United States Army Security Agency in Thailand
August 20, 1954 to June 20, 1976

 

History of the 5th RRU(p), 83rd RRSOU & 7th RRFS
September 1959 to June 20, 1976

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August 27, 1954 the French and North Vietnamese signed their treaty the US Army was on the ground in Southeast Asia.

A JUSMAG Special Operations Group consisting of three officers and about 30 E.M. The groups were the Army Security Agency 327th Comm. Recon. Co. from Japan; mostly Korean veterans,
the 6920th USAFSS from Japan and the 29th Radio Squadron Mobile from the Philippines.

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In 1959, 37 men were transferred from various ASA bases in the United States to Two Rock Ranch Station, Petaluma, California.  Under Special Orders dated September 15, 1959 these men were sent to the 9th ASA in the Philippine Islands.  From this group a handful went on to Bangkok. 

Included in this group were;

Major Ladd – the first OIC

MSGT Vernon S. McGEE,

SGT William H Arrington,

SGT James F Keenann,

SP4 Kenneth W. Canton,

SP4 Walter H. “Mike” Tipert,

SP4 Samuel J. Parker

PFC Paul P. Codinha 

These men worked in 2½ ton trucks while the Operations Center site was being built.


  • The 5th RRU was in existence from Late 1959 to September 1966.
  •        Detachments of the 5th RRU - HQ Bangkok
  •                  Detachment A - Min Buri - DF - 1965 to 197?                                 
  •                   Detachment B - Ubon - DF - 1962 to 1976
  •                   Detachment C - Chiang Mai - DF - July 1962 to 1976
  •                   Detachment D - Udorn - DF - 14 April 1965 to 25 Sep 1966
  •                    Det 4 - 6922 Security Wing – Inception April 1965 to 01 Aug 1970
  •                     United States Army Signal Research Unit 11 - 1 August 1962 - 1 September 1969

 

The 5th RRU(p) became the 83rd RRSOU in September 1966.


  • The 83rd RRU was in existence from Late 1959 to September 1966.
  •        Detachments of the 5th RRU - HQ Bangkok
  •                  Detachment A - Min Buri - DF - 1965 to 197?                                 
  •               Detachment B - Ubon - DF - 1962 to 1976                                         
  •               Detachment J  - Ubon - Intercept - Sep 1968 to May/June 1974                                     
  •                   Detachment C - Chiang Mai - DF - July 1962 to 1976
  •                   Detachment D - Udorn - DF - 14 April 1965 to 25 Sep 1966
  •                    Det 4 - 6922 Security Wing – Inception April 1965 to 01 Aug 1970
  •                     United States Army Signal Research Unit 11 - 1 August 1962 - 1 September 1969

Detachment D of the 83rd became the he 7th RRFS and was in existence from September 25, 1966 to June 20, 1976

After Closing in October 1970 all detachments of the 83rd were assigned to the 7th RRFS.

List of the Men that started the 7th RRFS Added 12/14/2009

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