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Mobile Support Team-2,  Detachment Golf
Long Phu/Dung Island 9/70-3/71


L to R: ETN2 Jim Phoebus; LTJG Bill Bremer; GMG3 Tom Collinson; EN1 Manuel Del Corral; SN Don Roswurm; EM3 Jim Barnes; EM3 Bob Buckman (not shown BM3 Dan Savage).


MST Two Detachment Golf deployed from Boat Support Unit One, Coronado, California, on September 11, 1970, to provide boat support to U.S. Navy SEALs and South Vietnamese Navy SEALs (LDNNs) operating in and around Dung Island from the Long Phu Intermediate Base near where the Bassac River meets the South China Sea.

 

MST-2 Det Golf, 1970, Dan Savage showing the rocket hole in bow of his LSSC


My name is Bill Bremer, and, as LTJG Bremer, I had the privilege of being the OIC to MST-Two, Det Golf. We had the honor of working with the SEALs of SEAL Team One’s Juliett Platoon, lead by Lt. Joe A. Quincannon and Ensign Nick Walsh, and with Victor Platoon lead by Lt. Roger Clapp and LTJG Jim Young, as well as with LDNNs through their SEAL advisors, Lenny Horst and and Jim Berta. With a good deal of credit going to these fine SEALs -- as well as to our own training and performance, along with some luck -- the members of MST-Two, Det Golf returned safely home on March 23, 1971.

I should mention that a member of Juliett Platoon, Darryl Young, has written his version of the exploits of that platoon in The Element of Surprise: Navy SEALs in Vietnam. If you read his book, all references to the “MST” or to boats after about page 188 (or September 20) are references to MST-2 Det Golf. Despite his complimentary description of our efforts, Darryl Young, being a SEAL, had SEAL tunnel vision [just as I had MST-2 tunnel vision], and thus he got a lot of the stuff about MST-2 less than correct.  For example, he writes the OIC out of the MSSC and assigns all of his/my tasks to either the coxswain or the SEAL OIC. He also shrinks the overall size of the MSSC crew of seven to three or four.  And in “our” part of the book he talks about MST’s “Melfa,” who does all the things on our boat.  However, since Melfa is there for Juliett’s first operation, he was no doubt part of the detachment we relieved, and he was gone after September 21, 1970.  [If you are “Melfa” or any one else in that part of the detachment, please contact me.]  But these are quibbles -- as to the operations and our detachment's parts in them, his book rings true and I’ve relied on it for entries on my timeline. In short, I’d rate The Element of Surprise a definite buy to supplement this web site. 


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