Team 95 Bien Hoa

MACV Team 95 – Bien Hoa.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 95 located in Bien Hoa.

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    • I was with the 246th all of ’67 at Train Compound. I have a copy (PDF) of a booklet that SSGT Alvin Bentley made called “The History of PSYOPS”. Anyone that wants me to e-mail it to them, contact me at sparky746@msn.com.

      • I AM BOB WITHERS AND I WAS IN BIEN HOA AT THE TRAIN COMPOUND FROM OCT. 1967 THROUGH SEPT. 1968. I WAS WITH MACV ADVISORY TTEAM 95 AND RAN THE RADIO TEAM AT 3 CORP HEADQUARTERS. PLEASE SEND HISTORY OF PSYOPS . I WAS A MEMBER OF THE VOLLEYBALL TEAM THAT KNOCKED OFF THE HIGHLY TOUTED VIETNAMESE TEAM .

        • Hi Bob …
          My name is Art LaFlam and I was with Adv. Tm 95 Dec 67 thru July 68…
          I was an Advisor out at the 57th Camp . My call sign was Stoney Patron niner alpha …
          Let me send my email and home address …. any pictures that I could get a copy of … would do an old heart a lot of good!!!!
          jlaflam@shentel.net 1256 OX Rd. Woodstock, Va. 22664

        • Bob, I need an email or regular mailing address and will get the info to you. Have photos of several of us playing volleyball (shorts and combat boots).
          Gene Simmons

          • Season’s Greetings to all Team 95ers and to all of our brothers and sisters who were in Nam. Every year at this time I find myself spending lots of time thinking about Nam and Train Compound. Lots of faces, lots of memories. I got back to the world in 69……almost 50 years ago, but in a lot of ways it seems like yesterday. Thinking of all of you and hoping this finds you happy and well.

  1. I just found this site advertised in the April 2017 issue of VVA Veteran magazine. For decades I have wondered what became of the guys I served with so long ago, so now I must write in hopes someone here will read this and remember.

    I lived in Train Compound from October 65 to October 66. I was an Army Illustrator, working at III Corps with RVN personnel. My job was to design, draw, and help translate leaflets, posters, etc. After printing, I participated in air ops out of Bien Hoa airbase in C47’s on leaflet drops and loudspeaker operations. I was a big litterbug, covering most of South Vietnam.

    I have many names and hundreds of photos from those days and would like to hear from anyone familiar with the area around that time.

    David M. Kolchuk
    US Army SP4-E4
    246th. Psywar Co.
    6th. Psyops Btn.
    MACV Advisory Team 95

        • Hi….caught bits and pieces, but struck me as a blatant PBS MEA CULPA for the leftist crowd. I was with Team 87 68-69, in Xuan Loc just next door to Team 95. Anyhow……

          This may be an odd request, but I was just found to have prostate cancer and underwent complete prostatectomy. Highly probable that it is Agent Orange related, so girding to present case to VA for disability consideration. Being assured that AO was “safe” we didn’t hesitate to collect rainwater in empty barrels for drinking and washing. BIG MISTAKE! That’s not to mention other wide use of AO, spraying it with hand pumps to keep perimeter wire clear of vegegation. Anyhow, if anyone else has an AO related case or can remember using AO I’d appreciate hearing from them. My email: bstoner3@yahoo.com

          • I was on Train Compound 67 and part of 68. Your problem is one of the 14 covered problems by the VA. Should be easy to get approved. I was in the Air Force and got some of the damage caused by ao . I had good luck filing thru the DAV .Hope you have the same luck as I did. Contact. me if you want to ask questions.

          • You don’t have to prove they sprayed AO at train compound just show you were there dd214 and that you had a related disease they will meet with you and have VA Dr’s examine you takes months but you will receive compensation

              • Late in 67 I was in a jeep on the road which ran from the air base main gate to the center of Bien Hoa a huey flew by spraying AO on the mine field next to the road we were in traffic and nothing to do but keep on driving. I even have a slide of it. Later in 68 larger blevets were barged to Bien Hoa and trucked to the air base

    • Do you remember Lt. Ski?

      I was at Cu Xa Train from June 1965 until February 1966. I do remember your unit. I also remember some members of your unit had seen action at Dong Xi.

      Francis

      • Hello Francis,

        I have a list of over 40 names of guys I served with at Train, but don’t remember a Lt. Ski. What is his full name? Over the years I have tried to find out what happened to those guys. I even have the names of a dozen ARVNs I used to work with. So far I have not come across any familiar names on this blog either. Some day I will have to place an ad in the Locater section of the VVA magazine. Maybe then I will hear from somebody. I have photos of most of them too.

        Dave

        • I would like to say Sygelski but I could be wrong. He was originally from Russia and served a prior tour in VietNam with Special Forces in II Corps. He was jump qualified and served as an enlisted man in the 82nd Airborne, as a clerk. I remember him leading a group of his men down to the “corner houses” one night. Real super great guy.

  2. I was there with security from June 1965 to March 1966. Left to go to Tay Ninh where I served on a Special Forces B team as an extra pair of hands.

  3. Hi Terrance, hope your doing well😄 I’m doing great just getting older. Your post said 61 years ago, I’m old but not that old😜 It’s only been 51 years ago😂😂 Still a life time ago. I’m not doing much, just enjoying getting old & playing with my 2yr old granddaughter. Going to do some traveling this summer to Northern California. I all my family lives there, I’m the only one to escape, thank god😄😄Call me @ 254/681-7366
    Would enjoy talking to you😄Better go for now, take care, Barnes

  4. Ok Hears a memory lifted of a 3 inch real to real tape sent home. The night PSYOPS print team usually 5 worked until 3AM to rest and prepare for daily air missions. One night late 67 we had a close in B-52 drop Arkllight every thing shook and the airbase went on alert. After checking it out we just kept on working. About 3 AM we locked up and headed back to Train in our 3/4. Approaching the main gate we were told that they were on alert and we could not enter. We told them that the airbase had cleared some time ago. Several phone calls were exchanged and after 10 min. we were let in.

  5. Hello an happy holidays to all!

    First and foremost, thank you all for your service. I cam across this group while looking up some history related to my grandfather’s service. My grandfather’s name is Robert (Bob) Laflam, he began his assignment as Major Laflam and was promoted to Lt. Col Laflam before he left. He was a part of MACV 95 from 7/1967 to 8/1968, signal corps advisor IIId, and was stationed at a small rubber tree plantation owned by a Frenchman. I was showing him some of the posts last night on this page last night; it brought back a lot of memories, as he was awarded his Purple Heart for an injury sustained during the Tet offensive. I believe he served with the 1st Calvary, and I told him I would post on his behalf and ask if anyone remembered serving with him.

    I apologize if my wording or description are innacuuate, I tried to describe his role as accurately as possible.

    Please feel free to either respond directly to this post or email me at alaflam20@gmail.com, and I will forward responses to him directly.

    Thank you!

    Andrew Laflam

    • I was there during that time … I was a Light Weapons Adviser to the 57th RF-PF forces right there in Bien Hoa . I left in July 1968 … I didnot know your grandfather…. I also have a brother Robert (Bob) LaFlam. Hope you find your info. !!!

  6. I didn’t know your Father, very sorry for loss. I was with 95th Advisory Team from May 1965-May 1966, Mike Barnes

    • Hi Everyone. People have been saying that they think it was SP4 Parker that was killed in the helicopter crash. I have searched all of the Parkers that were killed and I can’t find any SP4 Parker affiliated with MACV that was killed. I do know for a fact that there was a SP4 James Ward that was with MACV at Train Compound that was killed in a helicopter crash that hit a flag pole. There was a SP4 Parker that worked in the mail room but I don’t think he was killed. Everyone pull up The Wall and check it out then please post.

      • I was at train compound from Sept.68 until Aug.69. There was a soldier in my hooch that was killed in a helicopter crash that I was told hit a flagpole on a mail run down in Saigon I believe. I think this may be him; however don’t recall the name James Ward.

  7. I have a plaque found in my fathers things, Feb 1970 Advisory Team 95 was not sure what it was “google” and came across this thread. Unfortunately he passed in 2009 PTSD, recall him saying he was exposed to Agent Orange as well.

  8. I got assigned to MAT 95 in 1970 until it got deactivated in 1971, my tm in those days was in the IV Corps (Mekong Delta) area. I would like to hear from any of my former team members, especially SFC Smith and SFC Turbeville, or any of my team officers.

    • Jose, do you recall what advisory team number you were with in the IV Corps and the Province/Town you were in ? I am alittle bit of a IV Corps historian and was a helicopter crewchief from Vinh Long.

  9. Brooks,
    Sorry to learn of your PD…. Damn ORANGE!! Glad you qualified for disability. I’ve got peripheral neuropathy but VA says I had to report symptoms within one year of exposure. I don’t think any of us thought about any of this stuff when we first got back. I hope things are going well for you. I remember you told me you were going buy a sports car when you got back to the world.;;;;; did you get one?. What was it? Do you still,have it.. I bought a Toyota Land Cruiser and I still have it. Needs lots of body work etc but motor is ok. Take care of yourself and keep.smilin’…… Are you on Facebook ?.

    • George Ed D’ANGELO. Here the t.v. Show you did a parody of was mission impossible not the man from uncle

      • Hey Ed……. Great hearing from you!!! How have you been?? It’s been almost 50 years. After I got back to the world in 69 I heard that you decided to re-up go back to Nam. Never knew what happened to you until now. Welcome home bro!! Would love to hear from you and find out what you’ve been up to for the last 50 years. My email is gstarkovich@yahoo.com and my phone is 218-220-0630. Or this site…….. no matter what the means would love to hear from you!!
        George

  10. No… I never did get a copy…. If you get one e I would appreciate it if you could forward a copy to me……. Thanks
    George

  11. Hey Brooks,,,,,,,, You are right ,,,, we were in the same hootch and had bunks across from each other. We spent a lot of time BSing ……..never had the opportunity to have an assignment with you…..I hardly ever got to leave the compound as I was NCOIC of III Corps Special Services. If you remember, I worked out of a space above the EM club, the film exchange next to the security platoon, and had several Vietnamese workers assigned to me to maintain the pool etc. I also manned the day room, tape lab, and film lab until 2200 every nite so we spent most of our time together in the evening. It’s great hearing from you. Would love to hear about what you have been up to since you got back to the world. It’s almost 50 years since we were over there together. Your friendship and camaraderie meant a lot to me then and still does. Looking forward to hearing from you. If you would rather e-mail me rather than use the MACV site my e-mail is gstarkovich@yahoo.com, Catch ya later.
    George

    • George, I am currently in Tucson AZ I am disabled due to PD. I guess all the time I spent off Site exposed me to a lot of Agent Orange. It was used to keep vegetation down around our perimeter and I watched some Spec4 with a Hudson Sprayer doing a fine job keeping the perimeter clear. Remember the Paper Mill across the street from us. I always was concerned about the possibility of a VC sniper in that Mill. The Shell oil tanks at the end of the pool area was an excellent target also.

      Brooks

    • Hey Francis!!!

      Nice to see a name which I recognize!!!!!!!

      I stayed with SG for another year, then left the army.

      Now living in St. Louis and have a wife, bees, an orchard, a wonderful dog, and doing OK.

      Where are you????

      Yours,

      Bob Dye – I roomed with Hartell and Shaw.

      • Bob:

        Finally a name I recognize. I’m living in Daly City, California (a suburb of San Francisco) with my wife of 38 years, my daughter who finishes law school next year, and six cats. We have a vegetable garden which my wife and daughter maintain. I have a son living in Chicago so I’m usually back there a couple of times a year. We tried beekeeping for several months until someone sold us some Russian bees. Somehow the queen was separated from the hive. This got them upset and after a few neighbors complained of being stung we felt the prudent thing to do was suspend beekeeping for awhile..

        I ended up spending 9 years in the Army, six of them in the MPs. After a less than illustrious career in law enforcement, I’m now retired and spend my time running, learning to play the guitar, reading Latin, and anything my wife tells me to do.

        Say hello to Hartell and Shaw for me. I wish you guys well. I may be in Chicago at the end of April and have no problem stopping in St. Louis on the way home.

        Happy Easter to you and yours.

        Francis

        • MP’s and Law Enforcement??? I never would have guessed or predicted. After my time in Viet Nam (2 years, 3 days, 7 hours, and 23 minutes), I went back to college (I had flunked out, twice, before the Army, and got a teaching degree. Jobs were scarce in the U.S. and I went to Australia, for 3 years. Returning to the States, I taught a few more years and just got burnt out with 8th graders. Bummed around for a few jobs, taught at a Minnesota University, got a job seveal jobs- in St. Louis and finally retired. I’ve had bees for 8 years and got a nice honey harvest, last year. My wife (formerly from Viet Nam – we met in Minnesota) still works and has a beautiful garden. I last spoke tio Hartell, quite a few years ago, he was selling shoes, and never got in contact with Shaw. If you remember Mike Barnes (he arrived at Train before us and had a bunk downstairs), he’s also in the group.

          rsdye@msn.com

  12. looking for any information on SSGT Gordon Richard Wittman. I am his son. He was in VN Oct.65 to Jan.8 66 when he was KIA with macv 95. I was 9 years old at the time of his death and would like to talk with anyone who may have known him.

  13. Hi Lloyd…. good to hear from you. I could never get the hang of processing my pics. All of them are full of that crap that was in the water at the compound. Remember all those cute little green floaters??? It does lend a flair of authenticity. WELCOME HOME BROTHER!! .

    • Thank you, was there ’70/’71. You left everything in very good shape. Liked using the photo lab. My camera was stolen twice, but I bought it back for twenty dollars, each time.

      • I have tapes sent home an in Dec 67 the EM club was renovated and the lab was shut down with no water. Wonder if the Lucky Enlarger was still around and the Omaga. Made many 8X10s in the lab. You talk about little green floters in the water I had a roll scratched by sand and it was some of the last photos of Jane Mansfield. Luckly I shot color slides also that day

        • Mother-in-law died at the age of 95 and when my wife was clearing out the house, she discovered that her mom had kept ALL the letters I sent my wife (then girlfriend) in 1967 from Bien Hoa. Among the finds, a couple of copies of “The Psy Observer” newsletter, and some Army newspaper photos. If you know how to pass them along to the members of Advisory Team 95 still around, I can e-mail them to you or do dropbox. Need your new e-mail. Gene Simmons

  14. Looking for pictures of Train Compound – Main Gate at Bien Hoa AB with monument – 57th RF camp – I built a huge bunker at the 57th just before TET… would like any pictures of it … Thanks – Art LaFlam –

    • I have a few pictures of Train Compound which I took, developed and printed while I was stationed there in 1968. More specifically, I have a shot of the main gate, the security tower, the enlisted mens club and a few others.

        • Thomas Brandt..here to say to Mr Kim Petersen…”BINGO…WOW. .miracles do happen. It’s been some time since our parallel life’s crossed at the Train Compound..US MACV ….Advisory Team 95….Yes l do recall exchanging addresses….contact info…just before l had to “RUN” back to CONUS..for my DEROS date. Left there sick, drained out, emaciated, from a typhus shot compounded with a swimming pool double ear infection. Before leaving did get your Salt Lake City address and ?phone number? Recall some 10-15 years later l contacted you in Utah …around the time of the space shuttle explosion ..and learned of your company’s affiliation with the aerospace industry…..I’m very proud of that…..Since that time my helter-skelter ….bipolar. lifestyle has filled my life with countless number of adventures,to include exhibiting my Bien Hoa, Vietnam War souviners, ‘Nam maps, countless Vietnamese civilian tidbits, and finally ‘tons-of ‘ photographs of what my eyes saw,and I whitnessd, in order to tell the folks at home about the war…..but when lt all came down to the basics, ….no one could nor did relate…so I storaged..my war experiences ,memorbilia and stumbled through life..divorce….all the usual dumb stuff……So here we are now…senior citizens..by the grace of God…. T.D.Brandt

          • It was so damn nice to hear your voice 2 weeks ago after 49 years. I really need to take a trip to Chicago sometime to see you. God bless you Thomas Brandt.

      • Hi Charles. I wrote a while back about my dad. He was there with you in 68. I was wondering if you would share your pictures of the compound with me. My email is bklynff@verizon.net. Thank you.

    • My CO was LTC George Oliver, the III Corps Engineer Advisor. I was his Deputy from May 1969 to May 1970. Our CG was BG MacAuliffe.

  15. Hi Thai……. This George Starkovich,,,, just stumbled on your post from last year…..SORRY…. I’m not aware of any Starkovichs in California……. but I do know some Starkovichs/Stars moved from Carbon County Utah to California. They were close cousins , I’d like to hear more. I think I’ve seen your name on facebook.
    G

    • Hey George this is Brooks I was in the bunk across from you 68-69 Train compound. I was Cheif personnel specialist III Corps MACV Team 95. I spent a lot of the War between Saigon and Bien Hoa. I had a few assignments for Studies and Observation Group I think with you??

    • George,

      Thanks for your reply, and I apologize for this late response to it. I believe the Starkovichs in my family originate from Colorado, with the majority I know of living in California.

      I’m living in Tennessee now (14 years Army, spent the last seven at Fort Campbell), and now work on DoS and DoD contracts as they pop up.

      Hope all is well and again, thank you for your response!

  16. Does anyone remember when Team 95 leader, BG MacAuliffe left? He was leader when I arrived in June 1970. When I left the team in mid March 1971, Gen Hyman was just coming in, as I recall.

    • Sure thing! I would love to see them. I wish I had saved more shots from Train and III Corps. I have them packed away somewhere. Will look for them. I look forward to seeing your photos.

  17. Corrected Posting (without typos): Hello Ken Bressler! I owe you a response to an earlier email you sent to me. Perhaps you are right about General Armstrong. I do remember when General Hyman replaced his predecessor in about March of 71, just before I left. It has been a long time. You sent me some photos of the III Corps Headquarters as I recall, maybe a little less than a year ago. I lived in a wooden structure directly across from what was the O Club. You also sent me a photo of that which I still have. Regards, Don Zivitz don_zivitz@bellsouth.net

  18. Hello Ken Bressler! I owe you a response to an earlier email you sent to me. Perhaps you are right about General Armastrong. I do remember when General Hyman replaced his predecessor in about March of 71, just before I left. It has been a long time. You sent me some photos of the III Corps Headquarters as I recall, maybe a little less than a year ago. I lived in a wooded structure directly across from what was the O Club. You also sent me a photo of that which I still have. Regards, Don Zivitz don_zivitz@bellsouth.net

  19. Don, I believe the Team Leader of Team 95 in 1971 was BG DeWitt Armstrong. He was succeeded by BG Arthur Hyman who had been the ADC at the 1st Calvalry Div. Hyman did not stay long because Team 95 was absorbed into the Third Regional Assistance Command.

    • I closed the office of G-1, in 1971. Disposed or forwarded all material. Was the very last one to leave. Had nothing but a chair left to sit on. Gen. Armstrong came into the trashed space, said “Soldier, get a hair cut and see me in my office, first thing in the morning”. Never seen him again. Remained MACV, went to III Field Force, TDY, as CFO of the open mess. I left the army upon return to the states and have put all memories on hold. Foggy, to say the least. My name is Lloyd Wills, SP-4
      lawboxer55@yahoo.com

  20. My name is Dan Ciccosanti. My father James Ciccosanti passed away this past week and I was going through some of his papers and found his military stuff. I have always wanted to know more about his time in Vietnam but he never spoke of it except for a few funny stories. If anyone remembers him, I would love to speak to you. He was an E-5 assigned to Adv Tm 95, III Corp. If anyone remembers him please contact me at bklynff@verizon.net . Welcome home Men and Thank you all for your service.

  21. I was assigned to Team 95 in Apr of ’65 and did duty there as a member of the security platoon. We had 4 squads and pulled 8 hour shifts of guard duty on Train Compound. We rotated duty each three days from 1st to 2d to 3d shift and then had.3 days off shift.During off shift we built and reinforced the guard emplacements around the compound (sandbagged MG positions and reinforced bunkers). I served there until Jun ’66 when I got reassigned (I extended my tour for an additional year and volunteered for it) to Team 95, a 5 man advisory team attached to the 51st ARVN Ranger Bn, I served there as the radio telephone operator until Apr ’67 when I rotated back to The Land of The Big PX and was separated from active duty. I reenlisted in ’72 and retired as a SFC at the end of ‘*(.

    • Hi Bruce,

      I was one of the team who arrived in mid-June (Westmoreland even shook my hand, in Saigon!). You guys had been in tents by the mess hall and we got tents closer to the ‘gymn’ then we all moved into the building. I and Bob Hartell shared a room with Sgt. Shaw and I think you were probably on the lower level? Who was your Squad Leader? I don’t remember your name/face, though. When you rotated, I took Cpl Dier’s job, then later as a Squad Leader, for a total time of 2 years, 3 days, 7 hours, and 23 minutes in Viet Nam. Mike Barnes is also in this group. Do you remember Nolan?? I would like to get in contact with him, if he’s still around but I can’t remember his first name. I remember a night when one of our patrol’s walked into an ambush by Special Forces, I could see the tracers while I was on guard at the generator. Nolan got a bullet hole in his canteen but that was the total extent of any damage from either side.

    • Bruce sounds as if you may have remembered Sgt Chris Elkinder Ranger who was advisor to ARVN Rangers and was hit by short rounds in 67 spent about a month in 3rd Field Hospital and was given another stripe and a desk at MACV II in Saigon as 3 Corps Air Leaason Would Love to be in touch.

  22. My Dad is former Army CPT Theodore (Ted) Makrokanis, served in MACVSOG, Advisory Team 95 and III Special Services as well as other places from 1967-1969/1970ish in Vietnam. Does any one remember him? Know him? He is now is a nursing home and I’d like to know more about him back then. I’m currently still in the military as well, Navy Officer in similar career fields/specialty/designator. Thanks!!

    V/r,
    Darron Makrokanis

    • Hi Darron……….I worked with your dad Captain Makrokanis, and Master Sargeant Faust. Your dad was our CO and was the commanding officer of III Corps Special Services. We operated out of a small space above the EM club. He was a nice guy and very respectful. He never flaunted his rank and he was an officer that had us work WITH him and not FOR him. Part of his job required him to travel from our
      compound in Bien Hoa to Special Services Headquarters in Saigon in a jeep driven by an ARVN soldier. One day as he was leaving for Saigon, he told me that he was going to go to the big PX in Saigon and asked me if he could pick anything up for me. I asked him to get me a combination radio/cassette recorder and he said no problem. He got it for me and I used the hell out of it. Your dad carried himself well and stood tall. I remember him as a gentleman, but when he said something I listened, The main thing I can say about your dad is that he was a good man and I was pleased to serve with him. I’m not sure of the date but he left during my tour. I don’t know if he was transferred to another assignment or if he was leaving Nam to go back to the world. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me. Time goes so fast…… I’m 72 now,,,,,,I don’t know how old your dad is. I REMEMBER HIM WELL….. there’s a movie entitled “We Were Soldiers”,……..at the beginning of the movie a narrator says “We were soldiers once, …. and young”…… That says a lot. Your dad and I served together almost 50 years ago. I’ll keep him in my thoughts and prayers.
      GPS

      • Hi George,
        Thanks so much fro your reply and kind words about my dad! Hope you had a good holiday and New Year. Overall my dad is not doing well, he did a total of 3 tours in Vietnam and had cancer (he survived). He has a 100% service related disability and is also blind, has congestive heart failure and dementia/Alzheimer’s. I live in northern Virginia, and my mom in Maryland, both of us just outside Washington, DC. My dad is in the Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home in Charlotte Hall, MD. He lives there 100% of the time since spring 2014.
        Please pass along anything else you can about my dad, his duties, what the groups did, etc., it all sounds very interesting to me. I would love to learn as much as possible about what he did during his time in Vietnam.
        Where are you living these days?

        Thanks again.
        Very respectfully,
        Darron Makrokanis

  23. Hey, Greg. I can’t take this stupid grin off my face. I got ripped off that night, right? It wasn’t quite the fantasy I expected. (oh well). Did you & I also do Hawaii together? (the words “jail bait” come to mind 🙂 That entire year was a “trip”. Hope we can hook up again before this dementia completely sets in. When my social security kicks in, I intend to RV around the place. What coast are you on? Enjoy the day, Brother…good vibes…peace.

  24. Well, Alan King, lesson number one from Bangkok…never invite two ladies of the night into your hotel room when you’ll be the only man in attendance! Have fun!!!

  25. Gregg Hoover….We’re ALIVE!!! It was great hearing from you. Bangkok. That was YOU!…HA! Any photos? 45 years later. Welcome Home, Brother! Bien Hoa to Saigon….Oh yeah. Peace.

  26. Alan King…absolutely. Bangkok, Thailand R&R and fun, mostly:) Hot Train Compound and Team 95 hijinks. Of course I remember, lots of memories, lots of different faces coming and going, many hard days in Vietnam…Hope you are well!

  27. I was a night shift printer with the 246th Psyops Company, arriving in country in early November, 1967 as a Spec 4. Armand Latour was the team leader. I was a Multilith 1250 press operator printing leaflets. For reasons I don’t remember I ended up being the team color man, printing unit letterhead and note paper. That was a trough job as the 1250 was not great at producing tight color registration. To do a color job the paper had to be run slowly through the 1250 as many times as there were colors in the job. We threw away many more papers than we finished.

    I definitely remember the night of Tet. I remember the team going outdoors when all the commotion started to see what the heck was going on. Lots of noise and an equal amount of uncertainty. How serious was this? Were the VC coming over the walls into the III Corp compound? We had no idea at that time.

    I remember very well a young Vietnamese army sergeant who would come to the print shop about three in the morning to take away all of our misprints. He and his family would then smooth out the papers and sell them to the market to wrap vegetables and fish. He did quite will supplementing his army salary with his entrepreneurial efforts. For a while he would bring his young girls with him to help gather the papers but eventually he had to stop bringing them as his neighbors began accusing him of prostituting his girls (they were about 8 and 10, if I remember correctly). Such a shame as it was nice to have the kids around. The oldest girl taught me to count in Vietnamese.

    After six months as a printer I was promoted to buck sergeant and sent into the field as an adviser (read: dropping leaflets out of Hueys and Piper Cubs, and visiting villages with medical teams handing out magazines and soap) to the Big Red One in Dion and later to Old Reliable at Tan An.

    I finished my Army tour at Fort Bliss, TX as the NCOIC of the audio tape production facility at the Vietnamese Language School at neighboring Biggs Field.

    • Dean finally found your name on a set of orders I have you are really in the unit, some of the guys i an in touch with had some question as to who you were. all most a year. I still don’t have a face to match up sorry 50 years does start to cloud the mind. Armand

  28. Hi, I’m looking for my grandfather. He was station cyan loc around 67-68 because my was born in 68. My grandma was too scared to leave the country and so she stayed behind with my mom. Now we’re currently living in San Jose, CA and trying to find him again. My grandmother mentioned his name was “Johnson” and he was an officer because he was saluted every where he went. My grandma name is Men Nguyen and she had one daughter with him. If you remember anything please email me. Thank you.
    -Petty Officer 2nd Le
    United States Navy CVN-76

    • I was the HQ Detachment clerk and stationed at Train Compound from Jan. 5, 1968 to Feb. 6, 1969. I believe sometime towards the end of my tour an incident happened such as you describe. I don’t remember the victims name but I believe was a short timer with only days to go. Perhaps, you also remember how our mail clerk Sp.4 Parker died in a freak helicopter crash just three or four days before his DEROS. If any of this is familiar to you, please refresh my memory. All the best.

      • I was at train compound march 68 to Feb 69 Worked at III corps DASC . I ate breakfast with SP4 Parker the morning he was killed. I believe the huey hit a flag pole.

        • I was at Train Cmpd from August 68 to August 69. Was NCOIC of III Corps Special Services, and remember the Huey/flagpole incident. In 69 one of my hooch mates was KIA in a fire fight at Tam Hiep which was only a few clicks away. He was a combat photographer by the name of Chris Brow, He only had four days left in country so he thought he was good to go………but his section boss Major Lukatina told him he had go with him and Sgt Major Morris to get a few shots of the battle. Time and Newsweek magazines both carried a picture of the Major and Sgt Major half carrying a VC off the field out of harms way. Chris wasn’t so lucky…….he caught enemy fire while taking pictures and was killed. His body was taken back to the PIO darkroom, and some other buddies of mine were told to take the film out of Chris’s cameras and process the pics he had taken. After the processing was complete, his remains were taken care of properly. Lot of us were really pissed at how this whole thing went down, but the brass said 4 days left in country or not, he was still required to follow orders and do his job.  Turns out that a few lousy pictures were more important than Spec 4 Chris Brow. I’m still pissed off………4 days……

          • George I was in the same hooch as you, I also remember both of those guys getting killed.. I was a photo interpreter and targeted B-52 strikes in III Corps. I am retired and living on the beach in Florida with a wonderful woman… I hope your life has been full of joys.

            • Hi Tom,
              Nice to hear from you. I’m doing well. I live on the north shore of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota. It’s a little different climate than you are in, but it suits me fine. The name of the town is Silver Bay. I lost my wife Penny 12 years ago but two of my three kids, and three of my five grandchildren live in the same town as I do. I am truly blessed. Keep healthy and be happy my friend. Welcome home!!

        • Hi Lamar. I think you have the name wrong though. SP4 Jim Ward was killed on the huey when it hit a flag pole. Unless there was another of our friends killed after hitting a flag pole. It happened on 1 Feb 69. Does that date ring a bell to you? I do remember Parker though. I left on 15 July 68 so I wasn’t around but this is what I was told. Pull up SP4 James Ward on the wall and read what happened.to him.

      • Charles I been trying to remember the name of the first sergeant at train compound that would have been there in Jan 68. Heavy set and had been in country for approx. 5 years. Had a Vietnam wife? Would have had the same office space as you. Thanks in advance.

      • Lamar Timmons, I am so glad to know that somebody remembers the incident of Sp4 Parker’s tragic death in that helicopter accident. The weird thing is that I had met a Captain at the airport in Hong Kong on my way back from an R&R that same day. He was a friendly sort and had offered to give me a lift from Tan Son Nhut on that same chopper. I think he was with a transport company. Anyway, when I got my bag at the airport I looked for him where he had instructed me to find him. I never located him and was pissed that I had missed my lift back to Train Compound. I had to wait for (I think) a bus and a dusty ride back to Bien Hoa instead. When I got back to Train Compound there was a Sergeant in the mess hall who was the LONE SURVIVOR of that chopper crash to which you refer. He was white as a sheet as he described how Sp4 Parker and the chopper pilot were killed. He also named THE CAPTAIN who had offered me the lift! I almost shit my pants imagining what might have happened if I had been on that chopper. Does anyone remember the Sergeant’s name? Does anyone know the name of the Captain who was also killed? I think he was with some ATCO Company. Anyway, I am just grateful for life. All the best guys.

    • Yes, I remember Sgt Leadbetter. We became friends. He had a scholarship in swimming at one of the big universities down in California. I remember the day he died. He was 23 years old and tried to swim the length of the pool under water without coming up. He hit his head at the end and drowned. The water was so dirty you couldn’t see anything. I was with RF/PF from April 67 to July 68.

  29. An official memorandum letter dated .. 6July67….from……..HEADQUARTERS DETACHMENT……U.S. ARMY ADVISORY GROUP, III CTZ……U.S.Military Assistance Comand, Vietnam …..APO 96227 …….USAAC, III CTZ…. ” SUBJECT: Attempted Sabotage….TO: Personnel Train Compound. 1. At approximately 06:30 July 1967 there was an attempted sabotage of the two fuel tanks located just to the West of the compound swimming pool. Luckily the attempt was a failure. The Vier Cong agent who was setting the charge on one of the tanks made a mistake which caused his charge to detonate thus killing him immediately . It is believed that there was more than one Viet Cong because a search of the area revealed a bloody bandage one hundred meters to the north of the tanks on a small trail. 2. The charges placed on the storage tanks were shaped charges with two chats of T.N.T. wrapped around it. The mines were to be detonated by a timing device made of a watch and batteries. The Viet Cong agent was caring two chicom hand grenades but no individual weapon was found. Their Avenue of approach to the tanks is unknown. signed by JOHN R.PIPKIN …..Major, Arty…..Commanding” ……. ( T.D.B. )

    • Are you Thomas Brandt from Chicago? Anyway a bunch of us went over the fence just before lunch because someone said there was a body in the weeds. I saw a headless torso, legs blown off and the torso was pretty well battered up. Poor son of a bitch didn’t know what hit him. Please respond back to me. If you are Thomas I have been trying to find you for nigh 50 years.

  30. I have been corrected about the “annual” changing of MPC, but since I was only there a year and went through one, I made an erroneous assumption.

  31. I think they reissued MPC every year. I remember going through it in 1967 where you had a short window to bring in your current MPC and exchange it for the new one, different color and design. I believe it was to thwart the black market. I arrived around TET 1966 and standard weapon was M-14, uniform was regular OD fatigues, and black leather boots. Could NOT get any jungle wear through supply so one of our NCO’s arranged a visit to the black market where I purchased a couple sets of jungle fatigues and jungle boots at a very reasonable price. Then made a visit to the POW compound up near the Michelin plantation, where I picked up a carbine with folding stock, couple of magazines, which were a lot easier to haul around on leaflet missions.

      • i ARRIVED IN III corp advisory team 95 on jan 4 1964 and departed on 18 Dec 1964 . all that time we were paid incash (100.00$ )AND the remainder in check which we bought money orders NO SCRIPT

  32. Sorry, not me. I was an illustrator and did a Christmas card for the 246th, along with some other miscellaneous drawings, but not “pooch”. Could have been Sgt Bentley, or SP6 Arthur E. Martin. By the way, has anyone heard from Ural W. Raymond?

    • Tom Brandt …..Eugene….it is +/- 9:00 pm Chicago time right now and while writing this I’m staring right at my B&W ‘zerox’ enlargement of POOCH– snoopy–cartoon character from the “Charly Brown comic strip wearing a 3 stripe sergeant dog collar. ..and SNOOP-DOG is sitting on a black billiard ball …..labeled 8………and…off to the bottom right hand corner are the unmistakable ….initials E .W.S……..who is this..??????……T.D.B.

      • Tom you probably don’t remember me, but we kind of became friends. You showed me how you developed your pictures up in the photo lab. You gave me your address but I lost it and just found it. Doubt you still live at that address. Write me please.

  33. Sorry Armond……I sort of used up one one of my monthly ” senior oops” moments………….right after that last message, went and took a good a look in my momentos….book shelf and got a good look at one of my many B&W 35mm film PROOF sheet booklet.s………lo…and…behold.#?!!#×?! …there it was …..your pic ….wearing those jungle fatigues..and boots ….camera hanging around your neck …..standing…next to..TWO.. ..ARVN…soldiers… one of which. was wearing a whole….RIGHT LEG …plaster casst…….sorry for that ….sin loi……….this event of this particular MIKE FORCES…..explosion took place in 1967. …l ..boogied..out of ‘ Nam’…in August of 1967……so l wasn’t around. for that big TET ….of ” 68 ” which you referee to ……l was told by letter correspondence with eiher…..a…mr..Ural Raymond….or a mr..PeterSON….and .that you guys took a pounding by the enemy forces at the end.of ..67 and 68,……….. don’t know if l should say …that l’m sorry that l missed all of that, but…….l was in no position to do anything about my DEROS date of 22 Aug 67…..and once arriving at Ft. Dix ..New Jersey to process out of the service…..got locked up in their Army hospital suffering with high fevers ++105….and ice baths……….eventually DEROS ed…..6 Sept 67..and got a free jet ride back home …..to live and further recuperate my strength back again,……l ..had wasted away down to some 100 lbs or so. Took 2 or more years to feel normal again………by the grace of the Almighty………T.D.B…..

  34. To clarify train compound history…..first…yes ,I do indeed remember you,.” Mr ” Simmons, and even the exact day that you arrived at the 246 th………even got a pic of you standing ln front of hootch….67……Train compound…in..1967. .”Mr” Latour, you, as a SP/4 , came along in several sight seeing ventures…adventures walking along the dusty..dirty..garbage strewn roadway into the Bien Hoa village with your 35mm camera hanging around your neck. In my photo collections , is a ? color ? Slide or B&W pic of the three, or four of us just before one of these ” walkabouts. There we were… you..Latour, Duster, Wong, and me…..Brandt,…..standing just outside the front…” gate ” entrance of the ? MACV ………Train Compound . AND took. 3 and 4 rolls of..B&W 35mm film….36 pics per roll of the Mike Force ammo depot-warehouse burning and blowing up in ???? May ?? 1967…….these film rolls include pics of us as we walked amoung the still warm, and smoldering ammo debris , as we couriously-dangerously took souvineers pics. The debris field covered something-like a whole square city block area. Hey Lateur, . I even got a pic of you. standing with your camera hanging around your neck next to some poor ” ol ” ARVN who was wearing some sort of upper body plaster cast , that included his whole right arm……..after taking those pics and carrying away a few souvineers . We managed to find our way to the train compound , walking in the pitch black. darkness. Those were good times…young, naive, full of vim and vigor, with God’s guarding angels watching over our foolish war zone carelessness-s. p.s. I still got those ammo debris souviners…..and have shone them many times in my traveling display cases……………T.D.B.

    • My prize is an cromed 80mm morter sent home in pieces. The night of the explosion I was blowen back aginst the wall as the fire ball went up and all of the munitions went up in the thermal column then rained down on us and the ARVINs Many had small burn, and such emptied our first aid bag and later received a citation for that night. for rendering aid.

  35. Brandt, how are you doing? My name is Simmons and I remember you. We drove together to HQ in Saigon a couple of times.

    • Eugene Simmons………Tom Brandt…wishes to know if you are the one who made a “cartoon” drawing of _our_…….the 246 th es..ezzz…unofficial….dog mascot POOCH ? ..you know the one!……snoopy…sitting on top of a black billiard ball with the number 8 inscribed on it. ????….I’m ..staring at my enlarged copy of it right now in front me !! …….T.D.B………….ps……have any idea who made that …245 th company’s unofficial…emblem…….snoopy sitting down on top of his cartoon’ed’….dog house…..holding onto an imaginary fighter airplane ‘jory stick’ with his long neck scarf trailing behind him in the wind…….245 th PSY OP Co….name clearly printed on the roof top just below snoopy …..and ….just below that is ..”posted”…some sort of ….?? vague.??….emblem ,….. possibly the 245 th……unofficial emblem, conjured up by some creative illustrator / artist..? ? ? ! ! !.

    • Eugene Simmons…..forgive my deliquent manners. To be proper and show some sort #?×₩@##?!! electronic gaget…prowess…knowledge……………good to see your name ‘pop-up’, and now be able to electronically communicate with you. Who would ever have guessed, that after 48 years have desolved away, our ghostly past….at..that …that old French war ..deluxe compound….”TRAIN CIMPOUND…US MACV”..and ..Advisory Team95; …long, lost, buried, forgotten,haunting memories .would come back . Buzz me at my e-mail ..VietnamImages@yahoo.com 24/7….

  36. Armond Latour….it’s.been..over.some
    .41..years.now..since..August..1967…at..the..Team..95…..246th..Co….lll.Corps…Train..Compound…..shortly…after..my.ear.infection..from.the.swimmig.pool..that.I..had..to.return.back.to.Conus…almost…in.a..panic..like..situation……my…DEROS…was..only…a..simple…+++.week.away…..seems.that..I..forgot…I…infact..left..Bragg…and..came.to..RSVN…a..bit….?..short..timer……..T.D.B.

    • Yes I remember you and we did explorer the mike force explosion site. I was only 200 yards from it and was blowen back against a wall when it blew. Were you our CQ the night of the Tet attack 68?

  37. Does anyone remember in late 67 when the beer barge was run aground down in the Rung Sat Zone so beer was in short supply Bud was gone and it was down to drinking Balantine an Carlings in rusty cans? What a way to fight a war. Armand Latour

  38. Thanks for the memories,,,,,,,,,funny how some of the raisins in raisin bread could be crawlin’ around too, Had some vietnamese workers on the compound who looked forward to helping me get stuff out of the conex containers by the tower because of the biggggg cockroaches that we’d always find. I couldn’t do it but they liked to eat them. Especially my top man “Sap”

  39. All over Vietnam for 6 weeks last year and saw Biere Laru advertised everywhere, but only time I actually found it was a nice restaurant in Hanoi.

  40. Yeah……. grubbies……. thought it was funny when I got back to the world and there was nothing floating around in the water etc….

    • I was attached with the 15th ARVN Armoured Cav (70-71) Team 95 – just in time to go to Cambodia with them and our team. Looking for any of the guys I served with. Most are probably long gone, I was a 19 year old radio operator and they were hard-core Army

    • I remember getting French baggetts in Saigon when we were hungery and could not make it back to Train in time for supper. Stop and get a French bread to munch on and find black mouse turds baked in. Even some in the mess hall bread occasionally.

  41. Biere 33………with a big chunk of ice in the glass. Used to watch grubbies float down from the ice to bottom of glass.

  42. Terrance – Your Vietnamese needs brushing up. The ’33’ beer was call “ba muoi ba” – that is: ‘three ten three”.

  43. I was at Train Compound from January 1971 until Team 95 closed in the Spring of 1971. I then went to Plantation which had been II Field Force HQ until it was renamed Third Regional Assistance Command. At one point the O-club at TRAC was selling Miller’s for 5 cents a can. Someone had stored it outside in Conex boxes for months in the 100 degree heat.

  44. I used to get cigarettes for free out of sundry packs. Remember those? 1970 to 71. Anybody remember LRP’s?

    • I remember LRP’s and sundry packs with cigarettes, toilet paper, even Tropical Chocolate that didn’t melt, not even after you ate it unfortunately. I remember the Ice Cream Factory that would fly loads of ice cream cups from a chopper net to the dam nest places in the middle of nowhere. Blocks of Ice for 5 MPC and rolling cans of God awful Hamm’s Beer in on the ice block to chill it faster. . C rations and P38’s crap burning details with half barrels of diesel or kerosene. I remember when the Long Binh Ammo Dump went off, and when Train took mortars . I was one of five , “volunteers” I was told to call it, that came TDY to drive some supply runs to outer perimeter camps to free up a few LRRP’s from being used for that. I was in country about a week while I was in processing, I got in a scrap with another in processing guy while watching a movie in a hooch in Long Binh. A Colonel stepped in to break us up and in the dark room one of us decked him and he was one PO’d Colonel in the morning. That’s when I was Volunteered to go do that and I don’t know what the other guy volunteered for. I was 18, naïve, green as a granny smith, scared , and found my self in a peculiar place for a kid in my position. Well , it was the best 10 weeks or so of my tour. We ran small convoys of from 1 to 5 or 6 trucks depending on where we were going. I met some really nice Guy’s like a guy named “Chris Christopherson ” though I may have the spelling wrong. All I can say for sure is he didn’t spell it like the Singer/Actor Kris Kristofferson . A great guy who helped me adapt quicker. During Tet, we climbed up that tower one night because I wanted some pictures with this camera I had just purchased from the air strip Just as we got to the top a chopper flew over the tower and fired at a building right across from the tower. AT that moment I thought I could see a NVA helmet run by a window, I aimed the camera to get a picture , when that chopper fired a rocket right into it. I could swear I snapped it just as the chopper fired, but I never found out. I had to ship up to Phu Bai the next day and when my plane was ready, I ran from the truck to the plane, looked back, and saw my camera dangling from the bumper of the deuce and a half that brought me to the airport. I have a few more memories if anyone is interested. Not good at remembering names anymore. only 67 but was retired with Prst. Cancer about ten years ago and developed coronary problems while treating the cancer so the brains pretty well toasted with all the meds since then. It was great serving there with you guy’s and it helped me to go on to other things. I had a private agenda of my own and stupid enough to think I could pull it off. God that was half a century ago. Well , welcome home everybody. Hope life has been kind and rewarding to you. My name is J. Rowe and I once or twice had the pleasure of sharing a beer with a nice guy a couple of years older than I was, and I mean only a couple, Dick, ( don’t call me Shirley) Davis. Left us in June of 68 like the soldier that he was . I didn’t know him well, but it was well that I knew him. Chris, Hope you made it home my friend, I owe you big.

    • Re: Pete…..may 20,2015 . ?? Are you the one and the same Vern Petersen one of the former 19 th PSY OP company guys who got reassigned to the 246 as soon as we entered the RSVN .? The same 246 th company orderly room clerk, that took over from SP/4 Brandt ….who was swiftly ” redeployed..across the hallway, to work in the supply room, with SGT Gillmer, Stan Bode.and Sgt Elmer??……because he had little to no typing skills and couldn’t type a single company MORNING REPORT….without multiple erasure and scratch outs ??? ..or….are you the other PeterSON ….the Mormon guy from Salt City, Utah????….that we communicated with, some few years after the war was over…….and you mr. PeterSON said that the Utah company you were employed at ……manufactured the the same, ..exact ” O ” rings that were involved in the ill . fated NASA shuttle explosion as it lifted off from the the ?? “Cape” launch pad?????………which “Pete” are you ??????……….sincerly….T.D.B…….formerly AKA ……sp/5 Brandt.

  45. 15 to 20 cents for a beer, but the best part was you could “charge” it by using chit books at the “club”. Then you paid your bill off when you got paid – once a month and in cash. Bottle of scotch was anywhere from $1.35 to $2.00.

  46. I remember buy beer by the case(Pabst blue ribbion) for 10 cent a can. We drink many of cases at the pool! I have pictures of Quigley at the pool!

  47. Right – back then, there was a bar which the ARVN would lower. Things change. You used to have a little mustache, didn’t you?

    • In 1964 we used american money
      in 1966 we used script
      how much did a beer cost at the club ?
      my memory is failing

      • Three Corps Mess and Clubs used a cupon book which I still have a few left in the cover in my memory book. I think beer was 20 cents as I rember in 66-68.

      • The MPC in 66 was used until October 25 1968 when it was called in and was reissued as I made port call on the 28th. I was one of the first to get the new issue. Had to go over to finance office at the 173rd or to some 101 AB across the Air Base.

  48. I Was at Team 95 from 70 until they started moving us to different teams from here went to Team 70 Lai Khe. Worked in Security.

  49. Yes, the Train compound generated many stories from the men that lived there. I was assiged to Xuan Loc Nov 68 then moved to III Corps HQ and lived at Train and MACV HQ in Siagon. I almost got sent to Japan after getting really sick and spent a week at the hospital in Long Binh. I can only remember being carried out of Train compound by two medics and driven to The hospital In the middle of the night.

    • Harold… you and I were in the same  hootch at Train…… if you are the same Harold Brooks whose new camera went for a swim when you were on R&R in Hawaii We had some good BS sessions and I really enjoyed you company. If your the same  Harold Brooks I was with at Train Cmpd…. your dad was an Air Force pilot. It was great seeing your name and hope to hear more from you. If you’re not the same guy I’m talking about, it was great hearing from you anyway!!!! George Starkovich  –  former  NCOIC III Corps Special Services  68-69

        • Hey you didn’t by any chance get that camera off the bumper of a deuce and a half or 3/4 ton did you? a Yashica Electra 35 is the camera I left behind as I just finished posting. I was catching a flight from a chopper out of Bein Hoa and I got a ride over from train, I left the camera dangling from the bumper while we waited for the chopper. When it came in I made a bee line for it and forgot the camera. I could see the truck pulling away with the camera still dangling from the bumper. I may have a fantastic pic on the film that I took from the tower just as a chopper fired a rocket into the window of the building across from the tower and the gate early evening just as the light was fading, There was a bunker with an ARVN and a BAR in the empty lot where they parked the trailers for the supply trucks to watch that corner. I was there TDY from DEC 67 to about mid Feb..68 when I shipped up to Phu Bai . Lol, I know the P.X. sold a lot of those Yashica 35mm Electra’s. I was one of 5 TDY drivers for the support runs to the outer camps in III corp. for the 5th Sf camps.

  50. Charles Brown, ….Charlie if I may …..I can’t tell you how much your reply regarding the grotto meant to me. When remembering those days, times, and experiences I often wonder if any one else is still around that has the same or similar memories that I have. Your description of the grotto was perfect and its obvious that you watched its progress as I did. Did you live on the compound? I was NCOIC of III Corps Special Services and worked out of a space above the EM club where the day room, pool table, tape lab , and photo lab were located. I’m sure we probably knew each other by sight or bumped into each other in the mess hall. In any case, I want to thank you for writing and brightening my Christmas by rekindling the magic of Christmas Eve 1968. Wishing you and yours a happy and prosperous New Year. Thanks for writing Charlie!!

    • I was assigned to Advisory Team 95 as the Headquarters Detachment Clerk at Train Compound, Bien Hoa from sometime early in January, 1968 until my ETS on February 9, 1969. I arrived in country at Tan Son Nhut on January 5, the same “day” I’d flown from McGuire Air Base in New Jersey, almost 24 hours earlier. That was weird, to say the least. If you ever had to come to the dayroom for any reason you probably saw me, a black guy wearing glasses and smoking constantly. When I got to Train Compound the First Sergeant told me “Our Company Clerk just went home three days ago. Can you type?” I immediately said “Yes”, which was a half truth, but I got it together real fast and after about three weeks the First Sergeant said “The Major likes your work. Would you like him to cut orders to keep you here?” I answered enthusiastically, “Yes” and was happy as hell! Having just arrived in country from Fort Knox, KY with an MOS of Tank Crewman, I was not eager to be the driver of a track vehicle or a gunner in a chopper. I made myself useful in any way that I could, including helping Sgt. Gendron as his assistant projectionist when he showed triple features on movie nights. I’d even go over to the Chieu Hoi camp and show movies to the VC prisoners as part of their “reeducation”. They loved American cowboy movies. I often wondered what they were saying, chattering away as the cowboys and Indians chased each other across the deserts and plains of the American Southwest. Boy, do I have memories! Peace, guys. Happy New Year and be well.

  51. George Starkovich, I am so glad that somebody else is able to bear witness to what was one of the most remarkable Christmas Eves I have ever experienced. I wrote about it in my journal; how for days before Christmas, the Vietnamese gathered cigarette butts, cardboard, and stuff that we threw away as trash. They fashioned newspapers into papier mache that resembled the rocky surfaces of a grotto or a cave. As it took shape, it looked like a stage set but it was, in fact, a creche as one often sees this time of year in Catholic churchyards. In the center they placed the figures of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus with the Three Wise Men and the animals in the stable. I also remember how they had strung up a large brightly lit star from which strings of christmas lights simulated rays of light streaming from the star to the scene below. They also prominently displayed the flags of the allied countries that fought with the U.S. forces. At that time I was the Headquarters Detachment clerk and was on friendly terms with the Lieutenant who was the Commander of the ARVN Unit to which you refer. He spoke little English and was most comfortable with French. My French was only Intermediate level, but we communicated very well. It was he who more or less “designed” and supervised the work. I took some color pictures of the scene in the daylight, but nothing compares to the real, awesome “magic” of seeing it for the first time on that Christmas Eve in 1968.

  52. As I posted earlier, I was at Train Compound from around 5 January, 1968 until February 9, 1969. I remember a huge explosion at the Long Binh ammo dump during my tour. After a lot of burn-off, there was a huge fireball, followed seconds later by a sonic impact that was like nothing I had felt before. Maybe this is something that has happened on more than one occasion. I took pictures of Train Compound which I developed and printed, some of which I have since had professionally reprinted to 11 x 14 size, matted and framed. They decorate the walls of my apartment. I remember the water tower, the mill that stood behind the compound, the swimming pool, and the art school in Bien Hoa where they made world class ceramics. I later met and became friends with a Vietnamese guy who was a paraplegic as result of injuries he received at the Air Base during, I believe, Tet ’68. He became a writer and was at the University of Missouri. His name was Huynh Quang Nhuong. I have lots of memories of those days.

    • Merry Christmas to all fellow Team 95 members. I was sitting in my recliner tonight, Christmas Eve, having a cup of coffee and listening to some Christmas carols and started to think of Christmas Eve in 1968 at Train Compound. The ARVNS that lived on the compound and some of their dependents as well as some of the Vietnamese workers on the compound started building  something between their hootches and some of the trees just inside the fence in late October. They attached pieces of chicken wire and other stuff to the trees…..just about any kind of scrap they could get their hands on. Then they covered it with something that looked like paper mache. It was quite a project, but to my surprise, when it was finished it turned out to be the Nativity. They built it for Christmas. On Christmas Eve we were invited to share  in their celebration and the food that they had prepared. At about 2100 hrs everything went quiet……QUIET!!…. No small arms fire… no artillery…. no rockets, no choppers, no noise from the air base……just completely quiet. Unbelievable….. for the first time since I got in country, there was SILENCE. To this day I don’t know if there was a cease fire or  if everyone just decided to stop fighting for a few hours on their own. All I know is that Christmas Eve 1968 was one of the most meaningful Christmas Eves I’ve ever had. The chaplain said mass in front of the nativity and I’ll never forget the Vietnamese sharing with us GIs what little they had. As a tribute to that experience I put a nativity scene in my front yard every year. This is the 45th year I’ve put up my nativity scene and it has become a family tradition. Merry Christmas to all Team 95ers. I think of all of you and my time at Train Compound often. I hope you all have the greatest of New Years!George

       

      • George,

        I am curious to know if we are directly related. My grandfather was Tony Starkovich, lived in Los Angeles County and was the adoptive parent of my father, Martin Starkovich.

        Thank you in advance,

        Thai Starkovich

  53. The attack in 1967 was the ammo dump at Long Binh going up. I was watching the movie in the “dining hall” when everything turned yellow/red. Then the sound wave reached us a couple of seconds later. A similar event happened when the napalm dump at Bien Hoa AFB went up one night.

    • Pete, if you give me the name of the First Sergeant when you left Train I would remember if he is the same one who “hired” me. I remember that after him came First Sergeant Quintana. Some names escape me for the moment.

  54. Oh yeah, I remember the snack bar. I used to order the hamburger there, a little structure with a walk-up window. As I recall, a sergeant ran the place. I remember my first or second day there, mid June 1970 ,I was standing at the snack bar window and the rains started. The rain was so heavy that I thought it going to pound through me like a bullet. I couldn’t get inside fast enough. I guess it was the monsoon season there. I was smart, as “I had enough sense to come in out of the rain.” Don Zivitz

  55. I was at Train Compound from June 70 until March 71. I seem to remember a Captain named Erhrich, sort of a stocky guy, maybe with a mustache. I don’t recall what duty he performed. I shot pool with him my first night there at the O Club. After that we talked a few times. He may have rotated home not long after I arrived. He was friendly with another Captain, tall guy, maybe from Georgia. Don Zivitz

  56. Lived at Train Compound (named after Robert Train, a American soldier killed long before I got there) all of 1970. Worked with Perez Ehrich, Sid Foster, Bob Magnuson, many others at III Corps HQs. I was an information specialist and also helped put together our newspaper called the III Corps Advisor. I have one copy of each issue for the year 1970. About 300 Americans lived there; we had a pool and three bars, but it was not very secure. We had a razor wire fence, three feet wide, six feet wide, as our protective perimeter. We also had 30 US infantrymen in our little compound for security. Our little snack bar made the best ham and cheese sandwiches I have ever had. Had movies in the cafeteria, several Asian bands come through, and a pool table. Spec 5 Jay Falls

    • I worked out of Train Compound and also III Corps Advisor during some of the time you were there. Others included Robert Hawker, Stephen Stennis. Eventually was transfered to Long Binh for my last months in country. I still am in contact with Hawker.
      Did you ever go to the Le Plage’ restaurant on the river bank in Bien Hoa?
      Do you remember New Year’s eve 1970/71. Had to go under cover. Too many tracers going up. They had to come down somewhere.

    • Jay I was one of the printing press operators in PSYOPS that printed the 3 corps advisor from 66-68 I only have one from after Tet 68. It sure would be nice to showcase them in a website or something. a lot of information in them and info. The one I have has a memorium to eight; SFC Paul F Charnetzki
      MAJ Eugene J Conner
      SFC Charles E Hall
      SSGT Istvan Molnar
      SP4 Donald M Radics
      MAJ Floyd B Spencer Jr.
      1LT Arthur R Timboe
      SGT Robert J Williamson
      It was of 15 February 1968, SP4 Mike Parker Photographer saw his name in here, SSGT Leon Pollard was listed as editor. The APO was 96227 and phone was Army 2963.
      Armand Latour

      • My father was 1LT Arthur Timboe. Advisory Team 70. KIA Feb 1, 1968. Can you post a picture of the memorial that was printed? Thanks Brian Timboe

    • Hi, I am from Bien Hoa, Vietnam. There was an apartment name Franzblau located in Bien Hoa for all americans lived and worked in Bien Hoa during the Vietnam war. Would you happen to know who would lived there, and what kinda work they did?

      Thanks

    • My father was Thomas Botts and he was killed in Bien Hoa while serving with team 95 in 1965. I’ve been looking for anyone who might have served with him for years. Any help?

      • I was in Bien Hoa from Sept 1965 until June 1966
        I am sorry but I do not remember anyone named Botts
        Sorry I could not be of help

      • Gordon, your e-mail link bounced. I would love to talk to you about my father. Please feel free to call me at 502-299-9046. Thanks for reaching out.

    • Hi Terrance, my grandfather was Capt Donald Ray Blair. He was part of the HQS unit for MACV…..so I’ve read; he was killed Jan 8, 1966. From Canyon, Texas. ANY information, stories, pictures you or anyone who knew him/knew of him could give me would be sincerely appreciated! Even if you didn’t like him 🙂 I’d just like to know about him, learn about him.
      My name is Rachel Blair Bush, and I can be reached at Rblair2684@yahoo.com, or call/text me at 817-832-7725.

  57. I remember you Terrance, I have a picture you getting out of the pool & maybe a couple more. How the hell have you been? I would enjoy talking to you. You can call me a 264/681-7366 anytime. I live in Salado, Tx near FT Hood. SFC (ret) Melzar (Mike) Barnes

  58. I was with ADV. Team 95 from Dec 67 til July 68. Assigned with the 57th RF/PF forces just outside Bien Hoa Airbase. Anyone out there that served with Team 95 during that time period? I’d enjoy hearing from you.
    SSGT LaFlam

    • SSGT LaFlam,

      My father, LTC Charley R. Weaver was assigned to Team 95 approximately the same time you were there. He had a plaque “from the officers and men of Team 95.” The crest that was on the right top corner of the plaque is missing. Can you tell me what that crerst was and if you have such a plaque can you take a picture of that crest and send it to me?

      I would like to restore the plaque for my son who is currently in the Air Force.

      Please respond to taw_ii@yahoo.com.

      • I took pictures of my plaque – sent them via your email. Hope all is OK ! If you have any pictures of your dad – during that era – I’d like to see them.

    • I was with team 95 from 4 Jan 64 to 18 Dec 64

      we started in Saigon but moved to Bien Hoa in july of 64
      we worked in all of iii corp area
      would love to hear from any one from that time period

    • Could that have been the 58th RF Battalion? I was on a team with Capt. Fukashima in 69-70. The Bn Hdqt was located on the edge of the air base perimeter.

    • Could that have been the 58th RF Battalion? I served on Team 95 at the 58th RF compound located right on the perimeter of the airbase. I was there from May 69-70.

    • Arthur,

      Sorry, I did not receive the photo of the plaque. Please send me your email address and I will send you time period photos of my father. Maybe you can identify the people in the photographs.

      taw_ii@hotmail.com
      taw (underscore) eye eye @Hotmail.com

  59. Lynford P. Garland,
    14 October 1965 to 16 October 1966
    I was a E-5 Sergeant working for the MP Advisor who was a Major and the Train Compound commander when assigned. There was an SFC Ray, and another E-5 assigned at the same time I was. The III Corps QC personnel we dealt with were mostly CPTs but i don’t recall any names. In the spring of 1966 CPT Jim Reichel assumed the duties of the MP advisor and kept it until he rotated. He was promoted to MAJ sometime during that assignment. I got promoted to SSG in January, ’66. About that time is when they built the POW enclave and we got a CPT and three more EM as advisors to that unit. They reported to MAJ Reichel. Just before I got there the SF A team (maybe B Team) at Dong Xai got overrun and 1LT Charlie Mitchell was awarded the Medal for his action there. They pulled the team back to Train and one of the guys bunked in the same building as i. We were right inside the wire near the main gate.

    I returned to RVN in June 1971 assigned to Song Be and while I was in and out of Bien Hoa AB I never visited Train Compound. I do have some pictures of my first “visit” but don’t know if any are of any value. Retired as a 971 in 1976.
    Lyn Garland

    • I was stationed at Train compound in Sept 65 to June 66
      I remember the MAJOR IN COMMAND OF THE COMPOUND and not fondly
      It was my second tour in NAM and he had no use for former advisors
      Sorry but I do not remember if you want to chat my email
      silverfox585@hotmail.com
      Terrance Quigley ( ZERO )

  60. Hey Mike – I remember Gifford, and Czerniak, and most of the other guys. As I said before, I’m really looking for Nolan…

  61. Hi Bob, I remember a guy named Nolan. He was a black guy , a couple of us visited him in the hospital. Do you remember a guy named Gifford or Czerniak ? Mike

    • Mike, by any chance were you a policeman in Texas before joining the army? I was at Train in 1967 and think you might have been there at the same time.

      • Hi Eugene, I joined the Army 22 days after I turned 17 took basic & ait at Fort Ord, Ca in1964, then to Fort Lewis,WA. The end of April 1965 got orders for Vietnam, arrived in Vietnam May 10, 1965 and assigned to advisory team 95, Train Compound. Left Vietnam May 9, 1966, assigned to Fort Polk,La, Tigerland . I was in the first Drill
        Sergeant class for AIT (Infantry). Assigned to A-6-3 Tigerland ,
        Discharged July 1967. I have a lot memories of Train compound. Have been in contact with 4 guys who were with me. Contact me anytime glad to here from you. SFC(Ret) Melzar C. Barnes

  62. Hi Mike – I never was Cpl – a Spec4, later a Sgt. I think you are remembering Cpl Dier (I think that’s the correct spelling). His was in your ‘group’, I joined the team in mid-June, ’64. I’m really looking for Nolan. Thanks, Bob

    • Jim Storey and I ( Terrance Qiugley ( zero ) worked as e team at train compound from june 64 till Dec 64
      We lived in the house just left of the main gate

  63. Hi Bob, I remember you, Cpl Dye. I remember Nolan I think. Give me a call, be glad to hear from you. My #(254)681-7366 call any time. Mike Barnes

  64. Hey Barnes, I was a member of the same Security Team, from June 65 to June 67 and I do remember you. I was wondering, though, if you remember Nolan. We were buddies in my second year and I was just wondering what his first name was – I seem to remember Phil, but the years change the memories. —- Bob Dye

  65. Hi Thomas, so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sorry to say I didn’t know him. We had a number of teams that were based at Train Compound under the team 95 mainly as a mailing address. Hopefully someone reads your post and knew him and can give you information about your Dad. Again so sorry you lost your Dad. SFC (ret) Melzar (Mike) Barnes

  66. I am interested in communicating with anyone who may have served with my father, SFC Thomas Botts. He was killed in Vietnam on Sept. 4, 1965 while serving with Advisory Team 95. Prior to arriving, he was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky. and Fort Benning, Ga.

  67. I need some help from you IV Corps (Mekong Delta) Advisory Team vets.

    I am trying to piece together my brother’s experiences in Vietnam (June 65 to June 66) for the benefit of his boys and the rest of the family.

    A2C Tom Toussaint was a USAF reciprocating engine mechanic. For part of his time he was on Advisory Team 53 at Long Xuyen or Can Tho. He spent time at Soc Trang and Chi Lang. And he had been in both Thailand and Laos.

    I think he was a crew chief on a Forward Air Control 1-E Bird Dog. He had hundreds of slides taken from the rear seat of the FAC plane of air strikes in the forests below. But the few pictures I have of him show only Bird Dogs with US Army markings, not USAF.

    How were these Advisory Teams organized? Who did the members report to?

    Could he have been working on an Army plane?

    He talked about having an M60 mounted on the door of the O1-E. The FAC’s I have talked to said that the Army O1-E’s did this, but not the Air Force.

    What was the role of these USAF people on these Advisory Teams in the Delta?

    Thanks,

    Ed Toussaint
    Potomac, MD
    Etoussaint44@yahoo.com

  68. You are correct, the cafeteria (mess hall) was where they showed movies and they did have to turn on the lights to change reels. I remember one night when I was there watching a movie and all of a sudden there was a very bright yellow glow that filled the room. It was the ammo/napalm dump at Long Binh going up. Memories!

    • I was there that night when long binh ammo dump went up.. It looked like an atomic explosion. Sometime in 1967. E 4 Peter Johns. Company Clerk.

      • I’m wondering if you could be talking about the same incident i witnessed late one night, except I was Headquarters Detachment Clerk from shortly after my arrival in country, Jan. 5, 1968 until my DEROS, Feb. 9 1969. It was, indeed, like an atomic explosion. Maybe it happened more than once.

  69. George and Eugene, thank you both for your memories of Train Compound. As to the first Americans who died in Nam, like everything else about that war, there is some controversy. TSgt Richard B. Fitzgibbon, Jr., who died 8 June 1956, has been listed as the first American casualty; this was done when The Wall authorities moved the date back for the beginning of the war. It had been 1961, but was changed to 1955. Fitzgibbon’s son was also killed in Nam and they are one of only three father-son pairs who died in the war. The problem is that TSgt. Fitzgibbon was not killed by enemy action, but was shot by a fellow American crew-member on a Saigon street. This crew-member was later killed when he attempted to escape from US authorities, but his name is not on the wall. (At least for now.)

    The first American death in Nam is given now as Major A. Peter Dewey, who was killed in action near Hanoi, 26 September 1945 (Military.com Community at http://forums.military.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/4870010221001/m/7900016552001). I would consider this an action connected with the French resuming control of Indo-China immediately after World War II, and thus not directly connected to what we know as the Vietnam War. The US strongly supported the French, in opposition to the Vietnamese Nationalist movement, and that is how we got embroiled in Nam.

    James T. Davis is given now as the first American who died in ground battlefield action, 22 December 1961 (Military.com as above). All honor to him.

    So where does that leave Major Dale Buis and MSgt. Chester Ovnand, who were killed in a Viet Minh (VC) attack on the Train Compound on 8 July 1959? As far as I’m concerned, they are still the first American casualties of what we know as the Vietnam War. This is not to take anything from Major Dewey, or from TSgt. Fitzgibbon either. But Viet Minh/VC soldiers aimed weapons, through windows, at American advisors while a film reel was being changed in the cafeteria of the Train Compound, the lights being turned on for that purpose, which gave the attackers full view of the Americans, and opened fire without warning. This was a deliberate act. Apparently Major Buis was killed first, then MSgt. Ovnand immediately after, probably within so short a time that it could not be counted. This event is supposed to have occurred in Building 57 of the compound. If that is where the cafeteria was located in 1959, some of you can verify the building, which I understand now contains a small museum.

    When you remember the VC attack on Bien Hoa Air Base on 1 November 1964, the first ground attack following the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution of 4 August 1964 (although LBJ waited for the following attack at Pleiku before taking action), with ground fighting and some five or six American deaths, you see how much of the war had its beginnings at Bien Hoa.

    All the men mentioned above can be found on Wikipedia and on other sites.

    I sincerely hope all of you who have memories of Nam will find some way to write them down or record them. They are immensely valuable to history, not only war history, but human history as well. First-hand experiences are invaluable, even vital, to the historian. Our numbers are dwindling and our stories need to be preserved. There is not a man who set foot in Nam whose story doesn’t deserve to be preserved.

    • Great writing. Both Eugene and I were there and keep in touch by email. I have been writing about my experieces and have written over 55 pages of what went on and many of it was at Train and 3 Corps. It was 28 months of my life some good some bad. But I remember it.

    • Jesse Flowers was at Traincompound in Bien Hoa during the Nov 1964 attack. I was with the 232nd Sig Co.
      I remember the attack very well. I would love to know if John P. Wiley made it home to Chicago. I can be reached at
      jesseflowers935@yahoo.com

  70. I looked at the map and Train Compound wasn’t all that big. The building with “36” on it was outside Train. If you notice the 3 small red circles (tanks) at grid 0125 x 1105, those were fuel storage tanks. A VC tried to blow them in 1967 when I was there. He laid 1 explosive package (C4 with watch timer) on a tank, and as he was setting the other one, he must have jiggled the timer… BOOM! I have photos. If you notice the pool near the 3 tanks. that’s pretty much the east end of Train. Not much north of the pool, just a small road that went by the compound.

    • Wow Eugene! I remember the incident you are talking about. I was part of the security team for the compound. I had to go out and look around the area. Small bits and pieces were all over. I remember a fellow who had been there picking up a small part and asking if I wanted to send it home, an offer I declined. I was there April 1967 until April 1968. Glad you got back home.

    • Do you remember the tower post outside the gate that were near the tanks? They put me out there once and closed the doors to the compound. I remember seeing the torso and nothing else. They told me his head was about one hundred feet away.

  71. Glad it helped Joe….. I think those two advisors in 59 were our first casualties in Nam. Would like to see the results of your research and project. Good luck.
    G

  72. Hi Joe…… just checked out the map from your last entry and found the location of Train Compound. It’s just north and east of the intersection of VERTICAL GRIDLINE 01 and HORIZONTAL GRIDLINE 11. It is all there. The factory I mentioned turns out to be a paper plant. The dead giveaway is the tower in the southwest corner of the compound. The pool is on the east side. The 3 tanks are shown just a little outside of the southeast perimeter not far from the pool, The compound straddles VERTICAL GRIDLINE 01 a little. The tower is on the west side of the line. The factory has the number 36 on it. The compound is small so I couldn’t find it right away………… but there it is.
    George

    • That’s great, George! I appreciate knowing where the compound was. It seems like some of us lived and worked in Nam like mules with blinders on—we saw and knew very little outside of our own particular duty, and the long hours and days kept it that way. Thanks for your very clear description of the compound. One reason I was interested was because of the attack there in 1959 that killed two of our advisors. All the accounts I’ve seen only said it happened at Bien Hoa. Now I know where at Bien Hoa. Thanks again.

    • The Plant beside Train Compound was Con-Ty Paper plant. I was in it many times Psyops used the paper cutter at night so we had a two man paper cutting detail in the plant most nights in late 67 then we got our own large 42 inch cutter. I had to drive over from 3 Corps to check on the guys to see if they were still alive. The Oil tanks were a target of the VC when a team snuck in and set a schell charge on the piping. The charge went off prematurely killing one and a blood trail lead away into the paddies. The tanks only had a foot or two of bunker oil in them so no fire occurred but a large dent formed in one from the vacuume created I went over and photographed the cleanup.

  73. Hi guys I’ve tried to find it on a map as well. I can’t clearly. Remember the way to the airbase because ARVNs were always driving THIER jeeps and I was a passenger. Train Cmpnd wasn’t too far from the Dong Nai river…. The river was to the back of us. On the other side the was a series of large deserted buildings…… Maybe some kind of processing plant as there were several LARGE bulk oil tanks outside of the wire as well. I think they had a shell oil insignia on them. As you left the compound you would drive straight for a few clicks (west?) and then if you turned right (north?) another few clicks and you would be in Tam Hiep. Bien Hoa city was in the opposite direction. It seems to me that the Dong Nai was just east of the compound ……Bien Hoa city was west or west south west from the compound and the airbase was just west or west northwest of there. If you can find some arial photos you should be able to see the factory, oil tanks, the pool , the paddie between us and the river, then the river. The base wasn’t real far away cause we could hear the big birds when it was quiet and we could see freedom birds circling once in a while in that direction . Don’t know if this helped at all, or if it just sounds like a bunch of nonsense from an old GI…… Good luck on you projects guys!!

    • The best map I’ve found of Bien Hoa Air Base and environs, including Bien Hoa Village/Town/City, from the Song Dong Nai eastward to the ARVN prison camp on Hwy 1, is at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/world_cities/txu-pclmaps-bien_hoa-1968.jpg. It’s a big map and takes a moment to download, then you have to maneuver over it, but it’s a great map. Outside of the landmarks that I know myself, it’s legend isn’t much help to me because I don’t know about the places it lists. Aside from locating the Train Compound, I’d like to identify the sectons contained within the III Corps Headqquarters area. I know where MIBARS was, and their heli-pad, but don’t know anything else. CORDS was there, the CIA, Hdqtrs for USAID, MIBARS, 5th Special Forces C-Team, and others whose compounds in III Corps Headquarters I’d like to identify. Anybody ever hear of the Franzblau Aprarments in III Corps Compound?

  74. I was at Bien Hoa 1968-69 and am doing some work on the history of the air base. Exactly where was Train Compound in relation to the base, or in relation to III Corps Hdqtrs next to the base? Is there an on-line map that shows the Train Compound?

  75. For Bill Stoner- I recall a friendly fire incident (one of a few) in Jan/Feb 69 on an island in the river involving Willie Pete rockets from an O2 FAC aircraft near Bien Hoa. Was working as a III DASC NCO Controller Apr 68 to Apr 69 assigned to Team 95 living at Train. I recall that some of the guys involved showed up at the DASC early the following morning in a really bad mood (cant blame them one damn bit.) I seem to recall that the ground unit hit had been in a Free Fire Zone, but then again it was a long time ago.

    • Morning Joe – many thanks for ur note. I’m in Saigon right now and hotel wireless is a bit dicey. Tried to reply before, but don’t know if it got thru.

      Anyhow, the incident you describe sounds about right. Do u recall if there were any KIAs amongst Rangers in boats? Don’t blame anyone for being pissed off. But, from what you describe it sounds like the strike was on ground troops, using only marking rounds.

      Here’s my email if you’d like to communicate direct bstoner3@yaooo

      Cheers Bill

    • Hi Joe…..been awhile so hope all’s OK with you. Anyhow, my Bravo, Mark Scully, who was on TOC night of that friendly fire incident would like to talk to you. Can you shoot him a message at

      disgruntler99@gmail.com

      Many thanks, Bill

  76. Does anyone remember Tsgt Vern Priesing USAF that was an x-ray tech WITH MACV at Ben Hoa from Aug 1970-Aug 71? Was on the same plane over and assigned to the 3909th Special Activities Sq. as an advisor MILPHAP but orders were cut to send me to Cam Rahn Bay instead.

  77. I was Senior Advisor to 4/48th Bn (18th Arvn Div – Xuan Loc), 68-69. I’m basically on a fishing expedition right now looking for anyone who might recall a friendly fire incident early in ’69. An ARVN Ranger unit in boats was on the Nha Be/Song Dong Nai River at night when they were hit by a couple of gun ships, probably out of Bien Hoa. A dozen or more Rangers were killed

    Any info, leads or contacts are much appreciated Thanks, Bill

  78. Am looking for contact with SGT. Kris Elkinder MACV was a ranger and was advisor to 3rd Viet rangers. He got hit in 67, spent several weeks in 3rd Field Hospital. He got a desk job in Saigon at MACV II as III Corps air leason NCO We had some good times at Team 95 Train Compound and in Saigon. Anyone with any contact please forward it. Kris was from Laguna Beach CA.

  79. I was at Train Compound all of 1967 and will look through my albums to see if I have any photos. Worked for SSGT Alvin Bentley… we had a dog mascot named “Pooch” who hated Vietnamese… and a friend from Puerto Rico with a head so big he could wear his helmet without a liner (DeJesus Ayala). Still keep in touch with Armand Latour (PA), who usually fills me in on what’s going on regarding PSYOPS and the unit.

    • Remember “OLD age is something that “A LOT” of our boys NEVER got to experience…
      So I’m just glad that I can say I’m 47 years older.
      I was an advisor with the ARVN 57th RF , just off Bien Hoa Air Base.

    • Missed ‘TET’…Left Southeast Asia 26Oct67, Landed in CA at or about the same date and time as I when I Left the ‘Nam, 26Oct67…

    • Was it ‘Train Compound’ where the Infirmary was underground? If so, There was a Monkey in a cage near the entrance to the Infirmary. One day I came in, went by the Infirmary and that Monkey somehow got out of the cage, jumped on my back, scratched the hell out of my sweaty neck…Not only was I in the ‘nam, I literally had a ‘Monkey On My Back…

      • My father Sgt. James Ciccosanti had a picture of himself with a monkey on his shoulder. It looks like Team 95 was his last assignment. I wonder if this was the same monkey.

  80. I found a web site about Train Compound about a year ago. A Witness to History Train Compound, It has many early photos and even Westmoreland lived their early on its worth a google I even learned things about Train. I have a collection of slides just of Tran. Must get busy and organize them. Armand Latour S.Sgt. 6th PSYOOS

    • Would you give me those sites that mention “Train Compound” ….
      I’m NOT the right generation for computers ( know what I mean? )

      • just google search Train Compound Advisory Team 95 Bien Hoa Vietnam. Ijust did it and it is still there. You know it is the site of the very first KIA in Nam July 8 1959. Maj.Dale Buris and MSG. Chester Ovrand This was in building 57 or the EM club with special services upstairs.
        My email is latbonorch@yahoo. com.

  81. L was there and have quite a few photos of Jane and her entarauge in front of the EM club and down at the Officers club. Also remember Martha Ray at the clubs. Oh we were so lucky to have lived at Train, for me it was almost 2 years. Many of my photos were made in the special services lab up stairs. 6-66 to 10-68 Armand Latour 6th PSYOPS

    • I ran across, “Col. Maggie”, Martha Raye, in Long Khan Province, I think…. Initially, I was shocked to see a Mature Female sporting jungle fatigues, topped off with the infamous Green Beret w/5th SFG Flash and ‘Special Forces Tab”. Found out she was “Honorary Special Forces”. Oh, I especially enjoyed the Restaurant Atmosphere, ordering from a menu, in the Mess Hall on Train Compound.:-).

  82. I came to Advisory Team 95 at Train Compound from Advisory Team 94 in Xuan Loc, Jan ’67. Worked at TOC, Off Compound. I remember a few 5th SFG B-Team members, ROK Marines on the Compound AND of course, Downing Beers with Jane Mansfield on The Compound just before her demise…I got out of there Oct. 67…

  83. I was connected to Train Compound – from 67 -68. Was with the 57th RF/PF forces, and their compound over looked Bien Hoa Air Base. I actually lived at the 57th compound. Was at the 57th during TET. Served with a Capt. Thomas Evans … just the two of us there.

  84. Was at Train Compound from June 67-June 68. Worked at III Corp HQ in G2. Tet was tough until 11th Armored Cav came to town. We had so many captured VC at G2 we had to lock them up in a Conex. Train was a good place that the Army failed to screw up. Likewise, did not know that it is was shut down, so maybe Army did. Worked with lots of good guys at G2 and lived with at Train.

    Glad you made home.

    Steve Sims, SP/5

    • I was at the 57th RF as an advisor at that time ( TET & etc.) I lived with the ARVN at their camp just out side Bien Hoa Air Base. I built a HUGE bunker there – finished it just be for TET. Got all of our materials from a unit called “RED HORSE” on the Air Base. I never got to spend any (real) time at Train Compound. Do you have any pictures of during that time ???

    • I was at Train from Mar 67 to Feb 68 and worked in G2 III Corps ops. Steve Sims, I can’t put a face to the name or the name to a face, sorry. I know I should know you. I still remember some names etc but a lot of years have passed. I just discovered this sight the other day and saw your post. Hope you can fill me in. Thanks for your service and glad you returned safely.

      Rich Bennett (SP/5)

      • It would be nice to see some pictures of that era …. then maybe we could put the names and faces together. WELCOME HOME !!!!

      • 23 Mar 1967 I departed G-2 III Corps ops.( Worked in the documents cage)
        to Tay Ninh for duty in Kheim Han district. We must have ran into each other
        , you may have been my replacement,LOL .SSgt Tom Soles at the time. I also helped the LTC post the briefing map each morning. E-mail me.If you would like

  85. I was at Train Compound from January 1971 until Advisory team 95 was deactivated and consolidated with II Field Force under the name Third Regional Assistance Command (TRAC) which occurred in March or April of 1971. I was assigned to the G-1 advisors to the Vietnamese III Corps HQ. General Tri was the III Corps commander until he was killed in a helicopter accident in February 1971.

    • Ken, I was at Train Compound from June 1970 until March 1971. Maybe we ate together in the mess hall. I was up in Tay Ninh the day General Tri died. I left to fly back to III Corp HQ just before his chopper crashed. I believe they crashed on take off. Fuel tanks ruptured and all were incinerated. Heard about it when I landed back in Bien Hoa. Had a lot of good friends and memories at Train. Would love to hear from you or anyone else who was there then. Former Army Captain, Don Zivitz. Don_zivitz@bellsouth.net

      • I overlapped with you for a couple of months. I was at Train, Team 95 as an advisor until mid March of 1971. I was at III Corp HQ in the G-4 office, working under Ltc Johnson snd Maj. Bossio. Good days, good guys. My best friends were Captains Marty MacClelland and Howard Moody who were still there when I left.

  86. I was at Train Compound from May 7, 1965- May 10,1966. I was part of the security force. I would like to hear from people who were there. Mike Barnes

    • My father, Thomas H Botts, was killed at Bien Hoa on Sept. 4, 1965. I am looking for anyone who may have served with him.

    • I was at Train Compound April, May, June 1965 – I was attached to 173 Airborne at the base. Lived in the large GP Tent with the Pay Ops officers on cots. I remember the Rhesus monkeys who used to race all round – thru and on top of the tent….also 2 baboons – Num and Num Nuts (Num bit an electric power cable and got a bad shock and burn to the mount – hid on top of the python (Rocky the python) cage. Only time we ever saw Num Nuts showing kindness and caring. The monkeys loved to slide down the tin roofs of the permanent buildings then full of mud race thru our tent. Food was great at the contract mess in the main building – meal order forms, waitresses and great salad bar. First time thru the chow hall the attendance girl looked at your rations card for its number and how many meals you had scheduled – never had to look at it again – she knew you. Early one Sunday AM mid May was eating breakfast when there were explosions and huge clouds of smoke from the Air Base – drove over immediately to find out what was going on – that was when 27 airman were killed by a series of detonations on the flight line, each setting off another down the line. The swimming pool was great – nice to go out and float on a blow up mattress for a while after lunch.

    • Lanny, How many times did you re-up in country? Quite a few if my memory is correct.
      I believe the last I saw you was at Long Binh. Later I think I had an invitation to your wedding down south but never made it.

  87. I was at Train Compound from Aug 70 to May 71. Working as an Intelligence Analyst in G-2 and later worked at the interrogation center reading translated reports. Went home 3 months early because of Nixon’s troop cuts. Was there with Lanny Marshall.

    • Were you there for the “closing it down” party? Unit funds HAD to be spent, several bands every night, along with STEAKS. I don’t remember the date, spring of ’71. I too DEROSed early at the exact same time. Lloyd Wills (lawboxer55@yahoo.com)

  88. I spent the first 7 months at MACV HQ in Saigon. I arrived at Train in June, 1970 and stayed until February, 1971. My job was acting as a Morning Report clerk (also worked on requests for R&R) for WO Raines in a small office to which I’d drive a jeep every morning, weaving in and out of traffic on those narrow roads…mamma sans, pappa sans and baby sans everywhere I looked. I remember a pipe smoking tall kid from California named Gostisha…Gerald Ely from Maine…Russel Chambers from Tennessee…Kent McCord with his blonde hair…the small helicopter pad, a basketball court, the pool, and the central flag pool…a tall watch tower…barbed wire…concrete bunkers…the guard shack at the entrance…food was okay. It was the Army without too much BS. I’m Greg Hoover and didn’t know this site existed until finding it tonight…didn’t know Team 95 was shut down and moved to Long Binh, either.

    • Greg Hoover!…Your name just jumped out at me. I think you cut orders for me to Penang. (twice). If you’re the same guy I remember, we hung out quite a bit back in 70/71. My Vietnamese lady & I had a hooch right outside the compound. I worked at the TOC & pulled guard duty at the tower. My name is Alan King (from New York)

    • Greg, I was at Train Compound from June 1970 until March 1971. I worked in G-4 with Marty Mac Clelland and Howard Moody. The head of G-4 when I arrived was Ltc. Corliss, and he was eventually replaced by Ltc George Johnson. As I recall, the Team 95 leader was General McAuliffe, and he was eventually replaced by General Hyman about the time I left. I remember the USO shows, drinking beer and spending a lot of time up in Tay Ninh. Was WO Raines first name Howard? By the way, you are right. The food was okay as well. Don Zivitz

  89. I was a photographer assigned to the III Corps Public Information Office and stayed at Train from August 1967 – September 1968. I got there as a PFC and left as a Spec 5, working with LTC George Barrante (with whom I remain in contact), Major George Meany, SSG Wes Bell, SSG Leon Pollard and others whose names I have forgotten over the years. My worst memory of Train (aside from people trying to kill me) was the stench from the adjacent paper mill. Anyone who was there for Tet will never forget the battle for Bien Hoa and the mortars that came slamming into Train. One even ended up in the swimming pool! One of my favorite memories is the strip of brothels that lined the road leading into Train. War sure was hell.

    • I remember you. I was with 6 PSYOPS from 6-66 10-68 a printer and night printing crew leader. Talked about our Nikons and used the dark room above the EM club. Was on III corps with 6 other men night of tet 68.

      • I was at Train Compound from May 1965 – May 1966. Do you remember a SP/4 Emmitt King, he was with the phy-ops. We drank a lot of beer at the pool. Would enjoy hearing from you. SFC (Ret) Melzar (Mike)Barnes

      • Most of my photos were on Train, 3 Corps, Bien Hoa AFB or Saigon or above all of these on PSYOPS missions. You need to Email me Gene Simmons and I are in contact.

    • Mike Parker, I guess I was your replacement in October 1968. I was “hired” by Major Meany. Stayed at Train until March 1969. My replacement, Chris Brow, was KIA on February 26, 1969, one of the defining worst days of my life. Never thought to google this before. Any chance you know where George Meany is today?

      • Wow. I knew Chris Brow from photo school at Fort Monmouth. I was in St. Louis in 1971 visiting a friend who had married a Vietnamese woman, Kim, who worked at III Corps PIO with me and we were swapping stories, when out of the blue, Cal asked me if I remembered Chris Brow. I said that I did. Cal then told me that he was my replacement and I asked how he was. Cal replied, “he was killed in January 1969.” That really shook me, as LTC George Barrante (with whom I’ve been in regular contact over the past 15-20 years) really wanted me to extend my TOD so we could work together until he DEROSED. He promised me he’d walk through my papers for a promotion to S/SGT and I gave it careful consideration, but decided that I’d used up most of my luck and it was about to reach empty. I left in September 1968 and ended up at Fort Lee, Virginia. Long story about that…

        I got an early out to go to the University of Miami and ended up in television news as a photographer, editor, producer, operations manager and then freelance shooter for the alphabets in Los Angeles. Good, if unpredictable, life.

        George and I are FB friends and talk every few months. Good guy. I have no idea whatever happened to George Meany. He hailed from Brookline, MA and I’ve noodled around for him but no joy. He was a bit standoffish but we got along well. He’d even come over to my hootch and we’d enjoy a drink or two together every now and then.

        I’m now retired from TV news and do part-time legal video to keep my brain cells more-or-less active. Been doing it for around a dozen years. It’s one of the best kept secrets for doing video and getting well paid. I live in Fort Lauderdale and my phone number is 954.549.3442. Give me a shout if you get a chance. I look forward to hearing from you.

        Allbest,

        Mike

  90. I lived at train compound from Apr 68 Until Apr 69 while working with FAC’s at III CORP Hq compound. At that time I was an Air Force TSgt NCO Controller at the DASC controlling air strikes, Arc Lights, Spookys an Moonshine assets. Feb 69 was an interesting time as we almost wiped out part of the village. I have spent a lot of time over the years thinking about that place. Drop an E-mail if you knew me, SMSgt Joe Shelton, USAF Retired, jshelton50@fuse.net

  91. I moved into the team from SCAG (Saigon Civil Assistance Group, i.e., Intelligence Advisor to the Mayor of Saigon) in October or November. Don’t remember there being any General officers on the compound, just a couple of full-bulls and a light bird or two.

    • C Muller was senior advisor 3Corps. played many volley ball games with him on the tennis court. I even rode in his personal III Corps huey several times.

  92. I left in August of 69. All of a sudden President Nixon signed an executive order for a 30,000 man troop withdrawal…..my name came down on the levy. I thought I would be in country for a while, but got my orders and a few days later was on the freedom bird and on my way home. Got to Oakland, California…. was issued a dress uniform and flew back home. It all happened so fast that I couldn’t really process it. One day in Nam, they next in the US. As I remember it was more of a jolt to my system than when I first got off the plane in Bien Hoa. It’s good connecting with somebody that was on Team 95 at Train Compound…. when you were there did General Preer still have quarters there??

  93. Team 95, Bien Hoa, ’69-’70. G-2 advisory team. I’m the guy that stayed up all night writing the INTSUM’s! Loved that old French compound, still miss the swimming pool and photo lab! then they shut the team down and moved us all to Long Binh – not near as much fun!
    L. R. Marshall, SSG

    • I was NCOIC of III Corps Special Services , Train Compound Team 95, Bien Hoa, 68-69. All R&R requests, films for other teams, rec supplies etc., pool, photo lab, recording lab, was under the section. Left Nam in fall of 69….didn’t know they shut team 95 down. Lived on compound for a year.
      G.P. Starkovich, Sgt

      • Hi Joe………our time frame seems to coincide. I saw a lot of folks during that time and worked mostly solo. I had a space upstairs of the EM club where I processed requests and created orders for R&R. A lot of folks used the photo lab, tape library and center as well as the pool table room in the evenings. There were quite a few air force guys I hung around with during those times. Does any of this sound familiar to you?? I remember an AF MSGT Spangler who spent a lot of time in the photo lab helping other GIs with photo processing etc.
        GPS

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