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Who's Who from Detachment A-255 (Plei Me) (Partial Draft)

The following is a listing of all personnel in our database, assigned to Detachment A-255 (Plei Me). If you were assigned to A-255 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 A5/13x (immediately redesignated A5/217 took over the Plei Me camp from A1/313, 1st SFG(A). It had been established and operated by 7th SFGA TDY Teams since August, 1963. A5/217 was redesignated A-255 o/a March 1966. Plei Me was converted to 82th Border Ranger o/a 10/31/70. Plei Me was located in Phu Nhon District, Pleiku Province.

Short Kenneth E   CPT 04/16/65 09/01/65 DET CO A5/13x (A-217) DEC
Moore Harold M   CPT 09/23/65 10/23/65 DET CO A-217  
Willoughby William H Jr CPT 10/23/65 07/16/66 DET CO A-217 YE
Warnberg Harry E   CPT 07/01/66 09/01/66 DET CO   YE.
Bonavolonta Jules J   CPT 09/13/66 01/20/67 DET CO   YE
Scott Lowell M   CPT 01/17/67 05/17/67 DET CO   YE.
Pendleton Raymond A   CPT 05/18/67 07/25/67 DET CO   DEC?
Marshall Richard W   CPT 07/29/67 09/01/67 DET CO hospitalized YE.
Rizzato Bruno F   CPT 08/30/67 11/29/67 DET CO   YE.
Green Martin L Jr CPT 12/01/67 02/01/68 DET CO   KIA
Dietrich Joseph K 'Joe' CPT 01/07/68 07/27/68 DET CO   Y
Ramsey Steven G   1LT 05/28/68 06/01/68 DET CO   KIA
Griffith John S   1LT 06/01/68 09/01/68 DET CO   YE.
O'Neil William D   CPT 08/17/68 11/30/68 DET CO   DEC
Corscadden William J   CPT 11/28/68 06/01/69 DET CO to B-24 Y.
Martinez Segundo C   CPT 06/01/69 09/11/69 DET CO   DEC
Digiacinto Ralph H 'Henry' 1LT 09/11/69 10/21/69 DET CO   YE.
Palmer Harold T Jr CPT 10/22/69 01/10/70 DET CO   DEC
Hamilton Emery   CPT 01/11/70 04/15/70 DET CO   DEC
Hendley Albert J III CPT 04/15/70 10/30/70 DET CO   YE,
Bassett Paul D   2LT 04/16/65 Dropped DET XO A5/13x YE.
Berry Robert H   1LT 04/16/65 01/01/66 DET XO A5/13x (A-217) YE,
Parming Tonu   1LT 07/08/65 01/01/66 DET XO A5/217 DEC
Schmidt Donald F   CPT 06/01/66 06/20/66 DET XO   KIA
Gonneville Donald E   CPT 06/21/66 12/02/66 DET XO   YE.
Irzyk Andrew L   1LT 11/11/66 01/18/67 DET XO   DEC
Drew Mark E   1LT 10/17/67 10/16/68 DET XO/CO   DEC
Hawkins Jared E   1LT 05/11/68 03/20/69 DET XO   Y,
Glomb Edward A   1LT 03/10/69 07/15/69 DET XO   YE.
Digiacinto Ralph H 'Henry' 1LT 08/01/69 09/11/69 DET XO   YE.
Colon-Escobar Modesto   1LT 09/12/69 05/26/70 DET XO PR  
Hendley Albert J III 1LT 03/29/70 04/14/70 DET XO   YE.
Wike Richard W   1LT 02/01/70 06/30/70 DET XO   DEC
Joyce David L   1LT 06/28/70 10/31/70 DET XO & CAPO & CO YE
Mackey John N   1LT 10/25/66 05/23/67 CAPO    
Hake Jerry A   1LT 09/10/68 02/28/69 CAPO   DEC
Anderson Harry J   1LT 01/18/69 12/18/69 CAPO    
Halpin James P   1LT 07/14/69   CAPO   YE.
Panarella Nicholas Jr "Nick" 1LT 11/11/69 04/01/70 CAPO   YE.
Rives Mark W   1LT 04/01/70 09/01/70 CAPO   YE.
Chong Willie Jr SGT 12/17/65 12/17/66 CAPO NCO hvy wpns DEC
Whightsil Wayne D   MSG 04/01/65   TM SGT A5/13x/217 to ? DEC
Hamby Everett   MSG 09/01/65 10/25/65 TM SGT medevaced DEC
Duke Raymond N   MSG 01/02/66 07/01/66 TM SGT   DEC?
Potter Luther P Jr SFC 07/01/66 08/01/66 TM SGT    
Bell Joe F   MSG 08/01/66 03/19/67 TM SGT & Rad Spvr B-52? DEC
Helton James C   MSG 02/01/67 04/17/67 TM SGT or C-4? KIA
Lovell Joseph M   MSG 05/01/67 04/30/68 TM SGT   DEC
McBroome Melvin H Jr MSG 06/01/67 03/01/68 TM SGT   DEC
Fenn Kermit A   SFC 01/01/68   TM SGT   DEC
Hill James E   SFC 03/10/68 07/01/68 TM SGT   DEC
Steele Samuel S Jr MSG 07/11/68 01/01/69 TM SGT   DEC
Phillips Joseph E   MSG 01/17/69 01/16/70 TM SGT   DEC
Campbell Rodolfo C   SFC 04/13/69 04/16/70 TM SGT   DEC
Pecoraro James G   MSG 09/13/69 01/01/70 TM SGT   DEC
Rule Claude P   MSG 01/01/70   TM SGT   DEC
Hunter James D   MSG 01/01/70   TM SGT No Orders DEC
Testerman James A   MSG 01/01/70 07/01/70 TM SGT   DEC
Bailey Joseph D   SFC 04/01/65 10/20/65 INTEL A5/217 KIA
Stanley Harold B   SSG 04/16/65 04/16/66 INTEL A5/133 A-217  
Quinn Francis "Frank" SFC 11/01/65 01/01/66 INTEL   DEC
Barbour Sherrill W   SFC 07/22/68 07/21/69 INTEL   DEC
Barry Donald R   SFC 08/01/69 08/01/70 INTEL   DEC
Burns Francis D   SP7 01/01/70 03/09/70 INTEL   Y,
Walsh Nicholas R   SSG 09/01/65 09/01/66 INTEL/A DEMO YE,
Bowen Stanley E   SP4 10/19/68 02/01/69 INTEL/A   DEC
Miller James H 'Jimmy' SP5 09/17/69 09/16/70 INTEL/A   Y.
Beech Jimmie   SFC 04/01/65 04/01/66 LT WPNS A5/217 DEC
Sloan Robert T   SSG 04/16/65   HVY WPNS A5/13x or Wpns  
Tafoya Eugene A   SP4 10/01/65   LT WPNS   DEC
Maddox Robert E Jr SSG 10/15/65 03/01/66 HVY WPNS A5/217  
Gifford Robert E "Icebox" SSG 12/17/65 04/04/66 LT WPNS   DEC
Frost Nathaniel "Jack" SSG 02/01/66 11/08/66 LT WPNS   YE,
Blair Robert E   SFC 03/06/66 03/06/67 HVY WPNS   DEC
Brown Billy R   SSG 08/03/66 04/10/67 HVY WPNS   DEC
Carpenter Charles E   SFC 06/01/67 01/12/68 LT WPNS   KIA
Ganey Allen E   SSG 08/01/67 11/01/68 HVY WPNS   DEC
Dupre Harry J   SFC 01/01/68   WPNS   DEC
Snyder Charles W Jr SSG 06/20/68 03/01/69 LT WPNS   YE,
Wolfe Richard L   SP4 10/01/68 06/01/69 LT WPNS malaria YE.
Boers Jack F "Yogi" SFC   09/01/69 HVY WPNS medevaced A0Y
Jones James B   SFC 09/01/69 09/01/70 HVY WPNS   YZ
Wolf Richard A   SP5 09/23/69 07/03/70 LT WPNS   DEC
Navarro Robert "Ponce" SFC 04/01/65 04/01/66 RAD OP A5/217 DEC
Ryan Richard C   SGT 04/16/65 07/01/65 RAD OP A5/133 A-217 DEC
Brown Donald W   SGT 06/01/65 01/12/66 RAD OP fm A-212 A0Y
McRae Arthur C   SSG 08/01/65 11/01/65 RAD OP   YE.
Norris Richard T 'Roach' SFC 11/23/65 09/01/66 RAD OP   YE
Long Thomas B Jr SP4 12/17/65 12/17/66 RAD OP   YE.
Palmer Harold T Jr SGT 01/01/66   RAD OP   DEC
Snowberger William P   SSG 06/21/66 06/20/67 RAD OP    
Cabarrus Joaquin G   SGT 12/01/67 06/20/68 RAD OP rabies scare 2 wks YE.
Bates Kenneth R   SFC 01/01/68   RAD OP   DEC
Mitchell Bernard L   SFC 07/16/68 07/11/69 RAD OP   DEC
Goodemoot Dennis L   SGT 09/17/68 06/01/69 RAD OP   DEC
Higgs George H   SFC 08/07/69 08/06/70 RAD OP   Y.
Naylor Marion B 'Bruce' SGT 04/01/70 10/18/70 RAD OP   A0Y
Twichell Robert N 'Twitch' SP4 06/01/70 10/31/70 RAD OP TO CCN YE.
Sutter Phillip E   SSG 04/16/65 01/01/66 DEMO A5/217 Y.
Rosenthal Robert P   SSG 04/16/65 06/01/65 DEMO A5/217 Y,
Rosenthal Richard A "Ish" SGT 06/01/65 06/01/66 DEMO name error? DEC
Clark Cornelious   SSG 06/01/65 03/01/66 DEMO A5/212 DEC
Spruill James R "Rufus" SSG 01/01/66 03/01/66 DEMO   DEC
Steen Donald H   SSG 03/08/66 03/07/67 DEMO   DEC
Wilkinson Donald I   SFC 05/23/66 09/01/66 DEMO   YE.
McLean Joseph E   SGT 09/01/67 01/01/68 DEMO   A0Y
Steen Donald H   SSG 01/12/68 09/01/68 DEMO   DEC
Payne Jerry O   SP5 01/01/69   DEMO   DEC
Phillips Jimmy R   SP4 06/01/69   DEMO   DEC
Maiorano Frank J   SP4 01/01/70 10/31/70 DEMO to MACV DEC
Wilson William J   PFC 05/30/70 10/31/70 DEMO from 173rd DEC
Johnson Kenneth   SSG 04/01/65 09/01/65 MEDIC A5/217 DNH
Sheridan John E Jr SP4 04/01/65   MEDIC A5/217 DEC?
Jones Herman A Jr "Archie" SSG 06/01/65 02/01/66 MEDIC   YE.
Shea Daniel H   SGT 06/01/65 06/01/66 MEDIC A5/217 YE
Drake Leo F   SFC 09/01/65   MEDIC No Orders  
Noe Donald C   SFC 01/09/66 01/08/67 MEDIC   DEC
Grace Michael D "Dale" SP4 03/15/66 03/14/67 MEDIC   A0Y,
Hutto David J   SGT 04/01/67 02/01/68 MEDIC   A0Y
Pride Kenneth R Jr SGT 09/01/67 03/01/68 MEDIC   YE.
Brunsman John H   SP4 01/22/68 06/01/68 MEDIC   A0Y,
Grossman Martin R   SGT 03/01/68 07/07/68 MEDIC   YE.
Phillips David L   SGT 05/01/68 06/01/68 MEDIC medevaced YE.
Craig Glen K   SSG 07/02/68 01/01/69 MEDIC   DEC
Grenfell Richard W   SSG 09/01/69 08/01/70 MEDIC   YE.
Stephens William C   SSG 05/05/70 10/31/70 MEDIC   A0Y,
Martinez Guadalupe   SFC 01/01/67 06/01/67     KIA
Other Augmentation
Hunter Russell L "Lanny" CPT 10/20/65 10/30/65 Surgeon from Co. B YE.
31st Engineer Det KB Team #1 (January 1969-October 1969, new camp)
Crapeau James   CPT 01/01/69 06/14/69 KB1 TM LDR   YE.
Saunders Wade T   SFC 10/17/68 10/25/69 NCOIC @A-255  
Gibbs Michael J   SP5 02/01/69 06/24/69     YE.
Pruett Hubert C   SSG 10/25/68 04/21/70     DEC
Medlin Robert A Jr SSG 09/01/67 08/31/68     DEC
31st Engineer Det KB Team #4 (October 1969-February 1970, new camp completed)
Dever Stephen J   CPT 08/02/69 01/01/71 KB4 TM LDR @A-255 YE.
Rast Robert E   SFC 09/23/68 09/19/69 KB4 62B4S @A-255 DEC
Books of interest:
J Keith Saliba, Death in the Central Highlands; The Seige of Special Forces Camp Plei Me
Jules Bonavolonta, The Good Guys: How We Turned the FBI 'Round - and Finally Broke the Mob
R Lanny Hunter,
My Soul to Keep: A Journey of Faith
Stanley E Bowen, In Veritas' Shadow (not found)
MAP of A-255 (Plei Me)

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