Dak Pek Special Forces Camp opened September 62 by: Detachment A-13,
5th SFGA; turned over to A-242 in March 63. Team
||George W. (Speedy) Gaspard, BG, (Ret)
Colorado ,Pres.CH 34,SFA
||Pete Skamser (left SF after mission.)
||Eugene (Gene) Haas MSG E-8 (Ret)
Fayetteville, N. C.
||Vincent P. (Vince) Gaston MSG E-8 (Ret)
||Don (Red) Welty (Deceased)
||Clarence (Horny) Hornbuckle (KIA 66)
||William (Rod) Roderick (Consultant Engineer,
||Bill Wilkison (Retired Engineer, Indiana)
||Charles (Chuck) Walsh (Vanished?)
|| Hoyt L. (Old Crow) Henry (Deceased)
||Richard (Doc) Gladfelter (Ret. Maj. MC;
Colorado)(Returned to Dak Pek in 66 as Capt.)
||Frank Burke (Tonawanda, NY)
The attached photo is the original
CP of Dak Pek in 62. Team A-13, 5th SFGA, Ft. Bragg, TDY, established
the camp, recruiting and training mostly Jeh and Jerai to Battalion
strength as part of the CIDG program aimed at border control.
The camp was turned over to A-242 in March of 63, complete with housing,
hospital, school, as well as strong defensive positions and Team facilities.
That was Dak Pek "In the beginning". I splurged on a new
scanner to get all my old slides on disk
and am collecting other photos and films from the succesive teams with
the intention of building a website on the history of Dak Pek. Most
of that area is now resettled with VN owned coffeefields and the "People"
have been banished into Laos and Cambodia.Some are in N.C.