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Who's Who from Detachment A-254 (Plei Do Lim) (Partial Draft)

The following is a listing of all personnel in our database, assigned to Detachment A-254 (Plei Do Lim). If you were assigned to A-254 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. I need a copy of the PCS orders for the original PCS team.

Narrative Information: The first PCS Detachment A5/1 (AKA A5/224) (redesignated A-216 on 01/08/65) took over the Plei Do Lim camp from A-751A, a 7th SFGA TDY Split team. Plei Do Lim had been established in 1963 by A1/123, 1st SFG(A) which had relocated from Tra Bong. A5/216 was redesignated A-254 about March 1966. Plei Do Lim was converted to VNSF o/a 08/02/66. Plei Do Lim was located in Le Truong District, Pleiku Province.

Robbins Chandler P III CPT 09/01/64   DET CO A5/1 (A-216) Y,
Rave John S   CPT 03/05/65   DET CO   DEC
McCoy James A   CPT 08/01/65 01/12/66 DET CO A-216  
Word Larry E   CPT 12/19/65   DET CO A5/216 DEC
Miller William H   CPT 06/20/66 06/19/67 DET CO A7/24 DEC
Wilhelm Alfred D Jr "Al" 1LT 09/01/64   DET XO A5/1 (A-216) Y,
McCoy James A   1LT 01/13/65 08/01/65 DET XO A5/1 A-216  
McNeil Robert   1LT 01/13/65 01/12/66 DET XO A5/216  
Walker Jimmy   1LT 06/01/65 10/31/65 DET XO A5/216 YE.
Horton Ira D   1LT 10/21/65 10/20/66 DET XO   YE.
Jacobelly Robert C 'Jake' 1LT 08/10/65 06/01/66 CAPO A5/216 & A-234? YE.
Caro Carlos D   SGT 12/15/65   CAPO   DEC
Manuel Francis E 'Fritz' MSG 09/01/64   TM SGT A5/1(A-216) KIA
Soublet Paul J   MSG 06/01/65 12/01/65 TM SGT   Y
Hill Joseph B   MSG 11/09/65 11/08/66 TM SGT   DEC
Buzzell Donald A   SFC 09/01/64     A5/1 (A-216) DEC
Sortillo Elliot   SFC 04/12/65 10/31/65 INTEL   DEC
Combichi Nicholas   SFC 06/01/66 08/01/66 INTEL   DEC
Lewis James L Jr SSG 08/01/66 02/21/67 INTEL   YE.
Stevens Lowell W   SSG 10/14/66 06/01/67 INTEL/A Assign? DEC
Ellis Kenneth Jr SFC 09/01/64   HVY WPNS A5/1 (A-216)  
Wright Fred J   SSG 09/01/64 05/01/65 LT WPNS A5/1 (A-216) Y,
Vrba Raymond J Jr SGT 05/01/65 05/25/65 LT WPNS replaced Wright KIA
Smith Robert A   SSG 05/23/65 05/22/66 LT WPNS   DEC
Allickson Henry O   SSG 09/01/65 04/01/66 LT WPNS   DEC
Saxon Joseph B   SFC 03/01/67 08/27/67 LT WPNS Assign? DEC
Holthusen Patrick H   SGT 09/01/64 01/01/66 RAD OP A5/1 (A-216) DEC
Hunt Phillip W   SGT 09/01/64 04/01/65 RAD OP A5/1 (A-216) DEC
Opshinsky John R "Jack" SGT 01/01/65 03/01/66 RAD OP   DEC
St George Herbert J   SSG 04/01/65 01/01/66 RAD OP   YE.
Holcomb Charles R   SSG 02/07/66 08/01/66 RAD OP   DEC
Spencer David D   SP4 03/10/66 03/09/67 RAD OP    
Bean Billy V   SSG 09/01/64   DEMO A5/1 (A-216) DEC
Johnston Thor B   SP5 09/01/64   DEMO A5/1 (A-216) DEC?
Vrba Raymond J   SGT 05/01/65 05/25/65 DEMO   KIA
Arnold Winfred W   SSG 01/01/66 04/21/66 DEMO   DEC
Brown Roy E   SSG 03/17/66 08/01/66 DEMO   YE.
Johnson Billy D   SGT 09/01/64 12/31/65 MEDIC A5/1 (A-216) DEC
Legrand William F   SSG 09/01/64 04/28/65 MEDIC A5/1 (A-216) KIA
Sadler Barry A   SP5 01/02/65 12/31/65 MEDIC fm B-21 DEC
Johnson Kenneth   SSG 09/01/65 04/01/66 MEDIC   KIA
Barker Thomas L   SSG 01/15/66 02/24/66 MEDIC   DEC
Pozorski Paul J   SSG 04/01/66 07/01/66 MEDIC   YE,
Beswick William F Jr SSG 09/14/66 08/01/66 MEDIC   YE.
MAP of A-254 (Plei Do Lim)

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