RT New York
|Last Name||First Name||Entry Dates||Departed||Position||Bio and Pictures||Remarks|
|Pruett||Bobbie G.||11-1971||4-1972||1-0||Bio and Pictures|
|Wilcox Jr.||Charles E.||1-0|
|Wilson||Peter J."Fat Albert"||10-1969|
|Wilson Jr.||Burrell A"Rat"||67|
Phil Brown with RT Stag out of FOB-3 in Khe Sanh sometime prior to mid-1968.
In July, Phil was reassigned to FOB-2 in Kontum where he bumped into RT New York 1-0 John McGlon whom he’d served on A-103 at Gai Vuc. Being old pals, John took Phil on as his 1-1. Brown would eventually move into the 1-0 slot.
Phil had multiple tours in SEA with Special Forces including the infamous Mobile Guerrilla Force in 1967, and a tour with FANK in ‘72 after leaving SOG.
SGM Brown retired in 1991 after 30 years.
Ed Wolcof & Franklin Miller
SFC Marlin J. Goodhue and SFC Thomas Leroy Terry were the US Special Forces NCOs assigned to Surveillance Team “New York”. The team was inserted into Laos on 01 July 1967 and withdrawn on 03 July, returning to the launch base in South Vietnam via South Vietnamese Air Force CH-34 helicopters. After a brief stay at the launch base the team proceeded toward Kontum City, still in RVAF CH-34s. While enroute two of the helos collided and crashed. Goodhue, Terry, and six Vietnamese were killed in one of the helos, while the remaining team members and crewmen in the second helo survived with injuries. and SFC Thomas Leroy Terry were the US Special Forces NCOs assigned to Surveillance Team “New York”. The team was inserted into Laos on 01 July 1967 and withdrawn on 03 July, returning to the launch base in South Vietnam via South Vietnamese Air Force CH-34 helicopters. After a brief stay at the launch base the team proceeded toward Kontum City, still in RVAF CH-34s. While enroute two of the helos collided and crashed. Goodhue, Terry, and six Vietnamese were killed in one of the helos, while the remaining team members and crewmen in the second helo survived with injuries
Wolcoff snapped this photo of RT New York being extracted from a Laos LZ
RT NY returned from mission. Wolcoff, Wilson, Moore
Lunch for RT NY at Dakto
PETER JOE WILSON aka Fat Albert SFC Peter J. Wilson was assigned to MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observation Group). MACV-SOG was a joint service high command unconventional warfare task force engaged in highly classified operations throughout Southeast Asia. The 5th Special Forces channeled personnel into MACV-SOG (although it was not a Special Forces group) through Special Operations Augmentation (SOA), which provided their “cover” while under secret orders to MACV-SOG. The teams performed deep penetration missions of strategic reconnaissance and interdiction which were called, depending on the time frame, “Shining Brass” or “Prairie Fire” missions. On October 19, 1970, SSgt. Wilson was the team leader of a long range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) that made contact with a numerically superior enemy force in the tri-border of Laos southwest of Ben Het. After the fourth contact with the enemy, Wilson directed Sgt. John M. Baker to the front of the patrol and told him to continue to the east if the column was split. At that time, Wilson was covering the rear of the patrol and assisting a wounded indigenous soldier, Djuit. The patrol abandoned the battlefield with the enemy in hot pursuit. Later, Baker heard Wilson transmit, “May Day, May Day” on his emergency radio and the sounds of a firefight from the direction of the separated patrol element. This was the last word of Peter Joe Wilson. An intense air search was made for 3 days without success. Wilson was never found, and is listed among nearly 600 Americans missing in Laos. For every insertion like Wilson’s that was detected and stopped, dozens of other commando teams safely slipped past NVA lines to strike a wide range of targets and collect vital information. The number of MACV-SOG missions conducted with Special Forces reconnaissance teams into Laos and Cambodia was 452 in 1969. It was the most sustained American campaign of raiding, sabotage and intelligence gathering waged on foreign soil in U.S. military history. MACV-SOG’s teams earned a global reputation as one of the most combat effective deep penetration forces ever raised. The missions Wilson and others were assigned were exceedingly dangerous and of strategic importance. The men who were put into such situations knew the chances of their recovery if captured was slim to none. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
FC Marlin J. Goodhue Air Force Historical Agency Declassified 4 Feb 93 SEA Declassification & Review Team Report: LIMDIS PRAIRIE FIRE FROM: COMUSMACV (COURIER) TO: JCS (COURIER) COMCISARPAC (COURIER) CINCPACAF (COURIER) TOP SECRET LIMDIS PRAIRIE FIRE JPCCO MACSOG 3043 Subj: PRAIRIE FIRE Weekly Report 1 – 7 Jul 67 (U) 1. Highlights: a. There were ten Spike Team missions in the PRAIRIE FIRE area of operations during the period 1-7 Jul 67. b. Aircraft supporting PRAIRIE FIRE missions received increased amounts of 12.7 mm, .50 Caliber, and, primarily 37mm AA fire during this period. One mission had to be aborted due to the intensity of 37mm AA fire in the target area. c. There were 75 TAC air sorties and 45 B-52 sorties in the PRAIRIE FIRE AO during this period. 2.SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS: a. Spike Team IDAHO landed in the vicinity of target MIKE-3(YD090010) at YD071013 ON 301140Z Jun 67. During the night of 30 Jun-1 Jul 67 the ST heard an undetermined but large number of heavy trucks moving in both directions on Route 922 in the vicinity of YD074025 to YD093025. The ST also heard an estimated enemy company searching the area around the RON location and speaking in a North Vietnamese dialect. On 1 Jul 67 the ST moved to YD078014 and was extracted on 010935Z Jul 67. During the extraction a large secondary explosion with thick, black smoke resulting from an airstrike was observed in the vicinity of YD081012. b. Spike Team TEXAS landed in the vicinity of target CHARLIE-7 (YB509302) at YB513303 on 010700Z Jul 67. The ST observed the Dak Xou river from YB513303 to YB575323. This portion of the river is not navigable due to a series of rapids. On 3 Jul 67 the ST encountered an estimated NVA Company. The enemy personnel were wearing khaki uniforms, pith helmets and rucksacks. They were carrying AKs or some type of unidentified automatic weapons.During the ensuing fire fight the ST became split and one USSF [Leo E Seymour] and three VN team members were initially MIA. Before extraction one USSF team member found approximately 50 shallow one man foxholes at YB570325. Two USSF and three VN team members were extracted from the vicinity of Target CHARLIE-7 at YB541321 on 031000Z Jul 67. SAR Operation continues. c. On 3 Jul 67 an attempt was made to insert one Spike Team in the vicinity of target AS-5 9 (YD160020). However, intense 37mm AA fire in the target area caused the mission to be aborted. d. Spike Team NEW YORK landed in the vicinity of target ROMEO-6 (YC472010) at YB461983 on 010400Z Jul 67. Shortly after leaving the LZ the ST observed five enemy personnel wearing black pajamas, straw coolie hats, pistol belts without packs or other web gear, and carrying semi-automatic weapons. The ST observed a 12 foot square bunker with no overhead cover at YB457990. While attempting to emplace two M7A vehicle mines at YB443987 the ST was observed by four enemy personnel wearing black pajamas. One of the enemy was wearing a baseball cap and carrying a pistol, the others were wearing black bush hats and carrying rifles. The ST was extracted from the ROMEO-6 target area at YC436001 on 030955Z Jul 67. While the ST was being flown from the launch site in SVN to the FOB at Kontum, a mid-air collision between the two CH-34s resulted in the death of two USSF and four VN team members and two helicopter crew members in one helicopter, injuries to the remainder of the ST in the other helicopter, and the destruction of both CH-34s……” Note: The only USSF Personnel that died in South Vietnam on July 3 and 4, 1967 were SFC Marlin J. Goodhue, SFC Thomas L. Terry, and SGT Leo Earl Seymour. Therefore, deduction leaves the only possible SF personnel to have been Goodhue and Terry. SFC Terry’s OMPF file shows: HHC5thSFG(ABN) 1stSF MACSOG…LT WPNS LDR…22May 67 (and had previously been with 1/35 – 25thID) Reg Manning has him correctly coded to CCC/FOB2. since they were flying from the launch site to Kontum I suspect the guys would have been with FOB2 or later known as CCC. The report indicates they actually died on 7/3/67……but the Army didn’t report them KIA until 7/4 when the 170AHC got there to retrieve the remains. This information was compiled by Bruce Swander Washington, DC USMC/66-70 and Robert L. Noe
04 Jul 67 Marlin J. Goodhue, SFC, Thomas L. Terry, SFC ( seen on the left )and 4 Vietnamese Commando Team Members from CCC/FOB 2 died as a result of a mid air collision of two H-34 helicopters after the team was extracted from a mission. There were no US H-34’s involved in a crash that day nor any pilots killed thus the two were possibly Veitnamese H-34’s
Robert Noe (L) William Danos (C) Peter “Fat Albert” Wilson (R) Charles Erickson (Back to Camera).Meal time at Huckleberry Inn