For those interested.
I was googleing to find out more about Mike Forces in Vietnam when I came upon this site: http://www.mikeforcehistory.org/
The site is still under construction but if you look in the Timeline section and "click here to VIEW ALL", There is some pretty good info on the creation of MIKE Forces and Personal accounts/stories by former members.
Heres a snipet:
Inclosure 2 (Area Assessment) to After Action Report Detachment A-113, dtd 28 March 1966.
a. Mission: The mission of Detachment A-113 was to recruit, train and employ in combat operations a MIKE (Nung) Force of up to 600 Chinese (Nung) soldiers indigenous to the Re-public of Vietnam.
The mission of the MIKE Force was:
(1) Reinforcement of a threatened CIDG Camp area or
to a CIDG area under attack.
(2) Relief of a besieged CIDG Force.
(3) Temporary replacement for combat ineffective units.
(4) Reconnaissance to locate Viet Cong targets.
(5) DZ/LZ selection, marking and securing to infiltrate or
exfiltrate other units.
(6) Act as an immediate reaction combat force.
(7) Act as security during the initial stages of Camp development.
b. Location of Detachment: Detachment A-113 was billeted with and received logistical and administrative support from Detachment C-1, 5th Special Forces Group, in Danang, RVN. Dan-ang is a coastal city located in Quang Nam Province approximately 400 miles northeast of Sai-gon in the I Corps CTZ.
This from the www.mikeforceassoc.org
The Mike Force was a reaction force that was meant to be force multiplier
unit comprised of several hundred Mountgnards, Vietnamese, ethnic Cambodians or ethnic Chinese, all organized, equipped, trained, and led by
United States Army Special Forces and Australian SAS advisors.
Sometimes there were as few as one or two Americans or
Australians assigned to a force of several hundred mercenaries.
It was a difficult task to keep the units focused on their mission to
reinforce Special Forces camps, and conduct reconnaissance in force,
combat patrols, and search and destroy missions.
In some cases, they also recaptured camps that were overrun by
Viet Cong or North Vietnamese Army Regular forces.
Detachment A-503-A-504 were a part of the Nha Trang Mike Force
stationed at Nha Trang, South Vietnam.
The two detachments were subordinate the Detachment B-55,
the 5th Mobile Strike Force Command.
B-55 was in turn subordinate to Headquarters 5th Special Forces Group
which was also headquartered at Nha Trang.
The 5th Mobile Strike Force was a country wide Mike Force.
That means that A-503/A-504 could be deployed any where in the country.
5th Mobile Strike Force Command kept one company of Mike Force troops on
alert at all times and could move a company of approximately 150 well armed,
well trained combat soldiers within an hour of notification that they were needed in a combat area.
Thanks Again to TS for helping us remember history and honoring the Men of the MIKE Forces in Vietnam!