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Who's Who from Detachment A-502 (Nha Trang Security Forces) (Partial Draft)

The following is a listing of all personnel in our database, assigned to Detachment A-502 (Nha Trang Security Forces) at Dien Khanh (Camp Trung Dung or "Bunkhouse?"), Binh Thanh, Suoi Dau, Tuong Phat ("Graveyard"?), Nui Chut, and MSS Da Hanh ("Rock Pile"). Can someone clarify the geography and/or identify the company assignments? If you were assigned to A-502 or you can correct any errors or can add any names 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: A-502 was set up to man outposts in the Nha Trang area. This was separate from the Mobile Reaction Force at Trung Dung by earlier TDY teams which was designated A-503. [Further details required.] These camps were under the control of B-51 (Dong Ba Thin) RF/PF advisors and the Nha Trang Area Defense Command (ADC/IDC). The CO of Trung Dung was the Deputy Commander of the IDC beginning in 1969. Presumeably, these assets were converted, but I have no information about the details. A-502 billed itself as the largest A-team in the World. There is a website of interest at:

Day Kenneth J   CPT 01/01/65 12/26/65 DET CO    
Cincotti Joseph G   CPT 11/26/65 04/01/66 DET CO    
Johnson Dean B   CPT 06/01/66 10/24/66 DET CO    
Deason Robert L   CPT 10/01/66 06/04/67 DET CO    
Andree Martin E   CPT 04/27/67 10/28/67 DET CO    
Lee Wilbur L   MAJ 09/13/67 09/12/68 DET CO    
Dubovick Richard R   MAJ 08/14/68 01/22/69 DET CO NOR Y
Phillips Billy J   MAJ 01/29/69 05/24/69 DET CO    
Dubovick Richard R   LTC 05/01/69 08/13/69 DET CO ABOVE OR THIS Y
McBride John B   MAJ 05/19/69 01/31/70 DET CO DATES?  
McMenamy Charles W   2LT 01/10/66   DET XO    
Jordan Richard W   1LT 07/14/66 12/07/66 DET XO    
Chase James E Jr 1LT 12/04/66 08/09/67 DET XO    
Sturm Henry B   1LT 01/01/67 10/15/67 DET XO    
Ross Thomas A   1LT 06/01/68   DET XO BUNK HOUSE  
Capra James R   1LT 01/01/69 4/14/69 DET XO    
Overby Morris C   1LT 03/10/69 12/18/69 DET XO    
Wilson Thomas E   CPT 04/04/69 07/10/69 DET XO/A    
Hearst John R   CPT 08/20/69 01/28/70 DET XO    
Gardner Norman H Jr 1LT 01/01/66 8/01/66 CAPO   YE
Sturm Henry B   2LT 10/16/66 01/01/67 CAPO    
Sweeney Robert T   1LT 04/10/67 04/10/68 CAPO    
Sullivan Michael E   1LT 11/21/67 10/18/68 CAPO CRP  
Robertson Juan P   1LT 06/26/68 01/05/69 S-5 & A-503  
Kirby Wickliffe B III 2LT 05/28/69 09/01/69 CAPO    
Field Arthur T Jr MSG 01/01/65 08/01/65 TM SGT A5/323 YE
McClellan Henry G   MSG 06/01/65   TM SGT or SIGCO  
Clow James L   MSG 01/15/66 01/15/67 TM SGT    
Vasquez Jose E   MSG 10/30/67 10/30/68 TM SGT    
Kerestes Paul A   MSG 09/24/68 01/01/69 TM SGT    
Sellers Lawrence P   MSG 01/04/69 09/01/69 TM SGT    
Kemmer Thomas J   MSG 02/01/69 01/30/70 TM SGT    
Ross Thomas A   1LT 02/07/68   S-2/S-3    
Caldwell Herschel E   CPT 11/15/68 08/05/69 S-2 BUNK HOUSE  
Ross Thomas A   1LT 01/01/69 12/16/69 S-2    
Roush James E   2LT 10/04/69 03/19/70 S-2    
Sheridan William E   1LT 10/07/69 02/27/70 S-2/S-3    
Tocci Mark A   SFC 01/01/66 08/01/66 INTEL   DEC
Johnston Charles W   SFC 09/05/66 09/04/67 INTEL    
Cottrell John R   SSG 05/16/69 11/16/69 INTEL    
Pope Lonzo   SP4 07/29/68 09/27/68 INTEL/A Dien Khanh  
King Roy   SFC 11/15/67 06/15/68 S-3 NCO BUNK HOUSE  
Blake John H III 1LT 06/01/68 12/16/68 S-4    
Crabtree Donald L   CPT 02/01/69 12/01/69 S-4    
Estrada Pedro B 'Pete' SFC 08/18/69 02/07/70 S-4 NCO   Y
Mallare Gerald E   SGT 01/01/65   HVY WPNS    
Wilson Gerry W   SGT 01/01/65   LT WPNS A5/323  
Berg Charles L   SSG 03/01/65 12/01/65 LT WPNS    
Batteford Frank P Jr SP4 06/01/65 02/22/66 LT WPNS    
Chestnut John   SGT 12/12/65 12/13/66 HVY WPNS    
Grady Clyde E Jr SSG 12/18/65 12/17/66 LT WPNS    
Rouse Glenn R   SFC 02/17/66 02/16/67 WPNS    
Shriver Jerry M   SFC 03/01/66 10/01/66 LT WPNS   MIA
Stewart Mitchell G   SFC 11/28/67 11/26/68 HVY WPNS BUNK HOUSE  
Barnes James M   SFC 12/01/67 07/01/68 HVY WPNS   YE
Jackson Hugh P   SSG 01/01/68   LT WPNS    
Gigliotti John L   SGT 01/01/69 04/13/69 LT WPNS   Y
Lindsey Gene B   SGT 08/06/69 01/31/70 LT WPNS   YE
Gebhardt John L   SP4 09/18/69 01/31/69 HVY WPNS   YE
Miner Louis F   SSG 01/01/65   RAD OP A5/323  
Foxworth Lewis G   SGT 01/01/65 12/26/65 RAD OP A5/323  
Hughes James E   SGT 01/01/65   RAD OP   KIA
Wilson Carl L   SSG 01/01/65   RAD OP A5/323  
Schreiber Robert D   SSG 02/01/65 02/01/66 RAD OP    
Young James W Jr SGT 03/01/66 10/27/66 RAD OP   YE
Rice Homer L   SFC 12/03/65 12/02/66 RAD OP    
Charest Robert A 'Bob' SGT 01/01/66 09/15/66 RAD OP    
Salsman Berney Jr SFC 09/05/66 09/04/67 RAD OP    
Lavaud Jean P   SSG 01/01/68 01/01/69 RAD OP    
Poelman Earl E   SP4 01/01/68   RAD OP    
Hawley Robert L   SSG 02/15/68 02/11/70 RAD OP    
Sheppard Andrew D   SSG 03/01/68 07/25/68 RAD OP   YE
Strong Tully F   SFC 04/01/68 10/01/68 RAD OP    
Ballou Richard D   SSG 05/24/68 05/06/69 RAD OP ALSO C-2?  
Guerrero Francisco T   SGT 01/01/69   RAD OP    
Cottrell George A Jr SSG 06/27/69 01/31/70 RAD OP    
Tolbert James E   SFC 01/01/70   RAD OP    
Weller Richard O   1LT 07/10/68 09/03/69 ENG OFF    
Combs Harold J   SSG 01/01/65   DEMO    
Johnston James M   SSG 01/01/65   DEMO A5/323  
Grabey Stanley G   SP5 01/01/65   DEMO A5/323  
Armstrong Edwin D   SFC 04/20/68 02/20/69 DEMO    
Crockett Charles D   SFC 03/03/69 09/01/69 DEMO 550 CIDG CO  
Chastain Joyce F   SSG 01/01/65   MEDIC A5/323 Y
Spradlin Ernest J   SP4 01/01/65 12/26/65 MEDIC A5/323  
Foshee Edgar E   SSG 01/01/65   MEDIC Fm C-1?/C-4 2 SRP YE
Chaplin Robert W Sr SGT 02/09/66   MEDIC   Y
Gumper Victor W   SSG 03/14/66 03/13/67 MEDIC   DEC
Funk George C   SSG 02/17/69 01/31/70 MEDIC    
Palmer Charles P   SGT 03/01/69 09/23/69 MEDIC    
Short Harlow C   SP4 07/26/69 01/31/70 MEDIC   Y
Merletti Lewis C   SGT 09/20/69 01/01/70 MEDIC   Y
Shutley George F Jr CPT 05/21/69 03/07/70 FUNDS OFF    
Payne Thomas R   1LT 07/13/69 07/14/70 FUNDS OFF    
Batchelor Hardy E Jr 1LT 05/03/68 10/18/68 FOB CO BINH THANH Y
Hubbard Lyman L Jr 1LT 11/16/68 11/15/69 FOB CO BINH THANH  
Kentopp James M   SSG 12/01/66 11/01/67 OP/INTEL BINH THANH Y
Puckett Wayne R   SFC 09/01/67   TM SGT BINH THANH  
Hines Robert M Sr SFC 05/15/68 01/01/69 TM SGT BINH THANH Y
Munoz Ferdinand   SFC 10/01/68   FOB NCOIC BINH THANH YE
Shreck Raymond D   SFC 09/01/66 06/01/67 HVY WPNS BINH THANH  
Noe Frank R   SFC 01/01/67 11/01/67 WPNS BINH THANH KIA
Daly John J   SP5 01/01/67   DEMO BINH THANH  
Noe Frank R   SFC 01/01/67 11/01/67 MEDIC BINH THUAN KIA
Goodwin Donald J   SP5 12/01/67 05/01/68 MEDIC BT - to MAT YE
Sipots Carl A   SP4 01/01/68   MEDIC BINH THANH  
Olt Timothy F   SP5 05/21/68 05/20/69 MEDIC BINH THANH  
Webb Carlton E   SGT 09/24/68 09/13/69 RAD OP w/CRP 72 @BT  
Beeler David E   SGT 11/11/68 11/09/69   w/CRP 71 YE
Madera Eddie Jr SGT 01/01/67   DUTY UNKN BINH THANH YE
Stevens Max R   SSG 11/07/67 10/26/68 DUTY UNKN BINH THANH  
Sanford Henry C Jr SGT 01/01/68       KIA
St Martin Joseph E B   SFC 06/01/67   TM SGT    
Harrell Bob L Jr 1LT 07/12/68 10/26/68 OP TM LDR ROCKPILE  
Dukovic Gary V   SSG 01/01/68 09/02/68      
Everett James L   SP5 12/01/67 08/01/68   CIDG 558  
Herbert John           Not identified  
Blake John H III 1LT 12/21/67 06/01/68   SOUI DAU & MSS DA HANG  
Jones (Aka Shorten) James H   SGT 06/28/69 11/30/69 MEDIC SOUI DAU YE
Peters Larry J   1LT 09/01/65 01/23/66 DET XO DIEN KHANH  
Phalen William C   1LT 02/09/68 02/23/69 FOB CO DIEN KHANH  
Munoz Ferdinand   SFC 10/01/67   LT WPNS DIEN KHANH YE
Jarvies James Y   SFC 11/05/67 11/01/68 WPNS/INTEL DIEN KHANH  
Bardsley Richard W Jr SSG 01/01/68   WPNS DIEN KHANH  
Gray Darrel W   SSG 01/01/68 12/01/68 WPNS DIEN KHANH  
Arrants Jerry C   SFC 11/01/67 11/01/68 MEDIC DIEN KHANH  
Morace Albert T Jr SP5 01/01/68     DIEN KHANH  
McGill Charles A   SP5 03/01/68     DIEN KHANH  
Carlson John E   SP4   09/16/69   553 CO KIA
Cooper Gerald L   SFC   02/15/70      
Moore George R   SSG 01/01/65        
Smeltzer William L   SGT 10/29/65       Y
Ditton William L   SSG 01/01/67        
Geronime John F Iii SP5 01/01/67        
Reynolds Ronald W   SFC 05/24/67 11/03/67      
Anderson Roger L   SP4 06/01/67        
Wertz Walter D "Don" SP4 06/01/67       Y
Freedman Lawrence N 'Superjew'   SSG 07/20/67 08/20/69 PLT ADV   KIA
Key John C   SSG 11/17/67 05/16/69      
Homitz Ronald D   SGT 11/24/67 10/07/68      
Barnes James M   SFC 12/01/67 10/25/68      
Gilmore Gordon S   SSG 12/15/67 12/15/68      
Alen Manuel B   SP5 01/01/68        
Childs Benjamin B   SSG 01/01/68   PLT LDR    
Juncer Dennis A   SP5 01/01/68        
Lane Terry V   SFC 01/01/68        
Miller James H Jr SP4 01/01/68        
Rupp John M   SP4 01/01/68        
Lane William K Jr 1LT 01/13/68 01/09/69   SUBDET CO?  
Brandon John C   SFC 01/18/68 02/03/69      
Darragh Shaun M   2LT 01/19/68 05/27/68     Y
Hawley Robert L Jr SSG 02/15/68 02/11/70      
Holland James D Jr SSG 05/01/68 07/25/68      
Egan Jan C   SSG 05/17/68 01/01/69      
Knorr James R   SGT 05/28/68 09/26/69      
Burruss Thomas G   SP4 06/01/68 06/01/69      
Campbell Charles E   SFC 08/10/68 08/10/69      
Land Kenneth D   SSG 08/17/68 07/12/69      
Koch Paul L   SFC 10/01/68        
Hicks Archie G   SSG 11/01/68 10/28/69      
Chesnut John   SFC 11/14/68 11/13/69      
Cheston Elliott B 'Pete' Jr 1LT 11/20/68 04/12/69     Y
Goble Theron D   SFC 11/27/68 01/24/71      
Harris Edward D   1LT 11/30/68 11/30/69      
Drennan Dennis P   1LT 12/03/68 06/01/69      
Dinnel Michael L   1LT 01/01/69 12/28/69      
Keeman Thomas F   1LT 01/01/69        
Davenport Kenneth L   SFC 01/01/69        
Hefferman William F   SSG 01/01/69 10/09/69      
Mitchem James W   SP5 01/01/69        
Trujillo Louis A   SSG 01/01/69 12/15/69      
Sagnella Eugene V   SFC 01/31/69 01/09/70      
Deschamps John T   SGT 02/06/69 01/16/70      
Sheridan William E   1LT 02/28/69 10/06/70      
McCandless Kerry M   1LT 05/25/69 01/11/70      
Abraham Anthony G   PFC 07/17/69       Y
Hilliard Sidney H III SP4 08/11/69 06/01/70      
Stucki Gary W   SP4 08/16/69 01/31/70   to CCC  
Mika Michael J   SFC 09/01/69        
Eastburn David R III SSG 09/02/69 01/31/70      
Hein Charles J Jr SP4 10/04/69 01/01/70     KIA
Hoffman George P 'Sonny' SGT 10/21/69 10/01/70   CMH BAND  
Bemis Donald W   SGT 05/01/70 10/17/70     DEC
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