Alphin, Talmadge Horton, Jr., SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Last Primary MOS
05B10-Radio Operator
Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 05B4S, Command & Control North (CCN), MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
Service Years
1963 - 1968

Special Forces
Staff Sergeant

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Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
Williamsburg, VA
Last Address
Williamsburg, VA

Casualty Date
Aug 23, 1968
Hostile, Died
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Williamsburg Memorial Park - James City, Virginia
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47W 036

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 MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) Details

MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
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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MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)

Villarosa, Paul Herman, SFC, (1951-1968) SC 05B4S Sergeant First Class
Sieting, Stanley Lawton, SGT, (1967-1968) SC 05B4S Sergeant
Stephens, Larry Allan, SGT, (1968-1969) SC 05B4S Sergeant
[Name Withheld], (1965-1970) SC 05B4S Sergeant
Uyesaka, Robert Joseph, SGT, (1966-1968) SC 05B4S Sergeant
Scurlock, Lee, SSG, (1961-1967) SC 05B20 Staff Sergeant
Carpenter, Howard B., SGT, (1962-1967) SC 05B10 Sergeant
Gentry, Mark, CSM, (1966-1992) SC 05B10 Sergeant
Hawkins, Don Albert, SGT, (1965-1967) SC 05B10 Sergeant
Huston, Charles Gregory, SSG, (1964-1968) SC 05B10 Sergeant
Lopez, Robert, LTC, (1945-1968) IN 1542 Lieutenant Colonel
LaFrance, Paul, MAJ, (1966-1976) IN 31542 Major
Quamo, George, MAJ, (1958-1968) IN 1542 Major
Underwood, Andrew F., LTC, (1954-1972) IN 31542 Major
Boyd, Kenneth, CPT, (1966-1970) IN 31542 Captain
Feldman, Stephen, CPT, (1961-1976) IN 31542 Captain
Lee, Lloyd, CPT, (1965-1971) AG 2200 Captain
Meadows, Richard (Dick), MAJ, (1947-1977) IN 1542 Captain
Nesbit, James, CPT, (1968-1973) USA 00G1 Captain
Rasmussen, Delbert, MAJ, (1958-1980) IN 1542 Captain
Stacks, Raymond Clark, CPT, (1966-1975) IN 1542 Captain
Sylvester, Bill, MAJ, (1962-1985) IN 1542 Captain
Welch, Albert Clark, LTC, (1957-1988) IN 1542 Captain
Birchim, James Douglas, CPT, (1967-1968) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Jerson, James Ray, 1LT, (1967-1968) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Kroske, Harold William, 1LT, (1966-1969) AD 1183 First Lieutenant
Lenchner, David Allen, 1LT, (1966-1968) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
McMurray, Peter Hinchman, 1LT, (1967-1969) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Peoples, James Dale, 1LT, (1966-1968) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Potter, Paul Douglas, 1LT, (1964-1968) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Ripanti, James Lawrence, 1LT, (1968-1969) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Sheridan, Robert Edward, 1LT, (1968-1969) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Shreve, Joseph Lynwood, 1LT, (1965-1968) IN 11A First Lieutenant
Sisler, George Kenton, 1LT, (1964-1967) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Lewis, Donald, CW3, (1966-1986) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Furst, Henry S., SGM, (1942-1972) IN 11F50 Sergeant Major
Todd, Forrest E, 1SG, (1953-1971) IN 11Z50 First Sergeant
Benavidez, Raul Perez, MSG, (1952-1976) IN 11B10 Master Sergeant
Conroy, Paul Ames, MSG, (1942-1967) IN 11Z50 Master Sergeant
Dexter, Ronald James, SGM, (1951-1967) IN 11F10 Master Sergeant
Hazelwood, David, SGM, (1955-1975) MI 96C Master Sergeant
Lane, Glen Oliver, MSG, (1951-1974) IN 11F50 Master Sergeant
Locklear, Glen, MSG, (1949-1967) IN 11B10 Master Sergeant
Miller, Norman Anthony, MSG, (1952-1968) AG 71L10 Master Sergeant
Norris, Charles Raymond, MSG, (1950-1968) IN 11Z50 Master Sergeant
Pegram, Richard Epps, SGM, (1948-1968) IN 11G50 Master Sergeant
Sosniak, Tadeusz, MSG, (1951-1968) IN 11Z50 Master Sergeant
St. Laurent, Andre Joseph, MSG, (1955-1976) IN 11Z50 Master Sergeant
Waugh, William, SGM, (1948-1972) SF 18Z Master Sergeant
Wilson, Burrell Andrew, Jr., MSG, (1955-1976) IN 11B10 Master Sergeant
Almendariz, Samuel, MSG, (1953-1967) IN 11F40 Sergeant First Class
Baker, Robert Nelson, SFC, (1955-1968) IN 11C40 Sergeant First Class
Brown, George R., SGM, (1960-1968) IN 11F10 Sergeant First Class
Cardosa, Crecencio H, SFC, (1956-1968) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Davis, Ricardo Gonzalez, SFC, (1958-1969) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Fernandez, Margarito, SFC, (1960-1969) IN 11F10 Sergeant First Class
Johnson, Verlon, MSG, (1952-1974) IN 11F10 Sergeant First Class
Kepczyk, Tadeusz Marian, SFC, (1952-1968) IN 11C20 Sergeant First Class
Kerns, Donald Ray, SFC, (1950-1968) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class

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