From:  Dennis Woytek
     Date:  March 14, 2017

The address 6 Tran Duc Street does not exist.  My Vietnamese interpreter is from Quang Tri and cannot find that street.  Any other possible spellings?  Though my guide looked at possible combinations.  Going to Detachment 5 site at Quang Tri on Sunday.


    From:  Harry Ettmueller
     Date:  March 21, 2017

Van was located on the same compound. We were located on the next street over behind the station. We fought from the billets for 5 days then tried to make a break for MACV compound., We were over run next to the burned out USIS. library where Tom Young [was] KIA and Steven Stroub was executed right after capture.


    From:  Rick Fredericksen
     Date:  March 14, 2017

I've seen a picture of the "last stand" building and I would guess it was too heavily damaged to repair.


    From:  Jim White
     Date:  March 21, 2017

The above picture was their quarters and was taken before the attack.  It (and the picture after the attack) are at https://www.afvnvets.net/afvn-org-det5hue-story.html  I got them from Ron Turner. The "Number 5 TV Studio/Trailer" was moved to Quang Tri about six months after TET (hence  the names: "Det 5, Hue" and "Det 5, Quang Tri").  Then the trailer was moved back to Hue when Quang  Tri was closed  in November 1971, and then finally, Det 5 closed in April 1972.  See https://www.afvnvets.net/hist---timeline.html and the link to the timeline.

Jim White


    From:  Rick Fredericksen     Date:  March 12, 2017

Dennis, did you see the address provided in the second posting I made??  I don't see your name pop up as having seen my updated post.


    From:  Dennis Woytek
     Date:  March 14, 2017

We think the street name has changed, if anyone would have a picture, that might help..


    From:  Denis Woytek
     Date:  March 12, 2017

Thank you,  Here is a picture of the MACV [Hue] Compound.  


Individual Photo Albums & Stories

Frank L. Ettmueller,  SFC, USA

Engineer, Hue  (67-68) and POW   [Page 1]

    From:  Rick Fredericksen
     Date:  March 14, 2017

Perhaps back to Plan A: Seek out an old timer, a cop, former city official, town historian.  Or, find an old city map.  Perhaps the street name was changed, like so many other things postwar.


    From:  Harry Ettmueller
     Date:  March 15, 2018

I just read a bunch of bullshit about the det... the guidon was not hidden on my body for 5 years. It was given to me by Novak when my sons and i visited him some years ago.  Other than that shit hit the fan and DiBernardo turned out to be a pussy, and displayed cowardice under fire, USMC  was noted  [sic.] about this but did not pursue the issue since DOD let the maggots go and no punishment . John Deering [who] was adamant about DiBer and was pissed made sure those at 29 Palms was aware of his actions during the fire fight. No we were not a Class "A" station and had started broadcasting late April early May of 1967. Tom Young was with the unit from early Sept 67, Bagwell and Stroub came in Jan of 1968 from 1st Cav. None of the units mentioned got to Hue until just before Tet  68. I could go on but I only type with two fingers...lol. We were going to become a Class "A" station but had a run of bad luck... Mr. Charles had other ideas...lol.

    From:  Rick Fredericksen
     Date:  March 12, 2017

Here it is, from the Silver Star data on Harry Ettmueller's page (Military Times Hall of Valor) "At approximately 1900 hours a much superior numerical force of North Vietnamese Regulars attempted a sneak attack on the quarters of Detachment Number 5 personnel located at Number 6 Tran Duc Street, Hue..."


"FaceBook Conversation"

    From:  Rick Fredericksen
     Date:  March 12, 2017
Dennis, here is a picture from the AFVN website of one of the buildings. There is a #3 on a sign, as though it is a street number, but no street name. They had, I believe, three different buildings. (one was the residence where they made the last stand).  I think the actual TV trailer was relocated at some point, within Hue.  The battle site was south of the river and Citadel, on the western fringe of that southern area.  It was practically outside the city then. (I've never been there)  I would go to an old timer, or government official or Vietnamese broadcaster and have someone lead you there.  Might also send your request to the AFVN Yahoo site to reach more of our people and maybe Harry Ettmueller (survivor of Hue) would respond, but unlikely. one more thing: I don't know if the bldg. pictured is the one attacked.

    From:  Dennis Woytek
     Date:  March 12, 2017

Thank you all... I will try and get there today or Monday...