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15 The chief of the advisory gro up, Lt. Gen. Sam uel T. Williams, mo ved all his technical service advisers into the Temporary Equipment Recovery Missio n . The Signal Branch, headed by Lt. Col. Edward Andrus, had sixteen officers: nine 14Collins, Development and Trail/illg, pp. 2- 8; Ltrs, Army Attache, Vietnam, to A CS I, OA, 10 Jun 57 and 29 Aug 57, sub: CATO (MAAG, Vie tnam) Advisor Quarte rly Reports, 66A3138 /213, WNRC. 15S pector, Ti,e Early Years, pp. 255-62. 9 Military COlllllllllliratiolls: A Test fo r Tec/Il/Olog lj wo rked directly with the staff of the South Vietnamese Army's chief sig nal officer, one was assigned to each of the five military regions, o ne to the signal school at Th u Duc, and one to the central signal depot in Saigon .
The French sa lvaged a nd shi pped to France or to their troops in No rth Africa the best of the America n military assistance equipmen t in Indochina. That incl uded most of the up-to-date communications equipment sent during the prev ious years. The re maini ng military supplies, man y of them relics of World War II , were left uncata logued in de pots and wa re ho uses or rotting on remote battlefields. A disordered jumble o f equipment from four co untries-France, the United Sta tes, Great Brita in, and Ca nada-clogged the South Vietnamese depots.
During the first three months of 1957, signal depots processed 1,928 to ns of recovered electronic materiel but issued only 381 tons to units of the newly formed divisions that desperately needed communications equipment. Even new equipment shipped fro m the United States to fill emergency req uisitions was being lost in the warehouses. Hampered by a lack of s pare parts and of Vietnamese-language technical manuals, the few experienced South Vietnamese re pairme n working in maintenance facilities at the Signal depots were taking an average of seventeen man-days to repair a single piece of equipment.