Team 92 Go Cong

MACV Team 92 – Go Cong

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 92 located in Go Cong.

71 thoughts on “Team 92 Go Cong

  1. I was with Macv advisory team 92 from nov 1970 to feb 1972 an experience that shaped my life met the greatest in the world military people.

  2. I was on team 92 from 9-68 to 9-69.I Remember Donnie Tincher,Larry Crispen, Tom Melton. Went out with Capt. Reed & KCS several times including ilo ilo.

  3. Hi Barry Connelly! Has it really been 11 years since our reunion? At that time, you were moving to upstate New York. How are things going? Say hello to Kevin. I really miss Dean Hogan, he kept us all in touch.

    Paul Kelly

    • Hello Paul, Great to hear from you ! Elaine and I moved up state NY to the small town of Hamilton, in Madison County. It’s quite a bit different from Long Island…..lots of room, we really like it up here. Major Dean Hogan was a great guy….he sent us some flowers when we moved into our new home in Hamilton back in 2006. Heard some sad news that SGT “Hap” Hapgood passed away a while ago. Elaine and I saw him down in West Virginia a few years ago…..he had pretty severe diabetes at that time. It really rings a bell to hear names like Go Cong, Hoa Binh,Loi Quan Island, Hoa Dong, Hoa Lac and Ilo Ilo….some good memories and some not so good ! Hope all is well with you and yours. Let’s keep in touch. Barry

      • I have been contacted by the son of SFC Clayton Savoy, KIA in action 5/70. He was 4 when his Dad died and he’d love to hear any memories about him. Does anyone remember him and have info I can share? He was the heavy weapons specialist on my team,advisory team 92.

        • Hi everyone. This is Chuck Kosmerl. I served on MAT-30 as Team Leader for several months and Paul Kelly was my Asst. I drove to Ton Son Nhut to pick up SSG Savoy in December 1969 and as I recall he arrived on Christmas Eve. I waited for several hours for his flight and I remember that there was a newsman and a cameraman there greeting every new arrival. The question was always “how do you feel about being in Vietnam for Christmas?” Most made non-committal replies so the camera was immediately shut down. One kid finally broke down in tears moaning that “I’m gonna die in Vietnam”, so of course the camera lingered over all of the tears. We all know what footage was sent back home the next day.I think I’ve hated the press ever since. But back to SSG Savoy. As I recall he was a very professional, very pleasant NCO to work with. I only served with him a short while when I was transferred to Province to assist the Lin Doi battalion. Paul took over as Team Leader and Dale Reising came in as his assistant. It broke my heart to hear that Dale and Clay were killed in a night ambush on 29 May 1970.

          • Chuck, it’s great to hear from you. I actually spoke with David Savoy last night and he was so happy to speak to someone who was with his Dad in Nam. I will forward your note to him and I know it will mean a lot to him. He lives in Denver, but Clay is buried in Orono, Maine. I’m in Massachusetts, so if David comes this way we will try to get to his grave.

            I think I have a couple of photos of you. My email address is paul.kelly@beyondthewire.net.
            Hope you are well and happy in your life. Thanks for this memory of Clay.

  4. Earl Williams
    Was in Go Cong from Oct 70 to May 72. Memories have faded so it’s hard to call to mind the folks I served with. Would like to hear from anyone there during that time.

    • Hi Earl, I was the NILO (Navy LT intell-type) there during your same time and I forget the fellas’ names too. I remember we had a civilian head advisor, a USA LTC senior military, bunch of Capts in ops, etc, the supply Capt was Prutsman and that’s it for my recollections…Al Santoro, Lt, USN (Ret)

      • Hi Al,
        I remember you. Remember the endless Hearts and Spades card games and occasionally some poker. I remember Burt Prutsman. There was also a CPT Miller (African-American Engineer). The Senior Advisor was Rudy Kaiser and the Senior Military advisor was LTC Severance. I have a recollection of a CPT who worked with the Kit Carson Scouts. I roomed with him and Miller for awhile. Also remember another CPT from California we all called Boomer. Also remember the Sea-B team but no names.

        • Yes, yes!! You came up w/ the names I forgot. Yes, I remember the card games, also the many after dinner drinks of gin and pinapple juice, vodka and orange juice. And Capt Miller, he and I found a loose barge w/ a load of gravel just drifting down the river; and LTC Severance who was a very mellow fella. I also went w/ that Ops Capt (name?) that worked w/ the KCS onto Ilo Ilo Island and ate egret eggs for dinner; got pix of that. The ass’t to Severance was a tall Capt. Always had to beg the Seabee LT to fix my jeep. I left there in March ’71 and redeployed to Nam Can. What did you do there?? And thnx for the many happy flashbacks…Al

          • I think I remember the barge story. I was a CPT and served as the S1(Administrative Officer for the team) and advised the Vietnamese Province Administrative Department. Also worked with the telephone exchange. The one tall guy I remember was the Police Advisor, CPT Al Haid, later to be promoted to MAJ. Funny how some names are coming back.

      • I was Intel Sergeant at MACV Team 93 Kien Hoa at Ben Tre mid 66-67. Up the River from you folks. I am trying to track down our NILO, Lt Jack Harrell. I believe he was later assigned to Phoenix in II Corps. Has to do with an award recommendation for the Team, TET-68

    • Was in Hoa Dong in Feb and March 1969. Got my 1Lt bar there and hit in the Coconut Grove on 2nd op with RF/PF’s. Memorable tour.

      Laurie Croft

  5. I was on one operation with KCS on Ilo Ilo island and we were inserted by PBR’s in 1969 along with Capt Reed. It was pretty quiet and the highlight of our trip was catching the giant crabs in the mud at low tide and cooking them over a fire at the end of op.

    • Cpt Reed, Kit Carson Scouts, Ilo Ilo all bring back memories. I was in Go Cong from Feb 1968 to Jan 1970.

      1Lt. Laurie Croft

      • I remember that name, Laurie Croft. My name is Earl Clark, 1Lt. I was the 9th Division Liaison. I was there in what seems like May or June of 69 til they called me back to Dong Tam to leave with the 15th Engineers back to Scoffield Barracks, HI in August. I ran into several of the guys like Wilson and Bones O’Briant(sp) at Bragg. I’m pretty certain I saw Col. Howard at Ft. Bragg also.

        I worked with the Census Bureau during the 2010 census. One day I was grabbing a quick lunch at a Taco Bell in Asheboro, NC when I noticed this guy standing just inside the entrance door. I went over to him and said to him that they say every person has a double. He asked me then who would his be. I said a guy named Bones O’Briant. He said, “That’s me.” We did not carry on a long conversation. He offered no contact info, so I did not press the point.

        As I was just proofreading this, the nickname “Whale” popped into my mind. Do you remember that? All the data is on my disk drive but the disk drive is 68 years old now and needs to be defragged. Hope you are well.

        • Earl,

          Absolutely I remember you. Give me a call on my cell phone. 804 402-8584.

          Laurie aka as whale by the Vietnamese

    • you hit the nail on the head. if you try to google or any form of search it is if places like My Tho did not exist. there is more information about the Donut Dolly’s

      • I think the survivors have to “join up.” I’m a member of Mobile Riverine Force Association.

        Saw a guy with a MACV patch sewn onto a VV hat and asked “MAT Team?”
        He said “Yeah” and practically ran away. Don’t think that helps.

    • Far too many “want-to-be’s” even on the Game Warder Roster. Look at the names, rates, commands and dates. Big Red Flags. I was told awhile back that they do that to pad their resume.
      Did you know there is more information from that time period about USAID rice growing anf chicken production in that region than about us.

  6. The reference to MAJ Hogan, was that Dean M. Hogan? He was the S1 when I was there. If it was him, he was a good guy.

    Gary Dominick

    • You are right ! Major Dean M. Hogan was a good guy. He passed away back in 2006. H e and I got together a few times to discuss old times down on Long Island. Hope all is well, SGT. Barry Connelly, RTO in Hoa Binh distict, Go Cong. 1960-1970.

      • Barry, I believe we served together in Hoa Binh, adv tm 92. I was LT. Bostock’s assistant..public safety advisor, Sgt christiana (spelling) was our Medic…I think you would remember a picture Lt Bostock sent of me and him. We told you we going to the Ba tu canal and the only thing we were bringing was a pocket knife and a picknic lunch..Did you get the pic…..I hope your doing well.

        • Hi Larry, We did serve together in Hoa Binh.. sorry to say that I never got the picture you mentioned. I remember Lt. Bostock and our medic SSgt Christiana, they were good guys. For what ever reason I remember you dropped us at the Coconut Grove in one of our Boston Whalers and in leaving I’m almost certain you said ” let’s get the Hell out of here !” Hope you are doing well. Barry

  7. I’m afraid not. I had transferred to Tm 65 (SaDec) and heard nothing from GoCong thereafter. Ivy was on his fourth tour and Jackson could have claimed residency (LOL). Their relationship with SEALs upriver was our defensive Ace. IV-30 really wasn’t “Mobile” and was always an easy target.

  8. Great to hear back from you. Sfc’s Ivy and Jackson made it home, but I’ve had no contact. Sadly, my asst team leader, Dale Reising, who took over for me as Team Leader when I left and Sfc Clayton Savoy did not make it home. They were killed 10 days after I left. I have heard different accounts of what happened to them. Would you have any info?

    • Just before you arrived, we needed a roof. Jackson took off one day and ultimately was gone for three. He came back with a trailer load of sheet metal for our roof. His story was that he had driven to Vung Tau and met up with an Australian Air Force Sgt. who invited him to fly to Clark AFB with our jeep. He had loaded up and returned. He was pleased. Mission accomplished.

      A couple of weeks later I received a Delinquency Report from MAJ Hogan (dropped from the window of Swampfox 25’s L19) that had come down from CINCPAC. It seems Jackson had received a ticket for driving a Jeep with Vietnamese bumper numbers on Clark Air Force Base. MAJ Hogan was not pleased.

      Unfortunately, beyond a “Xin loi,” I wasn’t able to offer much from Loi Quan Island. I hadn’t signed for the jeep. I didn’t know Jackson was going (why would he ask an LT half his age?). I had a roof that MAJ Hogan had not provided.

      • Just wondering if the Jackson you mentioned could be my father ( Charles A Jackson from Maine ?he was in MACV multiple teams was a supply sgt but that being said lot of things and photos Show a different story at times .

        • Edward,
          My name is Paul Kelly. I was assigned to Advisory Team 92 MAT 30. I arrived in Go Cong in June of 1969 till May of 1970.I was the assistant team leader when I arrived. There was a SFC Jackson the heavy weapons specialist on our MAT. I do not remember his first name. He was a very caring man who would look out for the welfare of a SGT of Cambodian origin and his family WHO WAS IN THE Vietnamese company we were advising at that time, on Loi Quan island. The Vietnamese were very prejudice toward Cambodians and treated them harshly at times . He and SFC IVY our light weapons specialist gave me the new 2nd LT the reality training I needed to survive and lead the team. I do not know if he was your father but if you want I am sure I’l have a picture of him I could send to you if you think that it may help you.

          • paul kelly not sure if you are talking about my dad or not but your story describes something he would have done he was a very caring person . if you could get a picture to me i could verify if its the same SFC Jackson dad was supposed to be a supply sgt but his photos from vietnam make that seem laughable at best . I do have a photo of a Kirmit s Midthun whom i located a few years ago interesting fellow to say the least he signed the photo of him and my dad he called my dad a good friend but at crunch time couldnt remember him he said ! but went on to tell me dad was probably with them during the tet offensive when the compound got over run. he seemed to me to have a very selective memory maybe all those years working for as he put it the state department .My dad was assigned to several different macv teams acording to his paperwork but he was also at lz baldy for a while .i found people who remembered him from the lz one guy said he wasnt quite sure why my dad was there he said they would gear up and go out on patrol and dad would gear up and go with them but he didnt have to or know why he went . sorry to say my dad passed in 1990 at the age of only 53 unfortunately he brought the enemy home with him in the form of agent orange and ended up dying of cancer . A very tragic ending for a man who spent 21 years in the army a tour in korea and vietnam .
            The guy in the photo Kirmit midthun is in civilian clothes giving dad the bronze star in vietnam he also was awarded the vietnam cross of gallantry and the vietnam technical service medal .Dad always was really good at anything he did . my email is megabuckslayer@ roadrunner.com

    • Paul, I was on 92 from Oct 69 to Aug 70. I worked with the KK Scouts and SGT Hapgood… Dale and Savoy (who was from Maine where I now live were ambushed May 29, 2017 as you mentioned. I have no direct facts on this but heard that they had been training LF/PF infantry on how to set up an ambush, remained in that position for the night and were in fact ambushed or attacked by VC that night. My interpreter
      Choung and his entire family (four girls and a boy) now live in Atlanta, very happily and retained 12 hectars of land near My Tho where Choung and his wife spend winters. Was very fortunate to have the savvy of Choung to keep me out of trouble. Had the distinction of being PX officer (open daily from 1700 hours to 1730 hours !) … (just happened upon this site will try to return soon my email address is jondawson@eradawson.com

  9. I am trying to identify the USAID Staff in My Tho on the first night of the TET Offensive. All I have are first names. Joan, Nancy, Helen and Amanda
    Can anyone help

  10. The reason that the PBR’s were shooting at each other was poor intel. the six boats that were assigned to the mission were positioned by the ground forces using seperate radio freg’s. the boats did not know the location of eachother and assumed that they were being taken under fire by charlie. The SeaWolf’s flying cap saw what was going on and call for Cease Fire.

  11. I had found this in wikipedia

    “Richard “Dick” Marcinko (born November 21, 1940), is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL commander and Vietnam War veteran. He was the first commanding officer of SEAL Team Six and Red Cell.

    On May 18, 1967, Marcinko led his men in an assault on Ilo Ilo Hon (Ilo Ilo Island), where they killed a large number of Vietcong and destroyed six of their sampans. This action would be called “the most successful SEAL operation in the Mekong Delta” by the U.S. Navy. For leading it, Marcinko was awarded the first of his four Bronze Stars, as well as a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star.”

    Iloilo was regularly used for VCI conventions because it was nothing but deep mud and mangrove. Hueys couldn’t land. On Aug 13, 1969, MAT IV-30 was in reserve when the Navy (and Team 92) hit IloIlo again. Many KCS were awarded ribbons for chasing VCI through the mud in the day time. When the tide came in at night, the PBRs were shooting each other up with their bow mounted 50s because the mud altitude was about 3 Ft. Many VCI escaped on ironing boards scooted across the mud to Loi Quan Island. Our RFs declined to get close enough to block, having been ordered to stay in “reserve.”

  12. I was Phoenix adviser Hoa Tan Jan 69 to July 69. Reassigned to An Xuyen Team 80 until Jan 70. Went from about 90 percent pacified to same unpacified for doing a good job. Army Rewards system. 🙂

    • morebewon,
      Are you Ist LT Rick Gandenbuger ? I was 2nd LT Paul G Kelly and the assistant team leader
      of MAT IV 30 Advisory Team 92 on August 13th 1969. Do you remember me ?

      • I remember the Bee Gees’ “Massachussetts.” and the amazement of the Viets that you could carry a rifle like a handgun. What ever happened to Jackson and Ivy?

  13. Thank you, Gary, for clarifying what happened to Advisory Team 83 — which is going to make input and comments a bit confusing from anyone who served in Go Cong Province. I was with USOM and then USAID in the province between July ’64 and Dec ’67. Perhaps the website manager should identify Team 83 as Go Cong but in parentheses “before mid-1968”. Looking forward to catching up with old mates, military and civilian alike.

    • Carl
      do you remember the nurses or other american staff at the hospital in my tho? Specifically I am looking to identify Nancy and Joan. I know amanda arrived someting in March/April of ’68

    • You mean Tom Chirurg? US Navy 2nd Lt — oh, maybe 1st — who worked with PRU’s and Seals. What a yarn spinner he was too!

    • I was USN LT-NILO based in Go Cong from May 1969 thru May 1970. Major operation was coordinated attack with Advisory Team 92 on Ilo Ilo island.
      Article in Philadelphia Inquirer dated Tuesday, May 31,1994 on my NILO position and a chance meeting with NVA General Giap.

      LT Robert A. Johnson-USN

      • Hey Folks, just stumbled onto this thread…I was NILO Go Cong Nov ’70-May ’71, then deployed to Nam Can/Solid Anchor. Much calmer then; took KCS to Ilo Ilo w/ US Army Capt (name ?) but was pretty deserted. Can’t remember any names and places are starting to fade. Army guys called me “the distant soldier” because I only looked like a soldier from a distance.
        Al Santoro, LT, USN

  14. I was ATL on MAT IV-29 in Hoa Dong Dist, mostly Coconut Grove, with 175RF and 199RF, then TL with MAT IV-30 on Loi Quan Island south of Hoa Binh in 69. At Province they called us the “Filthy Five.” They had real showers and Norris milk machines in the Tm 92 HQ!

    Staff used to visit us to earn their CIBs. Our VC mortar guy would oblige at every Saturday nite penochle game.

  15. I served with Advisory Team 92 from May 68 to Dec 68. The unit was located in Go Cong Province, about 50 clicks south of Saigon. When I arrived it was designated Advisory Team 83 but was redesignated Team 92 during the time I was there. The civilian in charge was John V. Swango, and LTC Charles Ruth was the military operations chief, First SGT was MSG Chipps. There were some fantastic individuals who served on the Team. I do actually have some good memories of the team members. Gary Dominick

    • Gary,
      I was NILO Go Cong from May 1969 thru May 1970. Major op was Ilo Ilo Island.
      Reported to LDCR John Grath-Vung Tao, who was shot down in fall of 1970

      Ref article in Philadelphia Inquire – Tuesday , May 31, 1994, which discussed some of NILO’s responsibility- but focused on chance meeting with NVA General Giap during visit to Hanoi.

      LT Robert A. Johnson- USN

        • Yes- to punching bag and I went to UNC. Cannot remember names but remember faces.- Sgt Hapgood,
          Sgt Choung of KCS, 3 x a week recon flights on the 01 Bird Dog, and the big Python at the villa. My co LDCR Grath was shot down just after my departure.

          Bob Johnson

          • Hi Bob, I was NILO Go Cong Nov 70-May 71, then NILO Nam Can (Solid Anchor). I see you left in May 70, so do you remember who was in between us…Al Santoro, LT, USN

    • I was on 92 at the same time. First as atl then Leroy. Went home in April 69. Bruce Spurlock took over the team.

  16. I served with Advisory Team 92 from 8-68 to 11-69 as RTO along with Tom Cornell and Larry Crispen. Our CO was Capt Charles Flanders.

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