Turnbow, Clentis, SSG

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Staff Sergeant
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71L40-Senior Administrative Specialist
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Adjutant General (Enlisted)
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1969-1969, 71L40, MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
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711.1-Clerk Typist
71J-Pay Records Specialist
71H10-Personnel Specialist
71L10-Administrative Specialist
Service Years
1962 - 1969
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   1969-1969, 71L40, MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)

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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)

Gaspard, George Wallace, LTC, (1944-1987) IN 1542 Major
LaFrance, Paul, MAJ, (1966-1976) IN 31542 Major
Mendoza, Ronnie Allen, LTC, (1957-1972) CA 9305 Major
Boyd, Kenneth, CPT, (1966-1970) IN 31542 Captain
Chaney, Stephen John, CPT, (1965-1969) AG 2162 Captain
Duggan, Michael P., CPT, (1968-1971) CM 1415 Captain
Krupa, Frederick, MAJ, (1965-1971) IN 1542 Captain
Roesch, Heinz Kurt, CPT, (1961-1971) IN 1542 Captain
Viseur, Ben, CPT, (1967-1973) IN 31542 Captain
Welch, Albert Clark, LTC, (1957-1988) IN 1542 Captain
Brown, Alton, 1LT, (1969-1972) AG 2110 First Lieutenant
Kroske, Harold William, 1LT, (1966-1969) AD 1183 First Lieutenant
McMurray, Peter Hinchman, 1LT, (1967-1969) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Ripanti, James Lawrence, 1LT, (1968-1969) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Sabatinelli, Vincent F., CPT, (1967-1969) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Sheridan, Robert Edward, 1LT, (1968-1969) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Snyder, Kenneth, MAJ, (1966-2000) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Garland, Garfield, CPT, (1966-1971) MI 9330 Second Lieutenant
Lane, Glen Oliver, MSG, (1951-1974) IN 11F50 Master Sergeant
Scott, Mike John, MSG, (1959-1978) IN 11B40 Master Sergeant
Smith, Richard Lee, MSG, (1950-1970) IN 11Z50 Master Sergeant
Waugh, William, SGM, (1948-1972) SF 18Z5 Master Sergeant
Wilson, Burrell Andrew, Jr., MSG, (1955-1976) IN 11B10 Master Sergeant
Armstrong, Donald Glenn, SFC, (1954-1970) IN 11F40 Sergeant First Class
Bartlett, Larry Paul, SFC, (1955-1970) IN 11B40 Sergeant First Class
Baxter, Bobbie Ray, SFC, (1947-1970) EN 12B40 Sergeant First Class
Boyle, William, SFC, (1958-1970) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Davis, Ricardo Gonzalez, SFC, (1958-1969) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Dennis, Walter Kenon, SFC, (1944-1970) MI 96D Sergeant First Class
Dulley, Kenneth Lawrence, SFC, (1959-1969) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Fernandez, Margarito, SFC, (1960-1969) IN 11F10 Sergeant First Class
Finzel, James Warren, MSG, (1956-1970) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Hayes, David Bartow, SFC SC 05B4S Sergeant First Class
Johnson, Verlon, MSG, (1952-1974) IN 11F10 Sergeant First Class
Miller, Robert Richard, SFC, (1959-1969) IN 11F10 Sergeant First Class
Pimental, Richard, CSM, (1959-1992) IN 11F40 Sergeant First Class
Plank, Gerald Allen, SFC, (1966-1975) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Quirk, John, SFC, (1954-1975) IN 11F10 Sergeant First Class
Shue, Donald Monroe, SFC, (1967-1979) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Stock, Walter, CSM, (1959-1982) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Warczak, David James, SFC, (1951-1969) IN 11F10 Sergeant First Class
Watson, Billy Joe, SFC, (1952-1971) IN 11F10 Sergeant First Class
Wood, Lloyd Joseph, SFC, (1955-1969) IN 11B40 Sergeant First Class
Baumgarner, Raymond Ervin, SSG, (1961-1969) IN 11F40 Staff Sergeant
Black, Lynne, SSG, (1963-1970) IN 11B20 Staff Sergeant
Boronski, John Arthur, SFC, (1964-1970) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
Bozikis, Ronald Henry, SSG, (1966-1969) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
Brassfield, Andrew Thomas, SSG, (1957-1970) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
Brown, William Theodore, SFC, (1965-1979) EN 12B10 Staff Sergeant
Bush, Marion, CSM, (1966-1994) IN 11F40 Staff Sergeant
Cofer, Everette Earl, SSG, (1965-1970) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
Coleman, Robert Lewis, SSG, (1968-1970) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
Elkins, George Andrey, SSG, (1960-1969) QM 43E Staff Sergeant
Hall, James Michael, SSG, (1960-1969) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
Headman, Rodney, SGM, (1963-1983) IN 11B20 Staff Sergeant
Kuropas, Michael Vincent, SSG, (1968-1970) IN 111.67 Staff Sergeant
Mims, Bernie, SFC, (1960-1985) SC 05B4S Staff Sergeant
Nagy, Steven V., SSG, (1958-1969) IN 11B4S Staff Sergeant
Piacentino, Michael Allen, SSG, (1961-1969) SC 05B4S Staff Sergeant

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