Do Do Camp
(Cù Lao Chàm)
Coastal Security Service - Sở Pḥng Vệ Duyên Hải.
In January 1964, at Da Nang, central Vietnam, along the South China Sea,
Coastal Security Service was founded and commanded by Major Ngo The Linh
with operational support and planning by MACV-SOG Maritime-Operation (OPLAN 34A)
to conduct top secret commandos raids to North Vietnam using high-speed boats.
Colonel Linh counter-part was the late Lieutenant Colonel Robert McKnight.
These commandos raids lead to the Gulf of Tonkin "incident" in August 1964.
The commandos were known as "Biet Hai" or Sea Commandos.
They were courageous volunteers whom had no fear of death,
willing to go at moment notice without reservation.
Biet Hai was a very highly trained, top-secret elite group of volunteers.
Many had perished in South China sea while attacking the North Vietnamese.
This page and Biet Hai website serve to honor
these unknown fallen Heroes of SPVZH/CSS.
Colonel Ngo The Linh commanded SPVZH until July 1966
then transferred to Vice Admiral Hồ Văn Kỳ Thoại.
My gratitude to Master Sergeant Kenneth Mancil, US Army, Retired
for providing these rare pictures of Paradise Island in 1967.
Rare, because of the top-secret nature of CSS Mar-Op.
visited Biet Hai pages
Bunker on beach
Camp Do Do, 1967
Swift patrol boat
Checking a fisherman
Camp Do Do
"Ong" (Mr.) Nhung
Living and working building
Do Do and South China sea
Operation and sleeping quarter
beach-front hut, Do Do island
Coastal Security Service - Sea Commandos
Tet (Chinese New Year) 1967 on Paradise island
Master Sergeant Kenneth Mancil and Captain Hoang Cong Kham
Major Grubbs (L) and SP4 Zeke (R)
Mancil and more friends
Tet celebration, 1967.
American and Vietnamese CSS personnel
Do Do Camp - Paradise Island in 1967
courtesy of Mr. Ron Kauffman
American MACSOG and CSS Personnel - Cu Lao Cham 1967.
I think the pig was purchased from the islanders. Not sure.
The team house had been refurbished by a team of Phillipinos and Vietnamese Craftsmen.
They split bamboo for the trim and it was beautiful.
The head man was named Sarabia and was a very nice guy.
Captain John Robbins and Ron Kauffman
This may have been prior to our closing down operations-
When the bombing of North Vietnam was halted;
our operations North the the 17th Parallel were halted also.
We had a farewell party with our friends from CSS.
This is some sort of celebration dinner - It was time to relax.
(Courtesy of Mr. Ron Kauffman )
Do Do Camp - Paradise Island in 2003
courtesy of Mr. Dick Clark wespac70
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Xin vui ḷng lưu bút tưởng niệm đến các vị Anh Hùng của QLVNCH
và các đồng bào nạn nhân đă bị cộng sản sát hại tại Huế.
Please visit and sign our guestbook to honor the ARVN Heoes
and to remember the thousands of civilians murdered in Hue City in 1968.
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more pictures and articles will be added later.