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Who's Who from Detachment A-404 (To Chau/Can Tho) (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-404 (Binh Hung/Cao Lanh). If you were assigned to A-404 or you can correct any errors or can add any names or put people in the appropriate companies or [ESPECIALLY HELPFUL] identify the assignments for the names at the bottom of this page 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 believe all the personnel from A5/333 which originally was at Don Phuoc (old) relocated to this camp. When I receive confirmation of this fact and that there was a period of time between the closing of Binh Hung and the opening of Cao Lanh in which there was a complete turnover of personnel, I will reorganize the tables below to reflect these circumstances.

Narrative Information: The first PCS Detachment A5/333 replace a MACV Advisory team at Binh Hung. It was redesignated A-412. Several months later (4/65), it was redesignated A-411. Binh Hung was located in Hai Yen District, An Xuyen Province. It was reportedly closed 3/66, but seems to have remained open. (Was it relocated?) It was redesignated A-404 o/a 06/01/67 and apparently closed to RF/PF o/a 11/09/67. The USASF assets were used at Phu Quoc (A-428 from 11/67-06/68 and re-opened at Cao Lanh as an Airboat Training Center) with assets from A-414 (Moc Hoa). It was closed on 11/14/70. Cao Lanh was located in ?? District, Kien Phong Province.

Don Phuoc (old)/ Binh Hung (A-412/A-411)

Chaplinski Charles W Jr CPT 01/29/65   DET CO A5/333 Y
Enright William E Jr 2LT 01/29/65 06/01/65 DET XO A5/333  
Jones Lester W   MSG 01/29/65 01/28/66 TM SGT A5/333(A-411) A0Y
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 INTEL A5/333 DEC
Almand Francis A   SGT 01/29/65 01/28/66 LT WPNS A5/333 A0Y
Cavanaugh Robert L   SSG 01/29/65 01/28/66 RAD OP A5/333 YE
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 A0Y
Woodard Hoke S Jr SSG 01/29/65 01/28/66 DEMO A5/333 (A-411) Y
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

(Binh Hung/Cao Lanh)

      CPT     DET CO    
Luck Gary E   CPT 06/01/65 11/01/65 DET CO A-412  
McGovern George W Jr CPT 06/01/65   DET CO where? DEC
Anderson Lawrence L   CPT 11/07/65 06/01/66 DET CO A-411 DEC
Harrington Wayne C   MAJ 06/01/66 01/06/67 DET CO A-411 Y
Laster James A   CPT 12/14/66 07/28/67 DET CO A-411 A0U
Mihnovets Nicholas P   1LT 08/15/67 12/11/67 DET CO   YE
Was the camp closed during this period (12/67-6/68)?
Becker Dennis T   1LT 06/15/68 11/20/68 DET CO   DEC
O'Connor John T   1LT 10/30/68 01/18/69 DET CO C-3? A0Y
O'Connor Richard S   1LT 01/20/69 04/22/69 DET CO   YE
Beets Larry J   1LT 11/01/69 03/13/70 DET CO   YE
Hollibaugh William C Jr CPT 03/01/70 07/23/70 DET CO or B-41 YE
Tenorio Santos D   CPT 03/01/70 12/4/70 DET CO   Y
Enright William E Jr 1LT 06/01/65 01/23/66 DET XO A-411  
Dover Lawrence O   1LT 07/04/66 06/14/67 DET XO A-411 A0U
Seymour John A Jr 1LT 06/01/67 09/01/67 DET XO   YE
Matelic Gale B   1LT 08/03/67 12/16/67 DET XO   Y
Was the camp closed during this period (12/67-6/68)?
O'Connor Richard S   1LT 10/23/68 01/19/69 DET XO OR CAPO/CO YE
Rassmann James A   1LT 11/05/68 07/01/69 DET XO   YE
McKinney Dan H   CPT 07/01/69 11/26/69 BN/DET XO Ext to 70?; gone before Aug 69 Y
Malin Marc K   1LT 12/17/69 04/23/70 DET XO @A-422 PLT LR Y
Duster Joseph R   1LT 02/01/70 04/17/70 DET XO   Y
Connolly Patrick M   1LT 02/09/70 12/01/70 DET XO   YE
Motsett Charles B   1LT 09/12/70 10/28/70 DET XO medevaced YE
Rassmann James A   2LT 09/10/68 11/04/68 CAPO DET XO YE
Connolly Patrick M   1LT 01/10/70 02/08/70 CAPO 12/1/69-1/9/70? YE
Motsett Charles B   1LT 06/28/70 09/12/70 CAPO   YE
Barry John A   MSG 02/01/66 02/01/67 TM SGT   DEC
Williamson Wayne E   MSG 01/10/67 06/01/67 TM SGT A-411 DEC
Clark Clifford M   MSG   12/08/67 TM SGT & C-4 Y
Was the camp closed during this period (12/67-6/68)?
Griffiths John E Jr SFC 11/11/67 11/10/68 TM SGT B-43? A0Y
Trent Edward C   SFC 11/10/68 09/25/69 TM SGT medevaced Y
Zenisky Leon R   MSG 01/01/69 05/01/69 TM SGT   DEC
Hardnett Alger T   MSG 03/01/69 09/30/70 TM SGT   Y
Melvin Aaron G   SFC 12/20/66 12/17/67 INTEL   A0U
Johnson Anthony R   SGT 11/26/67 11/25/68 INTEL & ? A0Y
Jones Donald D   SFC 08/26/69 08/25/70 INTEL   A0U
Smith Elree T   SSG 01/01/70   INTEL/A PLT ADV Y
Barnard Paul C   SFC 10/09/66 10/09/67 LT WPNS    
Hart Jimmy D   SP4 10/22/66 10/22/67 HVY WPNS   DEC
Taring Udo   SSG 05/20/68 11/20/68 LT WPNS   YE
Hess John H IV SFC 09/18/68 09/17/69 HVY WPNS   YE
Trent Edward C   SFC 09/26/68   HVY WPNS   Y
Taring Udo   SSG 11/21/68 05/21/69 LT WPNS   YE
Todd Robert J   SFC 04/28/69 04/27/70 HVY WPNS   DEC
Tenorio Stephen C   SGT 08/03/69 08/02/70 WPNS 4 MSF BN & C-3 early ‘69  
Carpenter John A   SSG 11/16/69 04/10/70 LT WPNS @A-149 DEC
Trevino Severino A   SFC 02/08/70 05/15/70 INTEL or WPNS DEC
Blevins Robert R   SGT 07/01/65 02/01/66 RAD OP   YE
Cannon Ralph   SSG 11/08/65 11/08/66 RAD OP   KIA
Fields Gary R   SGT 03/01/67 03/01/68 RAD OP & ?  
Mills Jackie R   SFC 03/27/67 03/27/68 RAD OP & ? DEC
Cannon Ralph   SSG 08/04/67 02/23/69 RAD OP & ? or DOW 2/11/69 KIA
Thomas Robert D   SSG 09/13/69 09/12/70 RAD OP @A-149 YE
Whalen Charles W Jr SGT 09/18/69 09/17/70 RAD OP   Y
Johnson Steven C   SGT 02/12/70 10/07/70 RAD OP   KIA
Stinson Mark W   SP5 05/01/70 09/17/70 RAD OP   YE
Will William A   SSG 05/01/66 07/05/66 DEMO   KIA
Cochran Edwin D   SSG 09/07/68 09/06/69 DEMO   YE
Amelung William O III SP4 01/01/70 06/26/70 DEMO Medevaced A0U
Mulqueen Joseph P 'Lucky' SP4 11/01/65 03/01/66 MEDIC A-411 Medevaced YE
Jackson James E Jr. SSG 01/01/66 07/05/66 MEDIC Captured & Released YE
Kuchen George H Jr SSG 03/01/66 08/01/66 MEDIC A-411 YE
Blue Donald   SSG 08/30/66 08/30/67 MEDIC   YE
Robinson David R   SP4 03/28/67 03/27/68 MEDIC & ? Y
Millam Gary B   SSG 09/01/67 01/29/68 MEDIC & B-43? YE
Randall Robert J   SGT 03/21/68 03/20/69 MEDIC & ? YE
Mesa Adolph D   SGT 01/18/69 01/12/70 MEDIC Airboat Trng A0Y
Emerson Roy H Jr SGT 10/01/69 10/01/70 MEDIC @A-149 Y
Stone Charles H   SGT 11/01/69 08/08/70 MEDIC Medevaced A0Y
Blue Donald   SSG 12/01/69 12/01/70 MEDIC   YE
Conlon Michael A   SGT 08/11/70 11/01/70 MEDIC   Y
Cabrera-Tenorio Steven D   SP4 01/01/69     Stephen C? A0Y
Ross Raymond R   SSG 06/01/69 10/06/70 PLT LDR Medevaced YE
Davis Joseph C   SP5 09/09/69 09/08/70     A0Y
Tvedt Darren A   SGT 06/01/70       DEC
Thompson     SSG 01/01//70   ????    
Leray Larry T   1LT 09/01/68 11/01/68 Wpns Eval Tm Auto M-79 Y

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