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Mobile Support Team Two
by
Commander Joe DeFloria, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

[From September 1970 through March 1971, then SEAL LCDR Joe DeFloria was the Officer in Charge of Detachment Golf, Binh Thuy. As such, he was the operational commander for all SEAL platoons and MST-2 detachments in the Mekong Delta, and he reported directly to the commander of Task Force 116 for special-warfare operations. I first met Commander DeFloria when we boarded the same C-118 to deploy to Vietnam, and it was immediately obvious that Joe was larger-than-life, a SEAL among SEALs. What I would learn as an MST-2 officer during our Vietnam deployment was that Joe was both an extraordinary leader and an all-around great guy. As I’m sure it will be with every member of MST-2 who reads the following, I am truly humbly honored by his thoughts. Bill Bremer]

Mobile Support Team Two!  The name belies the mission of a small group of men who took the fight to the enemy’s doorstep throughout the Mekong Delta during the protracted war in Vietnam.  From the Rung Sat Special Zone, to the tip of the Ca Mau Peninsula, these courageous sailors plied the seemingly endless serpentine rivers of South Vietnam, inserting, covering, supporting, and extracting U.S. Navy SEALs, in their mission to deny the waterways of the Delta to the enemy.

The fact that almost all Mobile Support Team Two (MST-2) operations were carried out at night, in total darkness, navigating narrow, and often times uncharted rivers, dotted with sandbars and other obstacles, speaks volumes about the professionalism and skill of these men.  They were sitting ducks as their boats wound precariously along the twisting, swift rivers. Although the boats’ powerful engines were modified for silence, the humming could be heard for miles in the deathly quiet night air. On those numerous occasions when they came under fire from enemy ambush, the men of MST-2 fought back courageously and effectively with everything they had. They knew how to use their weapons -- the .50’s, M-60’s, Honeywells, mortars, Miniguns, M-79’s, and M-16’s.  And there were many times while inserting or extracting, that the SEALs came under heavy, and often overwhelming enemy fire.  Again, these gallant men of MST-2 were there, bringing all their arms to bear with heavy, accurate fire to help suppress the enemy, gain fire superiority, and, with guns blazing, extract their human cargo.

When we look back at the U.S. Navy’s role in the war in Vietnam carried out on the rivers of the Mekong Delta, the men of MST-2 stand tall with their comrades that include the SEALs, UDTs, PBR sailors, PCF Sailors, Black Ponies, and Seawolves. Mobile Support Team Two’s story is one of professionalism, courage, heroism, and glory that is very familiar to those of us who were fortunate enough to have fought alongside them.  Bill Bremer, who as the Officer in Charge of MST-2, Det. Golf, is one of the men responsible for the overwhelming success of the Mobile Support Team Detachments in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. He has taken it upon himself to tell their story.

Commander Joe DeFloria,  U.S. Navy (Ret.)

[See Pages from LDCR DeFloria's wheel book]


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