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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 DEC
Croft Bliss H   LTC 03/01/65 11/01/66 DET CO &/or PSA? DEC
Hussey John W   MAJ 11/11/65 05/15/66 DET CO   DEC
Gillette Edward C III MAJ 05/15/66 01/17/67 DET CO   DEC
Jones James W   MAJ 01/20/67 05/01/67 DET CO   DEC
Jones James W   LTC 05/03/67 12/16/67 DET CO   DEC
Reed Ramon C   LTC 12/12/67   DET CO   DEC
Rountree Wadie J   LTC 09/01/68 11/30/68 DET CO   DEC
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   DEC
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 DEC
Jordan Horace E   CPT 02/01/65 08/01/65 DET XO   DEC
Kistler John S   MAJ 01/27/66 01/26/67 DET XO   DEC
Crerar John H 'Scotty' MAJ 01/20/67 05/11/67 DET XO   DEC
Ledee-Ramirez Jacinto O   MAJ 09/05/67 02/05/68 DET XO   YE.
Sildam Are   MAJ 02/06/68 08/14/68 DET XO   DEC
Greenwood Roland 'Bud' MAJ 06/01/68   DET XO? medevaced@A-239 DEC
Pinkney Roy C   CPT 08/28/68 06/01/69 DET XO   DEC
Gutner Robert C   MAJ 06/01/69 11/26/69 DET XO   A0U-
Mejia Angel F   MAJ 11/29/69 04/30/70 DET XO   DEC
Montes Juan A   CPT 01/01/70 06/01/70 DET XO   YE.
Booth George   SGM 01/01/65   DET SGM B5/430 DEC
Strieber Donald J   MSG 03/01/65 05/01/65 DET NCOIC   DEC
Panchisin Thomas   SGM 01/01/66   DET SGM No Orders DEC
Williams Francis T 'Frank' SGM 11/01/66 11/01/67 DET SGM   DEC
Trow Jack B   SGM 10/01/67 03/01/68 DET SGM   DEC
Barmore Benjamin S   SSM 01/01/68   DET SGM   DEC
Lusk Leon D 'Doug' SGM 10/01/68   DET SGM   DEC
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 DEC
Gomez Oliverio   SGM 04/26/69 05/28/70 DET SGM   Y,
Tindell Rush R   SGM 06/01/70 10/04/70 DET SGM   DEC
Andersen Arne   CPT 01/24/65 06/01/65 S-1 B5/430 YE,
Rave John S   CPT 09/01/65   S-1/S-4 or B-32 DEC
Jordan Horace E   CPT 08/01/65 01/20/66 S-1   DEC
Rave John S   CPT 01/01/66 03/04/66 S-1   DEC
Hall Charles K   CPT 09/01/66 01/01/67 S-1   DEC
Thomas Leonardo C   CPT 09/01/66 02/28/67 S-1 FM 4/5/65? A0Y
Hayes Robert L   CPT 01/01/67 04/17/67 S-1   YE,
McCarthy Justin E Jr 'Gene' CPT 04/18/67 07/01/67 S-1   DEC
Cox Joe M   CPT 08/08/67 01/05/68 S-1   DEC
Whiteside Richard I   1LT 12/26/67 09/08/68 S-1   DEC
Risher Robert C   1LT 05/01/68 04/04/69 S-1   YZ
Finley Greg R   CPT 10/05/68 03/08/69 S-1   YE,
Poe William H   CPT 01/22/69   S-1   YE,
Prout William L Jr CPT 06/01/69 09/01/69 S-1   YE.
Landers Paul W   CPT 07/18/69 12/28/70 S-1   YE,
Brewer Richard P "Dick" CPT 12/25/69 03/01/70 S-1   YE.
Dahlman Robert W   CPT 04/11/70 06/01/70 S-1   DEC
Turney George A   CPT 06/20/70 12/19/70 S-1   YE,
Bowman William J   1LT 07/16/67 11/12/67 S-1 ASST   YE.
Kushner Kenneth R   1LT 04/21/70 07/05/70 S-1 ASST   Y,
Freeman Carl M III 1LT 10/01/67 01/14/68 CLUB OFF   DEC
Belbey Eugene J "Gene" CPT 09/04/69 06/01/70 CLUB OFF   A0Y
Rogers Albert W   CPT 01/14/70 07/13/70 CLUB OFF   YE.
Dobson Robert W   SFC 01/01/65   S-1 NCOIC B5/430  
Harris R L   SSG 10/25/66 04/24/67 S-1 NCOIC UPO HHC? DEC
Busch Robert K   SFC 10/08/67 08/23/68 S-1 NCOIC OR C-2 OR C-1 DEC
Watson Lex A   1SG 01/01/70   S-1 NCOIC   DEC
Ritchie Kenneth R   SP5 01/01/67   71L4S S-1 CLERK  
Gilbert Michael W   SP4 09/01/69 09/30/70 S-1 MAIL   DEC
Skaggs Joseph M   SP5 03/01/70 01/01/71 71B30 S-1 CLERK DEC
Kelsey Richard L   SP5 03/15/70 12/15/70 71B3P S-1 CLERK A0U
Bly Andrew J   SP4 06/01/70 11/30/70 71B20 S-1 CLERK YE,
Einseln Aleksander   CPT 01/24/65 06/01/65 S-2/S-3 B5/430 DEC
Kai John C   CPT 01/12/66 03/01/66 S-2   DEC
Fairbank Leigh C III CPT 01/15/66 01/14/67 S-2   YE.
Striler Raymond J   CPT 05/07/66 06/26/66 S-2   YE.
Howley Dennis C   CPT 06/27/66 10/01/66 S-2   YE.
Mitts Edwin S Jr CPT 12/24/66 06/29/67 S-2   YE.
Carr Sammie T   CPT 06/01/67 10/01/67 S-2   DEC
Gerst Jackson C   CPT 06/08/67 11/23/67 S-2   Y,
Amon Lawrence R   CPT 07/17/67 01/18/68 S-2   YE,
Kirk Johnny L   1LT 01/02/68 07/07/68 S-2   DEC
Harper Henry E 'Earle' 1LT 08/30/68 04/21/69 S-2   YE,
Papich Paul S   1LT 02/13/69 06/19/69 S-2   YE,
Besaw John H   1LT 03/01/69 07/01/70 S-2   YE.
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   DEC
Brackett Richard P   1LT 02/13/69 06/01/69 S-2 ASST   YE.
Barham Lucian L   CPT 07/18/69 08/12/69 S-2 ASST   YE.
Flaugher William T "Terry" 1LT 08/10/69 02/24/70 S-2 ASST   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   DEC
Guzman Feliciano "Guz" SFC 07/01/67 10/01/67 S-2 NCOIC   DEC
Emerick George L   SFC 04/14/68 04/13/69 S-2 NCOIC   Y,
Nobles John C   SFC 02/27/69 02/26/70 S-2 NCOIC   DEC
Jessee Thomas J   MSG 03/01/69 09/22/69 S-2 NCOIC   DEC
McLaughlin John R   SSG 01/01/65 04/01/65 S-2 NCO B5/430 DEC
Frazier George A   SGT 04/11/68 04/10/69      
McCurdy Michael R   SP5 08/01/68 07/14/69 S-2 Clerk   Y
Griffin Leo P   SP5 11/15/68 06/06/69 96B INT   YE,
Glidewell John M   SGT 02/01/69 11/01/69 97C 9/25/68 525 MI YE,
Wilensky Bernard L   SP5 05/01/69 05/01/70 96B MI Aug YE.
Smith Richard E   SP5 07/01/69 05/01/70 S-2 NCO Sniffer YE.
Anadon Jeffrey E   SP5 10/12/69 01/01/70 S-2 Clerk   YE,
Wilensky Bernard L   SP5 05/01/70 02/01/70 96B MI Aug YE.
Kvederas Robert A   CPT 03/25/66 05/30/66 S-3   YE.
Leach Frank J   CPT 05/13/66 10/01/66 S-3   DEC
Richie James F   CPT 11/01/66 02/06/67 S-3   DEC
Dobbins Robert E   CPT 12/02/66 03/24/67 S-3   E,
Keller Alan R   CPT 04/10/67 05/26/67 S-3   YE,
Edmonds Eldon F   CPT 06/02/67 11/19/67 S-3   YE.
Amon Lawrence R   CPT 07/17/67 01/18/68 S-3   YE.
Gossett Larry S   CPT 09/01/67 01/02/68 S-3   DEC
Munsey Jackson L   MAJ 11/02/67 08/17/68 S-3/4 & BMT MSF DEC
Spoerry Stephen J 'Jim' CPT 03/07/68 01/10/69 S-3   YE.
Hektor Helmut   CPT 01/08/69 11/14/69 S-3   DEC
Whiteside Richard I   CPT 07/31/69 12/01/69 S-3   DEC
Heslin Thomas F   CPT 12/05/69 03/27/70 S-3   DEC
Janous William J   CPT 12/01/69   S-3   YE,
Schwinghammer George H   1LT 09/01/70 12/05/70 S-3   YE.
Freeman Carl M III 1LT 01/15/68 06/20/68 S-3 ASST extended? DEC
Hektor Helmut   CPT 11/16/68 01/07/69 S-3 ASST   DEC
Lindley Forrest B Jr CPT 11/02/69 01/07/70 S-3 ASST   _E,
Lindley Forrest B Jr CPT 08/14/69 11/02/69 FSB Annie CO DDUS 8/20/68- _E,
Loa Donald L   MAJ 03/25/67 10/05/67 LNO   DEC
Janik William J   1LT 12/28/67 06/22/68 LNO or A-235 CAPO?  
James Herman D Jr "Dee" 1LT 02/13/69 03/15/69 S-3 AIR   DEC
Hargrove Jerry W   CPT 02/27/69 05/02/69 CIDG RCTG   DEC
Gross Richard R   1LT 02/01/70 06/16/70 S-3 ASST   _E,
Brannon Gerald N 'Moose' MSG 01/01/65 05/01/65 S-3 NCOIC B5/430 DEC
Nabors Jim E   MSG 06/01/66   S-3 NCOIC   YE.
Crossman Gary D   SFC 02/01/67 12/01/67 S-3 NCOIC   DEC
Taylor Lewis R "Smokey" MSG 11/01/67 02/01/68 S-3 NCOIC   DEC
Spangler Gale L   MSG 02/01/68 10/20/68 S-3 NCOIC   DEC
Munoz Ferdinand   SSG 10/01/65 01/01/66   SCTY DET Y,
Treadwell Frank L   SFC 01/01/66 04/01/66 LT WPNS AFLD SECURITY YE.
Piasecki Eugene   SFC 09/30/69 09/16/70 S-3 AIR   DEC
Pierelli Daniel J   SGT 11/01/69 04/01/70 SCTY   YE
Pierelli Daniel J   SGT 11/??/69 12/01/69 SCTY FSB KATE YE.
Whelan Robert E   1LT 01/24/65 06/01/65 S-4 B5/430 YE,
Thomas Leonardo C   CPT 02/01/66   S-4 fm 4/5/65? A0
Hickey John F   CPT 08/11/66 12/13/66 S-4   YE.
Thompson Joseph E Jr CPT 08/02/67 11/20/67 S-4   DEC
Cole Robert G Jr CPT 11/21/67 09/07/68 S-4 6/7/67-9/5/67 YE.
Hutchison George A   CPT 07/01/68 02/02/69 S-4   DEC
Lindsey Edward G   1LT 12/05/68 09/07/69 S-4   Y,
Quick Thomas F   CPT 03/01/69 09/22/69 S-4   YE.
Drennan Dennis P   1LT 07/01/69 11/26/69 S-4   YE.
Barham Lucian L   CPT 08/12/69 11/01/69 S-4   YE.
Bernard Joseph P   CPT 11/03/69 12/10/69 S-4 QMC A0Y
Brookins Michael   SSG 01/01/65   S-4 ASST B5/430  
Worthy George A   1LT 11/13/67 03/06/68   Convoy YE.
Garvey Thomas J   1LT 02/13/68 07/01/68 S-4 ASST   YE.
McWilliams Dennis M   1LT 01/10/69 06/01/69 S-4 FSP to C-2 YE.
Cronlund John S   1LT 06/01/70 09/05/70 S-4 ASST   YE.
Besaw John H   1LT 07/01/70 12/23/70 S-4 ASST   YE.
Smith Henry C III 1LT 11/02/67 10/02/68 S-4 PBO   A0Y
Flory Noble W   SFC 01/01/65   S-4 NCOIC B5/430 DEC
Flory Noble W   MSG 01/01/67 01/01/68 S-4 NCOIC   DEC
Word Harry B Jr SFC 10/01/67 10/01/68 S-4 NCOIC   DEC
Thaler Leo   SFC 11/01/68 06/04/69 S-4 NCOIC   DEC
Gagan John E   SFC 10/01/69 04/01/70 S-4 NCO   DEC
Barnes Craig M   SGT 08/07/66 10/07/68 S-4 NCO   YE
Ouellette Bertrand E   SP4 05/01/67 04/19/68 S-4 POL   DEC
Raiha Marvin R   SP4 01/01/68   76P20   DEC
Kocher Albert G   SGT 01/01/68   76Y4S   YE.
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   DEC
Stewart James W   CPT 06/30/65 06/19/66 S-5   DEC
Jack James B Jr 'Jim' CPT 09/05/66 01/18/67 S-5 A-238? DEC
Keim David W   CPT 08/08/67 10/11/67 S-5   DEC
Salter John B   1LT 11/31/67 04/01/68 S-5   DEC
Hamilton Emery   CPT 01/31/68 04/11/68 S-5 S-3 ASST DEC
Lowrie Michael A   CPT 10/11/68 01/01/69 S-5   DEC
Schnably Donald F 'Dutch' 1LT 12/10/68 06/01/69 S-5   KIA
Gallagher Edward P   1LT 01/19/69 06/01/69 S-5   YE.
Rabiner Craig J   1LT 02/13/69 03/01/69 S-5   A0Y
Palmer William L "Nick" CPT 07/11/69 09/21/69 S-5   YE.
Brown James E "Ellis" CPT 09/27/69 03/12/70 S-5   A0Y
Madison James C   CPT 03/01/70 06/20/70 S-5   YE.
Singley Ronald L   1LT 04/01/70 12/02/70 S-5/CLUB   YE.
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   DEC
Hathaway Jack L   SFC 01/24/65 06/01/65 Demo B5/430 to Eagle Flt DEC
Hayes James M   SP5 01/24/65 01/24/66 Demo B5/430 DEC
Turner James W   SSG 06/01/67   Engr    
Kreis Marvin M   SSG 06/01/67   Engr    
Hooks Danny F   SSG 11/01/69 05/02/70 Engr   YE.
Parker Charles L Jr CPT 01/24/65 06/01/65 Sig Off? B5/430 DEC
Davis Roger E   SSG 01/01/65   RAD OP B5/430 YE,
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 DEC
McDonald Thomas D   SSG 01/01/65   RAD OP B5/430  
McPherson Gordon   SFC 01/01/65   RAD SPVR B5/430 YE.
Phillips Wilfred L   SGT 01/01/65   RAD OP B5/430 DEC
Miller Byron S   SGT 05/08/65 05/08/66 RAD OP   _E,
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   DEC
Clemmer James L   SP4 05/01/66 06/01/66 RAD OP   DEC
Williams Gene H   SP4 08/01/66 12/01/66 RAD OP   YE.
Clemmer James L   SGT 05/01/67 06/01/67 RAD OP   DEC
Redfern Paul   SFC 01/01/68   RAD SPVR   DEC
Allen George D   SFC 01/01/68   RAD OP   DEC
Simon David P   SGT 01/01/68     Sig Aug A0U
Vermillion David J   SSG 01/01/68 04/08/68 RAD OP   YE.
Mikkelsen Oscar R   SFC 01/13/68 01/12/69 RAD SPVR   DEC
Brown Brian A   SSG 11/01/68 06/19/69 RAD OP   YE,
Weaver William O   SP4 06/01/69   RAD OP   A0Y
Charter Michael L   SGT 08/01/69 09/01/69 RAD OP   YE.
Ordway Stephen D   SGT 08/30/69 11/30/69 RAD OP   YE.
Denote Rocco L   SSG 01/01/70 10/26/70 RAD OP   YE.
Surgeons connected with CIDG HOSPITAL (HONLEY CLINIC) (named after Jimmy C Honley KIA A-235 11/20/66)
Chino Shigero   CPT   07/01/67     YE.
Cohen Howard B   CPT 08/01/67 05/01/68 SURGEON @C-2, B23 & C-4 YE.
Clark Gary B   CPT 02/06/69 06/20/70 SURGEON @B-23 YE.
Embry Thomas G   SSG 11/01/64   MEDIC B5/430 DEC
Wrisbon Alton   SFC 01/01/65   MEDIC B5/430 DEC
Nation Robert H   SSG 01/01/67   MEDIC   DEC
medics at B-23 presumably served at the CIDG Hospital
Richey Walter D   SSG 05/01/67 06/01/67 MEDIC   DEC
Woodruff Robert J   SGT 01/01/68 03/01/68 MEDIC   YE
Coppel Alfred J III SGT 09/27/67 09/26/68 MEDIC   A0U
Castiano Alfred E   SFC 10/27/67 01/08/70 MEDIC   DEC
Dickerson John K   SP4 01/01/68 03/01/68 MEDIC @ Dalat w/A-234 YE.
Smith Orrin R   SSG 03/01/68   MEDIC   DEC
Abella Patrick M   SSG 07/03/68 03/10/69 MEDIC Dates fm AM DEC
Weiser Randall T   SFC 09/01/68   MEDIC   A0Y
Celaya Raymond   SGT 08/01/69 09/01/70 MEDIC CIDG Hospital YE,
Dixon Michael V   SP5 01/01/70 01/01/71 MEDIC   YE.
Bowman William J   1LT 07/16/67 11/12/67 FUNDS OFF   YE.
Daugherty Jack Jr CPT 08/11/68 08/10/69 FUNDS OFF +/or C-2 A0U
Cronin Joseph T II 1LT 04/01/69 10/06/69 FUNDS OFF   DEC
Perry Chester J   1LT 12/10/69 12/09/70 FUNDS OFF   _E,
Gleason William P Jr 1LT 08/04/69 02/12/70 FUNDS OFF   YE.
Pinario Francis J Jr 1LT 12/29/69 04/19/70 FUNDS OFF   YE.
Lindley Forrest B Jr CPT 11/02/69 11/19/69   hospitalized YE,
Draffone Dennis A   SP4   01/01/69     DEC
Harris Ralph L Sr MSG 01/01/65     B5/430 DEC
Locke John W   SFC 01/24/65 01/24/66   B5/430 to Eagle Flight DEC
Harrison Elvin E   SFC 01/01/65     B5/430 DEC
Naquin Gerald L   MSG 01/01/67 01/01/68     DEC
Ritchie Kenneth R   SP5 01/01/67        
Tatom Walter D 'Goose' MSG 01/01/67 06/01/67   ASSIGN DEC
Nelson Gerald H   SFC 01/01/68     714LS or C-3?  
Gutierrez Luis J   SSG 09/08/68        
Murray Arnold B   SFC 01/01/69       DEC?
B-23 MSF (see A-205)
403rd SOD (Radio Research)
Hill Terry L   SSG 03/06/68 10/01/68   B-23 YE.
Wilson Damian P   SFC 12/07/67 12/02/68 05H4S27 @B-24  
Embree Ray O Jr SFC 09/01/68 03/01/69 98Z @C-2  
Hiett Eddie H   SFC 08/26/68 03/31/70      
Huffine Calvin W   SSG 02/13/68 09/12/69 05H4S B-24, B-23, B-36 DEC
Dearing Howard R   SSG 01/01/69 05/01/69 05H4S @B-23 DEC
Farmer Kenneth W   SFC 01/01/70 06/01/70 05H4P @B-23 Y
Vestuto Robert M   SSG 07/28/69 07/22/70   @A-236 & B-23  
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