Peter Kelly, Former Team Six Commander and S-3 Detachment “A” 70s era photos.
Who’s Who in Detachment”A” who also served in the top secret Special Operations SOG units in Vietnam
This section recognizes and pays tribute to all those Detachment “A” members who also served in the prestigious unit SOG – another unit unrecognized for decades. This list shows the caliber of Special Forces troops that served in Detachment”A” and SOG yet were unrecognized for decades. This is not an exhaustive list.
Ron Braughton Project 404 Laos
Emmett “Jessie” Dover
Warner “Rocky” Farr
Jerry “Paco” Fontana
James “Dusty” Moore
Robert G. Willis
Former Member of Detachment”A” Nick Brokhausen has written a book about his time in CCN part of MACV-SOG in Vietnam. The book entitled We Few: U.S. Army Special Forces in Vietnam – Suicide missions in enemy territory with the SOG. The hard copy book will be released on 2 April 2018. It is available for pre-order on Amazon. Click here for additional book info on Amazon
On his second tour to Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. This unit was part of MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group), or Studies and Observations Group as it was innocuously called. The small recon companies that were the center of its activities conducted some of the most dangerous missions of the war, infiltrating areas controlled by the North Vietnamese in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The companies never exceeded more than 30 Americans, yet they were the best source for the enemy’s disposition and were key to the US military being able to take the war to the enemy. This was accomplished by utilizing both new and innovative technology, and tactics dating back to the French and Indian Wars.
This small unit racked up one of the most impressive records of awards for valor of any unit in the history of the United States Army. It came at a terrible price, however; the number of wounded and killed in action was incredibly high. Those missions today seem suicidal. In 1970 they seemed equally so, yet these men went out day after day with their indigenous allies – Montagnard tribesmen, Vietnamese, and Chinese Nungs – and faced the challenges with courage and resolve.
This riveting memoir details the actions and experiences of a small group of Americans and their allies who were the backbone of ground reconnaissance in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It became a cult classic among the Special Forces community when first published over a decade ago. There are no longer any copies of the original edition for sale as they were passed around until they actually disintegrated.
Ballad of Green Beret Auf Deutsch
Aus den Wolken springt der Tod,
Zwoelf Green Berets im Morgenrot
Unterdrueckte zu befrein
Ziehn sie in den Kampf hinein.
Halten dort ein streng’s Gericht,
Fuerchten Tod und Teufel nicht.
Dschihadisten’s feige Brut
Zahlt den Preis mit ihrem Blut.
Wenn auch ein mancher faellt dabei,
Denn die Freiheit ist nicht frei,
In der Heimat warten schon
Die junge Witwe und ihr Sohn.
Eines Tag’s gewinnt auch er
Das Barrett, das Helden ehrt;
Denn wo das Sternenbanner fliegt
Steh’n Green Berets, stets unbesiegt.
Lyrics by Jeffrey H. Raker, CSM USA Special Forces (Ret)
PSSE coins will be available at the PSSE Memorial Stone dedication, more info to follow. The PSSE Memorial Stone dedication is scheduled for 16 April 2018.
Former Detachment “A” member SGM(Ret) Garry Betterton passed away on 26 November 2017. Gary served in Detachment”A” from 1978-1981.
Former Detachment “A” member Colonel Warner D. “Rocky” Farr has just published a book entitled “The Death of the Golden Hour and the Return of the Future Guerrilla Hospital”.
Rocky served as a medic on Team 3 in Detachment “A” in the 1971-1972 time frame serving with Team 3 Commander Hermann Adler Commander and Bob Charest Team Sergeant.
Colonel Farr has a long and highly distinguished career in Special Forces with sterling professional credentials including BSMT, MD, MPH, MSS, FACP, FAsMA, Associate Clinical Professor of Anatomic & Clinical Pathology, Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, Aerospace Medicine Specialist. He is also a Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment.
Hermann Adler passed away Tuesday 14 November 2017. Hermann served in Detachment “A” as Team Leader from 1970 – 1974.
Below are pictures from Hermann Adler’s DMOR Ceremony in 2014.
This just in from James “Styk” Stejskal.
“Special Operations Command: Stop issuance of the Green Beret to the U.S. Army 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.”
Long term former Detachment”A” member Tom Neuhaus passed away Friday, 13 October 2017 after a long illness.