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 RT ARKANSAS My brother (Richard Lewis Cox SSgt E6, 5th SF, SOG Attachment, Kontum, VN, CCC and CCN, RT Arkansas) was the one zero of Recon Team Arkansas for a tour. An illegal alien ran a stop sign 2 years ago and ended his life. Philip Cox 903-834-7027

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SOG-LATimesFeb72.jpg (826122 bytes) I was going through some old files and came across this teletype extract I had “saved” since it came into MACVSOG in 1972. I thought you might like a copy. Don Williams
image009.jpg (65985 bytes)SGT John St. Martin from CCC.   St Martin  was  1-2 on RT So. Carolina and then became  One-Zero of RT New York, who after being severely wounded, Ed Wolcoff took over the Team. The cord around his neck is det cord: 
The explanation is incorrect in the following regards:
- det cord size was not standard. It was approx 1/2" thick.
- det cord was purpose-built, was OD in color, came issued on a spool and could be cut to length.
- standard det cord had a core of powdered PETN. The core on this cord was more like a plastic explosive; ends did not need to be sealed to prevent a powder from leaking and creating a void.
- possessed frag sleaves of approx 1 1/2" long, spaced approx 1 1/2" apart. Each made of coiled, serrated spring steel of the same type found in grenades - - not washers.
- could be thrown onto a tree limb or bush with a time fuze/pencil to break pursuit; laid along a trail for linear ambush; as it resembles a jungle vine, it has many possibilities. - - We used this device on the operation to break pursuit.

Ed Wolcoff
I once ran into some Agency EOD guys before an operation in 1980 that had pre cut time fuze lengths inserted into a 5 foot rubber hose. It was sealed and connected at the ends and was being worn more or less in the same way. They ripped off the OD tape connector, separated the hose and extracted two lengths of fuze to double prime the charge. One of the guys had his fuze already with crimped detonators while the other did not. As they moved away the men re taped their hoses together and placed them over their shoulders. I asked about this technique at Harvey Point and they did not admit to it. At the time the instructors were SEALs going by the names of Misters Brown, Green, Grey, and Black!
Paul Copher
Air Commando

FYI: That linear mine and purpose built, not jury rigged, wasn't all that it was cracked-up to be. A good friend in IV Corps Mike Force after I left used them-1970- and thought overrated since the shrapnel spread wasn't all that great due to appx 1/2 of blast/frags went into ground if laid on ground and easy to see/hard to camo if strung in a tree for airburst. They played with it but went back to old reliables for demo ambushes/dickin with Charlie; Claymores and frags! 

Later Bro,
leghornl.jpg (115653 bytes)Leghorn was an idea spun from SOG recon One-Zero Lt. George K. Sisler. On 15 January 1967, Sisler's recon team, RT Colorado, dug in on a near-verticle mountain peak in southern Laos. They fortified it with thousands of sandbags and commo equipment which enabled SOG recon teams and Hatchet Forces, who were across the fence, stay in constant contact with Covey FACs and with command back inside South Vietnam. Leghorn was so tactically perfect that the NVA were never able to sieze or even attack it. It was positioned on a razor-back ridge that rose over a thousand feet off the jungle floor. Incoming mortar rounds did very little because the target was too narrow to hit. When they did take incoming, they usually just called in the A-1s and gunships. Leghorn also enabled recon teams to walk into and out of target areas, instead of being inserted by choppers.

FYI, George K. Sisler was awarded SOG's first Medal of Honor (posthumously) for his actions while on a BDA (bomb damage assessment) mission in Laos. This information was pulled from John L. Plaster's SOG: A Photo History of the Secret Wars.

Here's a good sequence of Leghorn as a Huey approaches:


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The following Pictures furnished by John McGovern, taken at Khe Sahn 1968: 

My recon Team at Khe Sahn 1968, In back SSG Golden as 12 (Killed), In front SFC Pross as 11 and John McGovern as 12

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image0-1.jpg (55571 bytes)John waiting to go to Phu Bai, May 68  image0-2.jpg (50348 bytes)John in the trenches image0-3.jpg (64401 bytes)Left to right, Espinosia, UNK, Vanderzaum inside bunker - Feb 68
image0-4.jpg (61936 bytes)Left to Right: Sgt Vanderzaum, SSG Espinosia, SSG Conkon. Bunker - Feb 68 image0-5.jpg (56858 bytes)Sgt Daniels in bunker, Spring 68  image0-6.jpg (46393 bytes)Waiting for Chopper to go to Phu Bai, , SFC Chaney, Unk Brew, SGT Mulloney, SFC McGovern, Atong (My Brew Team Leader)May 68
The below pictures were sent to be posted, Only 2 had description/Identification of individuals. Right after I got the email to post them, my computer went down and have never been able to ID the person who sent the pictures so I could have him ID these people.
wpe1.jpg (40691 bytes)1Lt Mathew S. Beyelerm, RECON XO and RT Montana "Straphanger" CCC, MACVSOG, Kontum Mar 71 wpe3.jpg (18567 bytes)5th SFGA HQ wpe5.jpg (20648 bytes) wpe7.jpg (55110 bytes)
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