Dong Ba Thin
A-131A, 1st SFGA
A-502 Out Post
Info from: Harlow Short
Dong Ba Thinh A-502 OP- at the southern edge of our AO, close to Cam Ranh Bay. I am not clear as to the actual dates of its incorporation as part of A-502. It seems to me that by the time I arrived in mid-1969 it was not part of our camp system; however, there are references up into 1968 of team members being assigned there as the NCOIC.
For information about A-502 visit:
Detachment A-502 'Trung Dung'
Charles Clemens, Capt.
Michael Disser, SSG/Capt.
Earnest Laughlin, Sgt. [Maj. Ret.]
Carl "Ed" Peters, SP/5
|Jim MacDougall, Sgt
Jump School Grad
|A-521||Dong Ba Thin||Cam Rahn Province||Opened: 1965||closed: unk *|
* CMH Publication 90-23. Department of the Army. Washington, D.C. 1989 (First Printed, 1973); Appendix C
Detachment A-131, 1st SFGA
A-131 was initially split into two teams. A-131A under the command of the Executive Officer, Lt Harpole, was sent to Dong Ba Thin, and A-131B under the command of the Detachment Commander, Capt Luck, was sent to Trung Dung, both camps being located in Khanh Hoa Province, II CTZ [Ed: This is contrary to DOA publication which places Dong Ba Thin in Cam Ranh Province]. During the period 24 July 1964 -10 November 1964, each team was given the mission of pacification of the area. and interdiction of VC lines of communication. In November A-131A rejoined A-131B and the detachment was moved to Long Van, where it was assigned the mission of the defense of the Long Van airfield until their return to Okinawa on 17 January 1965. **
** First Special Forces Group (Airborne) Annual Historical Summary: 1965. TDY teams '64 and '65
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