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Who's Who from Detachment A-223 (Van Canh) (Partial Draft)

The following is a listing of all personnel in our database, assigned to Detachment A-223 (Van Canh). If you were assigned to A-223 or you can correct any errors or can add any names or [ESPECIALLY HELPFUL] identify the assignments for the names at the last page of the list shown as "Assignment Unknown," or if you have any rosters, please let me know by e-mail at ( or by phone at (713) 683-9076 or join the team discussion at the Green Beret Forum. I need a copy of the PCS orders for the original PCS team.

Narrative Information: A5/3 opened the old Vanh Canh camp o/a/ 9/9/62 in 8/63 it was turned over to ARVN marines whot it shortly thereafter in an NVA sweep of the valley. Van Canh was reopened in 4/65 by personnel from A1/321B. The first PCS Detachment A7/4 took over the new Vanh Canh camp from A1/213, 1st SFG(A) o/a 1/1/66. It was redesignated A-223. Van Canh was closed 1/10/68 and the CSF were brought to B-22, Qui Nhon, just in time to perform heroically during the Tet Offensive. Around 8/68?? two companies of the Van Canh strikers were brought to Kontum and became the nucleus of the 4th Bn, II CTZ MSF (see A-204). Vanh Canh was located in Tuy Phuoc District, Binh Dinh Province.

Myrick Reed J   CPT 01/07/66   DET CO A7/04 YE
Hurst Nicholas R   CPT 08/06/66 01/08/67 DET CO   DEC
Driscoll John J   CPT 01/01/67       DEC
Vesser Thomas F   CPT 01/31/67 01/16/68 DET CO   DEC
Swann Thomas F Jr 1LT 12/26/67 05/10/68 DET CO QN MSF KIA
Morse Edward D   CPT 07/05/68 02/06/69 DET CO QN MSF DEC
Kreuscher Rolf R   2LT 01/07/66 02/01/66 DET XO A7/04 DEC
Boggs Gary L   1LT 10/01/66 03/06/67 DET XO   DEC
Howell John M   1LT 01/20/67 08/08/67 DET XO   Y
Merkerson Willie Jr 2LT 05/05/67 08/15/67 DET XO   YE
Swann Thomas F Jr 1LT 07/21/67 12/25/67 DET XO   KIA
Bergiel Blaise J   1LT 01/09/68 06/20/68 DET XO   YE
Shephard Kenneth R   1LT 10/16/66 10/15/67 CAPO to Le Hai DEC?
House Willis F   SFC 01/07/66 04/01/66 TM SGT A7/04 KIA
Gambill Richard K   MSG 03/17/66 01/01/67 TM SGT   DEC
Kemmett Richard L   MSG 10/01/66 03/17/67 TM SGT   DEC
Dubreuil Edmund J   MSG 05/03/67 08/01/67 TM SGT   DEC
Rockholt Eugene   SFC 01/07/66 Dropped INTEL A7/04 DEC
Stogdill George E   SFC 01/04/66 01/02/67 INTEL B7/01 DEC
Bomark Ivan L   SSG 01/02/67 10/03/67 INTEL   DEC
Parker Elmer E   SFC 11/14/67 08/01/68 INTEL & QNH MSF DEC
Pipes Harvey O   SFC 01/07/66 10/01/66 HVY WPNS A7/04 Y
Reeves Robert R   SSG 01/07/66 01/06/67 LT WPNS A7/04  
Jordan Larry T   SSG 06/01/66 12/15/66 HVY WPNS? med-evaced DEC
Herman Daniel G   SP4 08/18/66 08/17/67 LT WPNS & A-503 DEC
Bahr Hubert A II SGT 03/06/67 06/19/67 HVY WPNS medevaced YE
Bonner Jack L   SFC 03/17/67   HVY WPNS   DEC
Hoagland Charles F Jr SFC 08/30/67 05/10/68 HVY WPNS & QNH MSF DEC
Allen George C D   SSG 10/14/67 10/13/68 LT WPNS & QNH MSF DEC
Parker Elmer E   SFC 11/14/67 08/01/68 INTEL & QNH MSF DEC
Wood Ronald R   SSG 01/07/66 03/06/67 RAD OP A7/04 YE
Hine William E Jr SP4 01/07/66 12/20/66 DEMO A7/04 Y
Deaton Rodney W   SGT 03/07/66 01/06/67 RAD OP A7/04 YE
Burns Robert A   SSG     RAD OP    
Muller Eric P   SP4 01/01/67 09/07/67 RAD OP   KIA
Swartzbaugh Gary J   SGT 05/01/67 07/01/67 RAD OP    
Aikin Dennis E   SP4 09/24/67 09/23/68 RAD OP   DEC
Alderman Joe C   CPL 01/07/66 03/01/66 DEMO A7/04 DEC
Vasey Lewis G   SGT 01/07/66 01/06/67 DEMO A7/04 DEC
Sims Barry L   SGT 03/01/66   DEMO    
            DEMO mine  
Campos Domingo P   SFC 7/1/67 07/14/68 DEMO QNMSF DEC
Benoit James D   SGT 09/01/67 01/01/68 DEMO   DEC
Curtis Richard L   SGT 01/07/66 08/01/67 MEDIC A7/04 DEC
Owens Robert L   SSG 01/07/66 01/06/67 MEDIC A7/04 DEC
Talbot Kenneth D   SP4 01/01/66   MEDIC   DEC
Roberts Ben K   SGT 12/01/66 08/01/67 MEDIC   DEC
Tussey Tommy J   SFC 04/17/67 04/16/68 MEDIC   a0Y
Watson Nicholas O   SGT 07/09/67 07/10/68 MEDIC   YE

MAP of Van Canh

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