Category Archives: Taps

TAPS – Major General Sidney Shachnow

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Major General Sidney Shachnow.

As you all know he was the commander of Detachment”A” from 1972-1974.

He was an icon in Special Forces, he was a highly decorated warrior and a superb leader.

His list of achievements were numerous during his long and accomplished career.

He was a friend and he will be missed greatly.

The Fayetteville Observer published the following article:

Bob Charest
The man who brought Detachment”A” in from the cold

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

Taps – Frank Hillman

Frank entered the US Army in 1946, at the age of 14 and served until the Army dismissed him as a fraudulent enlistee by his 16th birthday.  During this enlistment he served in various infantry units, namely the 1st Cavalry Division as a Rifleman and the 24th Infantry Division as Gunner (60 MM Mortar) and Infantry Squad Leader.

Enlisting again on his 17th birthday (1948), Frank served a 24-year career in the Army.  He completed 22 years as a Special Forces Operative, from 1950 until retiring from the Army in 1972.  Frank earned the rank of Sergeant Major with assignments in Japan, Korea, Vietnam (10 years), Germany and several classified locations worldwide.  He earned numerous service medals and specialty badges.  His citations include the American Occupation Medal of Japan, 3 Bronze Star Medals (one for valor), the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medals (5 awards), Armed Forces Evacuation Medal (Berlin), Army Commendation Medals, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam campaign Air Medal.  Frank earned several major qualification badges including the Sr. Combat Infantryman’s Badge w/2 Stars (for combat in Korea, Vietnam and Panama), Sr. Special Forces Operators’ Badge, Master Parachutist and Jumpmaster Badges.

Throughout his enlistments, Frank completed numerous education and training courses to enhance his Army career.  He earned the High School General Education Development (GED) Certificate and college credits in Political Science through the University of Maryland.  He is a graduate of the Arabic Language Institute and Army Language School where he learned to speak Arabic.  In addition to Arabic, Frank became proficient in English, Spanish and German.  His major training courses include Air Transport Program, Basic Airborne and Jumpmaster, Military Justice, Code of Conduct, Chemical-Biological and Radiological Warfare.  Frank was also an avid HAM Radio Operator (licenses K7UAB and DL5QH) and a member of the American Radio Relay League.

After retiring from the Army (1972), Frank employed for 35 years as Project Manager throughout Asia and the Middle East with various defense contractors.  These include Litton Industries, United Support and Services Co., the Saudi Services and Operations Co., Joe Bell Inc. and Brown and Root.

He is survived by his wife Maria of 33 years and 4 children, Edna, Lewis, Leila and Michael (deceased), and 7 grandchildren.  Burial services will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Southern Arizona Veterans memorial Cemetery, 1300 S. Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista.