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PSSE Memorial Stone Dedication

The U.S. Army Physical Security Support Element-Berlin (PSSE) Memorial Stone Dedication Ceremony was hosted by Maj. Gen. James E. Kraft Jr., the deputy commanding general of USASOC on 16 April 2018.  Many former PSSE members were in attendance.

The following article was posted by the
Fayetteville Observer Article

Group Photo at PSSE Memorial Stone Dedication Ceremony 16 April 2018


TAPS – Major(Ret) Dieter Protsch

Dieter H.B. Protsch, Major, U.S. Army (Ret) Special Forces and 82 Airborne, Ft. Bragg, N.C. who resided in Hagerstown, MD passed away on March 30, 2018 surrounded by loved ones at home.

Born in Berlin, Germany April 29, 1932, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1956 where he joined the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam, Korea, and Germany.

He retired in 1976, after 20 years of service.

Dieter was a member of Detachment”A” and served as a Team Leader in 1963.  He is the author of the book Be All You Can Be:  From a Hitler Youth in WWII to a US Army Green Beret. 

Herald Media Article

A Life Remembered — Dieter Protsch

Detachment”A” Scuba Cross Training with the Royal Engineers in Kiel Germany

These photos were taken during a cross-training exercise with Detachment”A” and the Royal Engineers Diving Unit in Kiel Germany in the 80’s.  Major(Ret) Les Rutherford who was a Warrant Officer during this exercise later Officer Commanding the Royal Engineers Diving Unit in Kiel Germany.


Detachment”A” ODA3 Cross Training Team

Detachment”A” plaque presented to the Royal Engineers


Major Rutherford with one man Dräger portable decompression chamber.


Peter Kelly 70s Era Photos

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.

Zipper Allen

Ron Braughton Project 404 Laos

Nick Brokhausen

Bob Charest

Stu Cranson

Ron Davidson

Gentry Deck

Emmett “Jessie” Dover

Bill Durant

Warner “Rocky” Farr

Julius Farrago

Jerry “Paco” Fontana

Paul Foster

Richard Gross

John Heintel

Rick Hendricks

Lou Herman

Ralph Keith

Kim Kendle

Manfred Kropp

Bob Kuenstle

Bob Lees

Charlie Monson

James “Dusty” Moore

John  O’Keefe

Ralph Ormes

Bob Picknell

Bill Queen

Jimmy Reeves

Harvey Saal

Joel Schelkelberger

John Silk

Gil Turcotte

Paul Whitmore

James Wilde

Sid Williams

Robert Willis

Robert G. Willis

Ivan Woronchuk

Ed Yarbrough


Nick Brokhausen Book: WE FEW: U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam

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.