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Who's Who from Detachment A-231 (Suoi Doi and Tieu Atar) (Partial Draft)

The following is a listing of all personnel in our database, assigned to Detachment A-231 (Soui Doi and Tieu Atar). If you were assigned to A-231 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: See below. For information on the earlier TDY teams at the Buon Enao Project and Ban Don see the previously published monographs on 1st SFGA and 7th SFGA TDY teams. A5/214 arrived at Ban Don o/a 10/31/64. They closed the camp and relocated to Soui Doi. The Suoi Doi camp was located in Pleiku Province, ? District. After the battle at Mang Yang Pass, the remaining team members went to open Plateau Gi.

Later, a new camp designated A-231, opened of 12/11/67, at Tieu Atar, in Darlac Province, ? District. The Tieu Atar camp was turned over to the 71st Border Ranger Battalion on 09/30/70.

A5/214 (Suoi Doi)

Mierau Michael D   CPT 11/01/64 05/01/65 DET CO A5/214 YE
Griggs Leslie D   2LT 11/01/64 03/24/65 DET XO A5/214 WIA Y
Strieber Donald J   MSG 11/01/64 03/01/65 TM SGT A5/214 Y
McCann Eugene C Jr SP4 11/01/64   INTEL A5/214 Y
Manes Larry T   SSG 11/01/64 11/01/65 LT WPNS A5/214 YE
Townsend George M Jr SFC 11/01/64 10/31/65 HVY WPNS A5/214 DEC
Lane Thomas R   SFC 02/01/65 07/01/65 CAPO NCO MINH THANH? DEC
Adams Herman L Jr SGT 11/01/64 10/31/65 RAD OP A5/214 A0Y
Whittington Eschol R   SSG 11/01/64 12/01/64 RAD OP A5/214 broke leg YE
Lewis Donald E   SP4 12/12/64 12/12/65 RAD OP replacement YE
Brazier Stephen T   SP4 02/01/65   RAD OP    
Garner Willard R Jr 'Pete' SSG 11/01/64   DEMO A5/214 DEC
Rose Gerald B   SP4 11/01/64 02/22/65 DEMO A5/214 KIA
Long Kenneth L   SGT 11/01/64 03/24/65 MEDIC A5/214 WIA YE
Scearce Charlie C Jr SSG 11/01/64 10/31/65 MEDIC A5/214 DEC

Detachment A5/1 (redesignated A5/214 on 1/8/65) closed Ban Don, which they had taken over from A-752 after the 1964 Montagnard revolt, and relocated to Suoi Doi o/a 1/1/65. Suoi Doi was disbanded on 3/24/65, after a major battle at the Man Yang Pass and the USASF assets went to Plateau Gi (A-243). Ban Don was later re-opened as Trang Phuc (A-233). The PCS A- Detachment at Dong Tre (see A-222) in early '65 was originally designated A-231 and reported to B-23 at Ban Me Thuot. When it was shifted to the control of B-22, it was redesignated A-222. The number remained open until applied to the camp at Tieu Atar opened a/o 12/11/67. The Tieu Atar camp was turned over to the 71st Border Ranger Battalion on 09/30/70.

A-231 (Tieu Atar)

Dick James R   CPT 12/11/67 02/19/68 DET CO   DEC
Leiva Raymond J   CPT 02/20/68 08/08/68 DET CO   YE
Garvey Thomas J   1LT 07/01/68 09/18/68 DET CO   YE
Hargrove Jerry W   CPT 10/28/68 02/26/69 DET CO   YE
Prout William L Jr 1LT 02/21/69 06/01/69 DET CO   A0U
Brackett Richard P   1LT 06/01/69 09/01/69 DET CO   YE
Rau Thomas H   CPT 07/04/69 11/01/69 DET CO   YE
Lindley Forrest B Jr CPT 01/08/70 03/01/70 DET CO DDUS 8/20/68- A0U
Potter Ransford A II 1LT 03/01/70 06/01/70 DET CO   YE
Brewer Richard P   CPT 04/01/70 08/27/70 DET CO   YE
Schwinghammer George H   1LT 08/01/70 09/30/70 DET CO   YE
Hill Heath H   1LT 12/12/67 06/22/68 DET XO   DEC
Rabiner Craig J   1LT 04/01/68 12/10/68 DET XO   A0Y
Gwynn Eugene T "Tim" 1LT 01/18/68 04/19/69 DET XO   YE
Rogers Albert W   1LT 05/18/69 12/15/69 DET XO   YE
Pinario Francis J Jr "Andy" 1LT 10/01/69 12/28/69 DET XO & CO? YE
Schwinghammer George H   1LT 12/02/69 08/01/70 DET XO   YE
Carr Daniel L Jr 1LT 08/01/70 09/30/70 DET XO to CCS YE
Gwynn Eugene T "Tim" 1LT 06/18/68 01/18/69 CAPO   YE
Beasley Charles A III 1LT 01/28/69 06/13/69 CAPO   A0Y
Pinario Francis J Jr "Andy" 1LT 05/18/69 10/01/69 CAPO   YE
Schwinghammer George H   1LT 10/02/69 12/02/69 CAPO   YE
Carr Daniel L Jr 1LT 06/11/70 08/01/70 CAPO   YE
Surber James D II MSG 12/11/67 03/14/68 TM SGT   DEC
Vian-Courtenay Kimo   MSG 04/01/68 10/01/68 TM SGT medevaced DEC
Carter Jake   SFC 10/01/68 04/14/69 TM SGT   Y
Clark George M   MSG 04/01/69 08/01/69 TM SGT   DEC
Smith James H "Halo" MSG 06/01/69 12/01/69 TM SGT emerg leave DEC
Redmon Daniel   SFC 12/01/69 05/08/70 TM SGT   A0Y
Roberts John A   MSG 05/01/69 09/01/69 TM SGT   Y
Newsome Lonnie "Pappy" MSG 02/01/70 08/17/70 TM SGT   DEC
Fleming Wayne E   SFC 07/01/70 11/18/70 TM SGT to B-23 eng YE
Henry Frederick W   SFC 12/11/67 10/06/68 INTEL & A-226 A0Y
Orme Vincent A Jr SFC 01/19/69 01/18/70 INTEL   A0U
Caputo Michael A "Shark" SFC 08/10/69 11/06/69 INTEL malaria DNH
Kusterer Philip J "Jeff" SSG 09/01/69 04/12/70 INTEL   YE
Lopez Jose D "Pilos" SFC 12/11/67   HVY WPNS   DEC
Diggs     SSG     LT WPNS    
Guyton James C Jr SFC 09/20/68 10/04/69 HVY WPNS   DEC
Johns Gerald A "Art" SFC 01/01/69 07/01/69 HVY WPNS   Y
Redmon Daniel   SFC 05/09/69 12/01/69 LT WPNS   A0Y
Epperson Steven H   SSG 05/20/69 04/28/70 HVY WPNS   YE
Chiocca Kevin E   SGT 10/12/69 09/17/70 LT WPNS   Y
Hoskins Edward L   SGT 12/11/67 01/01/68 RAD OP   YE
Mann Thomas C   SGT 12/11/67 03/01/68 RAD OP   YE
Vermillion David J   SSG     RAD OP    
Pawelko Michael J Jr SP4 01/01/68   RAD OP Buon Blech DEC
Wylie Gary D   SGT 05/01/68 09/01/68 RAD OP   A0U
Carey James J 'Jack' SFC 09/01/68 04/01/69 RAD OP   YE
Peterson Roger W   SGT 10/26/68 10/22/69 RAD OP 1st 4 mos at A-239 YE
Charter Michael L   SGT 09/01/69 03/11/70 RAD OP FROM CCS? YE
Newman Michael   SP4     RAD OP to B-23  
Henke James J   SGT 03/01/70 09/01/70 RAD OP   DEC
Parker Billy W 'Droopy' SSG 12/11/67   DEMO   DEC
Cummings David L   SP5 03/01/69 07/01/69 DEMO   YE
  Fred         DEMO    
Bell John R   SP5   09/30/70 DEMO   A0Y
Tyre Russell S   SGT 12/11/67   MEDIC   DEC
Gabe ?   SGT     MEDIC    
Henderson James P   SGT 08/21/68 06/05/69 MEDIC   A0Y
Erkel Michael W   SGT 11/01/68 05/01/69 MEDIC   YE
Franconi Louis C   SGT 04/01/69 09/22/69 MEDIC   YE
Buck Stephen M   SGT 08/01/69 02/02/70 MEDIC   YE
Bircher Norman N   SSG 01/01/70 09/30/70 MEDIC   YE
Martin Albin W   SGT 12/01/69 11/19/70 MEDIC to MACV Y
Mandeville Frederic C   SP5 01/01/68   CAPO NCO   A0Y
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