From:  Jim White

     Date:  June 6, 2015

Subject:  Who was Jim Haas?

Doug, I am fairly sure that the only TV van with more than a stray bullet or whatever was the one which was in Hue during TET 68 and was later moved to Quang Tri.  What I am trying to figure out is what part CPT Jim Haas might have had and when he was with AFVN. His Bio is sometimes vague as to dates, but he must have been with AFVN in 1966 because that is when LTC Ballou was the OIC.  He wrote he was in Qui Nhon from Sept to Nov 1966 then reassigned to Saigon (which is not noted on the Roster). He then returned to the U.S. in February 1967 ("67" is also not on the AFVN Roster).  His comment about being "instrumental iin establishing a TV station using the equipment that had been in Hue" must be related to when he was with the 1st Infantry Brigade, 5th Mech Division which was in Quang Tri at the time.  His work in getting Det 5 moved to Quang Tri must have been done from "outside AFVN" but his previous tour with AFVN must have also helped him "be instrumental."  Thanks for helping clarify this.  I am going to change the entry for Jim Haas on the AFVN Roster to read "Qui Nhon / Saigon (66-67)."

Individual Photo Albums & Stories

BWillis J. "Jim" Haas  CPT, USA

OIC, Qui Nhon / Saigon  1966-67

    From: Robert S. Vail III

     Date:  June 5, 2015

Subject:  Who was Jim Haas?

Who was Jim Haas?   Why is this name familiar to me?

Jim Haas loaning his back as a writing desk to Chris Noel so she can autograph a photo for the soldier in the background.



The following messages were taken from Facebook

    From:  Doug Jennings

     Date:  June 5, 2015

Subject:  Who was Jim Haas?

"Would that have been the Quang Tri Det?"  Yes. 
Included in the Bio of Vic Sage on the MACOI site: " he was to be a part of the rebuilding of Detachment 5, which had been relocated following its destruction by Communist troops during 1968's Tet Offensive from Hue to Quang Tri.   [Deleted]  There were three bullet holes in the electronics bay and another in the studio section, where an announcer would sit."

    From:  Jim White (Replied outside of Facebook)

     Date:  June 14, 2015

Subject:  Who was Jim Haas?

Jim Haas could have been "instrumental" in getting a detachment established in Quang Tri while he was with the 5th Mech Division.  This would most likely preclude any "unit memory" of him having been with AFVN in Quang Tri.  

    From:  Robert Morecook

     Date:  June 5, 2015

Subject:  Who was Jim Haas?

I stand informed.  [NB:  Bob had sent out an email wondering if perhaps Robert Vail was confused and he meant "Cramer Haass."]

    From:  Peter Berlin

     Date:  June 14, 2015

Subject:  Who was Jim Haas?

I was OIC at Quang Tri in early '69. I replaced Lt. Doug Wilson who did bring the Hue equipment and restart DET 5 in Quang Tri (Camp Red Devil). No mention of a Jim Haas in my memory.

    From: Jim White

     Date:  June 5, 2015

Subject:  Who was Jim Haas?

Robert: Jim Haas is shown on the AFVN Roster as having been with AFVN in 1965-66. His bio on the MACOI site is somewhat vague as to dates, but he did write he set up the Qui Nhon Det and that would have been in Sept 1966.  It also states that he left Vietnam in February 1967. He also says that he was " instrumental in establishing a TV station using the equipment that had been in Hue during the Tet Offensive of 1968." Would that have been the Quang Tri Det? For now, I'll change the roster to show he was with AFVN in 1966-67 until someone comes up with some better information.