Team 96 Can Tho

MACV Team 96 – Can Tho.

This Page is intended for the discussion of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Team 96 located in Can Tho.

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  1. How many of you got three small pox vaccinations in 1962? One before leaving the US, number two because a Col. driver had chicken pox and he thought it was small pox, and number three because a Can Tho cop I was working with had a very young daughter who died of small pox.

    • We got shots every pay day. Lord forbid if you lose your shot card. When we landed in Alaska on the way home they unloaded the plane to fumigate. We had to stand outside in the cold until they checked everyone’s shot card before they let us inside.

  2. Good book Terry. It was a bit ahead of me arrived Can Tho March 1962 spent first night in a tent at the air field, then was moved to a first floor hotel room. Stayed in the hotel until Eakin was opened. Worked at the Com Center with two CW Radio operators. Can’t remember any names. Both men were hit by grenade fragments at the bar at the end of the block (down from the hotel). A barber shop was next to the hotel, and our dining room was a restaurant in the same block. Wish I could remember names. Had to go back to Vietnam 1970-71 as 1SGT ADMS Company Phu Lam

  3. As I recall pay was done in mpc. The pay officer use the library. When the pay was counted out and you bent over to count it the medics were there giving shots at the same time.

    • I was a First Lieutenant assigned to DMAC and was based out of Eakin Compound from July ’69 to August ’70. Spent a lot of time on the Mekong and in the IV Corps provinces. Came back with two high-grade Agent Orange Cancers and a Bronze Star. Served alongside some great guys over there – and yes, “We were soldiers once, and young”.

      • Hi Lt. Bedrosian. I remember you. I was an E-5 assigned to the G-2 section at 4 Corps HQ at Trai Le Loi. I worked with Lt. Sarnacki, Lt. Rougeau, Lt. Webb and others. I arrived in Can Tho in May 1969 and extended twice and went home to go back to school in July 1971. I lived in the Villa next to the USO on Nguyen Trai St.

        Sorry to hear about your medical problems and I hope you’re doing well now. I’ve lived in the Orange County/L.A. area for about 40 years and am retired now.

        • Remember Beau Rougeau well. We were in OCS together and DEROS’d out of Vietnam at the same time. I called Beau back in 1986 when I travelled through Louisiana–he was practicing law at the time I talked to him. Hope you’re doing well Rich and enjoying your richly deserved retirement . Living up in Paradise, California now and enjoying my retirement as well.

      • Welcome to the agent orange club.
        In 69 I was at ft Sam Houston.
        Ets May 1969.
        Everyone who had Agent Orange problems should be awarded a purple heart for combat related injury.
        I’m still fighting with VA over disability from side effects of agent Orange, stroke, heart problems, diabetes and the list goes on.

        • I also developed prostate cancer due to agent orange exposure, God only knows how many have been affected. Luckily I have been cancer free after radiation treatment, keeping fingers crossed.

    • I was stationed in Can Tho 9/66….6/67. Does anyone recall a bunch of san pans getting shot up by spooky in the middle of the night…lots of civilian casualties. Medics came to the compound looking for people to give blood…I think it was a Sat night because most everybody was drunk…and or sleeping. Not sure of the date.

  4. Terry, finished you book today. It brought back things I had forgotten. The crap game which I had to pass to get to my room. E3 I think it was. The room next to it, E4, someone shot themself before my arrival. I remember the MPC change over. One thing I don’t remember was getting paid. I know I did, but not sure if it was at the compound. I liked your description of the drive to Binh Thuy. I did it several times once the 29th Evac moved in near the AF base wss. One night we need a dustoff to land at the succor field. Couldn’t get one. I drove the crackerbox with patient, Doc and one other. Helmet, flack jacket and greece gun and into the darkness we went. Did have an MP jeep eith M60 mount with us.

  5. Terry, life went on as usual. I was amased with service at Eakin. The food was good to very good. Thanks for you service in making that aspect of life good. I did get a copy of your book. Enjoying the shit out of it.

  6. My encounter with military “Royalty.”

    Being assigned to a little medical unit in Can Tho where the headquarters for all military operations in the Mekong Delta was located. The dispensary being located in a house on a street and not on any compound, it offered easy access to Army, Air Force, Navel as well as foreign and civilian personal. This openness kept us busy at times and we were one doctor short on staff.

    One day I answered the telephone, “346th medical detachment, may I help you Sir?” The unknown voice on the other end of the line stated he needed to talk to the doctor. Since the doc was in with a patient, I asked if I could call back when he was free. The man said, in a voice with an accent I was unfamiliar, “Have him call ‘George Eckeer’ at ####. I confirmed the number. When the Doc came out of the treatment room I informed him of the call. His eyes got big, really big and said that was General Eckardt! Now Major General Eckhard was the top official of all operations in the delta. He answered to General Westmoreland or the Pentagon and the Present. The Doc called immediately! When he hung up the phone he grab his bag and told me to drive to VI Corp HQ, which was a block up the street and around the corner.

    When we arrived the Doc told me to stay in the jeep as he went in. After several minutes pass the Doc came out holding a paper coffee cup with no lid. It was three quarters full of a yellowish liquid. He had the General pee in the cup! The Doc handed the cup to me and said he would drive. Well when we got back to the dispensary the cup was just under half full due to the actions of the Doc’s driving. I took the cup into the lab for the lab tech to do his thing with it. I went off to wash my hands…

    • Dennis–Having been the Custodian of the Can Tho Mess Association from April 67 – November 68, I encountered the same “Royalty” as you did. You will enjoy my book “Talk About A Mess-It Happened in Vietnam” (available through amazon.com). Gen E and all the others are detailed therein. What happened after you washed your hands?

      Terry Dinan

  7. Received today a copy of Talk About a Mess – – ‘. I am wondering if you were the person who, when the Doctor had a few of us the OC, ran us out. Thus pissing the Doc off.

    • What a great time to have been in sunny South Vietnam. From April 67 to November 68 I was the Custodian of the Can Tho Mess Association. Great job running all the clubs, messes and a bunch of other things. I wrote a book about my time at Eakin Compound, “Talk About A Mess-It Happened in Vietnam”.
      You can get through Amason.com. Read and enjoy!
      Terry (1st LT Terrance R. Dinan QMC)

      • ED Merrigan here…….you should know that I loaned your book to my brother John, who was stationed at Ben Tuie (sp?)about 3 years before I arrived at Can To/Eiken. His brother in law was Quentan DeSantis, a person you devoted part of a chapter to in your book. Quintin has passed but his sons were thrilled to read about their father (an gross understatement.). I owe you a dinner in NYC at some point, just haven’t gotten a round to it.

        • What I remember. D-777 was generals helo. 4 Corp HQ was down the road . I worked out of a compound for PIO as a photographer. You got gas by the radio tower. Ben tuey(sp) air strip was being built up. Delta and warrior are the two of the units I recall.

        • There can be no question–DeSantus was a really good guy. We lunched together at Evander Childes HS often in 1959-1961. We became good talking buddies and in many ways I looked up to him. Our meet-up at Eakin in 1968 was really very special for both of us. His children have every reason to be proud of their dad.

  8. My dad was at Cantho and Bin Thuy in 67 and 68. I am interested if anyone knew him or has any stories. His name was Jack Cannon and he was from Mississippi.

    • Stacy I was in Can Tho from April 67 -Nov 68 and although I do not remember your dad, it is likely that we shared the same experiences. I wrote a book “Talk About A Mess – It Happened In Vietnam”. The book covers that time and place. I think you will find the pictures and stories both informative and fun. It is available thru Amazon.
      Terry Dinan

      • Terry Dinan
        Enjoyed your book especially the photos. I was in Can Tho 3/62 to 4/63.
        Advisory Team 51 Can Tho MAAG
        the Senior Army Advisor was, Col. Wilson “coal bin Wilson”
        lV Corp Hq
        Sometime in late summer or early fall we became or transfered to Advisory Team 96 Can Tho. MACV
        January 1963 a number of us transferred to 232 Signal Company 39th Signal Bn Can Tho
        The team was a small number of Army officers and enlisted men.
        When I arrived I was housed at the bank building for a short time and then about six of us were moved
        To a small commercial building on the road to the Can Tho Airfield.
        shortly after PFC Mc Fetridge was killed on Nov 4th 1962 the new compound was ready. We were the
        First troops to occupy ( about Nov 12th1962)what was to become Eakin Compound.
        I have a number of photos of the compound, Can Tho and the troops who were stationed in Can Tho.
        We set up the first comm center at the MAAG HQ . The MAAG Hq was. A couple of blocks from the bank and next to a Catholic Church.
        Ron Arndt (PFC U S Army)

        • Ron,
          I happy that you read and enjoyed my book. I really feel that anyone that served will get a kick out of my shared experience. We all had some of the same, both good and bad. You were there during the real pioneer days before things became spit and polish. I can only imagine the adventure you were part of.
          All Best–Terry

    • Hello Stacy…was your dad Army, etc? Do you know his MOS (job designation)? Did he bunk at Eakin? I was there during that time & I don’t recall the name, but there’s a lotta things about that time that’ve passed from my memory.

  9. Neil, thanks for buying and reading my book. There can be no question but that Jay Coupe was a very special character. And, yes Tet was a real treat. All best- Terry

  10. I was the Custodian of the Can Tho Mess Association from April 1967 to November 1968. I do not recall the incident you refer to, but, unlike you I have written a book. The title is Talk About A Mess – It Happened In Vietnam. I suspect that you know most of the names and enjoy the stories and photographs. It is available on Amazon. You must get a copy. Happy reading and I look forward to your comments. (1Lt. Terrance R. Dinan QMC – trdinan@rcn .com

    • I did buy and read your book, Terry…recognized a few folks, including Jay Coupe. What a character: huge grin, bigger laugh. I was Spec 5 and worked for Major Melvin Madsen, USAF…another good man. One of his pals was a veterinarian, drafted and given a commision, named Arendt (sp?)…who picked up a Chicom potato masher grenade off the PSP at the airfield the second or third day of Tet…brought it back to Eakin & showed it to Madsen, who made sure it was secured & disposed of by the Guard grunts. I remember First Sergeant Kachouba (sp?). I didn’t know the General’s driver got a Silver Star, but I was told he’d killed a couple of VC that attacked them on the street a day or so into Tet (guess the General was verrrry grateful). And you filled in some gaps in my recollections of Tet, but I still can’t account for the first couple of days of February. I did ride in the lead jeep that convoyed to the airfield to fill the tank trailer with water sometime during that week. We drove thru a couple of VC attempts to stop us on the return to Eakin, but no one was wounded as far as I know. I DEROS’d Feb 13.

  11. I was IV Corps PIO at Eakin, June thru Feb 13 68. Does anyone recall an incident in 67 (probably last 1/4 of year), maybe early 68. Some enlisted crewman on a low level, night recon mission fell out of an aircraft and lived to tell about it. I don’t know if it was a Huey or some fixed wing aircraft…and the kid was probably an E4 (at least, that’s what my aging memory says). Anyhow, if anybody recollects and can holler back, I’d be grateful. (i’m not writing a book or anything…just something stuck in my head and I can’t remember all of it). Welcome home, everyone…God bless us all.

  12. Rick

    The attack from the MP barracks was in Fenruary of ’69. Like I reported the driver who was close to rotating back home lost his foot when the M79 round went through the canvass top of the truck. It was a tough night. You can read the account of the event on the web

  13. I was with team 96 MACV CORDS. Worked in CORDS HQ communications. Visited many other Delta teams to set up radio network. Later assigned to National Police as Village Hamlet Radio Systems NCO. Traveled all over with that job. Also helped with drug interdiction and was counterpart to a Vietnamese that coordinated the phoenix program data with the national police. I seemed to have many bosses! Kind of a jack of a trades going to villages and hamlets all over the Delta with RFPFs, MAT teams and district teams. Flying with Air America to border villages was always exciting, .Those AA pilots in a Porter would land where there was pretty much nothing to land on! Aug 1970 – Jul 1971. Also served with 39th Sig Bn Dec 1965 Jun 1967 (also attached to 9th Infantry on USS Montrose in 1967)

  14. George

    I recently sold my home in Middleborough MA and bought in Florida. Still have my cottage on Cape Cod, so I’m now a so called snow bird. Do you remember the name of SP4 Cooper’s jeep?? Jenny

  15. I remember ltc Walker downing . I’m living in a small town in Indiana called logansport. I have been here most of my life. Where are you living? Boston?

  16. George
    The best man in the office was Major Kirscher. He was on his second tour and was great at putting me at ease with the situation in country. He said once you have been there for a few months you were short. He left for an assignment in Long Binh in January of 69. I’m sure you remember that LTC Walker died while on Phu Quoc island. He was great to work with. He was replaced by Major Jackson in our office. Where are you living

  17. George

    There was another Sgt in the office who was reassigned from Rach Gia. Can’t remember his name but when I rotated home he met me at Oakland Army base and took me to his home for diner. Next day when my discharge paperwork was complete he picked me up and drove me to SF airport for my flight back to Boston. Nice to hear from you after all these years.

  18. George

    Yes I remember you from the Delta Zone coordinators office. Cooper was our driver. Sgt Jadwin was lots of fun. There was another Lieutenant in the office, but forgot his name. Many years ago

  19. Ed,

    I am always happy to learn that a reader found my book to be worth the read. Welcome to the list of those who found it meaningful and fun to read.

    I welcome the opportunity to share some time with another “Eakin Grad”. Please give me an idea of where in NYC you are likely to be found and what might be a good time and place to get together.

    Looking forward,
    Terry

  20. Terry,

    Just finished reading your book “Talk about a mess”. Thanks for writing it. Despite the fact that I was there many moons after you, a lot of stuff still resonated and was still the case. SNAFU. Glad you came home in one piece. Did not know you were from the Bronx. I was from the Kingsbridge area; live in Yonkers now. I travel into Manhattan for work most days. Would like to buy you a drink and find out how you are doing these days. Up to you.

  21. John,
    I am happy that you enjoyed my book and I thank you for your kind comments. As you suggested returning to VN for my final months of active duty was less than a treat, but it seems to have worked out. Congrats by the way on your Bronze Star, although my predecessor was awarded one for some reason I was not.
    Terry

  22. Terry

    Just finished reading your book “Talk about a mess” Great book! It brought back many memories. You have a fantastic memory, given the great detail of your book.
    I liked the chapter about the thieves from the Green Berets I traveled to one of their camps near as I recall Moc Hoa (sp), Over drinks in their O Club I recall them bragging about “reallocation of equipment or material”. They said if they needed a new jeep that would fly out to somewhere like Can Tho, cut the chain on the steering wheel, and fly the jeep back to their camp. Great glee on their part.

    As I said, I arrived in Advisory Team 96 about 2 months before you rotated home. You made a great decision to extent for 6 months to avoid being assigned to “who knows where” back in the states. I, as with most everyone else, served 12 months in VN. It is interesting that General Eckhardt arrived during your tour. He awarded me a Bronze Star just prior to my rotation home, and remained in VN following my departure. I now wonder how many months General Eckhardt served in country?

    It must have been difficult returning to VN and Eakin compound following your 30 day leave in New York.

    Again thanks for all the memories contained in your book.

  23. Jim

    The EM’s assigned to Col Walker’s organization were SP 4 Hornbeck, SP 4 Cooper and Master Sargent Jadwin. Do recall any of them from your time at Eakin?

  24. Jim
    Was Col Dunham a Lieutenant Col or a full bird. I can’t remember
    Do you recall when an MP “lost it” and from the roof of the MP barracks downtown started firing an M 79 around the city. I was not in Eakin at the time but barracked at the Ba Sac hotel not far away. We all thought it was a mortar attack. The next day we learned that it was a friendly fire incident unfortunately one of the M 79 rounds passed through the canvas roof on the cab of the water truck and blew the young drivers foot off As I recall the driver was scheduled to rotate home shortly after the incident. I seem to recall that Col Dunham’s organization was responsible for such things as the water truck

    • John:

      Dunham was a full bird. LTCOL Dye reported to him – I recall Dye standing at attention in front of Dunham’s desk. Col Dunham was MACV, concerned with ‘removing’ VC infrastructure in the Delta. I was responsible for, among other things, typing up casualty reports sent to Saigon. I don’t remember the MP incident you’re talking about

      My tour was relatively quiet. Two minor mortar attacks on Eakin, a few Eakin guards kllled at night by sappers, a driver of a bigwig arrested for a robbery, a well liked papa san accidently killed at Eakin by a soldier cleaning his weapon. And then lots of watching the movies you mentioned and lots of drinking in the EM club and staggering back to my hooch.

      Jim

    • John , would tell the date this happened. I sometimes rode shotgun at night on the water truck that went to Ben Thuy air base to pickup a load of water and return to Eakin. There was three drivers, John from Arkansas, Owen Beck from Alabama, and 1 from Michigan (can’t remember is name). Always made the run at night.

  25. Dynamo 33, I remember watching a dive bomber get shot down while we were standing on top of the bunker between the housing area. I recall some incoming but I don’t believe it hit inside the compound. You have to remember, I had a lot heavier contact when I went to the 1st Infantry Division.

  26. I was at Eakin from Apr 67 thru Nov 68. During the Tet, on 2 Feb 68 I was OD. What a horrible way to spend my 24th birthday. Let me know your thoughts.
    Terry Dinan (1Lt QMC)

  27. Dynamo33, He was killed in my room and it was guys messing around with the weapon not cleaning it when they shouldn’t have been. I shared a room with him.

  28. Ed Moorigan–I was long gone from Eakin (Nov 68) when you were assigned. I know that the compound was completely demolished at some point, which I find rather sad. Although my book “Talk About A Mess, It Happened in Vietnam” (available thru amazon) covers the period Apr 67-Nov 68 you may find the pictures and content bring back many memories.
    Terry Dinan (1Lt QMC)

  29. its too bad I don’t recall the people I served with…theres only one name that comes to mind…Robert White from Boston who was accidently shot and killed cleaning his weapon…what date I don’t recall but it was in eakin compound in 1967

  30. Jim

    I recall dealing with Col Dunham a few times. He always supported my needs. Although I can see him to be tough to work with. I seem to recall him out at the Can Tho airfield. Is that where you worked or were you at the Le Loi facility in down town

    They always say you remember the good things. I recall Jimmy Stewart visiting. I also remember watching movies like Sand Pebbles with Steve McQueen, The Blue Max and Truman Capote’s movie In Cold Blood in the Eakin compound movie theater. We probably crossed paths in the theater. It was a long long time ago. Nice to rememice with you

    • John:

      I worked with Col Dunham only at the MACV HQS downtown, he shuttled around a lot. I’m sure he was much too preoccupied to deal with a SP4 in his office. Though I did some funny experiences with him — 1) me and my buddy missed our R&R flight from Saigon to Tokyo and were put on a commercial Jet. Who did we did a few seats from us? Col Dunham, who looked more than perplexed to see us there. 2) Dunham’s driver on one occasion was sick and couldn’t drive him to the airport…so I was volunteered. The problem was I had had very little experience driving a stick shift jeep, and I jerked around him pretty good all the way there. He didn’t say a thing.

      I do recall the visit of Jimmy Stewart and his wife at Eakin. Did you know their son had died the same day? I didn’t at the time. I shook his hand and really enjoyed the experience.

      Jim

    • Paul, do you remember me. I was there and in the fight for the headquarters on Tet. Myself and Mike (Cox) were two of the guys that went to the headquarters to stop the VC there. I worked both as security and as a driver before going the 1st Division in Sept 68.

    • Paul:

      I didn’t arrive at Eakin until Aug of 68, and it was pretty quiet by then except for a few minor rocket attacks. Care to share any details?

      Jim

  31. My name is Ed Merrigan, from New York. I lived at Eakin Compound from about Sep 71 to about April of 72. (Much later than many of the posters to this site.)

    I was a Spec 5 assigned to the MACV Advisory Team 96 for duty with G-1 Delta Regional Assistance Command, and Headquarters; in the Inspector General’s team, auditing non-appropriated funds (NCO Clubs). Some of the people I worked with were Colonel Brandon Parker, LTC Paul Coroneos, Major Strucker, Captain Pierce, 1LT Settle, and 1LT Darry Del Corro. (Weren’t too many NCOs in the IG Team.)

    About Apr 1,1972 the Army Support Element was established and I had to move from Eakin, to Can Tho/Ben Thuy airbase to live. I think Eakin was closing. This was my second tour, and I have very fond memories of being at Eakin, and Can Tho. War was winding down by my time. I don’t think we were ever attacked. Traveled by jeep every morning to the office in downtown Can Tho (wish I could recall exactly where that was; old French building). Sometimes I’d get to the office later in the day by cyclo if I had been over-served at the NCO Club the night before. (I have some pictures of the place from that time if anybody is interested.) Worked at the CORDS club at night too, supervision some locals who were doing their books. Town and bars were on-limits at that point because I had a permanent pass. Had a brand-new Chevy pick-up at my disposal too. Far far cry from my first tour up north.

    I’m 66 and have the means and desire to go back. Just need to stop working. Well, one of these days. If anybody’s reading and has been back, please let me know how your experience went.

    It was by accident I found this site and glad of it. Happy Veterans Day. Thank you all for your service!

  32. My name is John Richards, I was a 1LT and in country from Sept 68 to Aug 69. I lived in Eakin compound for part of my assignment. Was in the Ba Sac hotel prior to that. I worked for LTC Walker at the Delta Zone coordinator office in down town Can Tho next door to the CORDS compound called Jackson Hole. The Eakin Compound commander at that time was Major Warren Huse. I worked also with Col Dunham. Just now found this site. Looking forward to reading the book ” what a mess, it happened in Viet Nam

    • Late 68 to late 69, I was a SP4 working in MACV HQS for COL Dunham, a no-nonsense sourpuss, and COL Dye…who was just the opposite, friendly and outgoing no matter your rank. My immediate superior was a SGM Destremps.

      Our paths must have crossed at Eakin so long ago.

      Jim C

    • I was at the Ba Sac Hotel also in 1969. I worked in at the Joint Intelicence Center (JIC) in Eakin for G-2. Lt. Col. Hutchins was our office leader. Sgt. Tony Jiminez (from Texas) was our NCO- a great guy. I was a Sp. 5 Gary Wallace

  33. Paul,
    Everything I wrote is true, however, although we received incoming on several nights on have no remembrance of what those dates were. On one such instance a Navy officer who had stayed the night got himself mauled by some lawn furniture and went on to put himself in for a Purple Heart. It may have been John Kerry, but I don’t know for certain.
    Terry

  34. Paul Chartier.
    The name was EAKIN COMPOUND. I spent 18 bliss-filled months there from April 67 through November 68. I wrote a book about my time there. I think you will enjoy the stories and pictures. “Talk About A Mess – It Happened In Vietnam” The bool is available through amazon.
    Terry Dinan 1Lt QMC

  35. I was Sp/5 Mitchel R Woolard back then. Assigned from 7th Infantry Korea to Can tho MAAG Team 96 arrived in CanTho Dec 1963 at Trai Le Loi ARVN Compound. Worked on and off with Sgt Jim Lovell while there as back then there were only a handfull of us with a 3-man A-team back-up out at the air field. Eakin Compound then was only five screen wall huts. The night following Little Minh’s visit to Trai Le Loi (as pre cursor to McNamara’s visit 6 March 64) the VC cut Can Tho off from all communication with Saigon and razed a large part of Can Tho while I, a french expat, a japanese expat and an ARVN guard sat atop the provencial HQ roof and watched while surrounded by VC. Come daylight they all vanished into the shadows having made their point to McNamara and Little Minh. Couple of weeks later Saigon said the Americans were coming and we might get to be veterans!

  36. Jim, I worked as the Custodian of the Mess Association and was responsible for all the clubs and and eating facilities among other things. Our tours of duty overlapped, but only briefly. Even so, my book “Talk About A Mess, It Happened in Vietnam” (available through Amazon) will spark many memories. Get it read it! Let me know.

    Terry (1Lt. Dinan, QMC Can Tho – April 1967 – November 1968)

    • Terry, I’ve sent for your book and look forward to reading it and will let you know what I think. All the clubs at Eakin were great, I don’t recall any issues with the food and the EM club was fabulous to a young guy. So you did a fantastic job. Many a night did I go staggering back to my hooch only to have to arise at 4am to drive the dark streets of Can Tho to MACV HQs to prepare for the day. We seemed to have shared at least a month at Eakin and probably passed one another.

      I bought a neat camera at the px at Eakin and took some photos, many of which I still have if I can find them. Doesn’t seem to be a way to post these here. Any ideas?

      It was by accident I found this site and glad of it.

      Jim

    • Terry:

      Read TALK ABOUT A MESS. Very detailed and exciting to read since I was there during the last two or so months of your assignment. The only Officer I can relate to that you mentioned was Colonel Hill. I worked as a clerk in the MACV HQS and he would always be rushing about, never saying a word to anyone in the office. Do you recall a Colonel Dye? Great Officer and very approachable. I played handball with him once and was trounced. As for the mess, I don’t recall ever complaining about the meals and the EM club was great, so you did a great job as far as I was concerned, What you said about some of the Advisory Teams not having typewriters was interesting as I was originally assigned to an 8 man team in Ben Tre. So, I probably would have done more night patrols than clerking.

      In the layover at Can Tho, I heard MAVC HQ was looking for a speed typist, which was my mos, 72B30, and I hitched a ride over there to land the job…I was not itching to go further into the boonies. They gave me a test and changed my orders on the spot.

      I do recall a money exchange event and it may be the one you refer to in your book, or another that occurred in 69. I remember a Colonel talking about it and laughing that a certain SFC, involved in black market activities, was going to get burnt. There was also a minor mortar attack and again, not sure if it is the one you mentioned. Afterwards, in the EM club, us enlisted men laughed like hell and drank the night recalling the long line of Officers outside the medical unit having their purple heart scrapes duly noted.

      Much has faded from my memory. A few things remain: a SGT, driver to a Colonel, committed a robbery in Can Tho and was duly removed I supposed to LBJ. An old Vietnamese man with a beautiful long white beard, who worked at Eakin, was accidently killed by a soldier cleaning his rifle. Another, serious attack, at the airport: sappers killed some US Guards…apparently catching them sleeping. You mentioned Martha Raye whom I don’t recall having seen. But I do remember that Jimmy Stewart and his wife came to visit us…and on the day that her brother had been killed in action.

      Anyway, glad to have read your book, brought back memories.

    • I’M CLAUDE MONGEAU, I COOKED FOR THE GENERALS MESS, SERGEANT PARKER WAS THE ONE WHO SENT ME TO TAKE CARE OF THE GENERALS MESS, TED KENNEDY CAME TO SPEND , SMG, KCHUBA RAN THE CAMP, MY PHONE IS 802-782-8474

      • Claude Mongeau, The Generals’ Mess was opened under the guidance of Lt. King who went on to become Gen. Eckhardts Aid du-Camp. Anyway I remember the facility well as I supplied all the beverages to lounge.
        I recommend my book to you, “Talk About A Mess – It Happened In Vietnam”. It covers my tour of duty From April 67 thru November 68. Available from Amazon, it is bound to bring back memories fond or otherwise.
        Terry Dinan 1Lt QMC

      • Claude: I just tried calling you and your mailbox is full. I recall an E-7 named Hopson or Hopkins that followed General Eckhardt to Can Tho from a previous assignment. Were you there at the same time? Good guy. Someone was told to prepare a special birthday present for one of the staff officers. It was a plate of BBQ sparrows with beaks, no feathers and looking rather strange as it was served in the General’s Mess. Later the G-4 shot himself.

  37. I worked as a clerk, SP4, in the MACV General’s Office in from about Oct 68 to Oct 69 and lived in Eakin Compound. I recall two Colonels I worked for, a Colonel Dye and a Colonel Dunham. Col Dye was a wonderful commander who loved playing handball at Eakin. Part of my duties was making up the daily casualties reports, KIA, MIA, in the IV Corp provinces. Off duty, my favorite haunt was the Eakin EM club slugging down beers and badmouthing the lifers. I arrived after TET and there was little action during my year. I recall a ground attack that didn’t amount to much and a mortar attack on Eakin that left everyone scrambling to their assigned shooting points. As for the mortar attack, it was only a single fired in. But me and my pals noticed afterward noticed a long line of Lifers lined up at the medical hooch. We laughed at that for days. It was obvious they were looking for purple hearts because of some scratch or other sustained scrambling into the bomb shelters. More seriously I recall a sapper attack that kill two Eakin sentries that no one wanted to talk about. Also an old Vietnamese man with white beard that regularly had business at Eakin was accidently shot and killed.

    I also recall the two SGTs I worker under: SGT Topazna and SGT Destrempts (spelling?). I also recall seeing John Paul Vann there at few times as well. Once Jimmy Stewart came by with his wife shaking hands. Great guy. Long, long time ago.

    SP4 Jim Carcioppolo

  38. Gary, You have a good memory – the eggs were not very fresh. However they were not powdered, rather they were cold storage eggs which gave them a sort of metallic taste.
    Terry

  39. Gary, I look forward to reading ” A War Without Windows”. How much do I send and where do I send it? You will enjoy the reference to Gen. Westmorland in my book. Leek me posted.
    Terry

    • Terry, not a thing in the $$$. Bruce went through a divorce a number of years ago and I let him stay in an
      apartment that I owned until he could get on his feet. He stored a number of these “hardcover” copies with me
      and when he got his own place he told me to just keep them. So I have plenty to give to friends and fellow
      Vets from that period of history. I’ll get one to you and then John when I hear from him. I wasn’t sure if I should
      post my email, but I can’t see any harm: gary209h@yahoo.com
      Terry…John, please write to the yahoo address. All the best, Gary

  40. Samantha-I am happy to hear from you. Like your parents I am proud to have served, and although I do not recall meeting either of them, it is unlikely that they did not dine in my (well, the mess facilities under my leadership) at some, or many times. My time in Vietnam (Can Tho) is in the same time frame as your parents and many of the stories I relate are things that they experienced as well..
    Get and read my book (available on Amazon), “Talk About A Mess, It Happened in Vietnam”. You will definitely get the flavor of that time and place.
    Let me know your thoughts.

    Terry

    • I was satationed in Cantho as a security guard…for the likes of me I can’t remember the name of the compound..there was a soccer field in front of the compound..can any one help

  41. First I want to thank all of you for your service and sacrifice! Both my parents were over in Vietnam. My Mom was an RN stationed outside of Can Tho in late ’68-mid ’69. My Dad was over in ’68. He was with the 12th cavalry company A. Also command of Company A 1st Battalion and part of Mat Team 96. I am wondering if any of you may recognize his name, Larry Stickney.
    Thank you,
    Samantha

  42. Jim, i think hat you are the first person to be at Eakin Compound contemporaneously to have read “MESS”. We definitely found ourselves, unknowingly in close proximity, as Jay Coupe only made that one performance. I agree with you on the “beyond odd” observation and I feel compelled to comment that almost all of my experiences were in many ways “beyond odd” and believable to me only because I was the victim and/or the observer.
    Thank you for taking the time to read my memoir and giving me your feedback. I do of course hope that more of our Team-96-Mates will share this experience.
    Terry

  43. John and Gary-I was stationed at Eakin Compound from April 67 – November 68. I was the “Custodian of the Can Tho Mess Association and I have written a book about my experiences during that time. My name is Terry Dinan and the book (available on Amazon) is “Talk About a Mess, It Happened in Vietnam”.
    Get it read it, there are many names and some great pictures. It will definitely bring back memories. Let me (and All) know about your reaction to the BOOK.

    All best-Terry-(1Lt. Terrance R. Dinan QMC)

    • Terry, started reading your book yesterday, enjoying it very much. You amaze me with the details of your memories. I was at Eakin from 3/68 thru 3/69. Arrived as a 1st Lt, promoted to CPT soon after. ROTC from Niagara U, served about 2 years in Japan, then re-upped and volunteered for Nam, AGC Corps so sort of safe. Assigned to Team 96, and worked at CORDS Psyops in town.
      Spent much time in O Club bar, and the popker roon until the wee hours of many mornings. I feel that we must have run into each other, but can’t be sure. Lived in Officers Row D, 1LT Jack Stranfeldt was my best friend thier, can’t remember many others. Thanks again for the memories.

      • Just completed reading your wonderful book, lots of memories. Never realized all that went into running the various clubs at Eakin. Huge responsibility for a 2LT. Enjoyed reading about your run ins with the more anal lifers. Lucky that your Irish temper didn’t land you a few Article 15s or worse. Found the Silver Medal for the LTC’s driver, and the Don’t Ask don’t Tell episodes beyond odd.
        Enjoyed the Shotguns mentions, remember singing along with them a few times. Also remember enjoying Danny Boy from the Navy LT.
        Just wish we had modern day electronics back then to record those events.

        Jim Sullivan

    • Terry, I’m getting the book. Hey, Cpt Bruce Jones is a very good friend of mine and lives here in Modesto, Ca., he wrote “A War Without Windows”” and testified against Gen. Westmorland in that lawsuit. It’s been out of print since the mid eighties but I have copies. It’s about
      the mis-information being provided before the Tet offensive in 1968. A good read. If you have an interest I’ll get you a signed copy.
      Thanks being in touch and look forward to reading your book.
      Gary

      • I would very much like to be in contact with Bruce. I have his book and recognized myself in it. I was with CICV (the building without windows) from Jan66 to Jul68 then transferred up to one of the “tanks” at MACV. On the side, I supplied intel (reports and overlays) to friends and relatives all over RVN, especially to SOG and some Advisory Teams in the Mekong Delta.

  44. I was there for Tet as well. Lt.Terry Dinan QMC. I had the honor of being the Officer of the Day on 2 February 1968. As it was my 22nd Birthday; you can guess that this was nit my idea of an appropriate present. Altogether I was there from April 67 – November 68. I wrote a book about my Tour of Duty “TALK ABOUT A MESS – It Happened in Vietnam” it is available on AMAZON and I am certain that reading it will bring back memories, fond and otherwise.

    All Best – Terry

  45. Martin if you remember 4 of us went down the 4th Corps to bail them out. Mike (Cox) McKague and I were two of the 4. One Capt. and another enlisted. I never saw the other enlisted once we got there but Mike and I were active in the fight.

  46. Gary Wallace: I was a Sp5 and I worked in the JIC (Joint Intelligence Center) on Eakin Compound with Sgt. Tony Jimenez (great guy), Lt. Col. Hutchins and a few others about 1970. We lived off base in the Ba Sac Hotel. We briefed Maj Gen McGowan and the Lt. Gen. every day. I was in the office when the water heater blew up.

    • Do any of you remember the names of the Maj, SFC, and the SSG that I worked with in the message center which was located on MR IV HQ Compound? This would be from Aug 71 to Aug 72. The SSG and I worked the night shift and it seems like his name was Charles or Chuck.

    • Hey Gary. It’s Richard ( Dick ) Lyon from the G-2 section at Trai Le Loi and your neighbor at the Bassac Hotel. I just stumbled onto this site and recognized your name. It would be fun to catch up with you. I lost track of virtually everyone but would love to know what happened to Lt. Sarnacki, Lt. Rougeau, Stan Schaub and others. The good old JIC and night duty watching the funny phone. It sure brings back memories.

      For other posters information, I was in the G-2 Section at Trai Le Loi as an intelligence analyst from 1 May 1969-2 Jul 1971, a total of 26 months. Lots of fond memories of Eakin Compound. I still remember the bottle of big orange anti-malarial pills sitting on the table as you signed in for a meal at the mess hall.

      • Richard: This is my first return to this site in just about 1 year. Your name is familiar. Who else was in the JIC when you were there?

        • Hey Gary. I worked at Trai Le Loi but would get night duty at the JIC once in awhile. I was in the G-2 section with Lt. Sarnacki, Lt. Rougeau, Lt. Webb, etc. If I recall correctly you were from California and were the plant guy. You were in the next room over from me at the Bassac Hotel and Stan Schaub was my roomie. Were you there when we lived in the Villa next to the USO or did you come later? I actually live in Orange County, CA now. Send me an email at bbenson67@yahoo.com if you’d like. Good to hear from you.

  47. My name is Pat Walsh a member of VVA 1036,The Villages,Fl.We are involved with the VV Virtual Wall.A project which is nationwide to,when constructed in Wash DC an education and museum which will have a virtual wall with each service members name and to make it a unique experience a photo of the service member.To that end we are searching searching each name on the wall in order to accomplish this.I am presently searching for the following–Leroy Lemuell Bell,a member of team 96.Born in Monticello, Jefferson County Fl.DoB 4/20/18 KIA 8/27/69 Phong Din Prov RSV. He is on Panel 19W Line 124.Service#718103078 MOS 15D4H Lance Crew member. He was SSgt E-6.
    If anyone has a photo of him or knows where one is located please contact me at info provided.Thank you for any help you can provide
    Pat Walsh

  48. Interesting comments all – as a Army 11B PFC I arrived at Eakin temporarily in early 65 as part of the US compound guard force for the compound until reassigned to a team as a radio operator. Pulled duty at the airport when it was near overrun and some lonely nights downtown walking around a large (at that time) electrical sub station (near VN hospital). I remember walking perimeter of Eakin watching the Sr. NCOs play cards for their entire paychecks sometimes but we could not drink (underage for crying out loud). We used to get some whisky (Bear) from Japan from one of the air crews though. No attacks on Eakin while I was there but not long after leaving some crazy Warrant Officer flew his small plane into the perimeter lights while buzzing (drunk) the club I was told.

  49. My name on my birth certificate papers was Nyugen Thi Xuan Mai. I was injured by schrapnel and brought to an orphanage in Can Tho (1969-1970). Supposedly an uncle brought me to the orphanage. I was taken to a US military field hospital so they could operate on my left hip. I was adopted by an American family with the sir name, Bertolet. I am looking for any info about my background and history.

    • Monique — I am Ken Sherrets and I was with Team 96 CORDS PSD national police in 1970 and 1971. I used to go the orphanage south or south east of Can Tho as I recall, to help out. I took them some supplies a few times and was often asked to hold the babies and youngsters to comfort them. I did this with the help of some of my Vietnamese friends. I was always in civilian clothes due to my assignment. So if you remember someone in uniform it would not have been me.

      I am glad you found a family. I can’t say that I ever met or saw you there in 1970 but perhaps I did. I was a young man who’s Vietnamese language skills didn’t matter to the kids – But I had a great interpreter that helped me talk to the kids that were old enough to and wanted to talk to someone..

    • Do you know of the following group on facebook? “Adoptees from Providence Orphanage Can Tho, Vietnam” If you don’t, you should copy the name and search for the group and join it. You will have fun.

  50. It seems like a life time ago! I was at Eakin compound from April 1971 to March 1972.
    I was just an 18 year old PFC when I arrived. I worked most of my tour at the ARVN HQ
    a couple of miles away in the MR IV TOC. Unfortunately, I only remember a few names.
    SPC Muncklewitz, whom I also was with in Korea prior to being reassigned to Vietnam.
    Then SFC Charles Fuller. He was my supervisor and mentor. Mostly he worked full time
    keeping me out of trouble. One of my peers was SPC Chris Spier.

    I know that many Vets have horrible memories of their time in country, but I was very young and remember
    my time there as one of the greatest adventures of my life!

    • Hi Tom. I was there during that time. I worked in the msg ctr at night with a SSG. A lot of week days I flew in both rotary and fixed wing aircraft to other areas. I wish that I could remember the name of those who worked during the day and the SSG. Vietnam was something else.

      • Well if you worked in the message center then we probably talked from time to time. I had to type up the 24 hour report for the TOC after every night shift before I got off. Then I would take it over to the message center, knock on the door and hand it off to be sent up to Saigon.
        I was a tall (6’4″) skinny blond kid with a mustache. Yeah, I wish that I could remember even half the names of those I served with. I suppose a great number of them have passed away. I remember one of the Master-Sergeants that I worked with had been with the Big Red 1 at Normandy.

      • Tom, did you work with Edgar Martin? He was a black man, a Sp4. He and I were good friends, both from Alabama. We grew up about 60-70 miles apart. Both of us reenlisted while in Vietnam. $2000, I think is correct, was the bonus for reenlisting, and was a lot of money at the time. We elected to go to Ft. McClellan, Al.

  51. I hope that you had the opportunity to dine at Eakin Compound during your tour. My memoir “Talk About a Mess, it happened in Vietnam” is available on Amazon and is dated; April 67-November 68.–Best Wishes–Terry

  52. Hi. My dad, Lawrence Stickney, was a 1st LT with A Company 1/12 Cavalry but also served with mat team 96. He was in Vietnam from mid 1968 to late 1969. Just looking for any info or anything with company and people he served with. Thank you.

  53. my name is terrose and i served w/ 525 mi group team 96 can tho from april 1967 to july 1968.
    lived in villa; not on the Eakin Compound.
    served thru tet

    worked with Sgt Sheehan
    doug payne
    jim maciak
    bob weichelt
    jim vermuel
    wish i could remember more?

    • Frank–As you nay have noted I was the in charge of the food operations in Eakin compound during the time you were also with Team 96. My recently published memoir of my service there during that time contains quite a few names and pictures; some may prove helpful. TALK ABOUT A MESS, It happened in Vietnam is available thru Amazon.com. Good luck and let me know how you make out. Terry

      • i lost this site and haven’t seen it in 2 years.
        someone wrote regarding Sgt. Ostrom. I do remember Him as a tough, Korean War Vet. Man of small stature and big oranges.
        He was what we call here in Buffalo, N.Y. a “STAND UP GUY”
        He and many others.

  54. Terrance R. Dinan

    I was the custodian of the Can The Mess Association from April 1968 to November 1969. I have recently had my memoir of that experience published. The book is entitled “TALK ABOUT A MESS, It Happened in Vietnam”. Many of the comments I’ve read are from Vets that were at Eakin Compound during that time. I think you will really love to read this account. You can get the book thru Amazon. You will also love the pictures.

  55. My name is Gordon Ray Carroll. From June/July 71 to June/July 72, I was assigned to the message center, which was down the road from Elkin Compound. I can not remember the name of the compound or names of the people that I worked with. A SSG and I worked the night shirt. A lot of days I flew by helicopters to different compounds and then work that night. Actually, I pulled 3 chairs together and slept a lot, which made the SSG unhappy. I think his name was Charles or Check. I don’t remember the Majors name or the SFC who worked the day shift, but I do remember that the SSG was told something like leave Carroll alone. There was another SP4 that he and I became goods friends. His name is Edgar Martin. Both of us reenlisted at Elkin Compound and chose Ft. McClellan as our next assignment. I would appreciate someone telling me the name of the other compound and names of other personnel in the message center. The last part of my tour we relocated to Can Tho Airfield.

    • The other compound was probably Le Loi. It was HQ for the Vietnamese MR IV. I was there July 72 to March 73. I remember CPT Dennis Finnegan and ILT Ken Spencer who were killed in a CH-47 shoot down flying back from Saigon in September 72. Also COL Ralph Churchill, Corps G-2 Advisor who died a few years ago.

  56. My father Larry Brown was with team 55 most his time over there, but his medical records show he was with team 96 at some point. He was a radio opp early 68 but suffered hearing loss in a rocket attack on or about July 12th 68′ while with team 96. While with 55 he ran the airport / strip and was an Advisor to RVN with several missions. Dose aanybody from 96 remember him.

  57. Does anyone remember when the water heater exploded in the EM club at Eakin compound? late 69 early 70.All the money was gone from poker tables when we returned from bunkers.

    • Yes I do. I worked for the RF/PF div of CORDS. Office was an old converted shack across from IV Corp Hq. I remembered running to a bunker sure that old Charlie had found his mark. I lived at Eakin from June 69 to june 70.

    • Yes My name is Spc 4 Clarence Downs. I was standing at the bar when it exploded, the barmaid fainted. I was a member of the security platoon.

  58. My dad, at the time SSG Luis Carrion was with team 96 and did two tours. Anyone has any pictures or stories about him?

  59. Donna…went to your FB page and lo and behold was the pic of your husband [could tell by the four corpes patch. Friend me and I will accept

  60. Donna….if he had told you of this then we must have been there at one time together. It was kind of a melting pot of personnel because everyone worked here and there but resided at Eakin. I also remember one morning when Gen Westmorland walked around talking to us all at breakfast. Needless to say I was not impressed. Of course since coming home from Nam I have not been impressed with our government and my view on things is slippin daily. My health is not good [priority #4] Agent Orange exposure from defoliating the U Minh Forest. Had my share of Cancer and have beaten it back so far.

    • Craig. C.J. was actually Westmoreland’s armed escort on his observatory helicopter during his first tour of Viet Nam. He took a bullet for the general after the pilot landed in the wrong place and natives came thronging through the forest. One on a bicycle shot, C.J. got in front of the bullet which ricocheted off his flight vest took a chunk out of his arm, but C.J. brought the guy down. He made sure the General was alright as he turned around but bust his guts laughing cause the General’s Aid had dumped in his drawers. The General didn’t laugh. The General said he was going to get C.J. a repetitive Purple Heart for that, but somehow the “papers got lost”. He assumed it was because of his laughter at the Aid’s “accident”. Decades later an X-ray showed the healed bone of his ribs where the ricochet hit. He said he knew it didn’t “take 8 weeks for a bruise to go away”, but all they did was field dress his arm and he went back. He talked a lot about Westmoreland and even had “an autographed picture” of him. But there were things he held back about their time together. Most of it had to do with the 14 helicopters that either “fell” or were shot out from under him.
      Bunkered Inn

    • Not everyone assigned to Team 96 resided at Eakin. Remember, 96 supported CORDS and there were many enlisted and officers that resided on CORDS compounds (Palm Springs), and I resided next to my office in a small three room hootch on the main drag. I had a blue jeep and a Vespa motorscooter and was authorized to wear civies although I was only an E-6. I would at time eat at Eakin, but due to my job I could also eat at the CORDS Club

      • Sorry—Looks like I typed a big long replay and it got lost. I missed that comment about living at Eakin, and I am sorry. My husband was not living at the main compound but at a village near Rach Gia, building trust with the natives and training troops, who would much rather be planting and harvesting rice than learning military maneuvers. Can’t remember all terms used for local troops but think the Regional Forces were called Ruff-Puffs, His MACV group, 6 men (?), were also guarding a SEABEE encampment building a water tower and bridge (?). Most of his original documents (Which really told nothing about his duty.) were split between his relatives: Kansas; Virginia; Louisiana so I could avoid the family arguments later. But he talked about the forays into the forest, what they saw, what they did, about Chau Doc, conflicts with the Cong on the road to and into the Michelin Plantation–and an assignment to assassinate a Cong official “way up North where Nixon said we never were.” I know bits and pieces–now his Grand Daughter is asking me for more details–she just turned 23 and is anxious to know all she can about her Grand Father before I die, because nobody else will tell her how he spent the better part of his life. Actually there are those who refuse to believe it. What they don’t believe is their problem, but I want her to know the truth. You guys have no idea of the depth of feeling I have for you and all you did. It goes beyond: Thank-You-For-Your-Service, which is becoming rote, boring and unimpressive. Spending all these years with my “bad boy” (No he was not “squeaky clean”. The Navy DEFINITELY didn’t want him back, that’s for sure! LOL!) has spoiled me for the rest of the males on earth. I will never find anyone to measure up to that one person–or to any one of you others. You are miracles, you are marvelous. You walk in charmed boots because they brought you home no matter what condition you are in, and all I want to say is: I apologize that you had to go through and survive it alone. I wish there was some way I could have shouldered some of your burden. And damn it don’t get bashful on me–you deserve a lot more than the words I have written here and more than you have gotten from your military, government–and your country’s civilians.

      • I worked at CORDS Psychops in Cantho in 68-69, I was a Cpt living at Eakin, but almost all I worked with dressed as civilians and lived at Palm Springs, including LTC Belieau (Elvis’s father-in-law). Among my froiends were Navy enlisted men Frank Savage and Bob Michell.

  61. I can tell you that he was constantly getting static about his long hair. Definitely was not military cut. Can you send pictures on this site? (Thanks for responding!)

  62. Donna, if I did know him, he was a mellow guy. Compared to his replacement SFC Rodriquez. This guy wanted to go back to stateside way of dress and that was not happening. The CO at the time was Major Mc Millian. Not such a bad guy!!!! I was still at Eakin when the light bird colonel dusted himself off in his hooch!!!! Sure glad I was a good boy that week and did not end up with that duty. Never did hear what it was all about??????

  63. Funny I ran across this looking for bumper stickers. I was stationed on Eakin Compound, Cantho from Jul72-Apr73. Prior to that I was closing Lg Binh for the Korean’s to take over. Cantho was different. Late in tour I worked a project for the Peace Talk with NVA’s. Pure trip at the time. I was their when building exploded downtown trying to get a car going by. Not sure who was in it. Pure crazy..Anyway I’m in Caldwell Idaho now and 61. All the ache’s and pains caught up with me. I’m still crazy and love my country..

    • I was stationed in can tho eakin compound jun 67-jul 68. Prior to that l was in Germany. In can tho l handled order and casualty reporting. From there letterman hospital San fransisco

      • Martin, I was in Sadec Jun 67 – Jun 68. Had orders for Ft Bragg and got them changed in Oakland to the Presidio. I was assigned to 6th Army Special Troops and worked in Personnel. I was also there when the new Letterman opened up. SF was my hometown. I drove thru the Presidio a few times a few years ago and almost cried. It’s still beautiful, but Letterman was torn down and housing was turned into Section 8 housing. I could see the Golden Gate Bridge from my quarters on Pershing Drive. I used to frequent the Letterman Club on the beach. I left in 71 for Germany, stayed three months and re-upped for Nam and went back to Can Tho.

    • HHWhitman

      Just saw the name……were you an NCO originally from Texas? I had a hootchmate at Eakin named Whitman who I think was, or sort of remember was, from TX.

  64. This is for Martin Fiedler–or anyone from Team 96. Martin, did you work with Eddie Rape in the orderly room. I saw him when I first arrived at Eakin Compound but don’t recall him being there after Tet Offensive. I originally met him in Panama in 67. Dale Boatman, Mike Garcia and I went thru that offensive in Can Tho and saw the University destroyed unnecessarily. We’ve been having mini-reunions for the past two years in Idaho or Sparks Nevada.

  65. Was a SSG with Team 96 CORDS. With another SSG named Joe ?, we setup and HF Radio Network in all the provinces teams and some district teams. Also was a Village Hamlet Radio NCO working with RFPF and helped with Phoenix program data while assigned to CORDS -PSD (National Police). I was Aug 70 to Aug 71

    • I was there the same time you were; Was stationed in Can Tho with the 40th Eng Group; spent half my time building fire base on NuiCam ; stayed with the 96 group at their compound; Lot of fun guys; was always moving supplies on top of mtn
      Lived with Vietnamese Often eating in Chi Lang; Spent time on top of mtn
      Ed Walsh. 1Lt

    • My husband was in Team 96 also, SFC Charles Joseph Prusik, but comparing Timelines I don’t suppose you ever heard of or ran across him did you? Anybody else with Team 96 March through June 1970? I recently had a visit from his oldest Grand Daughter who is very interested in her Grandfather’s career (As am I–tying little loose ends here and there… If you can recommend anyone or knew him. Any and all information would be appreciated. Thanks, Donna M. Davis-Prusik

    • Ken, I was also with CORDS FOD (Field Operations Division) I was their Admin NCO. Can’t talk much about what they did, even I was kept in the dark for the most part, but they were also involved in the Phoenix program. John Paul Vann used to stop in a couple times a week in his white Ford compact. When they closed our office, I tried to get on with CORDS Security but was sent to Tra Vinh, then to My Tho.

      • My name is Dave Brode and I was stationed in ba chuc very near one of the seven sister mountains.iremember those b52 runs, iwas less than 1 half mile away. Iwas with the 69th infantry detachment out of can tho.if anyone wants to contact me they can call me at 571-232-1116. I live in northern Virginia.

  66. My name is Craig Trude, I was assigned to Adj Gen mail room and resided in Eakin Compound . I left that duty and ended up assigned to Tm 51 but did my duty in the U Minh Forest and later in Chau Duc on the Cambodia border. It was about the same time they were pounding the 7 sister mountains with nightly B 52 s. I left country in Aug 71

    • Craig I was stationed north of Can Tho at Vinh Long Army Airfield. I was there Xmas of 69 to Jan of 1970. I remember the bombing runs along the Cambodian border we were 50 miles away but it sounded like thunder and our wooden hooch would shake.

      Dennis

      • Dennis, I was in Sadec 67-68. You should be glad you were not in Vinh Long during Tet 68. All hell broke loose. It was so bad we could hear the battle down in Sadec. The Airfield commander was killed as well as a lot of GIs.

    • Craig, was that the mail room that was down the road from Elkin? You turned right out of Elkin and the compound was on the left. The mail room was the 2nd or 3rd building on the left side of the compound. What was the name of that compound, and do you remember the staffs names in Aug 71?

      • Gordon……Yes I think you are right and that was HQ Compound IV Corps. It was the second building and the first being a 2 star generals building. I knew his driver well. Guy from Albany NY so we had alot in common. As far as staff I am vague; I was also mostly on nights and I was a buck so the night shift was me and a couple of other guys. They sorted mail and I had all the clearances to run the cage. I do remember playing alot of TONK; a card game I learned there and have never played since. I was out of there about a year before you arrived so things had pretty much changed by then

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  68. Your right John hard to believe its almost 50 years ago. Tet was a rough time in Can Tho, it started for me walking out of the mess hall and hearing machine gun fire and whistles of bullets passing my head. Its was 48 hours days guarding the perimeter fence and eating but not tasting. It was ok after that in Can Tho except we started keeping our rifles with us 24/7. 3 years ago I found some pics at mom house after she died.

    • hey Martin….i wrote you a reply …but pressed the wrong button and lost it. I ll try again latter

      • Hi John, I remember you very well and if I can find them, I’ll copy a few pictures of you inside the compound doing our favorite thing “drinking beer’. Wow, I’m now 72 years old and those years in the military are a very
        distant memory. Wish I had of stayed in touch with a few guys. You went home before I did. I got to Can Tho in late Jan. 1967. More to talk about.
        Sp5 Gary Hendryx

        • Hello Gary…..Great to hear from you! Glad you made it back. Like you I regret loosing touch with friends made in Nam. I think I know who you are…..but not sure. Were you stationed in Washington D.C. before reassigned to MACV? Like most of us….my memory for names and faces has faded a bit. Half a century will do that to you. I got to Can Tho in Sep 66…reassigned to sub sector team in Tri Ton Jun 67…. rotated home in Sep 67. I didnt take many pictures….but have a few I’ll look up. I’m 69, living in Agawam Ma….small town in western Ma. Do you recall Sgt Perry…Cpt Kolochney (im sure spelling is wrong). They were my ‘bosses’ in Can Tho. Look forward to hearing from you…..JR

          • Hi John, all is well. Yes, I’m the guy who came out of D.C. and then went back to D.C. and discharged out in 68. Good to know you are doing okay and you made it home as well. I remember you trying like hell to get out in the field and earn that CIB. LOL. Couple of other things my memory serves up, but needs to be shared a little more privately. LOL. I stayed on the East Coast for a while but ended up coming back to
            California. How do we get in touch. I still tavel a bit. My kids are grown and grandkids are still in school.
            John, remember the horse shoe games in front? When I first arrived in country I think you were a couple of rooms down Stan Hirak(sp) and
            Will Owens, were around too. I’ll check back soon, like a couple of days. Long weekend coming up. Good to hear from you John and know
            your okay too. Damn,, was I ever that young and stupid? Guess so.
            Gary
            Ps. Hi Terry…..your not the guy who served up the powdered eggs are you? I’ll order the book soon.

    • I was there for Tet. I was PIO & in office in town.Firecrackers started early afternoon, AKs, etc next & we hauled ass for Eakin. Likewise 48 or so hours w/ a BAR (1st time i’d physically held one…never pulled the trigger) & 6 clips of rusty rounds, on the backside of Eakin, next to the hospital. I remember riding out next day w/ some others in a short convoy w/ the water tank truck/trailer to fill w/ water. University bombed not day or so. Mr Charles nearly shot one down. Bomb frags sailed over Eakin. I DEROS’d Feb13.

  69. Its great hearing from you. The names I don’t remember very well. I do remember a Cpt Fee only because he wrote me a letter that turned my E4 into E5.

    • Good to hear from you too. Nam vets are getting fewer and fewer. Hard to believe we are all “old timers” now. Unfortunately i too remember faces more than names from those days. My time in Can Tho was not that bad at that time. Did a lot of drinking…and got in a bit of trouble! I believe i read that Can Tho got hit real bad during Tet! I didnt take many pictures while in Can Tho or Tri Ton…but the pictures in my mind are vivide and enduring…like all of us. Glad you made it home Martin.

  70. My name is Carl Norwig i was assigned team 96 from December 1967 to May 1968
    was a security guard i arrived as a E2 then left as a PFC

  71. My husband, Charles J. Prusik, served as an Infantry Tactics Advisor, MACV #47, Team 96–he has in his summary of duty that it was located in Rach Gia. This was Approx. March 1970-June 1970. It is difficult going through his written data to determine what information is important, but the following names are quoted: Lt. Moy; SFC Doc. Peterson. The following cities names are quoted:Chau Duc in Cambodia; they were search and destroy missions with an AO area stretching from Chau Duc northeast to Taeko then south through the surrounding countryside of Phum Tami, Tuk Meas, Kompong Trach, and Giang Thanh. Lt. Moy was med evaced to Can Tho; they had a new Lt. who was a forestry major who tripped a grenade trap and was dusted off. The next Lt. was savvy, but fell into a punji pit south of Phum Tami, was field treated, dusted off but lost his leg (Possibly) later. They moved a village called Nha Bank on the Cambodia/Vietnamese border and on 29th June were airlifted to Rach Gia. The original group numberred 147 (As I read it.), but the only ones who returned were a Cadet Officer, one NCO and 16 privates, not counting the interpreter or myself (Charles J. Prusik). Later a Colonel Ellison gave out ‘atta-boys’. Hopefully from this information I can contact someone who served with my husband to learn more information about what happened during this portion of his service. I appreciate any and all help,

    • Donna, Chau Doc was in South Vietnam but right on the Cambodian border. The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army would use the river at the border to cross over to South Vietnam. My unit lost a man in Chau Doc. He was awarded the Silver Star. This was in March of 1968.

  72. My name is Martin Fidler. I was assigned to Team 96 in June 1967. I was in charge of orders and casualty reporting. I arrived as a PFC and left SP5

    • My name is John Russell..was in Can Tho 9/66 to 6/67. You may have been my replacement. I basically ran a mimeo graph machine until I transfered to sub sector tm 64 in Tri Ton. Rotated home 9/67. Names i remember…Sgt Perry…Cpt Kolochne. Not sure about spelling.

      • I was there in 67 and 68 and i’m sorry to say I can’t remember anybody who was there with me except a couple of names…sorry I couldn’t help

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