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Who's Who from Detachment A-442 (Tan Chau/Phu Quoc/To Chau (new)) (Partial Draft)

The following is a listing of all personnel in our database, assigned to Detachment A-442 (Tan Chau/Phu Quoc/To Chau (new)). If you were assigned to these camps or you can correct any errors or can add any names or [ESPECIALLY HELPFUL] identify the assignments for the names at the bottom of the 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.

Narrative Information: A composite detachment of PCS personnel took over the Tan Chau camp from A1/311, 1st SFG(A). It was redesignated A-428 and reported to B-42 in Chau Doc. Tan Chau was located in Tan Chau District, Chau Doc Province. Tan Chau became a subsector advisory team (1 officer and 1 EM) and ultimately the role was turned over to MACV o/a 04/01/67. The number A-428, as of 03/01/67 was used by the training detachment on Phu Quoc Island.

The team was reorganized as A-426 around 10/01/66 and reported to a newly formed B-44 on Phu Quoc Island, becoming first A-428 (In Feb as A-426 it had 2 Officers and 3 EM), and then A-442. A-442 relocated To Chau (new) o/a 03/01/68. When B-44 closed (o/a 06/15/68), it remained as A-442 without a B-Detachment. To Chao appears to have been co-located with the 3rd MSF Battalion, until the Battalion moved to Can Tho. To Chau was converted to 66th Border Rangers o/a 08/30/70. To Chau was located in ? District, Kien Giang Province.

A-428 (Tan Chau)

Topp Robert G   CPT 10/13/65 01/06/66 DET CO A-428 DEC
Collett Willis C   CPT 01/07/66 05/30/66 DET CO A-428 YE.
Miles James G   CPT 05/31/66 01/01/67 DET CO A-428 YE.
Houlihan John C   CPT 01/02/67 03/31/67 DET CO A-428 DEC
Reiss David W   1LT 10/13/65 09/04/66 DET XO A/428 YE.
Strait John E   1LT 09/01/66 03/25/67 DET XO A-428 DEC
Jackson Vernon J   MSG 10/05/65 02/01/66 TM SGT A-428 DEC
Banta     MSG     TM SGT    
Cobham Edward A   MSG 6/1/66   TM SGT   DEC
Sutton Kenneth L   SSG 06/01/66   INTEL A-428 Medevaced DEC
Sydney Harry F Jr SSG 03/01/66   LT WPNS A-428 DEC
Sagnella Eugene V   SSG 06/23/66 01/01/67 HVY WPNS A-428 DEC
Kimball Lyle L   SFC 06/01/65   RAD OP A-426 DEC?
Monday Carol E Jr SGT 10/20/65 10/01/66 RAD OP A-428 YE.
McRae Arthur   SSG 11/01/65 03/01/66 RAD OP A-428 YE;.
MAP of A-428 (Tan Chau)

A-426/A-428/A-442 (Phu Quoc)

Haralson John T   CPT 10/02/66 02/01/67 DET CO A-426 YE.
Barnett James P   MAJ 02/01/67 04/01/67 DET CO A-426 DEC
Rees Steven J   CPT 04/01/67 08/11/67 DET CO A-428 DEC
Komendantov Alex P   CPT 07/31/67 12/04/67 DET CO   YE.
Garcia Reynaldo A   CPT 12/13/67 06/15/68 DET CO   DEC
Snell Larry M   1LT 12/13/67 06/20/68 DET CO    
Coats Landis R   1LT 06/15/68 10/21/68 DET CO   DEC
Sellers Nicholas   CPT 10/07/68 04/08/69 DET CO   DEC
Arnold Wiley R   CPT 04/08/69 08/04/69 DET CO   YE.
Spainhour John M "Mike" CPT 06/01/69 11/11/69 DET CO   YE.
Schmaltz John R   CPT 10/24/69 02/11/70 DET CO   DEC
Bertram Thomas A   1LT     DET CO   Y
Shears George C   CPT 02/12/70 05/30/70 DET CO   YE;
Kulik Paul A   CPT 05/30/70 10/20/70 DET CO   YE;
Kraus James W   2LT   02/17/67 DET XO   YE.
Lugo Filberto   2LT   12/09/66 DET XO A-428 DEC
Macey Railey W III 1LT 01/25/67 05/02/67 DET XO A-428 DEC
Brown Ralph E   CPT 05/10/67 12/08/67 DET XO   DEC
Hector Lionel   1LT 08/01/68 12/01/68 DET XO   YE.
Arnold Wiley R   CPT 12/01/68 04/08/69 DET XO   YE.
Pike Randall R   1LT 03/01/70 06/22/70 DET XO? A-421 YE.
Huggins Claude   1LT 09/01/66 02/24/67 CAPO A-428 DEC
Hector Lionel   1LT 05/22/68 08/01/68 CAPO   YE.
Arnold Wiley R   CPT 08/05/68 12/01/68 CAPO   YE.
Eliason Clarence W "Kelly" 1LT 12/05/68 12/04/69 CAPO to DET XO DEC
Goodson Arnold R   1LT 10/24/69 01/21/70 CAPO   YE.
Capili James P   1LT 05/24/70 11/01/70 CAPO   Y,
Robinson Frederick "TR" MSG 10/02/66 1/1/67 TM SGT A-426 DEC
House Jerry   MSG     TM SGT   KIA
Smith Willie C   MSG 06/01/67 11/27/67 TM SGT or Willis C DEC
Shea John D   MSG 11/01/67 07/01/68 TM SGT Dates DEC
Holder Jimmie R   SFC 09/16/68 09/12/69 TM SGT & INTEL? DEC
Allickson Henry O   MSG 01/01/69 01/01/70 TM SGT   DEC
Williams James F   MSG 01/14/69 08/17/69 TM SGT   DEC
Smith James A   MSG 11/01/69 08/30/70 TM SGT TO? DEC
Bridgewater Samuel A   SFC 10/02/66   INTEL A-426 DEC
Felker Norman C   SSG 07/07/67 07/06/68 INTEL   DEC
Karnes Daniel W   SSG 01/01/69 08/28/69 INTEL   DEC
Sprinkle Ralph E II SFC 01/13/69 01/12/70 INTEL   YE;
Bouey Dennis P   SP5 04/22/69 05/16/70 INTEL/A A-402? YE.
Kirkham/tchen?     SFC 10/01/69 08/30/70 INTEL    
Brinson Henry   SFC 01/01/70 12/01/70 INTEL   DEC
Carpenter John A   SSG 09/01/70 11/01/70 INTEL LT WPNS? DEC
Ward Carl C "Cary" SGT 10/02/66 09/17/67 HVY WPNS A-426 to A-411 DEC
Kirtchen Fred E   PFC 10/02/66 01/01/67 LT WPNS A-426 DEC
Medrano Oscar   SFC 10/15/66 05/01/67 HVY WPNS   Y.
Perdok Stephen M   SGT 01/01/67 02/01/67 LT WPNS   DEC
Cox Herbert A III "Skip" SP5 10/01/67 05/01/68 HVY WPNS   Y.
Stubbs Thomas Jr SFC 05/08/68 05/07/69 HVY WPNS   DEC
Vigari Joseph A   SFC 11/30/68 12/01/69 LT WPNS   DEC
Jenerson Ralph M Jr SP4 10/22/69 04/09/70 HVY WPNS   KIA
McFarland Duane A   SSG 03/01/70 09/14/70 LT WPNS   DEC
Soper Leroy J   SFC 06/01/70 08/31/70 HVY WPNS   DEC
Schramm George   SSG 01/18/69 01/17/70 LT WPNS   DEC
Conard Dwight E   SFC   08/28/70 HVY WPNS   DEC
Robillard Joseph A   SP4 10/02/66   RAD OP A-426  
Wilson Rex E "Red" SGT 10/02/66   RAD OP A-426  
Hasselius Robert H   SGT 01/01/68   RAD OP A-428 DEC
Friel Edward   SFC 01/01/68 07/05/68 RAD OP Dates DEC
Kimball Lyle L   SFC 04/14/68 02/11/69 RAD OP   DEC?
Nicolette Arthur E "Gene" SGT 09/20/68 09/19/69 RAD OP   DEC
Kopelen Leon R   SGT 02/12/69 08/12/69 RAD OP   DEC
Watson Paul F   SSG 01/22/69 01/22/70 RAD OP   DEC
Critchett Robert C Jr SGT 09/11/69 09/10/70 RAD OP A-402 Y.
Cherry Artie R   SGT 01/01/70 12/01/70 RAD OP   DEC
Hughes Clyde   SP5 10/02/66   DEMO A-426/B-44 DEC
Lee           DEMO    
Meddows Marvin K   SP5 01/01/68 07/07/68 DEMO   YE.
Harper Stephen S   SP5 01/01/68 09/01/68 DEMO   DEC
Barnhart Paul E   SP4 08/28/68 08/26/69 DEMO   DEC
Boyle Richard L?   SSG 01/01/69 08/01/69 MEDIC Assign? DEC
Durso Terrence 'Terry' SGT 10/02/66 01/31/67 MEDIC A-426 YE.
Stansky Frank W   SSG 10/02/66   MEDIC A-426  
Parrish Frank C   SFC 03/16/67 06/01/67 MEDIC   KIA
Lott Riley E Jr SSG 05/27/67 08/01/67 MEDIC   DEC
Seip Michael B   SGT 09/24/68 08/21/69 MEDIC   Y,
Rodenhi William B   SGT 07/11/69 01/14/70 MEDIC   YE.
Livingston David S   SGT 09/15/69 06/15/70 MEDIC   YE.
Liimatta Freddie   SGT 09/21/70 10/02/70 MEDIC A-442 YE.
Book of Interest: Service to the World, by John T Haralson
MAP of A-428 (Tan Chau)
MAP of A-442 (Phu Quoc)
MAP of A-442 (To Chau)

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