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Who's Who from 5th Mobile Strike Force Command (A-503/1st Battalion) (Draft)

The following is a listing of all personnel in our database, who served in the 1st Battalion, 5th Mobile Strike Force Command (A-503). If you can correct any errors or if you can add any names, particularly those whose specific assignment is unknown, or if you have any rosters, please let me know by e-mail at (sherman1@flash.net) or by phone at (713) 683-9076 or join the team discussion at the Green Beret Forum.

Narrative Information: A-503, the original Nha Trang Mike Force, conducted operations in support of beleaguered camps throughout RVN as directed. A-503 became an element of B-55 on May 23, 1968 when B-55 was activated. After Action Reports from B-55 and its subordinate elements, including A-503, will be published on CD-ROM at a later date.

[B-55 Staff] [Special Weapons Platoon] [B-55 Assignments Unknown] [A-503] [A-504] [List of Known Operations]

BN STAFF
Craver Douglas M   CPT 10/01/64 06/01/64 DET CO NUNG SCTY PLT  
Hobby Oscar L   1LT 12/26/64 12/25/65 DET CO NUNG CAMP CO  
Carter Tennis H 'Sam' CPT 11/07/65 09/01/66 DET CO NUNG BN CMDR  
Wilson Lee B   CPT 08/06/66 08/03/67 DET CO BN CO  
Costa Robert A   CPT 07/01/67 11/11/67 DET CO    
O'Neil Lawrence M 'Larry' CPT 11/01/67 03/30/68 DET CO   DEC
Clark Richard A   MAJ 02/06/68 04/18/68 DET CO & B-55  
Kelley Martin P   CPT 07/25/68 01/01/69 BN CDR 1 MSF BN  
Brennan Francis X   CPT 09/17/68 05/07/69 BN CDR    
Aust Paul M   CPT 05/01/69 05/27/69 DET CO ASSIGN?  
Bozeman John R   CPT 06/01/69 11/01/69 BN CO 1 MSF BN  
Burt Robert G   CPT 10/26/69 06/29/70? BN CO 1 MSF BN  
Ficken James W   CPT 01/08/70 06/07/70 BN CDR 1 MSF BN Y
Burruss Lewis H 'Bucky' CPT 06/08/70 10/16/70 DET CO 1 MSF BN Y
Buzzelli Don E   1LT   07/04/69 BN XO 1 MSF BN  
McMenamy Charles W   1LT 09/01/66 02/02/67 DET XO @B-50  
Niespodziany Casimir   2LT 02/01/67 02/03/67 DET XO @A-232 KIA
Retzlaff Aloysius   CPT 07/01/67 08/01/68 DET XO    
Burt Robert G   1LT 06/01/69 10/26/69 BN XO FM DATE?  
Kushner Kenneth R   1LT 11/26/69 04/21/70 DET XO   Y
Underwood Victor C   SFC 01/01/66   TM SGT    
Perkins Richard A   MSG 04/01/66   TM SGT   Y
Nichols Wayne L   MSG 09/08/66 09/07/67 DET NCOIC & 1 CO  
Plato Robert D   SFC 04/01/67   S-2 NCOIC A-502?  
Long Raymond L Jr SGM 09/01/67 03/27/68 DET NCOIC ASSIGN?  
Gilstrap Robert G   MSG 09/04/67 06/22/68 TM SGT    
Adams Wilbur L   MSG 12/16/68 12/12/69 DET NCOIC 1 MSF BN  
Llewellyn William H Jr MSG 10/01/69 09/30/70 DET NCOIC 1 MSF BN  
Hiner Charles F 'Chuck' MSG 03/01/70 11/09/70 DET NCOIC 31Z5S DEC
HQ Co
Nicholas Francis J   SFC 09/04/66 09/04/67 CO CDR HQ CO/1 CO  
Doriski George   SSG 03/20/66 03/19/67 MORTARMAN MTR PLT  
Coy Andrew G   SSG 06/01/67   HVY WPNS HQ CO  
Kennemur Frank E   SGT 10/27/66 06/01/67 HVY WPNS HQ CO Y
Choate Billy R   SFC 02/01/68 08/28/69 CO CDR HQ CO  
Vizena Alexander J   MSG 12/16/69 12/15/70 CO CDR HQ CO  
Nicholas Francis J   SFC 05/13/69 02/01/71 HVY WPNS HQ CO  
McKee Stanley H   SFC 08/30/68 02/27/70 105 BATT CH HQ CO  
Rositano Richard A   SFC 02/11/70 08/15/70 MORTARMAN HQ CO  
Medics
Hall Billie A   SSG 01/01/66 03/09/66 MEDIC   KIA
Stahl Phillip T   SP5 01/01/66 03/10/66 MEDIC @A-102 KIA
Whitting Scott J   SGT 08/15/66 08/14/67 MEDIC    
Busby Monte R   SSG 01/01/68 01/11/68 MEDIC @A-322 KIA
1st CRP
Bradford John W   SGT 11/01/65 07/15/66 PLT LDR   YE
Murphy Regis H Jr SGT 06/01/65   PLT LDR    
Samson Larry D   SFC 09/20/68 03/01/69 PLT LDR CRP 1  
Paxton Alfred J   SSG 03/01/69 06/01/69 PLT LDR 1 BN 1 CRP  
Grottke Edwin R   SSG 08/26/69 10/14/69 PLT LDR CRP 1 KIA
Neese Paul J   SFC 01/01/70 03/02/70 PLT LDR CRP 1  
Massey Jay M   SFC 03/01/70 05/01/70 PLT LDR CRP 1  
Graves James W   SSG 07/12/70 11/01/70   CRP 1 Y
Delves Robert L   SSG 12/03/68 11/07/69 A/PLT LDR CRP 1  
Nakai Robert I   SGT 08/18/69 08/17/70 PLT LDR/A CRP 1  
McDougald Lacy Jr SFC 01/01/70 01/01/71 PLT LDR/A CRP 1  
1st/511 Co
Baier Manfred W 'Manny' SFC 03/09/66 03/09/67 CO CDR 1ST CO Y
Herman Lewis C   MSG 06/01/66 01/12/67 CO CDR 1 CO  
Chickering William H III 1LT 02/13/67 09/15/67 CO CMDR W/B-50  
Chiariello Agostino Chooch SFC 11/20/67 01/01/69 CO CDR 551 MSF CO Y
Bounds Austin C   SFC 02/22/69 03/18/70 CO XO/CDR 511 MSF CO  
Hux David F   SFC 04/03/69 01/01/70 CO CDR 1ST CO  
Drake Lyle D   SFC 01/01/70 09/21/70 CO CDR 1ST CO  
Pirtle Dickie D   SFC 09/01/70 12/31/70 PLT LDR 1 BN 1 CO  
Trimble Joseph F   CPT 08/10/68 02/10/69 DET CO 1 REACTION CO  
McKee Stanley H   SFC 08/30/68 09/01/69 CO CDR 511 MSF CO  
Hickox Ottis L   SFC 09/01/69 01/01/70 CO XO 1ST CO  
Novak Ralph J   SSG 01/01/70 07/05/69 CO XO 1ST CO  
Leadbeter Robert E   SSG 02/25/66 02/24/67 CO XO 1ST CO Y
Shelley Clifford H   SSG 01/20/66 04/01/66 CO CDR 5 CO  
Davis Neal E   SSG 01/01/67     1 CO  
Lyle James W   SSG 01/01/67     1 CO  
Nichols Wayne L   MSG 01/01/67     1 CO  
Vitale Anthony A   SP5 01/01/67   MEDIC 1/3 CO  
Massey Jay M   SSG 03/01/67 06/01/67 WPNS P/L BAER'S CO Y
Liebert James K 'Ken' SGT 06/01/70 02/01/71 CO XO 1st CO YE
Stubbs William E   SSG 07/29/69 05/09/70 PLT ADV 511 MSF CO  
Strode Paul A   SGT 03/01/70 10/10/70 PLT ADV 511 MSF CO  
2nd Co/512 CO
Allen Raymond   SFC 01/01/66 03/09/66 CO CDR @A-102 KIA
Adams Richard M   CPT 01/01/67 04/14/67 CO CDR 2 CO  
Belisle Albert G   SFC 01/01/69   CO CDR 2 MSF CO Y
Parker Otis   SFC 03/10/69 03/10/70 CO CDR 2 MSF CO KIA
Taylor James L   SGT 01/01/66 03/10/66 CO XO @A-102 MIA
Drake Lyle D   SFC 09/22/69 01/01/70 CO XO 2 MSF CO  
Byrne Robert D 'Dean' SSG 01/01/70 03/29/70 CO XO 2 MSF CO Y
Greene John M   SGT 01/01/69 03/23/69 4 PLT LDR 512 MSF CO KIA
Hoover Minter L   SGT 11/14/65 06/22/66 RAD OP   Y
Batteford Frank P Jr SP4 02/22/65 06/01/66 LT WPNS    
Godsey Harry W   SSG 01/23/66 02/22/67   2 CO  
Jackson John W   SFC 03/21/66 03/20/67   2ND CO  
Chaplin Robert W Sr 'Bob' SGT 06/01/66 02/09/67 MEDIC 2 CO  
Marquardt ?   SP4 06/01/66     2 CO  
Adams Richard M   1LT 09/22/66 01/01/67 CO CDR 2 CO  
Dodd Robert L   SSG 10/01/66     2 CO Y?
Henry Hoyt L   SFC 01/01/67 07/01/67 RAD OP 2 CO DEC
Findley Boyett P   SSG 03/01/67 10/01/67   2ND CO  
Sherman James M Jr SGT 02/20/69   PLT LDR/MD 512 MSF CO  
Neese Paul J   SFC 03/03/69 01/01/70 PLT LDR 512 MSF CO  
Tobin John N   SGT 07/21/69 01/01/70 PLT LDR/RO 512 CO  
Woodhead Robert L   SGT 10/02/69 10/01/70 RCN PLT LD 512 CO  
Brady William G III SSG 08/14/69 08/13/70 PLT LDR/MD 512 MSF CO  
Bourdeaux Donald P   SGT 01/01/70   MEDIC 512 MSF CO  
3rd Co/513 Co
Cooper James C   SFC 07/29/68 03/01/69 CO CDR 3 CO (Chin)  
Chiariello Agostino Chooch SFC 01/01/69 06/27/69 CO CDR 1 BN 513 CO Y
Bounds Austin C   SFC 02/22/69 03/18/70 CO CDR 1 BN 513 CO  
Bolton Robert L   SFC 03/23/70 09/22/70 CO CDR 1 BN 513 CO  
Bolton Robert L III SFC 09/22/69 03/22/70 CO XO 1 BN 513 CO  
Schwarcbher Alex C   SSG 06/01/70 01/01/71 1 PLT LDR 1 CRP & 3rd Co CO Y
Warden Bobby D   SGT 01/01/66     3RD CO w/B-50  
Schultz Paul E   SFC 06/05/66 05/15/67   3RD CO  
Lanotte Nick Jr MSG 01/01/67 06/01/68 CO CDR 3RD CO/4?  
Corchado Paul G   SGT 08/01/66   CO CDR 3RD CO/4?  
Scott Breelan A Jr SGT 03/01/69 08/21/69 PLT LDR 513 MSF CO  
King Johnny J   CPL 02/09/69 09/09/69 PLT LDR/MD 513 MSF CO  
Novak Ralph J   SSG 07/06/68 01/01/70 PLT LDR 1 BN 3 CO  
Atwood Ronald D   SSG 01/05/70 01/04/71 PLT LDR/MD 513 MSF CO  
Buker Brian L   SGT 11/06/69 04/05/70 PLT LDR/RO 513 MSF CO  
Ideker Randall W   SGT 04/01/70 11/09/70 MEDIC 1 BN 3 CO  
Pirtle Dickie D   SFC 07/01/70 09/01/70LT LDR 1 BN 3 CO  
Castleberry Franklin T   SGT 08/28/70 09/14/70 MEDIC 1 BN 3 CO  
ASSIGNMENT UNKNOWN
Sharp Michael B   SGT 09/01/67 04/11/68 MEDIC 7TH CO?/4TH  
Norman Roger D   SSG 06/01/67   CO CDR 5 MSF CO  
Efird Alvin E   SFC 01/01/68   CO CDR 5 MSF CO  
Pease Larry L   SFC 04/15/68 04/14/69 CO XO/CO 6 MSF CO  
Ramsden James A   SSG 10/01/67 04/01/68 3 PLT/A 6TH CO  
Knussman Howard C   SFC 01/01/68   PLT LDR 6 MSF CO  
Reilley Richard A   SFC 01/28/68 06/01/68 CO CDR 7 MSF CO  
Chamberlin Richard H   SGT 09/26/67   PLT LDR 7 MSF CO DEC
Coutts Sammy L   SP5 01/01/68     7 MSF CO  
Potter Ross D   SFC 01/01/68     7 MSF CO  
Richardson John D   SGT 01/01/67 04/15/67 MEDIC 2 CO  
Ruffaner Blair A   SSG 01/01/67     8 MSF CO  
Koch Paul L   SSG 06/01/67     558 MSF CO  
Poncin Donald I   SFC 09/25/67 09/23/68   8 MSF CO  
Bourdeaux Donald P Frenchy SGT 01/01/70 01/01/71 MEDIC 1 BN Y
Morris Thomas E   SP4 03/01/65 10/31/65   W/HOBBY  
Carter Richard H   SSG 06/01/65        
Walker William N   SSG 06/17/65 06/16/66 HVY WPNS to B-56  
Dailey Douglas D   CPL 07/01/65 02/01/66 HVY WPNS TO 173RD  
Ogden Morton L   SP5 12/01/65 12/01/66 WPNS @A-102  
Davis Neal E   SSG 01/01/66 11/14/66   B-50?  
Sommerhof Earl T   SSG 01/01/66       KIA
Stoltz Lon G   SSG 01/01/66        
Steffan George S   SGT 01/20/66 01/19/67 MEDIC    
Caldwell William A   SGT 03/12/66 03/12/67      
Scheer Charles H   SSG 03/17/66 03/16/67      
Hancock Ben W   SFC 06/01/66   MEDIC    
Huddy Donald C   1LT 06/01/66 10/10/66   or Craig D?  
Tibbit William T   SSG 06/01/66     2nd Co  
Schulde Paul B   2LT 11/06/66 08/01/67      
Ellison Herman T Jr 'Ted' SP4 01/01/67     ATTD Y
Molden Henry E   SFC 01/01/67        
Popelka William C Jr SFC 01/01/67 05/16/67 CO CDR/A 4th Co  
Saunders Samuel P Jr SSG 01/01/67   MEDIC    
Strawder Lawrence Jr SSG 01/01/67   CO CDR/A 2nd Co  
Snyder Duane H   SFC 03/01/67 02/27/68 PLT LDR @B-50 KIA
O'Neil Lawrence M 'Larry' CPT 03/31/67 11/01/67 CO CDR   DEC
Swanson Gary P   SP4 06/01/67   PLT LDR    
Zamiara Joseph C   CPT 09/01/67 01/30/68     KIA
MacIntosh William Jr MSG 09/05/67 11/20/68 CO CDR    
McBroom Claude O   1LT 09/13/67 01/16/68      
Skinner Robert A   SSG 10/01/67 10/01/68 CO ADV    
Musgrove James E   SFC 10/05/67 10/31/68 CO CDR    
Burruss Lewis H 'Bucky' 1LT 10/29/67 10/28/68 OPS OFF CO CDR Y
Seaver Todd E   SGT 11/07/67 08/09/68 CO D/CDR    
Gonzalez Manuel Jr SFC 11/12/67 06/01/68 CO CDR 4th Co  
Esqueda [Estrada] Arnulfo M   SSG 12/21/67 12/13/68      
Gorrell Steven J   SGT 01/01/68        
Henderson Thomas W Jr SGT 01/01/68   CO DCDR    
Hook Irving L Jr SFC 01/01/68        
Leeper L E   CPT 01/01/68        
Nunez Rudolph   SFC 01/01/68   CO CDR    
Roberts Kenneth L   SSG 01/01/68   CO CDR    
Bunnell Derald R   SSG 01/15/68   MEDIC   Y
Bowers Lawrence E   SFC 01/31/68 01/29/69 MEDIC    
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