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MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
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Members Who Served in MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)

Albrecht, Ray, SP 5
Status
USA Veteran
Service Years
1967 - 1972
MOS
76X-Subsistence Supply Specialist
Primary Unit
MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
Home State
Tennessee
Home Town
Not Specified
Allen, Bill, COL
Status
USA Veteran
Service Years
1969 - 2010
MOS
18A-Special Forces Officer
Primary Unit
MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
Home State
South Carolina
Home Town
Not Specified
Allen, Edgar, MAJ
Status
USA Retired
Service Years
1948 - 1973
MOS
2210-Personnel Management Officer
Primary Unit
MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
Home State
Florida
Home Town
Not Specified
Allen, Leonard Peter, SGT
Status
USA Active
Service Years
1968 - 1970
MOS
11B40-Infantryman
Primary Unit
Detachment B-55 (5th Mobile Strike Force Command)
Home State
New York
Home Town
Ft Ann, NY
Almendariz, Samuel, MSG
Status
USA Active
Service Years
1953 - 1967
MOS
11F40-Infantry Operations And Intelligence Specialist
Primary Unit
Reconnaissance Team Georgia, Command & Control North (CCN)
Home State
Texas
Home Town
McAllen, TX
Alphin, Talmadge Horton, Jr., SSG
Status
USA Active
Service Years
1963 - 1968
MOS
05B40-Radio Operator
Primary Unit
Command & Control North (CCN), MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
Home State
Virginia
Home Town
Williamsburg, VA

MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) Description

Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) was a highly classified, multi-service United States special operations unit which conducted covert unconventional warfare operations prior to and during the Vietnam War.
Established on 24 January 1964, the unit conducted strategic reconnaissance missions in Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), Laos, and Cambodia; carried out the capture of enemy prisoners, rescued downed pilots, and conducted rescue operations to retrieve prisoners of war throughout Southeast Asia; and conducted clandestine agent team activities and psychological operations.
The unit participated in most of the significant campaigns of the Vietnam War, including the Tonkin Gulf Incident which precipitated American involvement, Operation Steel Tiger, Operation Tiger Hound, the Tet Offensive, Operation Commando Hunt, the Cambodian Campaign, Operation Lam Son 719, and the Easter Offensive. The unit was formally disbanded and replaced by the Strategic Technical Directorate Assistance Team 158 on 1 May 1972.

At its peak, SOG had about 2,000 members. An estimated 7,800 men served in SOG over its eight-year existence. Some SOG veterans, such as Dick Meadows, Eldon Bargewell and Walt Shumate, became founders and leaders of Delta Force, the Army's counterterrorism and hostage- rescue unit founded in 1977.
SOG members received more than 2,000 individual awards for heroism, including 10 Medals of Honor, twice as many as the 82nd Airborne Division received in both world wars.
Medal of Honor recipients were Robert L. Howard, James P. Fleming, Roy P. Benavidez, Jon R. Cavaiani, Franklin Miller, Fred Zabitosky, Thomas R. Norris, Loren D. Hagen, John J. Kedenburg and George K. Sisler.
The unit's members also received 23 Distinguished Service Crosses, the military's second highest award for valor.
SOG had high casualty rates. In 1968, the unit had more people killed and injured than it had positions.
Ten teams were lost. Fourteen teams were overrun or destroyed. Fifty members of SOG are still considered MIAs.

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