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Who's Who from Detachment B-23 (Ban Me Thout) (Partial Draft)

The following is a listing of all personnel in our database, assigned to Detachment B-23 (Ban Me Thuot). If you were assigned to B-23 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: Detachment B5/230 established operations in the Darlac Hotel Annex o/a 24 January 1965. The team was redesignated B-23. The Detachment was moved (date?) to a compound next to the Bao Dai Hunting Palace (which burned down shortly thereafter). The Detachment was closed o/a 11/30/70.

Holbrook Robert E   MAJ 01/24/65 06/01/65 DET CO B5/430 Y
Croft Bliss H   LTC 03/01/65 11/01/66 DET CO &/or PSA? Y
Hussey John W   MAJ 11/11/65 05/15/66 DET CO    
Gillette Edward C III MAJ 05/15/66 01/17/67 DET CO   Y
Jones James W   MAJ 01/20/67 12/16/67 DET CO    
Reed Ramon C   LTC 12/12/67   DET CO    
Rountree Wadie J   LTC 09/01/68 11/30/68 DET CO    
Williams Maurice C   LTC 12/08/68 07/16/69 DET CO   DEC
Simmons Frank J   LTC 06/30/69 06/26/70 DET CO    
German Abraham L Jr 'Linc' MAJ 05/16/70 12/04/70 DET CO   YE
McKinney John W   CPT 01/24/65 05/19/65 DET XO B5/430  
Jordan Hoirace E   CPT 02/01/65 08/01/65 DET XO    
Kistler John S   MAJ 01/27/66 01/26/67 DET XO    
Crerar John H 'Scotty' MAJ 01/20/67 05/11/67 DET XO   Y
Ledee-Ramirez Jacinto O   MAJ 09/05/67 02/05/68 DET XO    
Sildam Are   MAJ 02/06/68 08/14/68 DET XO    
Greenwood Roland 'Bud' MAJ 06/01/68   DET XO? medevaced@A-239  
Pinkney Roy C   CPT 08/28/68 06/01/69 DET XO   Y
Mejia Angel F   MAJ 11/29/69 04/30/70 DET XO    
Montes Juan A   CPT 01/01/70 06/01/70 DET XO    
Booth George   SGM 01/01/65   DET SGM B5/430 DEC
Strieber Donald J   MSG 03/01/65 05/01/65 DET NCOIC    
Panchisin Thomas   SGM 01/01/66   DET SGM No Orders DEC
Williams Francis T 'Frank' SGM 11/01/66 11/01/67 DET SGM    
Trow Jack B   SGM 10/01/67 03/01/68 DET SGM    
Barmore Benjamin S   SSM 01/01/68   DET SGM    
Lusk Leon D 'Doug' SGM 10/01/68   DET SGM    
Pilkington Carl E Sr SSM 01/10/69 04/25/69 DET SGM   KIA
Ratleff Roy J   MSG 05/01/69 05/01/69 DET NCOIC ACTING Y
Gomez Oliverio   SGM 04/26/69 05/28/70 DET SGM   Y
Tindell Rush R   SGM 06/01/70 10/04/70 DET SGM    
Einseln Aleksander   CPT 01/24/65 06/01/65 S-1? B5/430  
Rave John S   CPT 09/01/65   S-1/S-4 or B-32  
Jordan Horace E   CPT 08/01/65 01/20/66 S-1    
Rave John S   CPT 01/01/66 03/04/66 S-1    
Hall Charles K   CPT 09/01/66   S-1    
Thomas Leonardo C   CPT 09/01/66 02/28/67 S-1 FM 4/5/65?  
McCarthy Justin E Jr 'Gene' CPT 04/18/67 07/01/67 S-1   Y
Cox Joe M   CPT 08/08/67 01/05/68 S-1    
Whiteside Richard I   1LT 12/26/67 09/08/68 S-1    
Risher Robert C   1LT 05/01/68 04/04/69 S-1    
Finley Greg R   CPT 10/05/68 03/08/69 S-1    
Poe William H   CPT 01/22/69   S-1    
Landers Paul W   CPT 07/18/69 12/28/70 S-1   Y
Brewer Richard P   CPT 12/25/69 03/01/70 S-1    
Dahlman Robert W   CPT 04/11/70 06/01/70 S-1    
Turney George A   CPT 06/20/70 12/19/70 S-1    
Bowman William J   1LT 07/16/67 11/12/67 S-1 ASST    
Belbey Eugene   CPT 09/04/69 06/01/70 CLUB OFF    
Rogers Albert W   CPT 06/15/70 12/14/70 CLUB OFF    
Dobson Robert W   SFC 01/01/65   S-1 NCOIC B5/430  
Harris R L   SSG 10/25/66 10/24/67 S-1 NCOIC UPO HHC?  
Busch Robert K   SFC 10/08/67 08/23/68 S-1 NCOIC OR C-2 OR C-1  
Watson Lex A   1SG 01/01/70   S-1 NCOIC   Y
Gilbert Michael W   SP4 09/01/69 09/30/70 S-1 MAIL    
Kelsey Ruicahrd L   Sp5 03/15/70 12/15/70 71B3P S-1 CLERK  
Bly Andrew J   SP4 06/01/70 11/30/70 71B20 S-1 CLERK  
Einseln Aleksander   CPT 09/10/65 01/23/66 S-2/S-3 B5/430  
Kai John C   CPT 01/12/66 03/01/66 S-2    
Fairbank Leigh C III CPT 01/15/66 01/14/67 S-2   Y
Striler Raymond J   CPT 05/07/66 06/26/66 S-2   YE
Mitts Edwin S Jr CPT 12/24/66 06/29/67 S-2    
Carr Sammie T   CPT 06/01/67 10/01/67 S-2    
Gerst Jackson C   CPT 06/08/67 11/23/67 S-2    
Kirk Johnny L   1LT 01/02/68 07/07/68 S-2    
Harper Henry E 'Earle' 1LT 08/30/68 04/21/69 S-2    
Papich Paul S   1LT 02/13/69 06/19/69 S-2    
Besaw John H   1LT 03/01/69 07/01/70 S-2    
Johnston James L   1LT 10/01/70 12/15/70 S-2    
Hargrove Jerry W   CPT 10/28/68 02/26/69 S-2 ASST    
Brackett Richard P   1LT 02/13/69 12/01/69 S-2 ASST & A-239? Y
Tocci Mark A   SFC 01/01/65   S-2 NCOIC ATTD DEC
Crossman Gary D   SFC 11/01/66 12/01/66 S-2 NCOIC    
Emerick George L   SFC 04/14/68 04/13/69 S-2 NCOIC    
Nobles John C   SFC 02/27/69 02/26/70 S-2 NCOIC   Y
Jessee Thomas J   MSG 03/01/69 09/22/69 S-2 NCOIC   YE
McLaughlin John R   SSG 01/01/65 04/01/65 S-2 NCO B5/430  
Frazier George A   SGT 04/11/68 04/10/69      
McCurdy Michael R   SP5 08/01/68 07/14/69 S-2 Clerk    
Griffin Leo P   SP5 11/15/68 06/06/69 96B INT   Y
Glidewell John M   SGT 02/01/69 11/01/69 97C 9/25/68 525 MI  
Kvederas Robert A   CPT 03/25/66 05/30/66 S-3    
Richie James F   CPT 09/01/66 02/06/67 S-3   YE
Leach Frank J   CPT 09/01/66 01/02/67 S-3    
Dobbins Robert E   CPT 12/02/66 03/24/67 S-3    
Edmonds Eldon F   CPT 06/02/67 11/19/67 S-3   Y
Amon Lawrence R   CPT 07/17/67 01/18/68 S-3    
Gossett Larry S   CPT 09/01/67 01/02/68 S-3    
Munsey Jackson L   MAJ 11/02/67 08/17/68 S-3/4    
Spoerry Stephen J 'Jim' CPT 03/07/68 01/10/69 S-3    
Hektor Helmut   CPT 01/08/69 11/14/69 S-3    
Heslin Thomas F   CPT 12/05/69 03/27/70 S-3    
Freeman Carl M III 1LT 01/15/68 06/20/68 S-3 ASST extended?  
Hektor Helmut   CPT 11/16/68 01/07/69 S-3 ASST    
Lindley Forrest B Jr CPT 11/02/69 01/07/70 S-3 ASST   Y
Lindley Forrest B Jr CPT 08/14/69 11/02/69 FSB Annie CO DDUS 8/20/68- Y
Loa Donald L   MAJ 03/25/67 10/05/67 LNO    
Janik William J   1LT 12/28/67 06/22/68 LNO or A-235 CAPO?  
Hargrove Jerry W   CPT 02/27/69 05/02/69 CIDG RCTG    
Nabors Jim E   MSG 06/01/66   S-3 NCOIC   Y
Spangler Gale L   MSG 02/01/68 10/20/68 S-3 NCOIC    
Munoz Ferdinand   SSG 10/01/65 01/01/66   SCTY DET  
Pierelli Daniel J   SGT 11/01/69 04/01/70 SCTY    
Thomas Leonardo C   CPT 02/01/66   S-4 fm 4/5/65?  
Hickey John F   CPT 08/11/66 12/13/66 S-4    
Thompson Joseph E Jr CPT 08/02/67 11/20/67 S-4    
Cole Robert G Jr CPT 11/21/67 09/07/68 S-4 6/7/67-9/5/67  
Hutchison George A   CPT 07/01/68 02/02/69 S-4    
Lindsey Edward G   1LT 12/05/68 09/07/69 S-4    
Quick Thomas F   CPT 03/01/69   S-4    
Bernard Joseph P   CPT 11/03/69 12/10/69 S-4 QMC  
Besaw John H   1LT 07/01/70 12/23/70 S-4    
Brookins Michael   SSG 01/01/65   S-4 ASST B5/430  
Cronlund John S   1LT 06/01/70 09/05/70 S-4 ASST    
Smith Henry C III 1LT 11/02/67 10/02/68 S-4 PBO    
Flory Noble W   SFC 01/01/65   S-4 NCOIC B5/430  
Flory Noble W   MSG 01/01/67 01/01/68 S-4 NCOIC    
Word Harry B Jr SFC 10/01/67 10/01/68 S-4 NCOIC    
Thaler Leo   SFC 11/01/68 06/04/69 S-4 NCOIC    
Gagan John E   SFC 10/01/69 04/01/70 S-4 NCO    
Ouellette Bertrand E   SP4 05/01/67 04/19/68 S-4 POL    
Lewis Willie C   SFC 01/19/68 01/18/69 S-4 AIR    
Gilbert Michael W   SGT 10/01/70 11/01/70 S-4 NCO    
Stewart James W   CPT 06/30/65 06/19/66 S-5    
Jack James B Jr 'Jim' CPT 09/05/66 01/18/67 S-5 A-238?  
Keim David W   CPT 08/08/67 10/11/67 S-5    
Hamilton Emery   CPT 01/21/68 04/11/68 S-5 OR S-3 ASST  
Salter John B   1LT 06/01/68   S-5    
Schnably Donald F 'Dutch' 1LT 12/10/68 06/01/69 S-5   KIA
Gallagher Edward P   1LT 01/19/69 01/18/70 S-5    
Rabiner Craig J   1LT 02/13/69 03/01/69 S-5    
Brown James E   CPT 09/27/69 03/12/70 S-5    
Lowrie Michael A   CPT 10/11/69 01/01/69 S-5    
Madison James C   CPT 03/01/70 06/20/70 S-5 RECON  
Singley Ronald L   1LT 04/01/70 12/02/70 S-5/CLUB    
Davis Harley C   CPT 02/09/67 04/26/67 S-5 CA OFF    
Wilson David F   1LT 10/27/68 09/06/69 S-5 ASST    
Hathaway Jack L   SFC 01/24/65 01/24/66 Demo B5/430  
Hayes James N   SP5 01/24/65 01/24/66 Demo B5/430  
Parker Charles L Jr CPT 01/24/65 06/01/65 Sig Off? B5/430  
Davis Roger E   SSG 01/01/65   RAD OP B5/430  
Fuller Alfonso L   SP4 01/24/65 01/23/66 RAD OP B5/430  
Kehoe Donald E   SGT 01/01/65   RAD OP B5/430  
McDonald Thomas D   SSG 01/01/65   RAD OP B5/430  
McPherson Gordon   SFC 01/01/65   RAD SPVR B5/430  
Phillips Wilfred L   SGT 01/01/65   RAD OP B5/430  
Woods David A   SSG 09/01/65 09/01/66 RAD OP   KIA
Tink Robert E   SP4 03/01/66 05/01/66 RAD OP    
Clemmer James L   SP4 05/01/66 06/01/66 RAD OP    
Williams Gene H   SP4 08/01/66 12/01/66 RAD OP    
Clemmer James L   SGT 05/01/67 06/01/67 RAD OP    
Redfern Paul   SFC 01/01/68   RAD SPVR    
Allen George D   SFC 01/01/68   RAD OP    
Mikkelsen Oscer R   SFC 01/13/68 01/12/69 RAD SPVR   DEC
Weaver William O   SP4 06/01/69   RAD OP    
Embry Thomas G   SSG 11/01/64   MEDIC B5/430 Y
Wrisbon Alton   SFC 01/01/65   MEDIC B5/430  
Nation Robert H   SSG 01/01/67   MEDIC    
Abella Patrick M   SSG 07/03/68 03/10/69 MEDIC Dates fm AM  
Weiser Randall T   SFC 09/01/68   MEDIC    
Daugherty Jack Jr CPT 08/11/68 08/10/69 FUNDS OFF +/or C-2  
Cronin Joseph T II 1LT 04/01/69 10/06/69 FUNDS OFF    
Perry Chester J   1LT 12/10/69 12/09/70 FUNDS OFF    
Gleason William P Jr 1LT 12/29/69 02/12/70 FUNDS OFF    
Pinario Francis J Jr 1LT 12/29/69 04/19/70 FUNDS OFF    
Lindley Forrest B Jr CPT 11/02/69 11/19/69 DDUS 8/20/68- hospitalized Y
Draffone Dennis A   SP4   01/01/69      
Andersen Arne   1LT 11/01/64        
Brannon Gerald N 'Moose' MSG 01/01/65     B5/430 DEC
Harris Ralph L Sr MSG 01/01/65     B5/430  
Kling Daniel J   SFC 01/01/65        
Whelan Robert E   1LT 01/25/65 06/01/65   B5/430  
Locke John W   SFC 01/24/65 01/24/66   B5/430  
Harrison Elvin E   SFC 01/01/65     B5/430  
McNeil Richard J   SSG 01/01/67        
Naquin Gerald L   MSG 01/01/67 01/01/68      
Ritchie Kenneth R   SP5 01/01/67        
Tatom Walter D 'Goose' MSG 01/01/67 06/01/67   ASSIGN  
Hayes Robert L II CPT 01/06/67 04/17/67   ASSIGN  
Hoskins Edward L   SP4 06/01/67        
Flores Alejandro 'Alex' SFC 09/06/67 03/01/68 S-5 AST-2 MSF P
Worthy George A   1LT 11/13/67 03/06/68   NOR  
Kocher Albert G   SGT 01/01/68        
Nelson Gerald H   SFC 01/01/68     or C-3?  
Raiha Marvin R   SP4 01/01/68        
Simon David P   SGT 01/01/68        
Vermillion David J   SSG 01/01/68 04/08/68      
Tyner Leonard S   SSG 01/27/68 07/26/68      
Gutierrez Luis J   SSG 09/08/68        
Murray Arnold B   SFC 01/01/69        
Prout William L Jr CPT 06/01/69       Y
Drennan Dennis P   1LT 09/01/69 11/26/69      
B-23 MSF
Eckhardt Eric G   1LT 07/04/68 01/30/69 MSF CO    
Oleskiewicz Albert Jr 1LT 02/11/69   MSF CO    
Dana Richard E   1LT 08/16/68 07/26/69 MSF XO    
Tyre Russell S   SGT 06/01/68   MEDIC A-236?  
Parker James E   SSG 02/07/69 02/06/70   & C-3?  
Smith Richard E   SP5 10/31/69 11/01/69      
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