Henry J. Cook, III Col. (ret)(AUSA)
3rd SFGA (66-67)
I was originally assigned to IV Corps in Feb of 1978, first posting on orders was to CaiCai, however, I never reported to that Camp. Instead I was interviewed by the C-4 XO, Maj. Sam Jeffers who allowed me to volunteer for the newly formed Mobile Guerilla Force in IV Corps.
I as initially assigned to To Chau, which was the first home of the 4th MGF and was XO to Det A-403. It was co-located with A-403 and I later served in that detachment, also as XO. After nine months in the MGF I went to C-4 as the S-3 (air) and on my deros, Feb 3, 1968 I was hit during the Tet offensive when C-4 was partially overrun on that date.
I later returned to 5th Group in August of 1969, this time as CO of A-402 which
had now been converted to Mike Force and was under Det B-40 which was located
in Cantho. My MF Bn was located at Moc Hoa across the airfield from B-41. Tom
Bridgewater was the B det commander in Cantho. I spent 7 months with
the bn at Moc Hoa and then went to B-40 as S-2 until I finally left the country
in August of 1970. When Cambodia was invaded we made the trip and afterwards
turned the bn over to the Cambodian army and I worked for C-4 locating and supplying
recruits to Ola Mize with the III Corps Mike force who was training them for
use in Cambodia..
My commander in the 4th MGF was Ruben Garcia, (a SF legend and brother of Nelson Garcia who is already listed on your site) the MGF Commander was Dan Hendricks, the XO on the other detachment at To Chau with the MGF (A-402) was the legendary B.T. Collins. Our Team Sgts were Pappy Kittleson (whose first claim to fame was with Merrills Marauders and later with Son Tay, and Eugene Sheppard. Another opf my mentors there was Jack Godsey..hope this additional infl will help you to flesh it all out..
I would be interested in hearing from anyone from those times/days.
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