, some taken at a Korean martial arts demo as well as of the TOC. if anyone is interested, send me an email.)

        • I’m interested in your recollections of Team 78. I was originally assigned to the training command of team 89 but was then transferred to team 78, down at the RF/PF training center in Long Hai. Have lost touch with all in both teams……….

    • Mr. Gulakowski: If possible I would like a copy of the pic as well, I served on TM89 as SSG from Dec 64 thru Dec 65. Served as the S-2 NCO under Cpt Avant and Cpt Husnian working with RF/PF Recon troops. Very busy year, lots of contact. Earned my CIB there. After that went to INF OCS with a follow on assignment with the 173rd Abn Bde. Ret in 90 and then spent 19 yrs on the Pentagon DCSINt staff. Finally perm Ret in 09. Fond memories of my time in Baria. Had great bunch of Vietnamese soldiers.
      \Ed Anthony …173rdairbornetrooper@gmail.com

    • Mr. Gulakowski: I possible I would like a copy of the pic, also. I was assigned to TM 89, Baria from Dec 64-Dec 65 as a SSG. Worked as the S2 NCO under Cpt Avant and later Cpt Husnian . Training S-2 personnel and the RF/PF province and Disrict recce team. Lots of action.earned my CIB there. Left there and went to INF OCS with a follow on assignment to the 173rd Abn Bde in early 67. Fond memories of my year in Phuoc Tuy. Would sincerely appreciate a copy of the pic if at all possible.

      Ed Anthony LTC (Ret) 173rdairbornetrooper@gmail.com

  12. Mike:
    If you provide an email address I can send you a picture of the entrance to the Baria compound that shows the 2 team IDs.
    Bill,
    R U interested in the photo?

      • I would like to see any pictures from Baria, I was there as a communication specialist , call sign, whiskey whiskey Romeo nines 3

        • MAT 64, within hearing distance of Baria, AFTER I taught the Viet Cong to not bother me during Happy Hour. Stephen Rohaty

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    • Hey Denis:

      I’m at: wlgeek@snet.net; 860-861-2375

      When you took me to Vung Tau to order my stereo equipment and eat Pho at that French-style restaurant, I purchased a little Pentax half-frame camera from the Navy Exchange and documented my final weeks in PhuocTuy. It produced key-hole-like images which aren’t very impressive; nevertheless, I’ll convert them to digital images and share them with you and Bill Connerley, when I get a little time this winter.

      Best regards,

      Mike Sheehan

    • Denis,
      I too would like to have a picture of the entrance to the BaRia compoind showing AT 89 & 78. I was there from Jan 1968 thru Oct 1970. The only picture I have of Van Kiep Training Center is of the VN soldier at the enteance to the camp. I can be reached at richenuf4me@msn.com
      Thanks,

      Richard Tom
      former Psywar Advisor
      Phuoc Tuy Province

    • Denis,
      I too would like a photo of the entrance to the BaRia compound showing AT 89 & 78. I only have a picture of the statue of a VN soldier at the entrance to Van Kiep Training Center. I was the military Psyops advisor to the province from Jan 68 to Oct 70.Worked for a MAJ Desmond Smith who was the JUSPAO advisor to the province civilian public affairs. (He was one of the two Americans rescued from his home, caddy corner from the PRU house the morning of TET68). I was in the second APC when the rescure occurred

      • Richard,

        I don’t think I have your email address. I’m not that familiar with the MACV Tm 89 website to know where to get it. If you could pass it on, I’ll send you the photo in reply.

        • Denis,
          My email is richenuf4me@msn.com Thanks! BTW, anyone out there remember an incident at the MACV compound in Van Kiep when after a movie (we had one every night) a Lieutenant and a sergeant was playing “fast-draw ended when the lieutenant accidentally shot the sergeant dead? The lieutenant was immediately gone by the next morning. I think it happend sometime in 1968—maybe later.

          • I think the incident involved a Lt Meeks and a SSG Herman Duncan and I think it was late 68. I served with Duncan while on ROTC duty at Middle Tennessee State University. He was a really good man, such a shame. I was not a member of either team but thought I had something to share. I was in MACV Hq at the time.

            • Bob Overton. Thanks for the additional info. Lt Meeks was originally from Texas. I still have his address in Texas, though he may or may not be there anymore.

  13. Bill, I’m embarrassed to say I’m having trouble placing you; I’ll blame it on the fact that I am> 30 & as you indicated, that was 40+ years ago.
    I too have pictures from that era, to include the Easter Offensive & would be interested in seeing yours. Given email file attachment limitations, we might have to work out an alternative or a schedule to exchange them.
    I currently live in Northern Virginia just outside Washington DC ; have been retired from the military since ‘94 and fully retired in 2012.
    Perhaps we can hook up telephonically as well. Let me know your thoughts.
    Denis

    • Denis, I was the Admin Specialist in the S-1.

      I have digitized all or at least most of my pictures and slides but they are scattered out on CDs, DVDs, hard drives, and different computers. I have had things in storage for so long, some items were in storage for about thirty years. I will try and get everything pertaining to Phuoc Tuy / Vung Tau in one place.

      I lived in the D.C. area off and on for about 15 years. I lived just east of 123 and south of Braddock Road behind University Mall. Our house was on Portsmouth Road. I was working at Fort Belvoir with assignments to West Point and SHAPE HQ during that time. My wife stayed in Fairfax as we knew I would be assigned back to the USACE’s Facilities Engineering and Support Command at Fort Belvoir. After I retired in 1991 I worked for New York Power Authority’s Nuclear Generation Division in White Plains, New York. I did a weekly commute from White Plains and Fairfax. We sold the house when I joined the U.S. Foreign Service in September 1995.

      We still have a lot of friends in the D.C. area, most of them in the Vietnamese community. We have been talking about making a trip to D.C. if we do maybe we could meet. In the meantime I will get my pictures together and think about how I can share them. I would enjoy speaking with you. Send me an email at wbconnerley@hotmail.com and I will give you me phone number.

      Bill

  14. After 18 months of retirement I am finally getting around to going through and organizing all of my papers, souvenirs, and junk collection that I have gathered and saved during 45 years of worldwide travels. It has been a rather adventurous life for someone from the Midwest who until he was drafted into the U.S. Army had never been further than the Saint Louis, MO Zoo.

    My permanent military assignments and Foreign Service postings have taken me to, of course first, Viet Nam, then The Netherlands (Allied Forces Central Europe), Belgium (SHAPE), Malawi U..S. Embassy Lilongwe), Bosnia-Herzegovina (U.S. Embassy Sarajevo), back to Viet Nam (U.S. Consulate General Saigon), Iraq (U.S. Embassy Baghdad), Cambodia (U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh), Germany (U.S. Embassy Berlin), Afghanistan (Regional Command North, Mazar-e-Sharif), Kenya (U.S. Embassy Nairobi). Those are only the year or more postings with many TDYs to others.

    A few of the papers that I found have the signatures Mike Sheehan and Denis Gulakowski on them while they were Acting Adjutant.

    The documents that I found:

    The authorization document to operate a RVNAF vehicle, actually two of them for different vehicles. These have the signature of John F. Kwasigroch, LTC, DPSA.

    Denis, I have an inter-installation travel document signed by you for me to go to the MACV AG, Saigon, Long Binh, and Bien Hoa.

    Mike, I have several documents that was translated by the team’s interpreter/translator and as I remember overall senior local national in the Admin Section. The documents had to be notarized and you notarized them as Acting Adjutant. I needed the documents to get my wife’s visa to the U.S.. I am not sure if they had seen anything like it when I showed up at the airport with my wife and three children but things went smooth and I had no problems.

    I also have documents signed by SP6 James A Hutchins who was in Intel. He signed the documents for my knife and CHICOM Type 53 Carbine that I took back with me.

    I have a lot of pictures of my time at both Team 78 and Team 89. I have several of the damage of the Easter Offensive of Dat Do. I just looked at one of LTC Kwasigroch and Mr. Perkins at an awards ceremony. I think that Mr. Perkins was an FSO-1, just junior to the SFS (Senior Foreign Service).

    I have been back to the area and until about 2001/2002 you would have been able to locate most things. In the last ten/twelve years things have changed drastically. Most of the area where Van Kiep was is now all civilian except a small part is a SRV military installation.

    Bill

    • Hey Bill:

      I think that I remember you as the Team’s Senior (only) Admin Specialist. You lived in Ba Ria and had extended with the team for your 2d or 3d year in order to remain with your lady. I think that you and I went to a restaurant near your house that served a glazed crab, and the chickens ate the scraps on the floor at our feet. I was originally assigned as the PPCVA (S5), and stood in briefly for the adjutant (S1) while he went home on R&R. I vaguely recall the issue with your wife, and am thrilled to think that we did something to help you and your family get settled back here.

      I eventually moved out to the DucThanh compound with SSG Ray Johnson, who formerly worked with me as a Drill Sergeant at Ft Lewis. Ray and was headed for a direct commission in MI after leaving RVN. Lacking a college degree, I was RIFed and given a nice $20K severance which buffered my transition back into democracy. Coincidentally, I flew home with Ray and several other members of Team 89, in the spring of 1972 (or some such year). I snapped a few 1/2-frame 35mm photos during the few days before I left for the states. It’s like looking through a keyhole, but I’ll scan them into digital form for you, if you wish.

      My recollections from Phuc Tuy and Duc Thanh are of a very pleasant cultural experience. My first tour in 1968-69 was not so pleasant as a rifle platoon leader with C-2/12-25th Infantry, ending in a mine explosion that hospitalized me for four months. Today, I remain in very close contact with more than a dozen survivors of that platoon. The internet helped us reconnect, and we usually gather at a reunion in Gatlinburg, each year.

      Very best regards,

      Mike Sheehan
      wlgeek@snet.net
      C: 860-861-2375

      • Mike,

        Good to hear from you. I am surprised that you remember that I actually lived in Ba Ria. It probably was not the smartest thing I ever did. I never had any trouble at night while sleeping there and surprisingly I heard nothing about it from LTC Kwasigroch. Mr. Perkins did mention it one time, basically telling me to be careful.

        In looking back on that time, getting married, living in Ba Ria, I am amazed at how laid back everyone was about it. You would think that with all the Army regulations, especially about getting married overseas, that somewhere along the line I would have had some problems, but I didn’t. I never went through the paperwork to get married. My wife’s uncle came to the house with the paperwork, I signed it and we were married. Her uncle was the Chief of Phuoc Le. After we got married I took her to MACV HQ and she received her dependent ID card. I still have a copy of the application, again no one asked for anything concerning my authorization to get married. They just looked at the original and translated marriage license, I completed the form and she received her ID card. I also had no problem with the U.S. Embassy in getting a visa. It was harder getting her a Vietnamese passport. Another surprising outcome was getting military transportation for my family so that they could fly home with me. Every other US military member that I have talked with who married in Viet Nam had to pay for their wife to travel to the U.S. and they had to fly commercial airlines. Again I guess I just lucked out.

        I left Phuoc Tuy very late in June for Saigon and departed Viet Nam on 2 July. I went to Oakland where I received my discharge from the Army. I got out of the Army mainly because I was concerned about the Army finding out about not going through the proper paperwork to get married and court martial me. That was probably very paranoid on my part but I didn’t want to chance it.

        I was out of the Army for two years. I enlisted in the Army in July 1974. After getting out I moved back to Indianapolis, started college and worked full time. With a wife and three children I had to buy a new house, and new car. After two years I thought it best to go back into the Army where I completed my degree.

        I would like to see the slides. If you want digital copies of my slides I will be glad to send them to you when I get them together. I have slides from the time I was on Team 78 and also Team 89.

        Best regards,

        Bill

        • Hey again, Bill:

          I sent a separate message to your personal e-mail. Meanwhile, I recalled that Team 78 was co-located with our Team at the Ba Ria compound. There were only a couple other U.S. Infantry officers on those teams. One was my friend Mike Chistim, on Tm 78. He and I attended the MATA-CORDs program together at Bragg.

          Sheehan

  15. Baria PIOCC – Major Taureke
    Living at Van Kiep in 1969, I worked in the PIOCC in Baria Town – the US Advisor was Captain Leon Sullivan. I’m trying to compile a listing of US PIOCC advisors. Can anyone recall the dates that Major “Sasha” Taureke was the senior US advisor in the PIOCC in the period 1970-71 ?
    Regards, Ernie Chamberlain

  16. Regarding Stephen Rohaty’s “Vale” of Australian 2LT Brian Geoffrey Walker (b.25 January 1947) – KIA on 9 March 1969 in the minefield surrounding the 609 RF Company post at Hoa Long. Brian – of 5RAR, had only been in-country five weeks. The extensive investigation of that incident is related in the Australian Army Official History “Fighting to the Finish”, 2012, pp.102-105. Sergeant B.L. Smith and Corporal G.G. Gilbert were also killed – and seven Australians were wounded. Sapper R.F. Ryan was awarded the Military Medal. I remember visiting the US MAT advisor – Stephen Rohaty (?) in the compound on the north-western (?) edge of Hoa Long village – and being impressed by his array of defences – including mines linked up for detonation to a switchboard in his CP. Regards, Ernie Chamberlain (LT, MILO – Baria).

  17. I was the Alpha of MAT 64. Noteworthy accomplishments: I went into a known minefield at night and found a missing 5 RAR platoon and located the body of their commander, B. G. Walker. I had a 100 percent re-enlistment rate among my enlisted men. The Vietnam Cong disobeyed their orders rather than attack a site I defended. I was allowed into the Enlisted Club any time, without an invitation (still the proudest time of my life).

  18. Battle of Long Tan: 50th Anniversary Commemorations – US battlefield support and involvement in the Commemoration.
    On 18 August, Australian commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan fought in 1966 by 105 Australians (D Company/6RAR) and a three-man New Zealand Z artillery FO team: 18 Australians were killed; and 245 NVA/VC were KIA (BC) on the battlefield. Heavy artillery fire support from Nui Dat was critical to the success – this included fire from the US Army’s A Battery 2/35 Artillery (commanded by Captain Glen Eure; six 155mm SP M109 howitzers) that fired 242 rounds in support . “Wanting to see some action”, US Sergeant Frank Beltier (2/35) – without permission and later censured, joined the M113 APCs lifting Alpha Company/6RAR that moved to the battlefield five kilometres from Nui Dat to relieve the beleagured Delta/6RAR.
    At the Memorial service in Canberra on 18 August 2016, US Army gunners were part of the artillery saluting party – firing 105mm howitzers (2/35 is notlonger on the US Army order-of-battle). Two US Air Force B-52s from Guam flew overhead – two flypasts, including UHIH (two had resupplied ammunition during the Battle). An emotional day for all veterans present. Regrettably, for the first time, the Vietnamese authorities refused to allow a memorial service at the site of the Long Tan Cross at Long Tan (Phuoc Tuy) – about 2,000 Australian veterans had travelled to Vietnam for the service. At previous services, the Vietnamese rules have been: no uniforms, no medals, no banners, no music, no singing, and no “triumphalism”. Yesterday – 19 August, some small groups of Australian veterans and families were allowed to visit the Cross – but no photographs were permitted.
    Regards, Ernie Chamberlain (Baria/Van Kiep 1969)

  19. Thanks for your response. Still trying to remember the name of Major Foster’s predecessor. I said farewell, in person, to my boss, Major Hadley Foster, at the morgue / holding area in Saigon. I can still see his face in the body bag with all his camo paint on and all the dirt and grime from the overnight ambush. I have been unsuccessful in contacting his wife or any of his 5 children formerly in the San Antonio, TX area. “Welcome Home!”

  20. Again, sorry. But if you give me some NCO names, I have a better chance of remembering them. I do remember Maj. Cannon, of artillery. He helped me out of a jam when I was relieved of duty.

  21. Sorry, that was MAT Team lll-62 ( mind failing in old age). Anyone know the name of the District Advisor (American Army Major / Infantry) who preceded Major Hadley Foster? I believe this Major, who served around Sep 1968, was from California?

    • Tim Tjader
      I was there before Hadley Foster. I carried Maj. Foster’s body to the helicopter on March 11, 1969. Major Cannon came after Foster. I don’t remember who was there before Foster.
      I will check for more information.
      Tim Tjader, Siren, WI

  22. I had a SGT Montiel as the assigned Medic to MAT Team lll-64 on Highway 15 but probably not assigned until Sep-Oct 1968.

  23. Sorry, I must have arrived after his death. I never knew him. Try the Fifth Royal Australian Regiment at Nui Dat. They may have something on him.

  24. MAT 64 Ah, the good old days. NOW, I’m sorry for the freedom fighters I killed.But THEN, I really thought they were communists. I was stationed near 5 RAR when Lt. Walker was killed by an M16 bouncing Betty. I was the one who located his body.

  25. My father served with MACV 89 from Oct. 65 to Jan.8 66 when he was KIA. His name is SSG Gordon R. Wittman. If anybody knew him i would like to hear from you.please leave a reply, thank you.

  26. Hi David – and Team 89 veterans who might be interested in signals intelligence aspects of the War,
    The Australian 547 Sig Tp has written a comprehensive history of its activities – using “released” material, but unfortunately it’s not fully “Internet-accessible. In an earlier post, I mentioned that I had just published a “not-for-sale” history of VC activities in Phuoc Tuy – which I’ve made Internet-accessible – ie just Google: “Chamberlain D445 Long Tan 2016”. The 29-page SIGINT Summary is at Annex E, so you can just scroll through to it. The VC D445 Battalion’s history – ie the “main text” is “hyperbolic” and inaccurate – hence my 645 footnotes to comment upon/correct their account. For the Battle of Long Tan itself, see pages 71-80 in the main text.I have also included a history of the 275th VC Regiment – the principal enemy force at Long Tan, as Annex O.
    I will pass the information in your posting to the 547 Sig Tp historians for their records.
    Best wishes, Ernie

  27. Hi All,
    I’m currently collating further material on VC losses in their failed attack on Baria Town in early February 1968. As you know, the US “summary report” relates that: “206 VC were killed and 61 weapons found in the Town and in the vicinity of the A & L Coy. At the Van Kiep Training Center, 52 VC were killed, 2 VC and 53 weapons were captured”. On 4 February, “in the Ba Ria area … an additional 44 VC bodies were found and four more VC were captured.” I am trying to determine where the enemy KIA were buried. In particular, was there a mass grave within the Baria Town environs and, if so, where ? I’ve heard such a grave might have been accidentally uncovered in late 1968 or the first half of 1969.
    In late March this year, I finished a 348,200-word book on “The VC D445 Battalion: Their Story (and the Battle of Long Tan)” and placed it on the Internet – ie for those interested to have a read. The main text – ie a translation of D445 Battalion’s published history, is “heavy going” – but the Battle of Long Tan at pp.71-80 is probably “digestible” (with lots of footnoted comments to correct the VC record !). Interestingly, it includes the first (and only ?) VC sketch map of that Battle. The book also includes 18 discrete annexes – including Annex E – the “SIGINT” story; and a history of the 275th VC Regiment – the major enemy formation at the Battle of Long Tan just Google: Chamberlain Scribd D445 2016 306536690.
    Regards, Ernie Chamberlain

    • I was a member of a DF Direction Finding covert TS signal intelligent unit (ASA 175 RRC Detachment 2 ) located at Nui Dat 1ATF. Dec. 68 to Aug. 1969. Our location was at the base of SAS Hill just East of the Kangaroo Helipad. I was ambushed on 25.Feb. 1969 on Highway 2 about half way between Nui Dat and Hoa Long heading toward BaRia to resupply. I was wounded and my door gunner Harold Douglas Biller, was KIA in an ambush of land mines and small arms fire. Can anyone provide me with any information available to you? We collected sig int on D445 and 245 NVA Regiment and plotted their location thru DF signal detection of morse transmitters. That intel must have been made available to you. We often visited your compound just East of BaRia. I would personally like to get some closure from that ambush. Any help would be much appreciated.

      • For David Breisch – re mine incident 25 February 1969 near Nui Dat.
        Hi David, I was sad to hear of the incident. It is recorded briefly in 1 ATF’s INTSUM 56-69 of 25 Feb 69 at sub-para 3.d. : “At YS 410647, a US vehicle detonated a mine. Casualties: One US KIA, one US WIA, and one vehicle destroyed. Combat engineers have recovered several more mines from the area.” – that INTSUM is on an Australian War Memorial file: AMW95, 1/4/40. I have queried the Australian SIGINTers of 547 Sig Tp and will shortly provide any further available information to you.
        Regards, Ernie
        PS. The next day, ie 26 February 1969, the VC fired 80 x 82mm mortars into the Van Kiep base from vic YS 3763 resulting in 13 KIA and 89 WIA.

      • Hi David,
        I’ve spoken to 547 Sig Tp veterans – ie 1 ATF’s SIGINT DSU, and offer the following:
        A US MRDF site within Nui Dat was planned in 1967 – but was not active until April 1968 (ie within the base at YS 442669 – once some rubber was cleared). The OC of 547 in 1968-69, a major, recalls the incident and advised me that: “It was made very clear that they (US SIGINTers) were self-supporting and their product was reported directly to some central coord location. … I do recall on a few occasions one of their detachment visiting us. However, I remember vividly the consequence of this mine incident. Some months later, I had a signal from on high (303rd or 504th, can’t recall who), requesting a visit from a senior ASA officer and a meeting with Brig Gen Sandy Pearson (Comd 1 ATF) about an upcoming quick trip by the Commander ASAPAC in order to present a Purple Heart to the wounded American soldier. I escorted this guy, (full colonel if I recall) to meet BRIG GEN Pearson who said he would welcome a visit of COMASAPAC to his location – which should include a short briefing from 547. This was the last thing the visitor wanted to hear, stressing that the Major General had a very full schedule flying around the country presenting awards, receiving briefings, etc. Sandy Pearson was having none of it. ‘In a war like this, we can’t be ham-strung by unnecessarily tight schedules. I personally will meet the general and escort him during his stay, but he should certainly visit our own SIGINT unit.’ – Or words to that effect! And so, in due course, this massive entourage arrived, was met by BRIG GEN Sandy on Kanga Pad and – and, with the Purple Heart ceremony completed, Sandy dragged them all back to our 547 compound. There, Captain Steve Zagon gave his usual brilliant horse and pony show, stressing our contribution to the ASA effort and responding to some searching questions from the General.”
        The only other “paper record” appears to be the log of 1 ATF’s 1st Field Squadron (ie engineers) that relates that on 25 February 1969: “two combat teams from the 2nd Troop under Sergeant Stahtoures went to sweep the Route 2 Bypass Road after a vehicle hit a mine.”
        Checking the 2004 history of the VC Chau Duc District Unit, it appears to me that they were responsible for laying those mines on Route 2 in the vicinity of Hoa Long village.
        Best wishes, Ernie Chamberlain

        • Ernie, I can not thank you enough for this detailed summary of events on 25Feb.1969. I am amazed at the detail. Thank you so much for this. This is far more than I ever thought could be pieced together from so many different sources.

          The irony of it all. Nui Dat Base was increasely being pressed by VC activity which was associated with the Post Tet Offensive, had closed the main road out toward Hoa Long and BaRia for days because of increased VC presence. When a window of opportunity presented itself on 25Feb. our ASA DF site needed supplies from BaRia, I volunteered to do it.

          You made a very clear mention of a very high level Army Security Agency General visiting our ASA DF SigInt Det. for this medal pinning activity. That Purple Heart went to me that day. I also received the Army Commendation Medal and the KIA soldier Harold Biller received our third highest medal of valor, The Bronze Star posthumously. That was Major General Denholm, Worldwide Commander of the Army Security Agency stationed in Washington, Arlington Hall Headquarters. He and a Colonel Godin ASA Pacific and your 1ATF Brig. General Sandy, and others all came to our Detachment that day. By the way, I have photos of that Ceremony showing the principles and myself.

          The whole ASA entourage as you call it was very nervous to send such a high level Intel Commander to a relative forward base. After all, we were suppose to be covert. Officially our whole ASA Signal Intel Command was code named Radio Research and reported very strictly only through very secure signal intercept command directly to DIRNSA, or the National Security Agency. Our DF groups were hidden from official records as we were covertly assigned to other official combat units, like SF or 82nd Airborne, CIA assignments. All of this, was deemed TS. Therefore, the ASA group was nervous to officially be greeted by 1ATF. It was crazy, it was probably unnecessary, but the whole Saigon Intel Community NSA was terrified that this Major General Denholm wanted to go so forward in the first place.

          That explains the reasoning why this group was so nervous. Again, this General represented the highest level of NSA Intel world wide. We were a unique group for sure. Now our signal intercept and DF information was passed over to Nui Dat officially at your signal intel group at Long Binh. Or from Davis Station in Saigon earlier. I am sure your 547th signal intel unit will verify this. In what form the 547th received this may still ve classifed, I don’t know.

          It can be noted that our DF station could have been put to much better had we liasoned directly with you. I know that you later by the end of 1969 had your DF Porter up and running by the beginning of 1970 where our airborne ARDF specialists worked with you directly at Luscombe and flew missions with you in your Porter. Perhaps a John Swayze is familiar? I have a picture of him as well with your Porter at Luscombe. He was assigned then at Nha Trang AFB. Now he worked directly with your 547th group. Our HFDF site was removed from Nui Dat around Jan. 1970 and repositioned on Con Song Island.

          I hope we can continue this dialogue if you will allow this. I was involved in a number of VC ambushes which happened on Highway 15 perhaps 5 km out from the bridge at BaRia. MACV may be aware of this if they worked with the ARVN units in protection of BaRia West.

          I can not thank you more for this help. Thank you so much Ernie. Best regards, David Breisch

  28. I was running a rifle platoon with the 25th Div at that time. I’m sorry, but I have no insights into what was going on with our MACV brothers.

    Best regards,

    Sheehan

  29. I have been unable to find any 1966-67 advisory team 89 province reports for phouc guy at the National archives. Does anyone know if they were under any other jurisdiction?

    • Hi Michael,
      I suggest that perhaps you might also try Team 87 (Xuan Loc) records. Some of the Phuoc Tuy Province Senior Advisor’s reports were sent to Team 87 at Xuan Loc – with Team 89 reports appended. Phuoc Tuy Sector was subordinated to the 33 Special Tactical Zone (Biệt khu 33 Chiến Thuat of 3 CTZ/MR3) headquartered at Biên Hòa and encompassing the provinces of Biên Hòa, Long Khánh, Phước Tuy and Bình Tuy. As an aside, the title of this Team 89 website is misspelt – ie it should be “Phuoc Tuy” (ie the diphthong is “uo” not “ou” – this is important if doing a computer search); and “Doc Than” should be omitted from the title (it’s a misspelling of “Duc Thanh” ie the District astride Route 2 (now Route 56) with its headquarters at Ngai Giao – north of the Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat and just west of the larger “Catholic” village of Binh Gia.
      Best wishes, Ernie Chamberlain

  30. Hi All, In my post yesterday, I referred to the death in action of Team 89’s “Sergeant Baumgartner” (of Kannapolis, North Carolina) on 14 March 1969 near Hoa Long – ie together with Major Hadley Foster. There are apparently several spellings of Staff Sergeant Raymond E. Baumgarner’s name. A memorial and brief description of his service – and photographs, can be found on the Internet at the findagrave website as Serial 3295756 . In that memorial text, Stephen Rohaty notes that Sergeant Daniel Blake (MAT 64) recovered the bodies. There is also a note by First Sergeant (Ret) Thomas Hackler (of Team 99 -who did Vietnamese language training State-side with Ray Baumgarner; and passed away on 26 December 2011). Vale SSGT Ray Baumgarner. Regards, Ernie Chamberlain

  31. Hi All, In my earlier post today, I referred to the death in action of Team 89’s “Sergeant Baumgartner” (of Kannapolis, North Carolina) on 14 March 1969 near Hoa Long. There are apparently several spellings of Staff Sergeant Raymond E. Baumgarner’s name. In the memorial text, Stephen Rohaty notes that Sergeant Daniel Blake (MAT 64) recovered the bodies. There is also a note by First Sergeant (Ret) Thomas Hackler. Vale SSGT Ray Baumgarner. Regards, Ernie Chamberlain

  32. Hi All, I’ve previously posted the detail from the 1 ATF INTSUM on the deaths of Major Hadley Foster and Sergeant Baumgartner on 14 March 1969 on the western edge of Hoa Long. No doubt, there is a detailed Team 89 report on that engagement, but I’ve not found it.
    However, the following might be of interest – ie additional to the 1 ATF INTSUM. The 1 ATF Ops Log notes Vietnamese six ambush patrols(APs) in the Hoa Long area that night – including at YS 413648. In the early AM of 15 March, Sector HQ advised 1 ATF that: “One of the APs in the Hoa Long area at YS 413645 came under attack with B40 and automatic weapon fire. A reaction force was sent out at 2400hrs and a sweep started at approx.150545H with illumination support from Nui Dat ((fired from 0320hrs)). Results – 2 US KIA, 3 VN KIA, 5 VN WIA, 5 VN MIA, 1 VC KIA (BC).” At 1015hrs 15 March, the 1 ATF LO in Baria amended the number of VN WIA to 6. Subsequently, some months later, on 16 August 1969, 1 ATF killed the OC of the Chau Duc C-41 Company – Nguyen Hoang Mai, and recovered his 177-page notebook. An entry noted: “14 Mar 69: The unit went into Hoa Long. When they were near the fence, they were ambushed. After one hour, the enemy ran off and had one killed or wounded. Our casualties were 7, Minh was killed. Two recce members – Loc and Chu were killed and one AK-47 was lost.”
    Trust the foregoing is of interest. Regards, Ernie Chamberlain.

  33. I also was listening to the radio (2300 – 0100 hrs) and heard Major Hadley Foster’s request for help but the District Chief would not and possibly could not send help. Typically after dark the roads were closed and anything moving was ” at risk”! I am not sure whether his call for help was before or after his wounds which later caused his death. When he was found the next morning I was told he had crawled / moved either 500 feet or yards from the ambush site and had both his M16 and at least one other M16 from his American NCO and/or his Vietnamese interpreter. The “word” was that his Disrict Chief (Major / Thieu oui) Vietnamese counterpart could have / should have sent help but was afraid /(chicken!) and it could have saved some of the 35 +/- lives (2 Americans, the Vietnamese interpreter, and 30+ Popular Force Platoon (Dia Phun Quan) ambush members! I was on the other side of the mountain, along Hwy 15 with my MAT lll-62 (team) in a RF compound. I went to the morgue the next day and saw / said goodbye to Major Foster (a picture ingrained in my memory forever)! The VC sent a few across the road and when the PF Platoon all opened fire and gave away their position then the VC fired and destroyed the RVN PF Platoon ambush personnel!

  34. Social Media and now many Flashbacks from 1968-69! Unfortunately the info on Major Foster’s ambush patrol in 1969 is mostly “Incorrect”! I was with and under Major Foster in 1969 (We were supposed to leave in March 69 on the same plane but he decided to go out “one last time”). I was MAT Team Ldr of MAT lll-62 on Highway #15 with ILT (Trung Oie(? sp) Marquardt, SGT Kenny, SGT English and another SGT and Vietnamese Interpreter (I have 8 mm movies). I am retired LTC Harris Gelber, formerly CPT Harris J. Gelber (Dai oi), now 73 yrs old and if anyone cares I can provide “the real story or events that led up to a PF PLATOON size ambush that left all 35 +/- dead including Major Hadley Foster, his E-6 NCO (name along side his “on the wall” and his interpreter. Contact me at HarrisGelber18@COMCAST.net in New Jersey. God bless you all and Welcome Home!

    • If my memory is correct, while in the MACV compound in Van Kiep, we listen to radio pleas from MAJ Foster for help while he was tied down in the ambush. Don’t remember if he was wounded at the time. Anyone out there remember? I think a CPT Bub Pickup (Chatsworth, CA ) was either the S3 or was on duty that night when attempts were made to contact the Assistant Military PSA, a full colonel, for permission to sent a rescue platoon but could not find him. The rest was as described by you. I was the Province Psywar advisor from January 1968 to October 1970.
      CPT Richard Tom now LTC USAR Retired, Maui, Hawaii.

  35. Hi Team 89 Veterans,
    Regarding the death of Major Hadley Foster, on 13 September last year I posted a note to your website noting that his death was reported in the Australian 1 ATF INTSUM No. 73-69 of 14 March 1969 at sub-para 3.a: ie – “At 2240Z 14 March 1969, at YS 413645 ((north-western approach into Hoa Long village)), an ambush patrol was attacked by an estimated enemy company who fired RPG-2 rounds, automatic weapons and small arms. Fire was returned and the enemy withdrew to the west. Results: one enemy KIA, one AK-47 captured. Friendly casualties: two US KIA, three PF KIA, four PF WIA, six PF MIA.” Note that the 1 ATF INTSUM is dated 14 March 1969 – further and more detailed information on the engagement might have become available in the following days.

    Regards, Ernie Chamberlain

  36. I CPT Harris J Gelber, later retired as LTC, served with and under Maj Foster. I was on Highway 15 advising RF / PF Forces (Dia Phun Quan and Nia Quan) as team Ldr (5 man team) MAT lll-62. Contact me for info re: Major Foster, etc. Aug 68-March 69, when 35+ died on a DISTRICT PF PLATOON ambush patrol! This included Major Foster, his E-6 NCO and his interpreter! I could not help as I was on the other side of the mountain at 1 am in the morning.

    • Thanks Denis. I probably wouldn’t have guessed the correct spelling. I’ve long since lost any written stuff from those days. Both Perkins and Kwasigroch wrote letters to Infantry Branch on my behalf questioning their RIF decision and its timing. They were loyal bosses! In retrospect, the RIF was the best thing for me and my family. My severance allowance kick-started my education at UConn and enabled me to enter a very satisfying profession as an applied scientist, working in wetlands while raising five kids. In 2014, after more than 40 years of federal service, I retired from the Corps of Engineers. I now work part time in New England with BlueFlags Ecological Services. My five kids and six grandkids join us most weekends for Sunday dinner, and Marion makes me travel to “exotic” places several times a year. One of those trips usually involves a reunion with survivors from my old rifle platoon.

      In late winter of 71, I was hired as the PPCVA (S-5), which afforded me some memorable times with the reluctant PolWar Company, including a couple nights in the Rung Sac on two converted LCVPs spinning Vietnamese folks songs over a loudspeaker, eating little fishes cooked on a #10 can, and drinking ba si de, while the artillery recruited hoi chans from one of the islands. In addition to a fair share of TOC night duty, I performed odd jobs such as solacium and civilian pay officer, played substitute adjutant when he was on extended R&R, and filled in during the final weeks at Duc Thanh, while the DSA (Maj Rowe?) was processing out. I do recall your name and think that you may have hosted me at Dat Do, playing the Beach Boys on a newly acquired sound system. You may even have helped me pick out my stereo system at the Navy Exchange in Vung Tao — I still use the Pioneer Speakers that I sent home.

      Anyways, enough reminiscing. It’s good to hear from you.

      Mike Sheehan

      • Good memory.

        I too still have all my stereo equipment from that timeframe.

        Just before I went to Vietnam, all the veterans in my Battalion back at Fort Carson said to get a PACEX catalog & order all the quality Japanese stereo gear not available in conus PXs. So I did just that, and did as much research as was feasible. My NCO Sgt. Edwin Parker, on his third tour with team 89 began calling me Cpt. PACEX.

        It sounds like your RIF did, in fact, turn out for the best. It’s quite a resume and family you have. I’m sure you’re thankful for them.

        We on Team 89 were counting down the days in early 72 hoping for a 60 day drop, as the war was winding down. Our actual operations were minimal until the Easter Offensive of 72; then things changed 180°. Got quite hairy for a while, but fortunately everyone was pretty much unscathed and returned home with a bunch of awards and decorations(if you’re ever interested in the details, let me know & I’ll send you an interesting article about the team).

        I stayed in the Army & had an interesting career. Did 12 years as Regular Army, went into the reserve, to avoid a field assignment to Germany in an infantry unit, which at that time(early 80s) meant nearly constant field duty. Although an accompanied tour, word on the street was that if you were a combat arm, you never saw your family, who was living in cramped, government kaserne quarters. With a brand-new son and daughter on the way I left active duty. Spent five years in a local reserve unit, working a civilian job that exposed me to computers & ultimately led to my recall As Active Guard Reserve(AGR) to be a computer jock. Consequently, finished up 20 active and managed to stay in the local Washington DC area.

        Did a variety of jobs as a Beltway Bandit, picked up two graduate degrees & spent 30+ years as an adjunct faculty member at the local community college.

        Have a daughter, who is a high school teacher and coach, a fine son-in-law who is also a high school teacher and coach and two granddaughters. My older offspring, a son, got an ROTC scholarship, went on active duty in the infantry, and had a combat tour in Iraq, as part of the invading 101st Airborne Airmobile Division. He left active duty and became a federal agent. He and his lovely wife, a social counselor, have a brand-new grandson and is being assigned to Quantico Marine base as an expert weapons instructor (rumor has it, he had a good instructor when he was a kid).

        Thanks for the update and stay in touch. You can touch base directly at hawkeye15@EarthLink.net (that was as close an email address as I can get to my RVN radio call sign Hawkeye27.

        Best to you and your family.

        Denis

  37. I served briefly with Team 89 while Mr. Perkins was PSA and LTC Kosagrow was DPSA. My memories are unremarkable. My time with Team 89 was very much a cultural tour, absent the combat stress from my previous visit to RVN, and with much better food!! In the spring of 1972, I joined SSG Ray Johnson to close s hop at Duc Thanh. Then my RIF notice caught up with me and we flew back to the U.S. I’ve maintained close contact with my rifle platoon (C 2/12th Infantry, 25th Div ’68-9), but lost contact with the MATA-CORDS crew.

  38. For Joe Adcock
    There are no military records in Australia that I am aware of that cover the activities of Team 89 in any detail.
    Regarding the death of Major Hadley Foster (1932-1969), I previously advised that the engagement was reported in the 1st Australian Task Force’s Intelligence Summary No. 73-69 ie: “At 2240Z 14 March 1969, at map grid reference YS 413645 ((north-western approach into Hoa Long village)).
    Regards, Ernie

    • Second Lieutenant. Brian G. Walker, 21, Cottesloe, Western Australia.
      Brian Walker enlisted in 1966 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, over the objection of the officer who became his company commander in Vietnam. On March 9, 2nd Lieutenant Walker was leading his platoon through a mine field at night when a mine was detonated killing Sergeant Smith and Corporal Gilbert and himself. I led MAT 64 that night and found his body. At that time, Mobile Advisory Team 64 was attached to Team 89 in Phuoc Tuy Province, Long Le district. This was recorded in the after action report for 5 RAR.

  39. Ernie: Joe Adcock here.

    Please recall that Hugh (Buddy) and I are not related. We just have the same last name.

    Hugh’s (Hugh Adcock III) VA Claim is still on Appeal after the court turned down service connection on a technicality.

    What we can do to help right a wrong? A few of you have contributed documentation and that helps immensely. Specifically, I am referring to any and all official Army combat ops documentation that more likely than not contain proof of Hugh’s claim.

    This is what is needed at this point:Do any of you have any personnel rosters for Team 89 during the period of the entire year of 1969. If you do, we need it for the period April – July or more specifically June the month Simpson was killed when he stepped of the chopper and was killed by the rotary blades.
    If you were present when he was killed, an eye witness account of what happened will provide more proof.
    Any information on enemy attacks on the Team compound anytime.
    Copies of official documentation on combat ops are really needed.
    Copies of official Army records on the operation when Maj Foster was KIA.

    Well I have exhausted my strength. Welcome brothers.

    SF joe

  40. I can’t your earlier posting on the LoGom incident seeing as it was about me I would find it of Interest as I have written another book not yet presented for publication on that pieceing the jigsaw together to how it came about and the fact the 1st MAT did not officially exist so were denied promotions medals and recognition and those responsible who have also been blocking Official investigations my email is sydneymcleod@bigpond.com

    • Well gentlemen seeing as how Ernie Chamberlain has gone missing and well he should if he knows the truth You will find out about an Inglorious period of 89 MACV in my up coming book.

      • Hi John,
        From Ernie Chamberlain. I’m a former Australian Army Officer – served two tours in Vietnam: as the 1 ATF intelligence liaison officer in Baria living in Van Kiep in 1969 (desk in the Pheonix office); second tour at the Australian Embassy and detached to an ARVN HQ. I am a Vietnamese linguist and headed our language training in Australia (also an Indonesian linguist and Khmer speaker). Served as the JIO (ie the Australian version of the US DIA) Vietnam desk officer 1972-75. Later served two-year tours in Singapore, the UK, Cambodia (as the Defence Attache – DA), Indonesia as the DA (Brigadier), and in Timor as the Defence Minister’s policy advisor – a total 36 years military service. Also earlier was the Director of Military Intelligence 1988-91, then Director of Studies at the Australian Army’s Command & Staff College. Have written several books on Vietnam and Timor – all are free-to-read on the Internet. Apologies for the long-winded reply. Regards, Ernie

  41. I note that you were not there at the time you arrived a year later.I am curious what is your interest probably other than Bradshaw who is not allowed to speak to me and I was warned off from him by the Australian Army.

  42. I have all that other stuff including roll books, but am interested in Incident at Lo Gom, as you seem to be the only person GAME enough to make comment especially seeing as how Bill Young had taken command the 12th was the day I left it occurred on the 10th of May.

  43. Hi All,
    I’m currently researching the beginnings of the PRU in Phuoc Tuy – ie as the “1st Commando Company” advised by the late USMC Captain Tom Matthews (late 65-July 66). The “commandos” wore a beret with a badge – but the badge it is unclear in all the photographs. Later, of course, the PRU had a “winged dagger” beret badge. Any information or ideas would be appreciated.
    Regards, Ernie Chamberlain (1ATF Int LO Baria, 1969)
    PS. I have checked all the photos on the Texas Tech website cited to Tom Matthews and Captain Brosman.

  44. Hi. Son of an Aussie Tết Bà Rịa veteran. I had a comment on a video that I posted to youtube from Rchard Toms (MACV 89) and am trying to get in touch with him but not having any succesd via the suggested methods. Interested in hearing from anyone indeed who was present during Tết ’68. Thanks

  45. Team 89: Major Hadley Foster (1932-1969). The 1 ATF INTSUM 73-69 records: “At 2240Z 14 March 1969, at YS 413645 ((north-western approach into Hoa Long village)), an ambush patrol was attacked by an estimated enemy company who fired RPG-2 rounds, automatic weapons and small arms. Fire was returned and the enemy withdrew to the west. Results: one enemy KIA, one AK-47 captured. Friendly casualties: two US KIA, three PF KIA, four PF WIA, six PF MIA.”
    Vale Major Hadley Forster
    Regards to Team 89 veterans, Ernie Chamberlain (1ATF’s 1 TALU 1969).

    • 29W, line 035 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. 3-14-69
      Hadley Forster I never kept a diary, so I have no other date. I can only add that he died with Sergeant Baumgarner, who was due to come home soon.

  46. Hi Denis,
    Yes, I remember Geoff Carter. When he was a brigadier in Canberra – Director General of Army Development, I was on his staff. Later, as a Major General, he served as the Defence Attache – Southern Europe, based in Rome (covering France down to inclusive of Turkey and Israel). I was the Defence Attache in Jakarta at the time.
    I’ve had some trouble writing in detail about D445 and 33rd Regiment after 1 ATF withdrew from Phuoc Tuy. Of course, I use the Texas Tech archive site extensively and have been able to access most of the reports of the Australian Army Advisory Group – ie stationed in Van Kiep and down at Long Hai. We’ve been back to Vietnam a couple of times – and have met and interviewed 33rd Regiment veterans. They are now writing their history – but 80% of the writing team are political officers from the Baria-Vung Tau Military Headquarters, so I expect it will be another propagandist and inaccurate work. My current book on D445 is delayed as I’m waiting for officials in Canberra to declassify some material for me. That book has more post-1975 information on D445 – including their operations against “enemy remnants” and later operations on the Cambodian border against the Khmer Rouge. As with my other books, it is technically an “exegesis” – ie using the “communist text” as a base, I add extensive footnotes (currently over 800) to comment upon – and correct, the communist account. I also add a large number of annexes – 17 on my current book. My books are not for sale – I only have a small number printed for museums, libraries etc – but, as mentioned, put them on the Internet as “free-to-read” via Scribd
    Best wishes, Ernie
    PS. I tried to use your personal email, but without success,

  47. Hi Guys,
    I’m ex-Australian Army (36 years). As a LT, I served with the 1 TALU/Div Int Unit, worked as Int LO (in the PIOCC Baria) and lived in the Team 89 compound at Van Kiep in 1969. A Viet linguist, I’ve recently written books on D445, D440, and 33rd NVA Regiment – and am finishing another now. I place them on the Internet via Sribd as “free-to-read” ie not for sale. If interested, just google the unit title and “Chamberlain”. I later served two years in Cambodia, a couple in Singapore/Malaysia, and a couple in Timor. Best wishes, Ernie Chamberlain

    • Ernie,

      I was on MACV Team 89 November 71 to November 72. Got to see departure of the Australian forces from Phouc Tuy in December 71. We had an Australian major, Geoff Carter, assigned to our team; he was the S3 (operations) advisor. An outstanding officer, he was awarded the US Silver Star, along with a few of us Yanks. He and I worked closely together, and we shared the background of graduating from our respective countries’ military academies.

      As I recall, MACV Team 78 worked closely with the Australian forces in the Baria compound.

      I will definitely check out your book postings. During the Easter Offensive of 72 (Nguyen Hue Campaign), we got in deep s@#$%t from the 33rd NVA Regiment & D445 Battalion.

      My personal e-mail is hawkeye15@earthLink.net. Feel free to contact me.

      Denis Gulakowski

      LTC (RET) US Army

  48. I was assigned, as a CPT, to Dat Do District November 71-April 72 as the Deputy District Senior Advisor (DDSA), joining MAJ Ken Hightower, CPT Bob Genenz, CPT Richard Ohrt, CPT Hollis Reddin, & SFC Ed Parker, (who was on his 3d tour w/ Tm 89). All except “Ranger” Parker DEROS’d w/in a month. With the Vietnamization program, we closed out the district team & returned to the province HQ in Baria sometime in early April. I was the Team Adjutant for about a month until the Nguyen Hue Campaign (Easter Offensive) hit our province. I & my RTO, SP4 Rich Kapusniak of Baltimore, MD, went back to Dat Do to reestablish support for the RF/PF. We subsequently managed to get surrounded by the 33rd NVA Regiment & 274th Main Force (MF) VC Battalion. I could go into the history of the countrywide plan by COSVN to grab as much terrain as possible, the international politics, et al, but maybe some other time. Suffice it to say, thanks to our FAC (Sun Dog 26) and an A37 loaded with CBUs (Cluster Bomblet Units) we all made it out with pretty much nary a scratch (at least nothing to speak of). Same cannot be said for the bad guys; too many blood trails to count. We had a minimum of 240; after that we stopped counting. The rest of them withdrew. Brought home some war trophies & several good recipes of Vietnamese cooking. Our family celebrates Memorial Day with a full-blown Vietnamese meal made by Chef MoI, and I think about my two college roommates and all my other classmates who were KIA in RVN. Someday I’d like to go back to my district just to see what it’s like now.
    Good luck & God speed to all Team 89 alumni.
    Hawkeye 27

    • Denis,

      I was assigned to MACV Team 89 the same time that you were. I remember you during your time as Adjutant. I left in early July 1972. I also served on MACV Team 78 and MACV Team 32 in II Corps. As a member of the U.S. Foreign Service I was posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Saigon (I still Can’t bring myself to call it HCMC) 2001 until 2004. You would be surprised at the changes to the Dat Do area.

    • I was RTO at Dat Do sub sector from January 1966 to March 1967, yes I extended. Had 6 senior advisors during that time period. The pics I have seen of that area are unrecognizable now, all modern paved roads and resorts at Phouc Hai and Long Hai.

    • Hi Sydney, my name is Rachel Blair Bush, I’m Donald Blair’s granddaughter. What information are you needing?

    • To Sydney Criswell, Correct me if wrong go to Internet, Sgt James P Tynor and Cpt Blair were KIA at Long Hai ambush in Jan 1966, Capt Blair was awarded a Silver Star, Thank You john967@att.net

  49. Ed and Doug: I assume since you have responded to my e-mail posted on Team 89 web site months ago and I received this email from Doug, both of you are possibly interested in exploring whether you might be able to provide some supporting documentation for your Team Member’s VA Claim. It is still pending and I just read the attorney’s legal brief to the Court of Appeals for Veterans VA Claims. The attorney has indicated that any documentation in addition to that already contained in the Claim would be appreciated. In other words any new and material evidence will strengthen his case. By the way the T member’s name is: ADCOCK, HUGH S III. He went by “Buddy” while in VN for 26 months.

    We are not blood relatives, that we know of.

    I am serving as his Pro Bono Advisor to help him comply with VA Claim requirements. He has some serious medical problems, which necessitates assistance. Since I retired from the Vet Center Program in the year 2000 and served in VN with the Marines from 9-1-1967 to 9-16-1968 and have served as a veterans’ advocate for more than 30 years, I have volunteered to facilitate his attorney client communication, etc.

    If this something you would like to do, please let me know and I will provide the details of what is needed in terms of documentation/corroborating information ref his tour with the Team.

    Even though his Claim has been active for more than 12 years, I am cousiously optimistic of eventual service connection. If you knew the details of the VA’s screw ups on his Claim, I believe you would be furious, as I have been.

    Hoping to hear from you soon. Simper Fi former Captain, USMC, Joseph B. Adcock

  50. I have sent you an email with details. I was there and remember specialist Simpson well.
    The tail rotor struck him at the base of his neck, right below the collar line. He was almost decapitated. Check for an email from me, Sgt. Milner sent 3-9-14 from:
    garmisch1@hotmail.com

  51. Served as a SSG Inf intel NCO with the team on my 2nd tour from 23 Dec 64 to 15 Dec 65. Interesting year. Worked for Maj French and Cpt Avant initially, then for LTC Finsterle and Cpt Huznian. Advised RF/PF troops to include the Prov and local I&R platoons. Lots of operations thoughout Phuoc Tuy. Some major contacts to include Binh Gia in Jan 65. Truly earned my CIB. Later served a third tour as a Lt with the 173rd Abn Bde. Long ago but sometimes seems like it was yesterday.

  52. The place is Duc Thanh not Doc Than. I was the Aussie Intelligence guy from Jan 71 until Sept 71. We have about 4 DSAs in my time. One US Colnel an Aussie Major , Web, an Aussie WO2 ,Spud Murphy and a young Aussie lieutenant for about 2 weeks as a fill in. Two Districts chiefs. Major No and Captain Yem. There were two other US E7 or E8 as military trainers, a US intelligence guy for about a month and at one time a US Top named Speed from Kentucky. He was a great bloke and a top soldier. Apart from these we had an Aussie driver , and a Sig. Good times in Duc Thanh. It was a great job going out into the villages every day. About 2000 I went back to Vietnam to start our business there and visited Duc Thanh HQ. It had been converted into a school. I allso went to Binh Gia which was a Catholic village in my time. Now it is mixed and it seems people have been resettled from North Vietnam. Most of the area was difficult to recognise as the population density had increased dramatically.

  53. I served on Team 89 as the RF/PF advisor from Nov ’67 to Nov ’68. My orders to the team had me assigned as the S-2/3 air, but that lasted about 10 minutes until Colonel Austin, the Province Senior Advisor figured out I had recently transferred from infantry to MI! Tom Menke (above) and I did lots of those fun things together although him being with the I&R Platoon meant he didn’t have to work with some of the more marginal units. I was responsible for 26 RF companies, 50 PF platoons, an RF boat company and an RF armored platoon. Working in the Australian AO was a real treat for me except they were always look for a fight with Charlie!!

    • I was part of the original 1ATF MAT started in 1967 We trained 3/48 ARVN Bn at Dat Do after which I was assigned to LoGom 3rd Pl 612 RF Coy Nov 67 Ambushed Jan 22 68 returned after stay in 36 EVAC. An incident happened on the 12 MAY 68. Can you tell me who the Commander was of MACV89 in Baria at that time. Major Green was ic Dat Do as far as I can recall

  54. I was assigned to Team #89 in S-2. I worked with the Provinceal I&R Platoon and Recon Platoon. I was located in Ba Ria, SVN from Oct 67 thru Dec 69. I was there for the TET Offensive and several other campaigns. Saw some interesting things from B52 results to interrogations. Ambushes, on both sides and a resounding feeling that I did trust my Indigenous unit above all others. We were brothers in arms and in loyalty. There were many “33’s” drank to prove it. Several weddings and promotions. Several Bronze Stars and Gallantry Crosses. We were a kick ass unit.

    • Collins and Menke: Thanks so much for your comments. I am in search of members of Team #89 who were there from 9/68 – 11/70. A clerk typist was a member of your unit for 2 tours during this time frame. I am his Pro Bono Advisor for his VA Claim. VA has screwed over him for 10 years denying his service connection for PTSD several times most recently 2 mos ago. I was a Capt, USMC in VN 1967-68 and worked for the VA Vet Center program for almost 20 yrs helping VN combat vets w/ PTSD and after retirement w/ their claims. I also was an administrative and clinical investigator for VA. We need someone who was in his unit to corroborate a couple of traumatic events. One was the cook exited a chopped at the unit LZ and backed into the chopper blade and was dismembered. However, the vet can’t remember his name or the approximate date this happened. Another unit member remembers and witnessed the event as well but can’t remember the date. VA won’t recognize as a stressor until more detail is provided. Can either of you help? VA has been crucifying you fellow unit member unmercifully and unjustifiably to the point I will likely be filing a complaint with the VA IG shortly. Please reply at
      jbamarine3@gmail.com. I will provide his name and other details as we establish identities.

      • I served in Advisory Team 89 from August 1968 to October 1969. I do remember the chopper incident. The cooks last name was Simpson. I’m almost positive about the name. Can’t remember the date though.
        Hope this helps Hugh in some way.

        • Jon: I just saw your reply. I don’t know why I have missed it. The info you provided above is consistent with other Team Member input. We have confirmed that there is a more than at least 75% chance the cook’s name was Simpson and we found his name on the Wall. We also have confirmed other identifying info in ref to him. The date of death was early 1969. I don’t have the official documentation with me, but I’m sure it was early ’69.

          Did you know Hugh ‘Buddy’ Adcock? If so would you be willing to provide a letter stating such? As a member of Team #89 at the same time Hugh was there and confirm the death of Simpson, this corroborating info will increase the weight of evidence in his behalf. If so, I will provide a guideline to prepare your letter. Also if you have a copy of your DD-214 which would provide offical DOD confirmation, that too would increase the weight.

          Hugh’s health continues to deteriorate with another heart procedure upcoming before both knee replacements. These are among other medical difficulties he faces. I saw him today when we both were at Bay Pines VA Medical Center.

          I am his Pro Bono Advisor regarding his VA Claim and I hope V A will rule in his favor soon. His health continues to decline and he should be service connected.

          Hope you are willing to help. Sincerely, Joe Adcock

          • Yes I remember Hugh. We worked in the S1 building together. He was the mail clerk. He would drive to Vung Tao every day to pick up the mail and bring it back to BaRia. The days he didn’t make the mail run I would go instead. Sorry to hear he is not doing so well. Sure, I will send a letter and DD-214 if will help. Let me know what you need and I will mail it to you. Funny the things you remember about people. I doubt if he still can but ask him if he can still do that trick with his fingers. He would snap his wrist and slap his first two fingers together to make a noise like he was snapping his fingers. Just something I remember bout Hugh. Dont know if this helps or not but Hugh was two different people. He could be happy and all smiles and then the smallest thing would not go right and he would instantly be so mad you would think he was going to explode. You just never knew which Hugh was going to appear. Anyway you might not want to bring that up.

    • What do you remember about your Mobile Advisory Teams? I was in MAT 64 when Major Foster of Team 89 was killed.

      • I was part of the original 1ATF MAT started in 1967 We trained 3/48 ARVN Bn at Dat Do after which I was assigned to LoGom 3rd Pl 612 RF Coy Nov 67 Ambushed Jan 22 68 returned after stay in 36 EVAC. l

    • I was part of the original 1ATF MAT started in 1967 We trained 3/48 ARVN Bn at Dat Do after which I was assigned to LoGom 3rd Pl 612 RF Coy Nov 67 Ambushed Jan 22 68 returned after stay in 36 EVAC. Do you know anything about an incident at Lo Gom 12 May68 where we were forced to allow several hundred enemy to pass by without contact.

      • For Macsam43: For 1 ATF MATT casualties at Lo Gom/Hoi My on 22 Jan 68 incl casevac, see ARU reports in 1 ATF Ops Log Sheets 306-308, Serials 3701, 3717, 3723 and 3731. See my earlier posting for the incident at Lo Gom on 12 May 1968. Regards, Ernie Chamberlain

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