I was not a member of Project Delta but was trained by Delta in 1966 as
a 25th Infantry Division LRRP. The guys training us were in between
missions so they were busy. My training at Delta I know saved my life a
few times and my team all got out without anyone being killed. The guys
there were great. I met Walt Shumate and Bo Baker there. - Gene
I am the second on the left. This is Delta Compound just before
the last part of our training. They called it "you bet your life".
The tents we lived in while training at B-52 and our sign made by
the staff. Bo Baker made Major while we were there. Donald Landrum
was our team advisor during the training.
One of our guys about to go
down the tower. We sent Irvin K. Hermann to the first Recondo class
and he was the number one graduate. He later joined Delta as cadre.
Capt Mark Ponzillo a SF
officer now LTC retired. He was our commander, enroute to 5th Grp and
sent to the 25th Division to set up the LRRP.
Capt Mark Ponzillo Commander
25th Infantry Division LRRP on the left facing camera. Irvin K.
Hermann number one Recondo graduate on the right facing camera. 1st
Lt. Gerald Traxler XO of the 25th Infantry Division LRRP with Back to
My team in August 1966. L to
R: Gene Tucker, Nathaniel Perry, Jerry Spicer, Chuck White, and Hugh
Howerton. Delta gave us nearly every piece of equipment including
those seen here. We were grateful and could never thank you folks