Koh Tang Kennels began in 2007 when we purchased our first papillon stud dog which we named “Koh Tang Dan MAYAGUEZ Man“
All show dogs from Koh Tang Kennels are also given names related to the MAYAGUEZ operation. Information about the Battle of Koh Tang is available at the website for the Koh Tang MAYAGUEZ Veterans Organization at Kohtang.com.
When we are not traveling in our RV to dog shows, veteran events or hanging out in our friends driveways, we are at our home in Columbia, South Carolina with our pack of papillons.
In May of 1975, Dan Hoffman was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps stationed in the fareast. An American merchant ship, the S.S. MAYAGUEZ and her crew were seized by elements of the Cambodian Navy and held off a small island called Koh Tang which is 35 miles off the Cambodian Vietnam border in the Gulf of Thailand. In what is often called the last battle of the Vietnam War, Marines landed under heavy fire on Koh Tang Island to recover the MAYAGUEZ and her crew. It was a fierce battle, the last 41 names on “The Wall”, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are from those killed on the MAYAGUEZ Operation. Dan Hoffman, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” for Valor for his actions that day. He also was given by his fellow Marines, the rare honor of a combat related nickname. “Koh Tang Dan”.