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U.S. Army Ranger Advisors to Dedicate Monument at Airborne Special Operations Museum

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – A monument honoring the U.S. Army Ranger Advisors will be unveiled and dedicated Saturday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum.

The U.S. Ranger Advisors served with the elite Vietnamese Rangers (Biet Dong Quan), a professional group with a total commitment to their courageous brother-in-arms who faced death daily in close combat. They fought side-by-side with the Rangers in the front lines of some of the greatest battles of the Vietnam War. The last Ranger Advisors left Vietnam in March 1973.

In 1966, General Harold K. Johnson, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, described the Military Advisor, Vietnam. “Out there with an ARVN battalion, a Special Forces trained CIDG Strike Force, or accompanying a Regional Force company on a district security operation, carrying his share of ducks in his belt, the Advisor and his small team are entirely dependent upon others with whom they frequently don’t even share a familiar language. The battlefield is a lonely place; they are the loneliest people in the world—these Advisors in the districts and with ARVN battalions and Special Forces units.”

The Ranger Advisors were the first training teams sent to Vietnam to assist in organizing and training Ranger Units and were provided by the U.S. Special Forces from Fort Bragg and Okinawa in 1960. The BDQ Advisor exhibit covering the legacy of the Biet Dong Quan is on display at the museum.

All former Ranger Advisors are encouraged to participate in the dedication on Saturday, March 28th 2009, 10:30 a.m. at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, 100 Bragg Boulevard, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Other interested persons are cordially invited to attend the ceremony.

For more information contact BDQ Unit Director Bill Miller at 803. 641.9504.

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  1. I only learned today about the BDQ Memorial service scheduled for Saturday and due to the time constraints am unable to be at this event. I spent June 10, 1965 – June 05, 1966 with the "Biet Dong Quan." (First six weeks with the 36th at Song Be and the remainder of the time with the 52nd.) I was with the 52nd on 11 November 1965 when the combat actions of our battalion were recognized by President Johnson (one of the few good things he did) with the Presidential Unit Citation award. My recollection is that we were the first RVN unit of any type receiving this distinction. I know that when we passed out the blue ribbon's trimmed with the gold colored metal border to our Rangers, they were visibly and genuinely impressed. Even the hardened battle veterans of Dong Xoai were touched.

    I'm not sure who should be thanked for creating a memorial to the service of the BDQ and its advisors but I am nevertheless appreciative. During my tenure, we served under some difficult circumstances in a changing environment and I was privileged to serve with outstanding soldiers in both our team and an the battalion. Thinking of it as I write this remembrance, I am again saddened that the political solution of this war left so many good people in such an untenable position. In my advancing years I am always looking for "pilgrimage opportunities" and the memorial you are dedicating is now high on my list.
    William L. Hinshaw, II
    Special Agent In Charge, FBI (Retired)

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