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Who's Who from Detachment A-242 (Dak Pek) (Partial Draft)

The following is a listing of all personnel in our database, assigned to Detachment A-242 (Dak Pek). If you were assigned to A-242 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 A5/5 (AKA A5/231) took over the Dak Pek camp from A-749A. Dak Pek was one of the oldest camps in IICTZ, having been opened in Spetember 1962 by a TDY team from 5th SFGA. For information on the earlier TDY teams at Dak Pek see the previously published monographs on 5th SFGA and 7th SFGA TDY teams. The team was redesignated A-211 on 01/08/65, was redesignated A-242 in ? 1966 and was converted to 88th Border Ranger o/a 11/30/70. Dak Pek was located in Dak Sut District, Kontum Province and was the northernmost camp in IICTZ. At least two team members, Leigh Wade and Don Bendell, have written books about Dak Pek and there is an active reunion group including members of the team and their families.

Nix John U   CPT 11/01/64 10/31/65 DET CO A5/231 A0Y
Shick Roland M   CPT 04/25/65 12/31/65 DET CO A5/211 DEC
Sanford Samuel S   CPT 11/26/65 06/01/66 DET CO A5/211 YE,
Jasaitis Edward J   CPT 06/01/66 01/25/67 DET CO   DEC
Peters Frederick J "Pete" CPT 01/20/67 03/29/67 DET CO   DEC
Goorley John T III CPT 03/29/67 08/08/67 DET CO   DEC
Carr Donald G 'Butch' CPT 08/09/67 01/09/68 DET CO   MIA
Sizemore Michael L   CPT 01/10/68 06/23/68 DET CO   DEC
Dietrich Joseph K 'Joe' CPT 07/28/68 11/25/68 DET CO   A0Y
Selders James L   CPT 11/16/68 03/15/69 DET CO   YE.
Jones Gordon L   CPT 01/23/69 09/17/69 DET CO   YE.
Kazanowski John F   CPT 09/17/69 10/07/69 DET CO A-242 KIA
Gray Douglas T III CPT 10/08/69 12/09/69 DET CO   KIA
Strickler Gordon M   CPT 12/28/69 11/30/70 DET CO & SR ADV DNH
Walther Udo H   CPT 03/01/70 06/29/70 DET CO   DEC
Britton Frederick E   CPT 06/01/70 10/21/70 DET CO   YE.
Scott Terry A   1LT 10/21/70 11/30/70 DET CO   DEC
Method Alonzo B   1LT 09/26/64 04/11/65 DET XO A5/231 DEC
Gladfelter Richard L   1LT 06/01/65 10/13/66 DET XO A5/211 Y.
Meszaros Edward L   1LT 09/15/66 07/01/67 DET XO   YE.
Hartley Charles R   1LT 06/21/67 09/02/67 DET XO   DEC
Jones Roderick M   1LT 09/03/67 05/19/68 DET XO   YE.
Hefner Kenneth M   1LT 05/20/68 12/10/68 DET XO   DEC
Light Melvin D   1LT 11/06/68 03/01/69 DET XO   YE.
Trost Henry M "Mike" 1LT 05/01/69 10/01/69 DET XO   YE.
Cook David D N   1LT 07/01/69 11/27/69 DET XO   YE.
Rego John A   CPT 10/22/69 06/01/70 DET XO & CO YE.
Mitchell Michael K   1LT 11/21/69 06/30/70 DET XO   A0Y
Andrews Donald F   1LT 02/01/70 06/05/70 DET XO   DEC
Scott Terry A   1LT 08/18/70 10/21/70 DET XO   DEC
Paccerelli George A   CPT 08/02/66 10/01/66 CAPO   DEC
Wineteer Gary G   2LT 10/25/66 01/01/67 CAPO   DEC
Hefner Kenneth M   1LT 01/21/68 05/20/68 CAPO   DEC
Bendell Donald R   1LT 06/02/68 03/15/69 CAPO medevaced YE.
Smith Dawson F   1LT 11/28/68 07/01/69 CAPO   YE.
Overby Morris C "Mike" 1LT 07/01/69 12/18/69 CAPO   A0Y,
Bacque Odon L Jr "Don" 1LT 10/07/69 10/09/69 CAPO 2 days! YE.
Alexander Jerrold M "Jerry" 1LT 10/17/69 09/26/70 CAPO   YE.
Wallace Jon R   1LT 01/02/70 05/31/70 CAPO   Y,
Mitchell Michael K   1LT 07/01/70 09/01/70 CAPO   A0Y
Stanford James E   CPT 12/01/65 11/30/66 CA OFF ATTD? DEC
Willis Clarence B   SSG 03/01/65 03/01/66 CA/PO NCO   DEC
Vierk Duane C   MSG 11/01/64 10/31/65 TM SGT A5/231 to C-1 as SGM? DEC
Self John J   MSG 09/01/65 09/01/66 TM SGT   DEC
Scott Daniel M "Scotty" MSG 01/01/66 04/01/66 TM SGT   DEC
Payne Floyd E   SFC 09/01/66 01/02/67 TM SGT   Y.
Shiflett Jesse J   MSG 12/01/66   TM SGT   DEC
Slugocki Albert   MSG 01/01/67 05/01/67 TM SGT   YE.
Self John J   MSG 05/01/67 01/01/68 TM SGT   DEC
Pickles James E   MSG 01/01/68 10/12/68 TM SGT   DEC
Smith David A   MSG 08/03/68 02/01/69 TM SGT   YE
Kope Joseph R   SFC 09/24/68 09/23/69 TM SGT   DEC
Smith John S "Snuffy" MSG 09/18/69 03/01/70 TM SGT   DEC
Weeks Thomas I   MSG 10/01/69 09/25/70 TM SGT   DEC
Hashaw Clyde W   SFC 09/01/70 11/30/70 TM SGT   Y.
Morrell Glen E   SFC 11/01/64 10/31/65 INTEL A5/231 YE.
Sortillo Elliot   SFC 11/01/64 04/11/65 INTEL A5/231 DEC
Lewry Donald C   SFC 01/01/65   INTEL A5/211 DEC
Buzzell Donald A   SFC 04/12/65 07/01/65 INTEL   DEC
Owens Herbert   SFC 08/01/65 08/01/66 INTEL   DEC
Douglas Michael   SFC 06/01/66 01/08/67 INTEL A-242 DEC
Millner Lloyd L Jr SFC 09/01/66 12/01/66 INTEL   DEC
Alderman Joe C   SFC 12/01/66 06/01/67 INTEL   DEC
Brushwood William H   SFC 06/01/67 12/01/67 INTEL & Tm Sgt DEC
Day Jerry   MSG 01/01/68   INTEL   DEC
Klemm Richard R   SSG 09/25/68 09/24/69 INTEL   DEC
Spence Floyd A   SFC 07/01/69 02/12/70 INTEL   DEC
Carreon Daniel   SSG 12/01/65 06/01/66 INTEL/A A-242  
Howard Joseph H Jr SSG 06/05/68 12/16/69 INTEL/A or 244? DEC
Hanscom John A   SP4 01/15/70 03/27/70 INTEL/A   YE.
Fry James R   SP5 01/28/70 04/14/70 INTEL/A medevaced/245? YE.
Robbirds John D   SFC 11/01/64 10/31/65 LT WPNS A5/231 DEC
Marcou Charles A   SSG 08/01/65 08/01/66 HVY WPNS    
Coleman Lonnie   SSG 10/01/65 10/01/66 LT WPNS   DEC
Hughes Glenn C   SSG 03/01/66 06/01/66 HVY WPNS   DEC
Foss Reginald G   SGT 06/01/66 01/08/67 LT WPNS   DEC
Stanley Earl T   SFC 01/01/67 09/01/67 HVY WPNS   DEC
Vosen Lawrence T   SP5 07/28/67 11/19/68 LT WPNS   YE
Hollis Johnnie L   SSG 09/26/67 03/01/68 HVY WPNS   DEC
Chavez Rudolfo   SSG 01/01/67 11/27/67 LT WPNS?   KIA
Minton Denver G   SFC 02/01/68 04/01/68 LT WPNS   YE.
Weeks Thomas I   SFC 06/01/68 09/20/68 HVY WPNS   DEC
Challela Charles V "Yogi" SFC 01/01/69 08/01/69 LT WPNS   DEC
Hill Joseph B   SGT 06/01/69 03/25/70 LT WPNS   DEC
Wylie Gordon F   SSG 06/17/69 06/15/70 HVY WPNS & A-245 YE,
Young Charles E   SGT 12/27/69 11/30/70 HVY WPNS   YE
Jones Scott W   SP4 10/23/70 11/30/70 LT WPNS or rad op DNH
Hayakawa Donald T   SSG 09/26/64 04/11/65 RAD OP A5/231 DEC
Wessel William D   SP4 11/01/64 10/31/65 RAD OP A5/231 DEC
Olson Stephen F   SFC 03/01/65 09/01/65 RAD OP   DEC
Perdue Ronald T   SGT 06/01/65 11/14/65 RAD OP B5/200 Y
Ryan Richard C "Stass" SSG 07/01/65 04/01/66 RAD OP   DEC
Hubbard Roy E Jr SGT 08/01/65 08/01/66 RAD OP   YE.
Olson Stephen F   SFC 09/01/65 03/01/66 RAD OP   DEC
Maketa John L   SGT 02/15/66 06/01/66 RAD OP   YE.
Moore William H   SGT 04/16/66 10/15/66 RAD OP   YE.
Griskelis Kestutis   SGT 06/01/66 01/08/67 RAD OP   Y
Nuber Gerard E   SP4 03/17/67 05/01/67 RAD OP   YE.
Marler Lawrence D "Larry" SP4 07/04/67 03/08/68 RAD OP   YE.
Williams John T "Jack" SP5 01/01/68 05/01/68 RAD OP   YE.
Ratliff Michael V   SGT 01/01/68 06/01/68 RAD OP via C-2/B-24 YE.
Boyle Harry L   SFC 01/29/68 07/23/68 RAD OP   KIA
Williams Donald B   SSG 04/01/68 09/25/70 RAD OP   YE.
Williams John T "Jack" SP5 08/01/68 10/22/68 RAD OP   YE.
Vince James P   SFC 04/05/69 08/01/69 RAD OP   YE.
Eleam John W   SFC 05/13/69 01/01/70 RAD OP   DEC
Glumac Alexander   SGT 06/18/69 11/01/69 RAD OP   YE.
Adams Frederick G "Injun" SGT 11/09/69 11/30/70 RAD OP   DEC
Wade Leigh F   SFC 03/01/70 11/30/70 RAD OP   YE,
Armstrong Edwin D   SSG 09/26/64 04/11/65 DEMO A5/231 DEC
Lawhead Jack R   SP5 11/01/64 10/31/65 DEMO A5/231 DEC
Emanuel Luther P 'Luke' SFC 03/08/66 03/07/67 DEMO   Y
Coats Dennis A   SFC 03/01/67 03/01/68 DEMO   A0
Crotsley Lawrence W 'Larry' SP5 08/01/68 08/01/69 DEMO   YE,
Raines Rolfe J   SSG 11/01/64 05/01/65 MEDIC A5/231 YE.
Waits James M Sr SSG 11/01/64 10/31/65 MEDIC A5/231 DEC
Wunderlich John A III SGT 03/01/65 03/01/66 MEDIC   A0
Dixon Warren E   SP5 12/01/65 12/01/66 MEDIC   DEC
Thompson James E   SFC 06/01/66 01/09/67 MEDIC   DEC
Rimar Joseph W   SGT 07/01/66 05/01/67 MEDIC/CAPO A-242 YE.
Phillips James R   SGT 12/27/66 12/17/67 MEDIC   YE.
Roland Daniel L   SGT 06/01/67   MEDIC   Y
Price Thomas P "Pat" SGT 08/10/67 04/01/68 MEDIC medevaced YE.
McAvoy Richard G   SGT 11/01/67 11/01/68 MEDIC   Y
McKinley Karl K   SGT 05/29/68 02/08/69 MEDIC   DEC
Hill Raymond H Jr SSG 08/09/68 10/20/69 MEDIC   DEC
Shanklin Thomas G   SFC 01/01/69 08/03/69 MEDIC   YE.
Toon Tommy L   SFC 04/093/69 11/02/70 MEDIC   DEC
Brown James W   SSG 06/01/69 04/16/67 MEDIC to 3/29/70 YE.
Erickson James M   SP4 07/01/69 06/29/70 MEDIC   Y
Wolfe Ronald K   SSG 01/01/70   MEDIC & C-4? DEC
Thompson James E   SFC 01/19/70 10/02/70 MEDIC   DEC
Ellis James R   SGT 04/01/70 01/01/71 MEDIC   DEC
Ponstein Paul D   SGT 12/01/70 12/20/70 MEDIC   YE.
Hill James E   SFC 01/01/65     A5/211 DEC
Childers Richard W   SSG 08/01/65 08/01/66   A-242 DEC
Lopez John E Jr SFC 06/01/69 10/09/69     KIA
KB Team #3 1970
Bodt Lawrence P   SP5 04/15/70 10/05/70 BSMV 5/11/70 w/KB Team #3? YE.
403rd SOD (Radio Research)
Watts Clifton E   PFC 04/01/67 04/15/67 05H @A-242 YE.
May John H   SP5 04/01/67 04/15/67 05H @A-242 DEC
Tomczak Thomas J   SGT 04/23/68 07/23/68 05H 400S @A-242 KIA
Semmler James W "Bo" SSG 05/01/68 08/01/68 05H2P @A-242 Y
Holzer Robert M   SSG 08/01/68 04/01/69 05H4S68 @A-242 DEC
Turney Thomas W   SSG 04/01/69 10/07/69   @A-242 YE.
MAP of A-242 (DAK PEK)
Page Last Modified: Thursday, July 07, 2022

Books of Interest:
Albert Slugocki, The Autumn Man, a memoir
Leigh Wade, Assault on Dak Pek and Special Forces Combat in Vietnam
Don Bendell, numerous works of fiction.

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