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Who's Who from Detachment A-401 (Don Phuoc) (Partial Draft)
B-40][A-401/1st Bn][A-402/2nd Bn][A-403/3rd Bn][A-404/4th Bn][A-405/Airborne TC]

The following is a listing of all personnel in our database, assigned to Detachment A-401 (Don Phuoc). If you were assigned to A-401 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 "Assignment 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. I am planning to put the old Don Phuc detachment under Binh Hung with a footnote. I also think that for new Don Phuc it might be worthwhile to note company and platoon assignments in the remarks section, but maintain the listing by MOS. Any Comments?

Narrative Information: A PCS Team or composite element designated TF GREEN took over the Old Don Phuoc camp from A1/311, 1st SFG(A). TF Green was replaced by PCS Detachment A5/333 and TF Green relocated to set up Cai Cai (see A-431). A5/333 relocated to Binh Hung and was redesignated A-411 (see A-404). Don Phuoc appears to have closed out for several months, until Detachment A-430 was set up to provide a reaction force capability. O/a 06/01/67 A-430 was redesignated A-401. (B-43 was established 2/67, did B-43 initially control the MSF/MGF detachments?) A-401 became the Ist Battalion, IV Corps Mobile Strike Force Command on 05/23/68. Did it move to Can Tho at the end of 1968? Don Phuoc (?) was converted to RF/PF o/a 05/31/70. Don Phuoc was located in Hong Ngu District, Kien Phong Province.

Don Phuoc (old) (I have no information on TF Green, which preceeded this team.)

Chaplinski Charles W Jr CPT 01/29/65 06/01/65 DET CO A5/333 to B-42 YE.
Enright William E Jr 2LT 01/29/65 06/01/66 DET XO A5/333 DEC
Jones Lester W   MSG 01/29/65 01/28/66 TM SGT A5/333(A-411)  
Cooper Rudolph W 'Rudy' SFC 01/29/65 06/01/65 INTEL A5/333 DEC
Zan Tom L   SSG 01/29/65 06/01/65 HVY WPNS A5/333 DEC
Almand Francis A   SGT 01/29/65 04/01/65 LT WPNS A5/333 m/e Y.
Cavanaugh Robert L   SSG 01/29/65 01/28/66 RAD OP A5/333 DEC
Safer Jerry   SGT 01/29/65 01/28/66 RAD OP A5/333 (A-411) DEC
Soule Peter E   SP5 01/29/65 01/28/66 DEMO A5/333 Y,
Woodard Hoke S Jr SSG 01/29/65 01/28/66 DEMO A5/333 (A-411) DEC
Spangler Herbert B   SP4 01/29/65 01/28/66 MEDIC A5/333 DEC
Zaleski Peter   SSG 01/29/65 01/28/66 MEDIC A5/333 & HHC? DEC

Don Phuoc (new)

Topp Robert G   MAJ 01/01/66 10/12/66 DET CO A-430 DEC
Bynam Holland E   MAJ 09/05/66 01/25/67 DET CO A-430 YE
Marecek George R   CPT 12/15/66 04/05/67 DET CO A-430 DEC
Culp Thomas D   CPT 02/21/67 09/11/67 PROJ OFF AIRBOAT B-43 KIA
McKenzie Frederick B "Mac" CPT 02/07/68 08/25/68 DET CO   YE.
Garbarino Lloyd N 'Nick' CPT 08/13/68 10/12/68 BN CDR 1 MSF BN YE,
Salmon Lawrence R   CPT 09/01/68 02/24/69 DET CO   DEC
Hughes Charles F   CPT 02/20/69 07/04/69 DET CO or A-402? KIA
Amendola/Hector?         11/18/69 BN CDR 1 MSF BN  
Canavan Michael A   CPT 11/19/69 03/01/70 CO CDR 1 BN 1 CO YE.
Biggie Martin J 'Joe' CPT 03/01/70 06/10/70 CO CDR 1 BN 1 CO YE.
Kelly Donald F   2LT 01/01/66 07/27/66 DET XO A-430 DEC
Rankin Freddy B   2LT 06/01/66 10/11/66 DET XO A-430  
Cincotti Joseph G   CPT 08/01/66 11/25/66 DET XO/CO A-430 DEC
Garcia Nelson J   1LT 10/01/66 12/17/66 DET XO A-430 DEC
Gentry John R   CPT 12/22/66 07/10/67 DET XO A-430  
Scales Samuel C   1LT 06/01/67 12/06/67 DET XO   DEC
Quamo George 'Q-Tip' CPT 06/23/67 09/19/67 DET XO   MIA
Salmon Lawrence R   1LT 10/17/67 09/01/68 DET XO   DEC
Becker Dennis T   1LT 12/01/67 06/16/68 DET XO   DEC
Snapp Earl T Jr 1LT 04/30/68 11/04/68 DET XO S-1? YE.
Reese Add H   1LT 08/05/68 04/23/69 DET XO   A0Y,
Hector Lionel 'Lee" 1LT 12/01/68 03/01/69 DET XO   YE.
Biggie Martin J 'Joe' 1LT 12/17/69 03/01/69 DET XO from 1 cav YE.
Garcia Nelson J   1LT 04/01/66 10/01/66 CAPO A-430 DEC
Jones Harry E   1LT 10/16/66 12/28/66 S-3 A-430 DEC
Scales Samuel C   1LT 12/09/66 06/01/67 CAPO A-430 DEC
Macey Railey W III 1LT 05/03/67 01/01/68 S-3   DEC
Kinsey Thomas F Jr 1LT 08/07/68 11/09/68 CAPO medevaced YE.
Owens Roger W   1LT 01/07/70 07/05/70 CAPO   DEC
Johnson Billy J   MSG 01/01/66 12/23/66 TM SGT A-430 DEC
Jones Clarence L   MSG 10/01/66 10/01/67 TM SGT A-430  
Shepherd Eugene Jr MSG 10/01/67 01/01/68 TM SGT   YE.
Barker David K   SFC 01/01/67 09/25/67 ABT NCOIC A-430 DEC
Crosby Glon   SFC 01/01/68   TM SGT   DEC
Clark Clifford M   MSG 04/15/68 12/15/69 TM SGT   DEC
Lehew Donald L   SFC 10/13/65 08/26/66 INTEL A-430 KIA
Girtanner Jules T   SP4 12/15/65 08/25/66 INTEL/A A-430 KIA
Anspach Robert A   MSG 01/02/67 12/11/67 INTEL   MIA
Bradford Gene W   SFC 03/01/67 11/27/67 INTEL   DEC
Murray Joseph M   SGT 07/07/67 07/07/68 INTEL   DEC
Lapp George E   SSG 06/01/67 06/01/68 INTEL/A   YE.
Rodriguez Rudy A   SFC 09/23/68 09/22/69 CO CDR/INT   DEC
Trevino Severino A   SFC 08/01/69 02/01/70 INTEL   DEC
Woods Gilbert E   SP4 03/01/66 07/01/68 HVY WPNS A-430 YE.
Harrison Norman J   SSG 12/14/66 12/13/66 HVY WPNS A-430 DEC
Burleson Michael A   SSG 01/01/67 01/21/68 WPNS A-430 YE.
Todd Robert J   SFC 03/01/67 09/05/67 WPNS AIRBOATS DEC
Holland Don L   SSG 03/23/67 03/16/68 LT WPNS   Y,
Almand Robert K   SSG 06/01/68 01/01/69 LT WPNS   DEC
Edwards Guy J   SFC 07/27/68 01/27/70 HVY WPNS   DEC
Britt James T   SFC 09/21/68 09/20/69 LT WPNS   DEC
Hess John H IV SFC 03/01/69 09/17/69 HVY WPNS   YE,;
Ransone James F   SP4 09/01/69 12/15/69 HVY WPNS CO XO DEC
Comstock Robert Jr SSG 11/25/65 11/24/66 RAD OP A-430 DEC
Williams George W   SGT 12/17/65 12/16/66 RAD OP A-430 YE.
Redmond Bobby W   SSG 04/01/67 03/31/68 RAD OP   YE;
Echan John J   SGT 06/01/67 12/17/67 RAD OP from C-4 YE.
Thompson Grover G   SGT 11/13/67 11/12/69 RAD OP   YE.
Lenhart Joseph L   SP4 12/01/67 01/01/68 RAD OP   YE.
Crandall Robert S   SGT 08/29/68 01/01/70 RAD OP   YE.
Gratton William F Jr SGT 06/01/69 12/12/69 RAD OP   DEC
Stinson Mark W   SP4 01/24/70 05/01/70 RAD OP   YE,;
Bleacher Earl R   SGT 01/15/66 04/08/68 DEMO A-430 DEC
Kent Alan E   SP5 12/01/66 11/29/67 DEMO A-430 Y
Sullivan Patrick I   SP5 06/01/67 01/25/68 DEMO   DEC
Anderson John A   SP5 01/01/68   DEMO   YE;
Ramirez Roberto   SSG 07/22/68 07/14/69 DEMO SQD LDR  
Soucie David H   SGT 01/01/69 12/07/69 DEMO PLT LDR m/e DEC
Lott Riley E Jr SSG 11/22/65 03/01/67 MEDIC A-430 DEC
Webb Richard W Jr SFC 03/01/66 02/05/67 MEDIC A7/10 A/430 DEC
Jackson Johnny O   SSG 10/28/66 10/28/67 MEDIC Assign?  
Foster Willie J   MSG 01/01/67 01/01/68 MEDIC No Orders DEC
Blessing David H   SSG 01/15/67 01/15/68 MEDIC   A0UE;
Lott Riley E Jr SSG 08/01/67 12/26/68 MEDIC 1 CO CDR DEC
Blue Donald   SSG 12/21/67 12/21/68 PLT LDR/MD   YE.
Davis Clifton H   SGT   04/19/68 MEDIC   KIA
Keel Gary D   SGT 10/22/68 09/05/69 CO ADV/MED 1 CO YE.
Cook Keith L   SGT 12/06/68 10/16/69 MEDIC   YE.
Lott Riley E Jr SSG 07/14/69 01/01/70 CO CDR/MED 1 CO DEC
Smith Paul M   SFC 08/30/69 08/29/70 PLT LDR 1 MSF BN 2 CO Y.
Farrar Errold R   SGT 10/10/69 12/23/69 SQD LDR 1 BN 2 MSF CO KIA
Tucker Tomas C   SGT 04/22/69 11/08/69 PLT LDR 1 MSF BN 3 CO KIA
Brown Carl H   SGT 01/01/67     A-430 DEC
Simmons Donald G   SSG 01/01/67     A-430 YE.
Strahan Jimmy P   SP5 03/01/66 10/01/66 DEMO A-430 YE.
Michaud Paul X   SFC 01/01/67 03/15/67 PLT LDR/WPNS medevaced YE.
Nesbitt John F   SSG 06/01/68 10/01/68     YE.
MAP of A-401 (Don Phuoc)

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