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5th Special Forces Group
5th Special Forces Group Since 1962 when the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, began deploying teams to the Republic of Vietnam on six months temporary duty, the men of Special Forces have been carrying on the tradition of bringing freedom from oppression to the people of South Vietnam. In October 1964, the 5th Special Forces Group head quarters moved to the Republic of Vietnam and began a more intensified campaign on carrying out the group's mission to advise the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) Special Forces and assist them in their operations against the Viet Cong through the Civilian Irregular Defense Group (now redesignated Border Rangers). At one time, this program had over 80 "A" sites throughout all four military regions. The group has also been engaged extensively in civic action projects to improve agricultural techniques, and to build churches, schools, hospitals and recreation centers, for which it received the Vietnamese Civic Actions Medal. With the current troop reductions, 5th Special Forces Group is being phased out. Its headquarters near Nha Trang was disbanded in January of this year, (meaning 1971).

5th Special Forces Group Links
  5th Special Forces Group

5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Fact Sheet

5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Vietnam Studies U.S. Army Special Forces 1961-1971

5th Special Forces Group History

The Lost Men of 5th Special Forces Group

5th Special Forces A-Team, Detachment A-502 'Trung Dung' Montangards 905th Group Special Forces Veterans Updated by Carl Regan D6565

Don Valentine's Memoirs of a Lifer (Preface)
I originally named this 'Memoirs of a Sneaky Pete,' but every time I worked on this web site adding something or correcting something, I kept seeing that title. Each time I also remembered the SF guys that I had served with and I recalled that most of those guys were far better soldiers than me. Each time that title seemed to get a little more pretentious and it just didn't satisfy me so I finally changed it to the present title. I think it is more appropriate.

Don Valentine's Memoirs of a Lifer (Chapter TWO)
This section covers Special Forces Training and A Company, 5th SF Group [Ft Bragg, NC May - Dec 1961]

Don Valentine's Memoirs of a Lifer (Chapter TWO)
This section covers a tour with the 1st Group including duty with White Star Mobile Training Teams [Okinawa and Laos Dec 1961-June 1963]

Don Valentine's Memoirs of a Lifer (Chapter TWO)
This section covers a tour with the 5th Group including PCS to Vietnam [Ft Bragg, NC and Vietnam June 1963-Dec 1965]

Don Valentine's Memoirs of a Lifer (Chapter TWO)
This section covers a tour with the 3rd Group including Drill Sergeant Duty [Ft Bragg, NC Jan 1966-June 1966]

Don Valentine's Memoirs of a Lifer (Chapter TWO)
This section covers a tour with the D Company, 1st SF Group which became the 46th SF Company [Ft Bragg, NC and Thailand June 1966-Oct 1967]

Don Valentine's Memoirs of a Lifer Chapter TWO (continued)
This section covers a tour with the 1st SF Group including TDY trip to MACV-SOG in Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan, & Philippines Oct 1967-April 1970]

Don Valentine's Memoirs of a Lifer Chapter THREE Super Spook Training
This section covers my military intelligence training as an Agent Handler [Ft Holabird, MD April 1970-August 1970]

Don Valentine's Memoirs of a Lifer Chapter THREE
This section covers my duty at the 'Bird Cage' and with the 525th Military Intelligence Group [Ft Belvoir, MD and Vietnam Sept 1970-Dec 1971]

Ronnie Shoichi Uyeki In February 1968, he was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam.

Spike Team Delaware at FOB 4, Kontum, Apr 68-Nov 68 By Gene Williams

Vietnam Memorial Speech Washington DC, July 4, 1996
By Tom Olby, HAL-3 Seawolves, Det 1 (1968-1971)


Battle of Bu Dop information for A-341 SF DET For date 650720

Battle of Bu Dop information for 1 INF DIV From date 671129 to 671130

Name: Roger Cobb Hallberg
Rank/Branch: Sergeant First Class/US
Army Unit: Company A, Detachment A-302, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces
Bu Dop Special Forces Camp, South Vietnam
Date of Birth: 18 September 1944 (Visalia, CA)
Home of Record: Palo Alto, CA
Date of Loss: 24 March 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 120148N 1065547E (YU100305)
Status in 1973: Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel In Incident: Jack T. Stewart (missing)


Name: Jack Thomas Stewart
Rank/Branch: Major/US Army
Unit: Detachment A-302, 5thSpecial Forces Group, 1st Special Forces
Bu Dop Special Forces Camp, South Vietnam
Date of Birth: 30 March 1941 (Washington, DC)
Home of Record: Washington, DC
Date of Loss: 24 March 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 120148N 1065547E (YU100305)
Status in 1973: Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel In Incident: Roger C. Hallberg (missing)


At Bu Dop in December, 1969, SSgt Web Layton was killed and 6 more team members were wounded during a particularly effective VC attack.

All Gave Some - Some Gave All (POW/MIA2)

The Map Room Special Forces Camps

5th Special Forces Photo List, The following photographs were sent to this site by the named individuals.

TABLE 8—CONVERSION OF U.S. SPECIAL FORCES CIDG CAMPS TO VIETNAM ARMY RANGER CAMPS, 27 AUGUST 1970- 15 JANUARY 1971

A 5/2 Album All the photos below were provided by Jack Ryan (A 5/2 Mar. '70-Feb. '71).

LZs, FBs, FSBs and Camps By: Dan Gillotti ©2001-2002

The FAC's Map Case 1:250K Vietnam Charts

VIETNAM® Magazine - 2001 Issues A Bad Day at Bu Dop A Mike Force patrol accompanied by a U.S. Army nuclear weapons officer was ambushed with disastrous results.



E-mail I Received
  From: "Francis Duong" francis_duong@hotmail.com
Subject: looking for a former boss
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 12:54:26 -0500

Dear sir:

Could you help me find out the current address of my former boss with the following information:

Name: Thomas C. Whitesell
Former rank: Captain, Civilian Personnel Officer
Unit: 5th Special Forces Group (Abn)
Location: Nha Trang/Vietnam Headquarter
Date served: 1968
Before leaving Vietnam by the end of 1968, his address in the USA was
Miami,
Florida
Remark: No other information from him since then

I greatly appreciate your help,

Ngu Thanh Duong



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