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Who's Who from Detachment A-232 (Buon Brieng, Bao Loc (New), Tan Rai) (Partial Draft)

The following is a listing of all personnel in our database, assigned to Detachment A-232 (Buon Brieng, Bao Loc (New), Tan Rai). If you were assigned to A-232 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 "Assignments 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.

Narrative Information: The first PCS Detachment A5/234 replaced a 1st SFG(A) TDY team, A1/312, at Buon Brieng. The TDY team had come through the Montagnard revolt as noted in the Jun 1965 National Geographic. The PCS team was redesignated A-232 on 01/08/65. The Buon Brieng camp was closed o/a 09/10/65 after a second Montagnard revolt in 1965 and a new camp was opened at Bao Loc (New) and o/a 01/01/66, that camp was camp was relocated to Tan Rai in Bao Loc District, Lam Dong Province. The earlier TDY teams, from the 1st SFGA, are listed in a previously published monograph. The camp was turned over to RF/PF on 03/31/69.

Florence William E   CPT 11/01/64   DET CO A5/234 YE,
Einseln Aleksander   CPT 01/24/65 09/10/65 DET CO DATES ? DEC
Ruggles John S Jr CPT 05/30/65 05/29/66 DET CO   DEC
Howley Dennis C   CPT 03/01/66 05/01/66 DET CO   YE.
Carr Sammie T   CPT 05/01/66 06/20/66 DET CO Emergency Leave DEC
Carter Edward C   1LT 06/20/66 06/27/66 DET CO   YE.
Striler Raymond J   CPT 06/27/66 03/03/67 DET CO   YE.
Miller Charles S   CPT 01/23/67 05/26/67 DET CO medevaced  
Keller Alan R   CPT 05/27/67 11/03/67 DET CO   YE
Gayol-Tabares Amado   CPT 11/04/67 06/01/68 DET CO   YE.
Cole Robert G   CPT 06/01/68 09/07/68 DET CO   YE.
Hall Peter W   1LT 09/05/68 03/31/69 DET CO   A0U
Bender Gerald G   2LT 11/01/64   DET XO A5/234 DEC
Duncan James L   1LT 05/01/65   DET XO   A0Y
Cowling Leonard E   1LT 10/11/65 05/01/66 DET XO   YE,
Carter Edward E   1LT 01/01/66 05/01/66     YE.
Jones Chester T   1LT 05/21/66 03/04/67 DET XO   DEC
Bruch Barry S   1LT 12/31/66 10/24/67 DET XO   Y
Matthews William P   1LT 01/17/67 04/27/68 DET XO   DEC
Hall Peter W   1LT 04/08/68 09/05/69 DET XO   A0U
Spring Timothy L   1LT 09/01/68 10/20/68 DET XO   KIA
Harrell Bob L Jr 1LT 10/27/68 03/31/69 DET XO   YE.
Gonzales Dennis R   1LT 02/10/69 03/31/69 DET XO   YE,
Stahl Vincent E   1LT 02/01/65 06/01/65 CAPO   YE
Kirk Johnny L   1LT 07/23/67 03/01/68 CAPO A-234? DEC
Eckhardt Eric G   2LT 01/22/68 07/03/68 CAPO   YE.
Morrow Michael D   1LT 06/10/68 09/18/68 CAPO   YE.
Gutbrod Earl R   1LT 10/01/68 01/20/69 CAPO OR 241 MSF? DEC
Merrill Michael G   1LT 10/08/68 10/04/69 CAPO   A0U
Fuller William Jr MSG 11/01/64 04/01/65 TM SGT A5/234 to HHQ DEC
Carrell Floyd Jr SFC 04/01/65 10/01/65 TM SGT A5/234 DEC
Meier Walter L   MSG 10/01/65       DEC
Samuelson Carl A   MSG 09/01/65 09/01/66 TM SGT   DEC
Nabors Jim E   MSG 08/01/66 02/01/67 TM SGT   YE.
Mason Howard M   MSG 03/01/67 03/01/68 TM SGT   DEC
Schiller Frederick 'Fritz" SFC 03/01/68 09/14/68 TM SGT   DEC
Ratleff Roy J   MSG 05/01/68 08/01/68 TM SGT   DEC
Schiller Frederick 'Fritz" SFC 08/01/68 09/14/68 TM SGT   DEC
Carter Jake Jr SFC 09/01/68 10/01/68 TM SGT   Y
Tsoukalas Tony   MSG     TM SGT no orders Y
Natkong Charles N   MSG 09/01/68 02/01/69 TM SGT   DEC
Spence James E   SFC 10/01/68 03/31/69 TM SGT   DEC
Carrell Floyd Jr SFC 11/01/64 04/01/65 INTEL A5/234 DEC
McLaughlin John R   SFC 04/01/65 01/01/66 INTEL   DEC
Cherry Owen L   SFC 01/01/66 03/19/66 INTEL or Lac Thien DEC
Nessmith Austin A 3/1/66? SFC 09/01/65 09/01/66 INTEL & TM SGT DEC
Coon Harold W   SFC 10/01/66 03/01/67 INTEL medevaced DEC
Flores Alejandro "Alex" SFC 10/01/67 03/01/68 INTEL to ? DEC
Schiller Frederick 'Fritz" SFC 03/01/68 08/01/68 INTEL   DEC
Carter Jake Jr SFC 04/01/68 10/01/68 INTEL   Y
Gill Harry C   SP5 10/30/67 02/01/68 INTEL ASST   DEC
Beal Ralph C   SSG 11/01/64   HVY WPNS A5/234 DEC
Slate Hamilton A Jr SGT 11/01/64 07/01/65 LT WPNS A5/234 YE,
Treadwell Frank L   SSG 07/05/65 09/20/66 LT WPNS   YE
Griffith Kenneth W   SSG     LT WPNS   DEC
Durham Robert E   SFC 12/01/65 03/01/66 HVY WPNS   DEC
Moore James R   SSG 01/01/66   LT WPNS   YE,
Williams Robert F   SP4 07/01/66 07/01/67 LT WPNS CAPO DEC
Davis Frederick L   SFC 10/02/67 10/01/68 HVY WPNS   Y
Palmieri George   SFC 11/11/67 05/01/68 HVY WPNS to B-23 MSF Y,
Carter Curtis R   SFC 06/30/68 06/29/69 HVY WPNS   DEC
Mulkey Jerry A   SFC 08/31/68 03/31/69 WPNS to C-2 DEC
Nicholson Frank E   SP5 06/01/65 08/31/65 CAPO NCO DEMO DEC
Templar Roger W   SGT 07/01/66 07/01/67 CAPO DEMO YE.
Good Ronald A   SGT 11/01/64 05/01/65 RAD OP A5/234 YE.
Hunter David W   SSG 11/01/64 10/01/65 RAD OP A5/234 DEC
Barnes William G?   SFC         DEC
Clemmer James L   SP4 01/01/66 05/01/66 RAD OP   DEC
Bush Larry E   SGT 08/01/65 08/01/66 RAD OP   DEC
Clark Robert L "Bobby" SSG 09/01/66 05/01/67 RAD OP   YE.
Kalicki Victor W   SSG   04/01/66 RAD OP   DEC
McGonagle Edward M 'Ned' SP4 09/01/66 06/01/67 RAD OP   DEC
Berry Vernie L   PFC 01/01/67   RAD OP   Y,
Stengel Andrew A   SFC 03/01/67 03/01/68 RAD OP   Y,
Carey James J 'Jack' SSG 02/01/68 09/01/68 RAD OP   YE.
Denote Rocco L   SSG 08/01/68 03/31/69 RAD OP   YE,
Wheeler Kenneth D   SP5 11/01/64   DEMO A5/234  
Hanson William H   SSG 11/01/65   DEMO A5/234 Y,
Tafoya Eugene A   SGT 10/01/65 10/14/66 DEMO to eagle flight DEC
Hayes James M   SP5 06/01/65   DEMO   DEC
Geogheghan Peter Y   SSG 09/01/65 05/01/66 DEMO or A-245 DEC
Patterson James B   SFC 01/01/67 05/24/67 DEMO   KIA
Dorcas Roger L   SP5 01/01/68 01/01/69 DEMO   YE,
Cummings David L   SP5 01/01/69 03/31/69 DEMO   YE
Bunselmeyer Henry W Jr SSG 11/01/64 05/25/65 MEDIC A5/234 Y.
Decker Kelly P   SGT 11/01/64 07/01/65 MEDIC A5/234 YE,
Giezentanner Jan A   SGT 05/26/65 01/23/66 MEDIC   YE,
Kappel     SSG     MEDIC    
Van Horne Larry W   SGT 02/01/66 02/02/67 MEDIC   YE.
Orona Charles P   SSG 01/01/67   MEDIC & C-3 DEC
Bailly Ronald A   SSG 01/01/67   MEDIC   DEC
Kropp Manfred   SFC 08/11/67 08/10/68 MEDIC   YE.
Erkel Michael W   SGT 05/01/68 11/01/68 MEDIC   YE,
Franconi Louis C   SGT 01/01/69 03/31/69 MEDIC   YE,
Luck Tyree   SGT     MEDIC unidentified  
Keating Charles F   2LT 01/01/67   INTEL 95th CA YE,
Lien Le "Sam" Civ     Interpreter   YE,
Osborn Arthur J Jr SP5 01/01/65        
Peterson David P   SP6 01/01/65        
SFC Chuck Mastern, SSG Doughty, SGT Potter noted but not identified, Chuck/ Paul Severson or Sorenson, Waits+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Books about Tan Rai:
Lien Le (Sam), Spirit Stills the Storm

Dr. Ray Striler, Tan Rai: A Team Special Forces 1966-67



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