Team 91 Binh Duong

MACV Team 91 – Binh Duong.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 91 located in Binh Duong.

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  1. I’ve posted a U.S. Corps of Engineers map of the Bến Cát area on the VietnamWarHistoryOrg Facebook Group, which includes a closeup detail of Phú Hòa Đông. I’ve read the comments here of Team 91 members who were there at various times. Can anyone tell me based on the map exactly where the compound was? Or if you might have known anyone who was there from April-June 1968? Thanks.

    • I was in Phu Hoa Dong in June 1969. If I saw the map you speak of I may be able to pinpoint the compound for you. it was North-East of Cu Chi at the bottom leg of the Iron Triangle just south of the Saigon River.

      • Hi Bob, thank you for your reply. Can you send me your email address and I’ll email you the Ben Cat map that includes the detail of Phu Hoa Dong? My dad was DSA there from April-June of 68, but I’m guessing the compound was still in the same place in June 69.

  2. I’m wondering if anyone can tell me if a PRU team operated out of Phu Hoa Dong in the spring/summer of 68, under the MACV #91 advisory team? I have heard Vietnam vets in social chat rooms say my father could not have been a DSA for a ruff/puff PF unit there, and that his real job was advising a PRU. He states in his journal there were only 7 members of his American team, in an advisory capacity with “50 PF and 50 RD cadre”. I’m also hearing conflicting stories about the role of PRUs in the war.

    • Hi Edward, did you work with the Chau Thanh district team? Your name sounds familiar. My name’s Bill Lofgren, RTO on the Chau Thanh team. I was assigned to the team in June of 69 and stayed untill Jan of 71 when I was assigned to Tri Tam under Maj. Lawrance untill June of 71. I finished out my last two of my 27 months with tm 91 working the TOC in Lam Son. I have pictures of President Thieu coming to a Village in Chau Thanh district to celebrate the PTSD defense against a VC attack, if I remember that correctly. Maj. Orr was our SDA at the time. 1st. Lt York was intelligence officer. Any thoughts?

    • Were you one of the engineers that helped rebuild the swimming pool in May ’71? It was wonderful after it was finished.

  3. Hello, everyone. My father COL (ret) George O. Green, who passed away last November at age 84, was assigned as DSA to Binh Duong Province in 1968. I recently learned from a journal he kept that he was a member of MACV Team #91. From mid-April until 6 June he advised a Popular Force unit (53rd & 54th platoons) at Phu Hoa Dong, where he lived in a compound with six Americans, 50 PF and 50 RD Cadre. His outpost was attacked nightly and on the morning of 4 June, by the 8th BN of the 88th North Vietnamese RGT, a battle published in the Sept 68 issue of “The Hurricane” magazine. Featured in this article are fellow team members SSGT David Turner, First SGT Wiley Wasson, Assistant District Advisor LT Robert Antonius and SGT First Class Raul Martinez. Other members of the team were SGTs Heath and Reyna, and a soldier named White. My father’s counterpart was MAJ Dien and he had an interpreter named Minh. For a brief period, a MATS team stayed at the compound, which included members CPT Eisenhart, LT Hanke, SGT Willingham, SFC Smith & SFC Thompson. They were relocated to another outpost at Tan Thanh Dong on 3, June, and my dad’s team joined them on 6 June. All worked for COL Kitts.

    I am writing a book on my father’s Vietnam experience and would like to get in touch with anyone mentioned here, or others who might have known my dad or any of his team members. By the end of September, my dad joined III Corps for the remainder of his tour, which ended in Feb 69. He was a twice decorated BSM for Valor and twice decorated AM for Valor recipient and I couldn’t be more proud.

    Thank you in advance for any information you may have to offer. My email address is strata1@sbcglobal.net

    Sincerely,

    Terry Green

  4. Concerning the period of 1971 and 1972, Does anyone remember the names of the Senior NCO that was the Province Team Medic? I believe he was a Marine the first few tours then came back as and Army SFC. Good guy.

  5. I served on the team from Oct. 1968 to June 1969. I don’t remeber too many comrades as I worked by myself. I lived and ate with the team. I would be interested in seeing other members ppossibly in the fall of the year somewhere in the mid-to the northwest of the country. You can reach me at 73386 Bursera Way, Palm Desert, ca. 92260.

    • J. Michael, my father, Maj. George O. Green was the DSA for Team 91 from April until Oct 1968. He started out at Phu Hoa Dong and later moved to Paris Tan Quy. Any chance you knew him?

  6. Sammy Vasquez got into trouble. He was accused of interfering with official mail. I understood that he intercepted mail relating to him. I did not see or hear about him after he was removed. I hope that he got through it OK. Sammy was a good guy.

    I was transferred out of the team in April and was reassigned to the 525 MI Group in Saigon. CPT Rutland was there when I left but he was gone when I came back for a visit in June.

    Did you get the pictures?

    • Cool pictures, thanks. So you were there when the Battle of An Loc was going on just up the road. What was the atmosphere around there at that time? Any special preparations? Once it was over, I’m sure everyone was relieved. Gosney Compound was actually scheduled to be attacked during Tet ’68, but the VC unit bumped into a US recon unit and that attack was called off. I am forever thankful I was assigned to Advisory Teams. Being stuck in a US unit in Saigon or Long Binh would have driven me nuts also.

      • I was the Ben Cat DIOCC Intell/ Phoenix Advisor from Sept ’69 to Sept ’70. I replaced LT LaPlante but I forgot who replaced me.
        On 23 June ’70 three Army guys out of Di An got ambushed and captured about three miles East of Ben Cat. They were on their way from Lai Khe to Phouc Vinh. At first they were listed as MIA but that has been changed to KIA since the release of Intelligence reports thru the Freedom of Information Act. There names were SFC Joe Peterson, SP4 James Rozo and Pvt. Robert Phillps. I think about those poor guys a lot these days- The “why them and not me” syndrome I guess. If anyone removers the incident and can relate more information it waould be appreciated.

        • I understand the “Why them and not me” feeling. I could have been assigned to Team 47 in Binh Long/An Loc but I was assigned to Team 91 in Binh Duong/Pho Cuong instead. Most of the MACV Advisers on Team 47 did not survive the Siege on An Loc.

      • The “Easter Offensive” was a interesting experience. J2/G2 had received reports from thier agents in COSVN back in November that a major offensive was being planned and would be executed in February or March. I got a briefing on it when I went to a Phung Hoang conference in Saigon in early December. I provided the information to Chikala and Rutland when I returned. I remember Chikala not giving any reaction and Rutland nodding but no more. G3 and General Hollingsworth (MR3) did not believe that an offensive was likely. Activity in Ben Cat and Tri Tam Districts increased significantly in February. The full offensive started in early March when the NVA invaded Binh Long and laid siege to An Loc. The 5th ARVN left en mass to Binh Long/An Loc.

        We were waiting for them to hit us in Binh Duong. The Gosney club room was tense every night and Chikala would give us an update each night. There wasn’t much that we knew about what was going on in Binh Long. USARV was not sharing information. We did get an influx of refugees making our security concerns even greater.

        Later in March the Arch Light bombings started. After chow we would take lounge chairs and beer by the pool and look to the West Northwest and watch the sky light up and feel the rumbling earth. Concentrated B-52 bombings were impressive.

        I got transferred to 525 in Saigon a few weeks before it was over. It was difficult or impossible to get any more details on what happened in April and May.

        • Thanks for filling me in. I always wondered what it was like around there during that time. I believe there were some 5th ARVN Advisors that were taken prisoner. The ground shaking from an Arc Light strike was very impressive. I remember one while I was at Lai Khe. I was sitting at my desk and the whole building started shaking. So by the time you came back in August the Team must have been very small. Was one of the clubs still open? Probably winding down and laying off VN personnel.

          • Our Tri Tam DIOCC was cut off and surrounded for a brief period of time during the offensive. They were running low on food, beer and ammo and we could not get anyone to help them. Chikala collected food from our mess and club and ammo and grabbed two “volunteers” to join him (me and another guy) on a relief mission to Tri Tam. He called down a Work Chopper and we delivered the goods with “stuff” going on all around us.Other than being on a chopper that was called down for a dust off pick up which was 30 seconds of craziness I did not experience any combat directly. I get involved in afteraction Phoenix/Phung Hoang operations. Mostly to identify killed or captured VCI.

            • John,

              I just ordered your book and look forward to reading it.

              Completed Infantry OCS 25 June 1967 and was in Vietnam on 30 August 1967. Stopped by at Fort Holabird for four weeks on the way.
              There were 20 MI Commissions out of my OCS class and all went directly to Vietnam. From this group, about 15 new 2LT’s were assigned to districts throughout the country as ICEX advisors. In reviewing the history of the Phoenix program, I found that Ambassador Komar had received his funding for ICEX, later Phoenix, in June 1967 and needed to fill the positions.

              I was the first ICEX guy in Tri Tam. The only training I received was part of a day working at the “Embassy House” in Binh Duong with Mr. Gardner. I was given a bundle of cash for expenses and told to go build an office and train the PRU that had been hired by the District Chief.

              When i got to Tri Tam in mid September, I met with the District Senior Advisor, Major Lovinggood. Apparently, Lovinggood and Mr. Garder did not have a very good relationship. Lovinggood greeted me with:

              “LT I don’t have anything against you, but I will have nothing to do with you, your mission and the Agency that you are working for. I have made arrangements for you to share quarters with your counterpart, 1LT Thieu, but you may have meals in our Team House.”

              After my primary agent was killed and i survived multiple hand grenades thrown at us inside the District compound, about one tense week later I received a radio call from an inbound helicopter that they would arrive in about 20 minutes to pick me up for reassignment.

              I spent my last four months as OB and G-2 Air advisor at the 18th ARVN Division in Xuan Loc.

              • Clark: Thank you for your comments. I would like to learn more about the ICEX – Phoenix – Phung Hoang activity in Binh Duong Province before I got there in September of 1971. I was way over my head when I arrived. I did not have any more than basic training and CI Agent (97-b) training at Ft. Huachuca (first class to graduate from Ft. Huachuca). I did learn quickly ate the PIOCC and spent a lot of time in the DIOCCs, including Tri Tam, Ben cat, Phu Giao and I have forgotten the other Districts..

                I hope that you find 97-Bravo to be interesting. You will see that I was a naive scared kid when I got there but I believe that I did an honorable and competent job when I was there.

              • ….actually I know about the Phung Hoang activities in 1971 & 1972. It is the beginning (ICWX and Phoenix) that interests me. I have read alot about the ICEX and Phoenix history but only the broad national overview. I have not read about the early counterinsurgency history of the province. When I was there in 1971 and 1972 I did readin and study the S-2 files on contacts and political history but there was no information on old ICEX activity. I did work with “Mike” my Embassy House contact but we only discussed current activities. Actually he talked and I listened.

                • John just got your book. very interesting. I was ib Phu Cong in in civilian cover for the 525th MI group iii battlion. Was there from Sept 1967 to Aug 1968. I worked in the compound next to the prison and the MSS Hq. My mos was the same as yours. although my job was geared more to tracking our men who had been captured by the nva/vc.Also I carried out normal background investigations. I was there during the tet offensive of 1968. After a year I transferred to the 1st inf mi unit until my discharge in July 9969. Prior to Vietnam I was working in Washington DC.running background investigations most of which was in the pentigon. Your book was most interesting as it covered the az campus. I did all my training at Fort Holabird.
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                  • James: Good to get your message. your experiences are interesting. You can see in the book that I wanted to stay in MI for a career but my experience in Operation Homecoming forced me to leave after my enlistment was up. I was working on applying for a Warrant Officer rank when the stuff hit the fan over Maj Kushner’s request and my follow up. John

                • I traveled to to Binh Doung province with a 1LT who was assigned as the ICEX advisor to Dong Xuoi. The Sector House and Province Staff wanted very little to do with us. They had no room for us to stay at the Sector House so we stayed about two to three nights in the city with the JUSPAO man. He was happy to have two additional US people with weapons living with him. His normal security was about 6 Nung guards with orders to kill anyone roaming his house at night. We were told to make noise if we got up at night to let the guards know who we were.

                  On the military side the only person who provided us with how operations worked at the Province was 1LT Bob Boyd, the Deputy S-2. Unfortunately Bob was killed in about early November 1967 on an operation with the 5th ARVN Recoondos.

                  The only other ICEX advisors that I remember meeting were 1LT Wolfert (not sure of spelling) who was killed in Lei Thieu District and crazy 1LT Stan Stanley from Pho Hou Dong (not sure of Spelling). Stan was going to bed one night when he noticed a black pajama guy with an RPG walk by his window. Probably a PRU, he thought, until satchel charges started exploding in the compound. MACV advisors, including Stan, managed to survive by defending an interior perimeter of the compound. According to story legend, John P. Vann showed up the next morning at the District and requested a full briefing from 1LT Stanley about his ICEX program. After being up all night and killing VC as they ran over the burm of the District Compound, Stan told Vann to get back on his white helicopter and get out of the area (left out a few words) while holding a loaded M-60.

                  • Clark: The counterinsurgency (Phung Hoang) program was a little better organized and supported by the MACV team team 91 in 1971 & 1972. There still was animosity from other Americans toward us. I could not understand why. Luckily there were no American MACV Team 91 fatalities during my time there (Sep ’71 – April ’72). We were lucky in Binh Duong during the 1972 Easter Offensive. Most of the acton was in Binh Long and Tay Ninh. Although my Vietnamese Interpreter, SGT Thanh, was killed in a rocket attack in Ben Cat.

                    The Phung Hoang (formerly Phoenix & ICEX) program was sometimes more administrative with data collection and reporting than “neutralization”. I doubt that anyone in Saigon read our reports except for a few reporters. I once read a week-old copy of Stars & Stripes that had word-for-word excerpts from one of my Province “Big MAC” reports. I assume that ICEX and Phoenix operations years were more operation oriented.

                    • Yes. He was a good friend. I am sorry to say he was killed in Ben Cat during the Easter Offensive, when a VC/NBA rocket hit an ammo dump. I have a good picture of him in front of our Phung Hoang office.

                    • John,
                      Thanks for that sad information. I got very close to Thanh also. So sad to hear. His wife gave birth to a girl back then. He asked me for a name suggestion so I said “Kathy” who was my girlfriend.
                      If that photo you have is handy, please e-mail it to me at hagners3@comcast.net?

                    • Don: I will send the picture in a few minutes. I remember him talking about his wife and baby. I believe that they lived in the Saigon area. He wanted to move his family to the US after the war. He said that Major Gaun had promised to make arrangements for him. The toughest part was calling Major Gaun when I returned home to tell him about SGT Thanh’s death.

                      I have been haunted by the memory that I was partially responsible for his death. I wrote about him in my book, “97-Bravo”.

    • Hello, I’m trying to find out more about my uncle and those that may have known him. I cannot figure out how to write a post on this site. My uncle is Norman H. Strength KIA March 1970. My family is gone, all passed away now so I don’t have anyone to answer questions so I’m trying my best to track down what I can. ANY help, information on how to post here, any links would be GREATLY appreciated.

      • Dear Benita:

        I did not know SP4 Norman Strength as he was killed in action in Binh Duong province 18 months before I arrived. I did check records and found that he was an Armor Intelligence Specialist in the 11th Cavalry, not a member of the MACV Team 91. The records indicate that he was killed in action by an “explosive device”. at the age of 22 on March 26, 1970. As you may know he is listed on The Wall at 12W-047. There are other visitors to this blog that may have known your uncle that may be able to provide more detailed personal information.

        Best regards, John Swatosh

  7. I’m still looking for anyone who served in Vietnam with my Uncle, Sgt Hugh G Willard. I ran across a plaque that was given I’m assuming to my grandparents(his parents) when he was KIA on 23 December 1967. There were a list of names on there and was wondering if anyone knows of them or how to contact them. The names(last names) on the plaque are as follows: Stallard, Cowley, Bullock, Griffis, Gales, Najar, Pasley, and Mr Browne.

  8. Looking for any information on my uncle larry wayne Barnard. His nickname was “birddog” I know he was killed 2-13-1968.

  9. Vern Greunke here former “Radio Research” guy. (ARMY Security Agency) we operated a PRD-1 Portable? radio direction finding unit out on the helipad at Ben Cat. Aug. 66-July 67 (more or less) would love to hear from anyone in that area from MACV team. I was also at Phu Hoa Dong, Thoi Hoa (just south of BC, and Trung Lap. Went on “runs” up to Lai Khe at times also. Have DVD with 330 pictures of the area at the time. Would send to anyone who was there or remembers me (or not) I do recall a red headed Lt. or Cpt. from Omaha area working with an orphanage or something. Wondering if he is still in area. I live close to Omaha.
    Vern Greunke

  10. hi doug bill phelps I was reassigned just before tet back down to tem 91 then to chau thanh the major didn’t like me took me out of the field in the iron triangle we found the tunnels my pru and me I think you where out with us on some of our pru operations bill

    • Hello Bill. It has been a long time since our experience in VIETNAM. I have been following Team 91 for a couple of years. I guess it has been long enough not contacting my brother in arms.
      Yes. The major was a piece of work. Up in the morning with a beer in his hand and retiring at night with a beer in his hand. A great way to enjoy his tour.

  11. I remember you then you faded away. Sad that you are the only one even though its my understanding he saved many men. They say he was killed by the wind changing when burning a snipers post where I believe that is ridicules and that he was killed when the sniper shot his gas can and the army just buried it.

  12. Would like to know if anyone here has information on my bother Capt Bernard F Jones KIA oct 16 1967 was member Adv Team 91 65-67 never received any information about his dead or his duties would like to receive any information

    • my name is bill phelps I was stationed with lt. jones at the time of his death and how it happened and where and who he was with. call me at 1-413-424-7016

  13. Norman S Saliman,
    Joel, I talked to you many years ago and I was just looking for any more info on your Dad on the net as he is on my mind quite often. I was looking in the MACV Team links. I served with Norm Saliman his 1st Tour with the 1/5th out of Cu Chi in 66 and till I went home on Feb 2nd 67. Norm (Sally as we use to call him) by far was the BEST Plt Ldr I ever had the Honor of serving under of the 5 I had in a year (mostly 1966) I made many post on Nor and I truly LOVED him very much and for as long as I live, he LIVES. I am on facebook with his neice and I have talked to his X Wife and 2 Sons in the past when I found them in San Dieago many years ago when I lived in upstate NY. I have a few pictures of him and I know he took many of me as I was one of his Squad Ldrs in the 1st Plt of B Co 1st Bn 5th inf 25th (Reactionary Force in 1966 for war Zone C & parts of D)
    We have a few pictures of him on our website under B Co and over the years I have talked to a few of his Guys he was with I found by their postings back a lot of years ago. Sally was one of the BEST Officers anyone could of ever had in Combat.

  14. Kim,
    I was the Assistant District Senior Advisor (1Lt.)for Chau Thanh District from April, 1968 until April, 1969. During that time Major George L (Pat) Quinn was the Senior District Advisor. I did most of the combat operations with my team, SSG Phelps, SFC Clemmie Brown, our Medic SGT Lazenby (Later SSG Butterworth) and my RTO SGT Tracey. I also was responsible for the Phoenix Program after our Intel Officer left and also the Strategic Hamlet Program. Your mom, I believe, was the Team secretary during that time and worked at the District compound with me at Chau Thanh. She was a very nice person and worked hard. I am thankful that she was able to come to the United States. If your Dad was the interpreter at Chau Thanh then I know who you were speaking of and he too was a great soldier and very brave. I spoke Vietnamese but sometimes it didn’t come out the way I wanted it too and he would interpret what I wanted to say to my counterparts. Times were pretty rough then…I did return in 1970 and served with the Special Forces and the Rangers in the Delta as a Captain and left in 1971.
    Bill Malone
    SGMMalone@aol.com

  15. Hi, everyone. I found this page from Ron Osimo. I see that Bill Lofgren is here, as well. My dad, Tin Nguyen, was an interpreter for the Vietnamese during the war. He’s been looking for a lot of people. Since he and my mom, Co Van (she was a secretary), came to the U.S. with my older sister in December 1980, we’ve found Ron, Bill, Harry (Scott) Foster, Ray Gandy, Gary Frye, and a couple of others. After arriving in San Diego with my sister, my brother and I were born and we all still live here. If any of you remember my parents, I’d love to connect with you. Email: kvlnguyen82@gmail.com and phone: 619.2036.3754

  16. I was hoping to find someone who served with or knew well my father-in-law Raymond (Ray) Fleigh that might be willing to speak with me.

      • Sorry Stephen. I only met him once in Sept ’69, on my way up to Ben Cat. I remember there was a SP4 or Sergeant named Shreve with him there in Phu Choung

        • To Steve Blackwell – I was on Team 91 – MAT 4 1Lt Infantry – Ben Cat from November 69 to July 70 when Col Fleigh moved me out of the field to Province HQ. He made me S4 – bless him! The things you could trade for toilet paper were amazing. Steve were you a captain at HQ and a HAM radio operator? If so I remember you. I remember throwing one hell of a farewell party when we left in November. We even had Col Fleigh on stage dancing with the Philipino girls!

          Bob Hathaway

  17. There seem to be some new folks so I will give this another shot… Does anyone happen to recall a SSG by the name of Charles Hudson?? I believe he was there in May 67-Nov 68

  18. Was Capt. Rutland still there when you left? You left in Feb? How was Myanmar? Did you go on a tour from BKK or some other way? That’s next on my list.

    Larry

    • Do not recall if Rutland was still there. Know that there were not many – Chikalla and Bailey were still there.

      Myanmar – more temples than you can imagine. Our tour was arranged by a group out of London – Cazenove + Loyd. Stay on the water as much as you can – Inle Lake with the boatmen rowing with there legs was great – several stops on shore that brought us close to the people and how they spend their lives. The Irrawaddy River was also interesting, particularly the stops on shore. The people were fantastic. Mandalay – not much there, better to stay on a boat. Yangon is well worth your time. Food comes mostly from the water – I liked it, my wife not so much.

      Surprised how much the Buddhists hate the Muslims from Bangladesh – they really want to send them out to sea, with or without boats. Thought they were peaceful.

  19. The hotels now in Siem Reap on the way to the Angkor complex are really first class now and not expensive by our standards. I went in early Dec. A great time to go before the tourist rush after Christmas. They use US dollars also so no conversion. Laos was cool also. So now we are going to sell weapons to the communist Vietnamese so they can protect themselves against the Communist Chinese. How things have changed in the last 45 years. It was an experience that certainly changed my life.

    Larry

  20. Hello Byron, Some engineering types and a bunch of us on the team rebuilt the swimming pool in May 71 so we had a nice clean one to enjoy. The previous one had a plastic liner that got infected. I was lucky enough to get the occasional trip to Saigon also and grab a hamburger and milk shake over at MACV HQ. That was a different world down there. I was actually glad that I was on a Team like 91 that wasn’t so stuffy. Do you know what happened to the girls that worked in the club? I suppose they got laid off as the team got smaller. I went to the Angkor complex last year. Amazing, but I sure would not have wanted to go in ’71. People in Cambodia are quite young now and have no memory of the war. They are very friendly. As I said in an earlier post on this website, I heard that Lam Son is gone and has been turned into a country club, how funny is that? Do you plan to ever go back to VN to look around? I would really like to go sometime. I have relatives in Bangkok so I might just pop over sometime when I’m visiting. Great to hear from you. Let’s see who else might show up one of these days.

    Larry

    • Almost returned last year. We went to Myanmar (Burma) and thought about Viet Nam and even found someone who knew where Phu Chung (sp?) had been. Since it was no more, we decided that there was not much for us to see so we did not go. Our trip to Cambodia was just after Pol Pot was captured – so there was still some fighting going on. No comfortable hotels – and few tourists. Know that it has changed a lot since then. Had to get our visas in Thailand – it was a great trip even if the hotel bar kept a Khmer flag, just-in-case. Right, the people, despite the horrors of the killing fields, were wonderful.

      No knowledge of what happened to the girls or our drivers – hope it was better than I imagine.

    • J.C. Wilson. Hey-I was with Team 91 @ Lai Thieu in 64-65 as the Radio Operator, then shipped out to Binh Duong Province Hqts in 65. Hope to hear from someone from that time. My home # is 248-967-1543.

  21. Hello Byron, The virtue of a smaller team was that the enlisted folks like me got to know the officers a little better. Do you remember the Navy officer named Donarum? A really nice guy. There was someone else that came on the team after I left named Spc. F. Hoehne (sp?). I was corresponding with some people in the compound and that was the name for the APO address. The mail stopped around March as I remember. Keep in touch.

    Larry Gale

    • Yes; not much protocol separating us by rank! There was one Major who took it seriously, but he was the only one that I recall. Did you ever get to go on the trips to Saigon to get supplies for the clubs? Had some great meals. And we got to play baseball, basketball, ping-pong, and we shared the pool (war was hell in Phu Chung) and we shared guard duties.

      I remember a Navy officer (but not his name; mostly saw him around the pool) and a guy from the State Department (wanted me to go with him to Cambodia, Ankor Wat – Col Chikala said fine BUT: no uniform and, if you are caught, you are a spy and you will be executed. We didn’t go. But I did go several years ago.) – think they worked together as I recall. Don’t recall anyone new arriving that late. There were very few us when I left – I even had one side of the permitter when we went on alert – of course it was the side facing the Vietnamese base – didn’t really need me either.

      Good memories – good that you try to stay in touch – glad that I began this search on Memorial Day.

      • Byron, I was attached to this Team from the 2nd Civil Affairs Company out of Long Binh. I was a captain at the time, and I saw that you mentioned LTC Chikala. As I recall, he was ‘bullet head’ usually shaved bald. Would like to talk. 512-657-2409.

        • Yes, Chikala had a shaved head. He was Army but a leader that I (and as far as I could tell, most of the others) would follow; accepted that not all of us were hard-core. He cared about what mattered and let the other stuff slide. AC 512 – Austin? Not far. I’m in Houston. Don’t remember you – may have never met, but I’ll call.

  22. Hello Byron, Sure, I remember you. It’s nice to hear from someone who was on the team during that time. I wasn’t supposed to leave until Jan 72 and all of a sudden my name showed up on the Dec. booking roster. Spc. Bain and I were working part time in the mail room because Spc. Vasquez had gone home on compassionate leave. I left RVN around Dec. 20 and was home by Dec. 24. I had a note from Spc. Bain in January. So they asked for volunteers to leave? It looks like the team was shut down sometime in April or May. There was a unit citation awarded that I saw somewhere. Great to hear from you on this day to honor those who weren’t as lucky as we were.

    • Spc Vasquez – remember him being upset at someone who said he was not a citizen since he was from Puerto Rico. Did not recall that he had gone home on compassionate leave. Good memories except for September 16; good guys. Hard to believe it’s been 45 years. Saw a post from Spc John Brock who said he left in April 1972.

      I’m in Houston – retired. Was a tax lawyer for a law firm in Baltimore, the IRS, and, for most of my career, with Shell Oil in Houston. Briefly moved to Chicago after retiring from Shell, but returned to Houston a couple of years ago. Most of my volunteer hours are spent with second graders at Yellowstone Academy – very rewarding.

      You (and anyone else from that time) can reach me at: byron.furseth@yahoo.com.

  23. Hello Greg, It’s great to hear from you. Meeting you that day in Lai Khe changed my path in the Army and transferring to Team 91 for my second year in RVN was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was going to spend my second year in RVN anyway and you gave me a great alternative. Besides getting back to Lam Son and hot showers (haha), I met some really great people like you and Capt. Rutland, your successor, Sgts. Covington and Ulloa in S-2 and Spc. Bain in Admin. I still have Christmas cards from LTC. Chikalla and Sgt. Van even though I wasn’t there for Christmas ’71. I was lucky enough to see my name on a December booking roster (what a surprise!) and actually got home Dec. 24, 1971. It looks like the team may have been disbanded in the first half of ’72. I was writing letters to people on the team when the mail stopped around March. There have been some lively discussions over on the Team 70 website among several of us who were there during that time, both in Lam Son and Lai Khe. One of the guys was able to go back to the area a few years ago. It appears as though Gosney Compound is gone and the area has been turned into a country club (the irony of that). Some of Lai Khe is still there probably because it’s was way out in the boonies. Phu Cuong city was renamed to Thu Dao Mot. I would like to go back and look around sometime. Things have gone well for me and my time in the Army built a good base to start from. I hope things have gone well with you. Keep in touch.

    Larry Gale

    • Okay, so you were not there for Christmas 71. But I do know that we spent some time together. Bain I remember – had a desk next to mine. Also Major William Bailey and Sgt Jenkins. Were you there when those three were killed in an ambush in Tri Tam or was that after you left? There was a Captain who worked with Rutland – built kind of like Col Chikala, barrel chested who was one of those killed. A Major in Tri Tam and a Sargent who was scheduled to go home the next day were the other two. A medic was badly wounded but survived. A real tragedy, they were responding to their Vietnamese associates who had been caught in an ambush when they were caught as well. Anyway, hope to hear back. Byron Furseth

      • I replaced the SGT that was killed in the ambush. I was with Adv. Team 91 from September ’71 to April ’72. I was the Phung Hoang guy. I initially worked for MAJ Gaun, until he rotated home. I bunked in the hooch with SPC Bain. LTC Chikala was the best officer that I ever served with.

        • Hello John,
          I remember you. This is Larry Gale. I worked in S-2 with Capt. Rutland. I left the team in mid-Dec. ’71 with an early drop. What was it like when you left? I imagine the team was pretty small by then. Have you heard from Bain? I guess the team was wrapping up about that time (April ). Great to hear from you.

          • Larry: Good to get your message! I have not communicated with anyone from Adv. Team 91 since May or June of 1972. The place got real busy in February – April of 1972 with the big Easter Offensive in Binh Long and the “Seige of An Loc”. I was busy doing more S-2 than Phung Hoang work during that time. The Phung Hoang program was cut in half in April and I was reassigned to the 525 MI Group in Saigon where I stayed until August. However, I did return to the Team 91 compound in about late May or early June. I took a few fellow CI Agents there for a day trip. Most of the team was gone. There was only one club open and only a few of the girls were still working. LTC Chikala had gone home by then and his replacement was nothing like him. There was no discipline or security. I only recognized the SSG that was in charge of the mess hall. Can’t recall his name.

            I wrote a book about my year in Vietnam and the following two years in MI. It is titled 97-Bravo. You might find it interesting and bring back some memories. I have some photos I can send you of the club, the pool, etc. Send my your e-mail address. JOHN

        • • Hi John, My name is Bill Lofgren, I was the RTO/Rural Development NCO for Chau Thanh District team 91 from June-69 through Jan. 71. In February of 71 I was transferred up to Tri Tam after Chau Thanh District was moved to Lam Son base camp. From 2-71 through 6-71 I served as RTO. with Major John Lawrence and Captain Bell, then returning to Lam Son June of 71 to finish out my last two of a total of 27 months in Binh Duong.
          •On 9-16-71, Maj. Lawrence, Capt. Bell and SFT George Boulware were killed in an ambush while responding with a reactionary force to reported VC activity. . RTO Leon Brock who I helped train and is a close friend handled the radio support. Hope this helps out. I left country in Aug.71, just weeks before the ambush. Welcome home.

          • It was Captain James Wells who was killed, not Captain Bell, along with Maj. Lawrence and SFC Boulware. It was a sad night.

          • Bill: Thank you for your response. I arrived just after you left. I knew a little about the ambush in Tri Tam but learned much more years later when I was doing research for a book that I was writing. I was the headcount replacement for SGT Boulware but LTC Chikala assigned me to the PIOCC becasue I did not have enough experience to work on a district team, I had just graduated from Ft. Huachuca and was a fresh new 97-b. I wasn’t fresh or new very long. the two officers in the PIOCC were sent home by December and I assumed the PIOCC as the interim PIOCC Adviser until April 1972 when I was transferred to the 525 MI Group in Saigon. I did not like the idea of becoming a “REMF”.

            I served as a CI Agent in Saigon until August 1972 and then worked in a resident office in Michigan until I was transferred to the IRR and Ft. Holabird where I was involved in Operation Homecoming.

    • Found our associates who were killed. Maj. John Lawrence, Captain James Wells, and First Sargent George Boulware. They were killed on September 16, 1971. We honor them today, Memorial day, May 30, 2016.

      • Was CPT. David Sparks your Phoenix Advisor? David was my roommate while we were at the Army Intelligence School at Ft. Holabird, MD during the summer of 1970. I was the Phoenix Advisor in Phu Khuong Tay Ninh MACV Team 90.

          • Sorry I don’t remember the name of the Phoenix Advisor either in 1971. Holabird must have been close to closing down by Summer of 70. I was there Nov/Dec 69. What a cold, miserable place in those terrible holding barracks waiting for class to start. I almost got pneumonia.

            • Phoenix name was changed to Phung Hoang in 1971. It was part of the “Vietnamization” concept. The Team 91 Senior Phoenix/Phung Hoang Advisor in 1971 was Major Gaun until late November. I sort of replaced him for the next four months.

              The USAICS school at Holabird closed in early 1971. The new USAICS school opened in June 1971 at Ft. Huachuca. I was in the first 97-b class out of Ft. Huachuca and my first assignment was MACV Team 91.

              • Hi John,
                So you were essentially my replacement in S2 after I left since we were both Intel MOS’s. When did Capt. Rutland leave?

                • Larry: I was not officially transferred to S-2. I was asked to help out with S-2 but Phoenix/Phung Hoang remained my primary responsibility. I believe that CPT Rutland was still S2 when I was transferred to the 525 MI Group in April. Who was the S-2 sergeant that was from Puerto Rico? He was a good friend but I cannot recall his name.

                  Did you play in the Gosney Team 91 Sunday softball games? Do you recall the special Buffalo, Beans & Beer Sunday afternoons?

                  I do have photos of activities at Gosney that I can email to you.

                  John

                  • I certainly remember the softball games. I was there from July or August 1971 until February 1972. It shocked me that we (I had responsibility for the two clubs) could charge a quarter for drinks, 15 cents for sodas and make enough to supply drinks for free on Sunday. I still can’t picture you – but in time . . ., perhaps. I well remember the three who were killed because I spent a couple of days with them in Tri Tam but never returned after the ambush. I particularly remember SFC Boulware because he had come down a few days before because he thought his tour was ending. He was a week early, so he returned to Tri Tam – more tragic because he had just been married before being sent to Viet Nam. Still, I should remember you from softball or from sitting around the pool afterwards.

                    • Byron: I have pictures i can send you if you provide your email address. I played a lot of shortstop and 3B. I looked forward to the Sunday games and beer and fresca and hot sun.

                      I looked up SGT Boulware online and found his bio. Being his headcount replacement I felt a strange connection.

                  • Hi John,
                    Sgt. Ulloa was the last S2 Sgt I worked with. He was from Guam. I have a picture of him with me and Capt. Rutland sitting in the club after one of the Vietnamese bands came to entertain us. I’ll send you the picture. Sgt. Ulloa replaced Sgt. Covington in S2. I don’t remember when. I was on Team 91 from Feb ’71 to Dec ’71. I was with Team 70 just up the road at Lai Khe from Jan 70 to Dec 70 and then transferred to Team 91. Us Intell guys had to be flexible.

                    • That’s him! Thank you. I worked a lot with him, coordinating between Phoenix/Phung Hoang and S-2. Yes it was Guam. It was Sammy Vasquez that was from PR. They were both friends.

                    • Did Sam Vaquez ever come back? He was on compassionate leave and I was working the mail room when the Dec. booking roster came in and my name was on it to my great surprise. So I never saw him again. We were in the same hooch as I remember. We took over one of the outside hooches and the First Sgt. was very upset. He wanted to have a perimeter of empty buildings.
                      I think Capt. Rutland was due to rotate out in May on a normal schedule. I would guess he had no replacement. Any idea when he left?

  24. I served as the Phoenix guy on the district team in Phuoc Vinh from October 1969 to 1970. The team members on the district team and the two MAT teams were great.

    I met William Casey (former CIA head and creator of the Phoenix program on K street in WDC circa 1974. He was buying an umbrella and surprised I recognized him. I wanted to tell him I recognized him from the Wanted Dead or Alive Posters at Dupont Circle. Instead I told him my experience working in the program wasn’t as memorable as he described it.

      • Terry, it’s good to hear from you. I have some pics of me on Facebook. I’ve been back to Vietnam twice on business trips. The first one I went to phouc vinh. Nice to see it without the barb wire and 500 lb craters. Was glad to update my memories. Hope you’re well.

    • hi peter bill phelps, I served with the PRU in ben cat 1967 – 1970 , mr. tu was my team leader, loc was my best friend. I was a ssg. and did 0ver 200 operations plus going out with u.s. units

      • SSG Phelps: I just happen to come across this web site. I served with Advisor Team 91 from March 1967 to March 1968 as Assistant RF/PF Advisor, returned in September 1968 to September 1969 was Senior RF/PF Advisor returned in July 1970 to March 1972 as DSA Ben CAT. I retired in 1985. I spent 25 years with the USMC as their Principal Field Engineer (Air Defense) and went on to Desert Storm, 10 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. I can bring you up to speed what happen right up to 1975 when Vietnam fell. We have mutual friends that are in the United States after being held in concentration camps for 18 years in North Vietnam. CPT Loc is in Washington D.C. My email is ronosimo@aol.com. If you get a chance give me a shout. My Cell Phone is 603-315-9446

        • Ron,
          I left Ben Cat in Sept ’70. Was the Intell officer at the DIOCC. I guess you replaced Maj Hoffman?
          I often wonder what happened to my interpreter

        • I believe that I remember you as DSA in Ben Cat. I was the Phoenix/Phung Huang Adviser at province in Phu Cuong and visited Ben Cat often. I do remember a briefing given to General Hollingsworth in about January 1972 in which you spoke truth to power. He did not take it well. I had wondered what had happened to you. Good to see that you kept up the good work.

  25. Hello Major Gaun,
    I don’t know if you will remember me, but I was the Spc5 Intel Analyst that worked for Capt. Rutland in S-2. I transferred from Team 70 at Lai Khe in Feb. 1971 and left in Dec. 1971 on an early drop as part of Nixon’s withdrawal program. We met several times when you stopped by to see Capt. Rutland. Do you know when the team was disbanded? My last communication with members on the team was March 71. I hope you are doing well.

    Larry Gale

    • Larry- Don’t know if you remember me, 1LT Greg Wojtanowicz. I was the S2 advisor who “recruited” you to team 91 when you were assigned to Lai Ke. I was fortunate enough to get a 30 day drop and so our time together was somewhat limited. I hope your decision to transfer units worked out well for you. You were always an astute OB man and made my life easier through your hard work. I’m sure that I was too young and callow at the time to extend my thanks to you for all that you did, but I’d like to make amends at this late date. I received a couple of letters from LTC Chikalla after I left and learned of the ambush in Tri Tam that claimed Major Lawrence from one of them. Hope life has treated you well in the ensuing decades. Should you wish, I can be contacted at: gregpolack@aol.com. I reside in Bozeman, MT. Thanks for all you did. greg

  26. Welcome, George. We are glad you joined us. I was Team Leader (O-3) of MAT lll-6. I reported to Major Jim Nation. The PSA was Colonel Fleigh. I served as Senior Advisor from December 1969 to June 1970. I transferred in to Team 91 after serving a tour with the First Cav as Div Arty S-1 then 1/30th S-2. Please fill us in on your duties in country.

  27. George A. Gaun says: November 23,2015 @ 2.33hrs; Major, US Army Retired; Military Intelligence; assigned to MACV Advisory Tm 91; 1971. 30 -months in Vietnam; all in 1st ID AO. I saw this address in The VVA Veteran/s Magazine. LTC Gerald Chikala was the Binh Duong Province Senior Advisor. I was the Phuong Huong Advisor. Nice to be aboard!

    • My response to Larry Gale and Terry Maris: Many thanks for your response. I don’t check this site very often. I’m 81 now and memories dim. Hope you guys are fine. I’m living in Sierra Vista, AZ since 1975; retired in 1993 at Ft.Huachuca. You can reach me at ggaun1@cox.net. God Bless you.

      • George: I feel better calling you Major Gaun Sir. I hope that you are still around and doing well. This is John Swatosh, then CPL Swatosh. We last spoke in 1973 when I informed you of the death of SGT Thanh. I think of him often. He was a good man and a great friend. JOHN

  28. I was living with Ad team 91 from Oct 1967 to Sept 1958. I was supposed to be assigned to a LT. who was transfered home after his father had been murdered. I then worked by myself until I transfered to 1st Inf Div. for 6 months. My main work was with the Vietnamese MSS as an advisor on Military Intil. I wore civilian clothes and had no army ID on me. The cover organiiation was known as CRD. It seems to me Doc Johson accidently shot himself with a pistol that fell out of his locker. I met some great guys on the team only trouble is I can.t recall their names. I am getting to old..

      • I remember your base camp at Ben Cat as I had to pass it to get to our hqs in Li que. (SP) ???. It was surrounded by wire and claymore mines. You were there the same time I was there. I hardly remember any names of the guys I was with as I pretty much kept to myself since I was really not assigned to the team as many guys were. My job was different than most as I worked a agent network reporting on the VC and NVA. I certainly remembwer the tet offensive as I was traveling by myself to get to our hqts in Long Bein. Did not see any people in the villages I passed thru. Got to Cu Chi the 1st Div base camp and they could not believe I had gone thru that area as the nva was moving troops to saigon on the road I traveled. I guess since I was in civilian clothes driving a blue jeep I was not that worth bothering.

  29. Just found this sight – was in Ben Cat 70 -71 MAJ Osimo was DSA – lived in Chanh Phu Hoa – MAT 104 w/ LT Tom Tvrdik & SGT’s Jones, Johnson & “doc” Johnson – got my “ticket to the world” punched by a VC IED on a joint Op with the 11th ACR early in FEB71

  30. I was with Team 91 from February 1971 to December 1971. Does anyone know when the team was disbanded. I am guessing sometime in 1972 because i lost contact with friends over there. I worked for Capt. Rutland in S-2.

    • Your name is very familiar but I can’t quite place it. We played some softball didn’t we? I do remember Capt Rutland. Played a lot of basketball with him and we had a fun Christmas at Bien Hoa (sp?) watching Bob Hope and we exchanged presents. Rutland got some sun tan lotion from me. Ha! Think you were there – just can’t get the face. I left at the end of February 1972 because the war was winding down and they asked for volunteers to leave. I did not hesitate for that assignment. The Team was still alive, but probably was abandoned in the next few months.

  31. Wanted to pass on that Sgt Raymond E. Glover passed away May 7th 2015 due to lung cancer, agent orange, heart disease. He will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery in the next few months. If you would like to have any additional information please let me know.

  32. I’m looking for a Lt. Dave Ribachi who was assigned to Tm 91 during 1968. He had an Arty. MOS and was a good friend while we were there. He also was a rugby player and I later saw him on the rugby pitch. Anyone know his whereabouts? I was with HQ in Phu Cuong on the Saigon River, about 13 clicks north of Saigon. Anyone else there during 1968?

    • I was 1st Lt Lee in MATS team 3-1 assigned to regional forces advisory team in cu chi district area in phu cong province. I was on a team in trung an village under Cpt Crocker who died after i left in 69 my e mail jbarrylee@verizon.net

        • Roger, just came across this site lets get in touch. My email is ronosimo@aol.com. My cell phone is 603-315-9446. After I left for the Career Course I returned to Binh Duong Province as DSA in Ben Cat from July 1970-March 1972. Then the Army finally sent me to get my degree. Four years in 18 months. Retired in 1985 as a LTC. Spent 25 years with Raytheon as the USMC Principal Field Engineer. I have been to Desert Storm and ten deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. SGT Tin lives in San Diego with his family his wife Van and three outstanding kids. Lets get in touch my email is ronosimo@aol.com, cell phone 603-315-9446.

        • Hello, Roger. did you work with my parents, Tin Nguyen and Co Van? I believe your name came up over the weekend while we were on the phone with Ron. If you’d like to connect, I’d be more than happy to chat with you. Phone: 619.203.3754 and email: kvlnguyen82@gmail.com. Thank you.

        • saw your posting on the net. Were you there with Sfc Smith, Gambrel, Reid (our medic) and me . We were all on the operation when Cpt Crocker was killed. I t was an operation in the Spider Web on July 8,69 just south of the Saigon river.
          Spo

    • I worked TOC communications 67/68 and worked with Ribachi as DO many times – was shotgun on his trips to Saigon. He owes me a shotgun. I am trying to find Lt Blume. We spent some very interesting times in the field.

      • James Kent Windship, if you are the one I met in the Chicago O’HARE airport mid 1967’s. we were standing in line for a flight to California. Our eyes made contact, I asked where are you headed and without hesitation you answered, “VIETNAM. Where the HELL do you think”!
        From then on we stayed in contact while in country.

        • Doug,

          I remember well, went all the way from O’Hare to Team 91 together. Went to Vung Tau for first R&R. Saw you for a few minutes as you were leaving. How are you? Sometimes it seems like yesterday. Good to hear from you.

          Kent
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  33. As a 2nd Lt I was assigned to advisory team 91 in December of 69 under Col Raymond Fleigh Province Senior Advisor. Then assigned to MAT 3 in Ben Cat District. Major Domingo was the District Senior Advisor. He was replaced by Mjor Hoffman. The head of the team was 1st Lt Myles Carson with heavy weapons advisor SSG Diaz medic SFC Meyerhoffer and small weapons advisor Sgt. Fulsom who was in his third tour. Carson was replaced by Captain Lake who was wounded three times in the butt (all schrapnel from booby traps). Our compound (which we built) was south of BenCat by about 10K. All of the materials were scrounged from the 1st Infantry Division that was located near Ben Cat. I remember planning artillery fire with some of the liaison from the Big Red One. We had another compound east of there but the name escapes me. That compound was more active with several mortar attacks and several direct contacts that we had. In June of 70 I was rotated back to base camp as S4 for the entire province. As S4 I was able to meet all of the district advisors and some of their MATS members. Col. Fleigh would have us accompany him on helicopter flights on Sunday’s to all the outlying Districts. As I recall Tri Tam was the one with the most enemy activity. The only fatality that I recall on the mobile teams was a Sgt Todd in Tri Tam. Hats off to all of the professionals that gave of themselves to serve.

          • Miles,

            I realize it has been 47 years, but if it is possible, could you please send me an email about what happened that night? My email address is ajarnovitz@gmail.com. (I am Mike’s youngest brother – I was 16 at the time.)

            Mike’s son graduated from Ohio State and went on to became a Naval officer.

            Thank you,
            Tony Arnovitz

            • It has been many years and I have not shared the details of that night with anyone since then. I owe your family my best memory but would prefer to speak in person or by phone.

      • Miles,
        I think I remember you. I was the DIOCC Intell Officer at Ben Cat from Sept ’69 to Septic ’70, under Maj Domingo and then Maj Hoffman.
        I remember the mobile team consisted of a “Carson” and a guy named “Hudson”, who was from Texas.

        • Pardon sir…. Is it possible that the man named Hudson was from ILLINOIS and had the first name of Charles??????

          • Hi Sharee,
            No, while I can’t remember his first name, I DO recall LT Hudson was from Texas. I met him sometime in 1970

      • Miles,
        I’m Don Hagner. I was the DIOCC Intell Officer at Ben Cat from Sept ’69 to Sept ’70 under Maj Domingo and then Maj Hoffman. I think I remember meeting you a few times. I also remember an LT Hudson, I believe from Texas. Do you have contact info for him?

        • Don,
          Hal Henry Hudson of Lubbock Texas is who you are referring to. He past away Several years ago. His obituary is on line.

          • Hi Miles!
            Yes,
            That definitely was the man I knew of. We didn’t know each other well, but I remember he was a very friendly guy. So sorry I didn’t get to meet him stateside and that he passed at a relatively young age.
            Send me your e-mail so we can get it touch?
            Mine is hagners3@comcast.net

            • Hello Don and all,
              First visit to this board, and I’ve seen a few posts about my father.

              My name is Hal H Hudson II, son of Lt. Hal Hudson from Earth, Texas who served with MAT Team 91 per a Bronze Star citation; action dated 17 November 1969. He passed away at 67 years of age. His experience in Vietnam took a few years from his life. The men who served on MAT Teams in Vietnam are REAL American HEROs. A very difficult assignment in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

              Thank you ALL for you service to our country. God Bless.

              H. Hudson

      • Hey Robert, Neal Woodland hear. I believe we were in country on tm 91 together. My email is nealwoodland@yahoo.com phone 865.389.8123. I was the Prov Engineer advisor, my Interpreters name was Barry. I only remember a few names, yours is one of them, hope to hear from you or others any time.

        • Don Hagner, 1LT
          I was the Ben Cat Phoenix advisor from Sept ’69 to Sept ’70. My email is hagners3@comcast.net It occurs to me that perhaps we could organize an Advisory Team 91 reunion. Tell me what you fellows think. Please use my email

    • Hello. My name is Jacob chapman. My mom was sergeant Andrew Todds sister. I was only 9 years old when he parishes in July 1970. I am very proud of all our men who served in Vietnam and too this day wish I had a chance to meet my uncle. Both were orphans out of Alabama. I did meet her only other brother and spoke to him over his sisters death in 2002. He later passed in 2005. I would like to know more about Andrew as I have only heard small parts before mom died. Not sure if it rings a bell but if so please respond. The commander who wrote the letter to Andrews wife was Raymond Fleigh. My email is jake.chapman@weatherford.com. Thank you for your reading of this and God bless you and all the brave men who were there.

    • Robert Sgt Todd was my uncle. I never meet him I was 9 and only have his letter from Raymond Fleigh to my mom and his wife. He and my mom were from Alabama and grew up in a orphanage. I would love to hear about him if you could find it in your heart. I am so proud of him and only wish I could have meet him. My email is jake.chapman@weatherford.com. If you can talk about I would be very honored to listen. I hope this finds you and thank you for all you have done for this country. Jacob n chapman. Orange County California.

  34. Hello! My name is Sharee Hudson. I searching for information about my dad. He was Staff Sargeant Charles Hudson and I have a plaque that said was on the Binh Duong Advisory Team 91. He passed September 30 and up until a week or 2 before he passed, I knew virtually nothing about his life before I was born. (I had no idea that my dad was a real life bad ass)
    ANYTHING anyone could remember or REALLY ANYTHING would be a HUGE help. Good bad or in between. Thank you!

  35. ssg Phelps Do u remember LT Benard Jones , may have been a capt, worked with Viet kit, was killed in/ around aug 67

  36. hi john I was in ben cat for 67 left to go with pru in chau thanh around November at the time I was working with 25th div. in the iron triangle with three of the pru and found the tunnel that went up both sides of the triangle even got lost in it with a chieu hoi . lost my lt. when he took my place with 1st div when I got stung by a scorpion and had a bad reaction, after that the major did’nt like me to much. even threw a award for me from 25th div. went back to the pru in 69-70.

  37. Phil,

    The only visits I made to the Ben Cat District HQS was landing at the helo pad. I do not remember the name of the 2LT who was the first PHOENIX Advisor, but was a passenger on the chopper that first landed him on the remote pad. I had been at Tri Tam for about one month and thought that I was an old hand as we left him looking very lost on the helo pad.

    Our RTO at Tri Tam was PFC Meeker, call sign peptic dogma 50, who you probably called to clear artillery fires for our area.

    During the first night of Tet ’68, we followed events on the Province Net and listened to transmissions from Ben Cat, Pho Hua Dong. etc….

    As I remember, the PHOENIX 2LT and others at Ben Cat received Silver Stars for heroism in defending the compound. I hope that you were also properly recognized for your valor.

    At Tri Tam District, the silence for the first night of TET ’68 was most surreal in listening to actions being reported on the Binh Duong Province net, watching attacks in the Saigon area via TV, and having complete quiet in Tri Tam.

    However, we found that our District was a target for the second night of the attack as NVA /VC wounded were being transported toward Cambodia and supplies were moving via the Saigon River to Saigon. Our compound was partially overrun by the local VC forces on the second night and we had about 30 days of mortar attacks and small arms harassment to keep forces within the village of Dau Tieng, to allow the NVA/VC to move freely along the Saigon River and through the Michelin Rubber Plantation.

    The Tri Tam PRU Team were sent to Ben Cat in about November 1967 for training. SSG Ralph Greist , from Tri Tam, could have visited Ben Cat at about that time. Do you remember SSG Greist?

    • T here was only 1 silver star , it went to capt Samuel Steward (kia), we all got vn cross of gallantry silver star.The US army will only give 1 medal for same action , my ssg got a bronze and i got ACM both with V. Although i served almost 8 months with inf , i was never as scared as i was that night in Ben Cat Sgt Gray was in same trench was killed and i was alone , nothing but VC all around me. Almost had me . Tanks from Lai Khe came in and saved my ass , and battle turned. Still pay for surving that night mentally. sgtv68@aol.com

      • John,
        I still remember listening to the Province Radio net that night and wondering how anyone was to survive the attack on Ben Cat. Do you remember the name of the Phoenix Program 2LT?

    • No I don’t remember SSg Griest. A lot of times people would come and go I t hink I remember that Lt but cant or not sure of his name. As for surviving that night , im still shaking my head how I made it. When the tanks pulled in , lead tank shot a VC ready to grenade me but got hit before he could throw . Talk about close

      • Feb. 22,2015. I just came across this site today while writing a commentary about the movie, American Sniper, which I have not seen, and won’t see. I was in Saigon when Tet began at the end of January 1968. I was transported to Phu Loi for assignment to MACV Team 91 in Binh Duong Province. Col. Kitts was the SRC. I was rto to replace Sgt. Baden. I remember many of the names of personnel there. The day I arrived the compound had just been hit with Spooky fire in error, and we were put to work reinforcing the bunker, in anticipation of being attacked by VC that night. Fortunately, nothing happened that night. Capt. Osimo was the combat leader, and was on his third deployment. He was fluent in Vietnamese and loved by all the Ruff-Puff soldiers. If anyone recognized this period, I’d like to share post-VN stories.

        • John: I just came across this site. I left Binh Duong in March 1968 returned in Sept 1968 left in Sept 1969, returned in July 1970 after the career course left in March 1972. I was DSA in Ben Cat from August 1970 to March 1972 retired as a LTC in 1985. With my first tour in Vietnam as a SP4 in 1965 I had 5 tours in Nam. From 1967 to 1972 all in Binh Duong. PSA’s I served under were Col Rhotenberry, COL Kitts, COL Mundy, COL Fleigh (Twice), Col Chikalla. Thank you for your kind words. Drop me an email when you get a chance.

          • Do you happen to know when Team 91 was deactivated? It sounds like was about the time you left. I suppose they just turned over the Lam Son compound to local authorities.

            Larry Gale Sp5 S-2 Feb 71-Dec71.

          • My dad was at binh duong in 68/67, I was wondering if you remember serving with him. His name was SSG Charles Hudson

          • Hi Ron, this is Ron Brand from Team 91, your radio operator. Thanks for saving my life a dozen times. I have been wonduring how you are. You are the greatest! Cell 215-313-6420 email is ron@expel1.com

          • Just found this website in VVA magazine! I served with Team 91 as an attached officer from the 2nd Civil Affairs Company out of Long Binh. I remember LTC Chikala, a real ‘bullet-head’ totally shaved and all the tact of a Prussian bull. I was a captain at the time on my second tour, 1st being in .67-68 with the 9th Inf Division. Went through Tet at Widows’ Village and Long Binh – major fight. Taught shool at night Mon. – Thur after duty hours back at my office in Phu Cuong city. There was a LT Bob Orsay (sp) who had worked for the guy who saved Chrysler Motors…call if interested, 512-657-2409
            Brice H. Barnes
            COL, US Army (Ret)

  38. I was in Ben Cat sept 67 to dec 68, as an rto for 1st Div arty laison tm 24 , was there for the TET offensive in which we were overran. Does any one remember me john PHIL vessello sgtv68@aol.com

  39. Hello Joel, it is your cousin Steve (Barbara’s son)… my son Mason was just in D.C. for a 7th grade school field trip. As part of getting ready for the trip, Mason and his class looked up your Dad’s name so that he could find it on the Wall. When they got to the Wall, Mason found his name and was able to make a rubbing with the help of his teacher (Mason was a bit too short to reach the name). His entire class walked by and were able to say thank you to him, and all of the other solders who lost their lives. His teacher said that it was the first time that any student had a direct connection to a solder on the Wall, and he said it was a very emotional thing to observe.

    We were searching online to find out more information about your Dad (we just have a couple of pictures from my Mom) and came across this website. If you’d like to connect and talk more, feel free to get in touch at stevemosk@gmail.com.

    All the best,
    Steve & Mason

  40. Hi Larry Thanks. My email is jsaliman@hotmail.com. I don’t know if we should discuss him here or not. Maybe more people that knew him may find us. What was his job? Wasn’t he a liaison to a village?

    Did you know of any of the men he pulled from the burning APV?

    Was his death a KIA that was buried for body count sake?

  41. Yes, Capt Norman Saliman. I was his assistant on the Mobile Advisory Team. I was there the day he was injured. I found this page by accident while researching some other info from that time period. I will try to be as much help to you as I can be.

  42. I was in country from July 71 until April 72
    I was an rto in all 5 out post Ben cat, phu giao and tri tam.Iwas the radio operator when major Lawrence captain Wells sgt boulware and another were killed by a U shaped ambush by NVA regulars. I was the TOC operater that called in the gunships. Col. Gerald Chicalla was my Senior Advisor. Bill Lofgren was with me until August. A finer person as I have ever known. You may remember my dog( Kenny Rogers).

    • Hi John,

      What time period were in Ben Cat. I was there in 69 -70 with 1st Div. Liaison Tm 24 2/33rd Arty. Also TOC operator among other things. Wonder if we knew any of the same people?

      • Kent,
        I was the DIOCC Intell Officer at Ben Cat from Sept ’69 to Sept ’70. Served under Maj Domingo.

    • Must be getting old Specialist Brock – your name does not ring with me. I was at the Team 91 headquarters, hiding behind my Admin shield, a first Lt promoted to Captain while in country. I was there from August 71 to February 72. Worked with Maj. William Bailey, an A&M grad as I recall and, of course, Col Chikala (he never did talk me into going hunting with him). Also in the office was a Specialist Bane and a Sargent Jenkins and a wonderful staff of Vietnamese ladies who operated the radio and typed for us. Remember that there were three soldiers killed in an ambush in Tri Tam, a Major, a Captain, and a Sargent who was ready to go home the next day. Just beginning a search for their names. Byron Furseth

      • Found our associates who were killed. Maj. John Lawrence, Captain James Wells, and First Sargent George Boulware. They were killed on September 16, 1971. We honor them today, Memorial day, May 30, 2016.

    • Hello John, So you were with the team until April ’72? Were you at Lam Son near the end of your tour? Probably not too many people left on the team as I guess it was almost wound down by then. Was there a Franz Hoehne (sp?) on the team at that time? I saw this name on some correspondence I received in Feb ’72, but it wasn’t a name I recognized. I left in Dec. ’71. Do you know what happened to the VN employees that worked on Gosney Compound? Lots of questions about the wrap-up of the team if you have any answers. Thanks.

      Larry Gale

    • Hey Brock: I just discovered this site. I do remember you from Team 91. I arrived in September 1971 as the replacement for SSG Boulware. I was the Phoenix/Phung Hoang Advisor. John

      • I was the DIOCC Advisor in Phu Khuong from Sep 1970 to Sep 1971. I met Major Lawrence in D.C. while I was attending the Intelligence Course at Ft. Holabird during the summer of 1970. I was introduced to him by LTC. Jim Bodine who was with DIA after his assignment BN CO of 4th Bn 62nd ADA at Ft. Bliss, TX. I was Battery CO of Battery A under LTC. Bodine. I believe Cpt. David Sparks was your predecessor as the DIOCC Advisor. Dave was my roommate wihen we were at Ft. Holabird. I visited Dave & Major Lawrence on a couple of occasions.

        • John: I was in the PIOCC in Phu Cuong but traveled to all DIOCCs in the province. I originally worked under Major Gaun in the PIOCC. I arrived in September and was transfered to the 525 MI Group in April 1972.

    • Sorry, I was with the 1st Infantry Division (not MACV ), and on a liaison team attached to the MACV (Military Assistance Command Vietnam ) Advisory team 91 at Ben Cat. Our liaison team provided US artillery support for MACV team 91.

      In general, the MACV Advisory team 91 at Ben Cat “advised” the Vietnamese Regional Force and Popular Force units in the Ben Cat Area. For a more specific job description your brother may have had, I suggested the MACV “folks” on the website are better to answer.

    • Sorry again, I thought I was responding to another post. But the response still applies except it should say father instead of brother.

    • JSaliman,
      I was the Assistant District Senior Advisor (ADSA) for Chau Thanh District from March 1968 until April 1968. If your father came into Chau Thanh district in April, 1969 then he was my replacement. As the Asst. District Senior Advisor I worked for then MAJ (Later LTC George L. (Pat) Quinn… a truly outstanding soldier and officer. My primary responsibility was conducting combat operations with Regional and Popular Forces in Chau Thanh District. Some of the Regional Forces were very good, brave and good soldiers. The Popular Forces were normally very poorly armed with older weapons but depending on the Villiage Chief they could be either be very good soldiers as well as brave and determined while others with a weak Village chief could be very dangerous to work with being very unreliable in a fight. Your father, if he was the Assistant District Senior Advisor, was also responsible for training Regional and Popular Forces in the District. Frequently, the ADSA also responsible for paying PRU forces (real green dollars that came in a mysterious brown envelope with the target list) and assigning targets and then verifying target elimination. Additionally, the ADSA also arranged for medical assistant teams to visit villages in the district to provide villagers with medical help and assistance. There was never any time when something was not being done or needed to be done. In Chau Thanh, as some of my former soldier comrads with attest to, there was always an opportunity for a fight in Ba Lua, Tan An Xa, Phu Chanh (Dog Leg Village), Thanh Phu Khanh (Cowboy Village) or on occasion they would send us out of the district up to Phouc Vinh and the rubber plantation. War Zone C was in our district and frequently we worked with the 1st Inf Div, and the 11th ACR to just name a few. We knew the terrain better than they did. In summary, your father performed in a position of great responsibility as did we all. You should be extremely proud of what he did. I have been a platoon leader, company commander and later on my second tour a Special Forces A Team Leader and Ranger Advisor. Of all these jobs, the most satisfying was serving with my team as an Advisor to Chau Thanh District.

      • Thanks Bill. It looks like he reported to US MilAsstCmd (SD5891) v/n on 1Nov68 to SrAd MATIII-2 IIICTZ(CI) after attending TDYUSARVAdvisory Sch on 10Oct68. DOES THAT PROVIDE YOU WITH Anymore direction or someone who may have serv ed with him?

        Thanks

    • Yes, Capt Norman Saliman. I was his assistant on the Mobile Advisory Team. I was there the day he was injured. I found this page by accident while researching some other info from that time period. I will try to be as much help to you as I can be.

  43. Kent,

    You may have served with my brother – Lt Michael Arnovitz. He served from April 1969 until August 30, 1969 when he was killed on a dust-off operation. He did not have a mustache but he was a big guy with a unique smile and he wore glasses.

    His son was born at the end of July while he was in Vietnam and I believe Maj. Domingo spoke at my brother’s service. Was Major Domingo killed?

    I am trying to get an understanding of my brother’s unit and the job they had.

    Thank you,
    Anthony Arnovitz

    • Hello Anthony,

      I am very sorry to hear about the loss of you brother. I can’t say I remember meeting Lt Arnovitz , but it’s been 45 years. At various times personnel “rotated” in and out of Ben Cat for various operations….he may have been there for one of these.

      As far as Major Domingo, he is not listed on the Wall, so I assume he got home Ok. The MACV folk might be able to help you on his job responsibilities.

      Good luck on your research.

      Kent

    • I knew your brother Michael at Infantry Officers Basic course at Ft. Benning, Ga in 1968. He showed me a picture of his family(wife as I recall) and was really proud of them.
      We served in MAC-V, advisory team 91 in Binh Duong province about the same time frame but not close to each other.
      Remember attending his memorial service. So sad.
      I fly 20-30 small American flags in my front yard several times during the year to remember him and others.
      He was a fine person.
      Bill Lappin
      RVN:1969-1970

      • Thank you. It is hard to believe how long ago that all was, but it seems like yesterday. Mike’s son was born while he was over there so he never got to see him. (His son grew up to become a Naval Officer.)

    • Anthony,
      I worked for MAJ Domingo. He finished his tour in early 1970 and went home unscathed. I replaced a “LT LaPlante”

      -Don Hagner
      Ben Cat
      Intell Officer Sep ’60-Sep’70

    • Hi Bill,

      Good to hear from you. I was at Ben Cat from March 69 – March 70. I knew a MACV SSG named named Bill…not sure if that was you. There were 3 2/33rd Arty LN TM 24 members during that time period at the MACV compound within the 5th ARVN base. Our main job was to coordinate US Arty fire from Lai Khi and fire bases in support to MACV operations and Ben Cat counter mortar fire

      As I recall, in addition Maj. Domingo there were two other MACV officers, a Cpt. and a Lt. I have been trying to recall their names. I believe the the Lt. had a big black mustache and the Capt blond or light color hair.

      When I got home, I was at Ft. Brag for 6 months…then out and home to Michigan. In 2002, I retired from Ford Motor after 33 years. I currently live with my wife near Ann Arbor Mi.

      I pray everyone got home OK.

      Welcome Home!!

      Kent

      • Kent,
        I was the DIOCC Intell Officer at Ben Cat from Sept ’69 to Sept ’70. The Sr Advisor was Maj Domingo and then Maj Hoffman

  44. I was a sgt. with 1st Inf Div. 2/33rd arty liaison Tm 24. I served 69-70 with MACV Tm 91 in Ben Cat District Binh Duong Provance III. Major Anselmo R. Domingo was the District Senior Advisor during that time period.

    There were two other MACV officers and two sgts. I can not recall the officers or sgt names. I believe on the the sgt first names was Bill. If anyone can help me with this or provide additional information, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks much in advance!

    Kent Wikarski

  45. Just checking in, fellas. It has been awhile since I posted here. Please bring me up to speed on where you are and how life is treating you.

  46. I’m so sorry you lost David and the promise of your lives together. If its any comfort after all these years David was had such a positive impacked on all of his team members and brought humor, and genuine compassion and humanity not only to us but to our Vietnamese counterparts. David was highly respested and loved by the South Vietnamese men and women, both military and civilian that he worked with during the short time he was with our team.
    You may contact me directly at maryland296@gmail.com

  47. Cheryl…For some reason I could not respond directly to your post but yes it was Capt. Ski. I was with him the day he was killed. He was a fine man, a great officer and I think of him all the time. If you are a relative and would like more info let me know.
    Bill Lofgren

      • Captain Kucyznski, was my 2nd cousin, I was 5 when he was killed, great loss to the family. he inspired to me to join the army infantry 20 years later.

      • A fitting honor Captain Kuczynski, is laid to rest at Arlington I believe the neigboring memorial is the Challanger astronauts, he is buried near the US Maine memorial too not far from the ampththeathre

  48. Today in 1969 my father Captain Norman Saliman was killed in Vietnam helping his men clear trees when he didn’t have to. If anybody in Mac V 91 knew my father or the men he pulled from a burning APC not sure when please let me know. In 1968 he was in HQ Co 2d Bn 504th Inf. Training for being the S2 officer.

    Correction

  49. Today in 1969 my father Captain Norman Saliman was killed in Vietnam helping his men clear trees when he didn’t have to. If anybody in Mac V 95 knew my father or the men he pulled from a burning APC not sure when please let me know. In 1968 he was in HQ Co 2d Bn 504th Inf. Training for being the S2 officer.

  50. Yes, I do remember some…of course Doc Butterworth…a great medic and a good soldier. I had arrived in early April ’68 and was Asst. District Senior Advisor until moved to S-3 at Team headquarters. Spent most of my time with 794 RF Company working in Tan An Xa, Phu Chanh (dogleg village), Ba Lua and of course Binh Chuan and Hoa Loi. Could and did get into a fight most any day and time to any of these places. Great soldiers in 794 and good PF troops in Phu Loi and tough ones in Binh Chuan. It was a good if not “busy” tour of duty for me with some great soldiers at the Team…SFC Clemmie Brown, Sgt Lazenby, Sgt Tracey (my RTO) and enjoyed working with LTC Pat Quinn…a good leader. Times were tough and Chau Thanh seemed to receive its share of ground and mortar attacks (me and SSG Phelps were the first to fire the 50Cal from the Tower and I swore that I would never climb the ladder to the tower ever again when I was being shot at…not good…should have thought that one through more diligently. Anyway, answer some of your questions?

  51. My father Capt. Norman Saliman was injured with 1st degree burns over 75% of his body then died in Japan when his gas can exploded while burning trees to clear the way for a new base because the VC were firing into the village and the chief asked to have the base moved. The army put it down as an accident where he men supposedly said it was a booby trap. Does anyone know of this incident?

    • Bill Malone, Bill Phelps,

      My name is Bill Lofgren, RTO/Rural Development NCO for Chau Thanh District tm from June-69 through Jan. 71. I was reassigned to Tri Tam after Chau Thanh Dist was combined with Lam Son base came and left country in Aug.71. Team sector house moved from Phu Cuong to Lam Son (next to Phu Loi base camp) in mid or late 1970.

      I worked with such people as Maj. Jim Nation, Cpt.Johnson, Doc Butterworth, SGT. Webb, (spl) and others. There were two MATTS teams in our district which I can’t remember their names nor the people that were on the teams but I do have some pictures. I’ve been in contact off and on with Terry Maris who worked out of Ben Cat, 1970. My memory has not been kind to me over these last 40 years so as I’m writing this I don’t remember your names. They sound familiar. Does my name or the names I mentioned sound familiar. We worked with the PRU off and on in late 69-early1970’s. Lost our PYOPS officer, Special Forces Capt., in Oct.1969. This is turning into a book so let me know if any of this has rung some bells. Welcome home.

      Bill Lofgren

    • Matt,
      I apologize, looks like I was mistaking 2Lt Wulffert “DOICC Lt” (also KIA Dec 23, 1967) with your uncle, Sgt Hugh Willard. I do have several pics of most of the lead element that was heavily involved that fateful day. I also have some detailed docs of the actions that same day. I’m assuming your uncle was functioning as “ICEX NCO” or “Sub Sector Intel NCO”.
      Have you been in contact with Sharon Ridgewine, she has a nice letter from your uncle that he sent to her as she was a grade school pen pal?
      My father, then Capt Tom Bullock, was adv Team 91, RF/PF Senior Training Center Advisor, Lai Thieu ’67 – ’68… we lost him to PTSD 17 Jan ’76… not being there that fateful December day weighed very heavy on my father. He once stated that he would have preferred to be there to have tried to make a difference or never left there and still be with true friends. Pretty sure that your uncle and my father spent some quality time together at the team house, in the field and elsewhere?
      Stay in touch, we may be able to fill in some things together.
      cbullo@me.com

  52. Does anyone know Norman Saliman? I understand he pulled people from a burning APV? He was also helping his men burn tree stumps to move the village when he was killed.

    • Well Hello SSG Phelps, this is Lt. Malone (as known then) and yes we worked together at Chau Thanh in 1968-1969. Most glad to hear that you are alive and hopefully well.
      Bill Malone

    • Bill,

      I took over as Senior Advisor of MAT 3-6 in Ben Cat in January 1970 and stayed until I returned to the States in July 1970. Let’s swap some stories and see if we can jar some memories loose.

      Welcome home,

      Terry

  53. Ambush 1965 2nd BN 9th Reg 5th ARVN DIV. KiA CPT Voss,1LT Moody,SSG Eddie Smith and SGT Bruno July 1965. South of Tri Tam.

    • Hi Edward,
      My name is J.C. Wilson, and I was SGT RTO at Binh Duong HQTS on that date and remember the incident. Damn-so many good men were lost that day. As I recall, the VC Commander sent a letter to the Vietnamese Commander that he was going to ” get his unit”. The artillery compound at Tri Tam was mortared to prevent giving support to the BN. Please correct me if I’m incorrect.

      Your team use to stop by our compound for lunch when you were in the area.

      Our team comprised of a CPT, SFC and myself, would go on operations with the Vietnamese 5th Vietnamese Inf Div, 5th Recon Co, and the PF.

      Do you remember the first B52 strike in VN on the Iron Triange 18 June 1965? I do. On 17 June 1965, my Sector Sr. Advisor (I don’t recall his name) instructed me to contact our Team at Ben Cat at 0500 hrs. 18 June 1965, and transmit this msg, “Payday 0600”. The ground shock shortly thereafter.

      I returned to VN Feb 1968-1969 as a SSG with six months at 2nd Field Force, then requested a transfer to 1st AVN BDE 3/17th Air Cav at Dian.

      I got married when I returned to the states on 2/15/1969. About eight months later I was on orders to FT. McCellan, Al. for Chemical training and redeployment back to VN. My wife was not hearing of this, and I was discharged on 19 December 1969 because of a bad back. I’m totally disabled now and live in Oak Park, MI. My wife of 47 years passed away on 11 Oct 2015. We lost our only son at the age of 35 due to a heart attack 10 years ago.

      Sure would like to communicate with you. I truly miss the time I spent in VN and the people I served with. My home # 248-967-1543 e-mail address is jcwilson1142@gmail.com.

  54. I was the RTO for the team at Chau Than District from June 69 thru Jan. 71. Then was up in Tri Tam until June of 71. I left country in August of 71.

    • What I have read about the ambush of the team near the village just south of Dau Tieng seems to be a repeat of an ambush of an ARVN battalion that occurred in 1965.
      Mon, our houseboy at Tri Tam, told me of the ambush along the same road that started with a mortar attack that forced the ARVNs into the kill zone along the road. Mon related that there were so many soldiers killed that the army had to use the big trucks from the Michelin Plantation to retrieve the dead.
      I participated in a number of operations in and near that village in 1967 – 1968 and seemed to always have enemy contact.

      • Clark, I left a post above on the Ambush, the 2nd bn 9th was ambushed, all ARVN Officers and four Americans advisors were KIA,the other were either KIA or wia and captured. this was in July,in May 65 the 1st BN and 3rd BN were ambushed near Trung Lap Ranger training center. It was a bad year for the 9th Reg.

  55. Lt Ed Morrow
    Ranger Inf
    I was with the team Jan 69 thru Aug 69
    first on the PhouChong Bridge for 2 months
    then up to hoiLou 1 ( sp ) to build a new fortification, school, and villlage hall.
    we had an altercation with our counterparts and were in DogLeg village the next day June 69 till I rotated out

    • I was on numerous ops and ambushes in and around Dogleg Village and lost a dear friend and team member in Oct of 69 from a booby trap near that village. He was our PSYOPS, a young and promising Special Forces Capt. I left country in 1971 and Dogleg still was yet to be totally pacified…I don’t think it ever was.

    • I was in Ben Cat sept 67 to dec 68, as an rto for 1st Div arty laison tm 24 , was there for the TET offensive in which we were overran. Does any one remember me john PHIL vessello sgtv68@aol.com

      • I was at HQ had a good friend – Doug Wright – I remember that night and the following saying good by to Doug.

        • SGT Winship: I received your email. However it went to bit heaven. I remember you very well. Please email me again with your phone contact number. I have some old pictures of us in Binh Duong. I saw LT Blume back in Fort Bragg, NC in the year 1976 while I was going to the Foreign Area Officers Course. He maybe still in the Fayetteville, NC area . I hope to hear from you soon. God Bless You.

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