The list of names above, our friends and fellow soldiers, would be far longer were it not for the operational proficiency and combat excellence of Project Delta, Detachment B-52, 5th Special Forces Group, Vietnam, 1964 to 1970.

The timely, efficient, and effective use of assets by Command and Control. The daring deeds, and bravery of ground and air elements, and the untiring devotion to duty by support personnel, not only kept casualties to a minimum, but made Project Delta the Premier unit of itís kind in the United States Army.
 


A Delta Man Died Today

He was getting old and grouchy
and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he had fought in
and the deeds that he had done.
In his exploits with his buddies;
they were heroes, everyone.

And 'tho sometimes, to his neighbors,
his tales became old hat,
all his buddies listened,
for they knew whereof he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
for ol' Joe has passed away,
and the world's a little poorer,
for a Delta Man died today.

No, he won't be mourned by many,
just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
quietly going on his way;
and the world won't note his passing;
'tho a Delta Man died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
their bodies lie in state,
while thousands note their passing
and proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories,
from the time that they were young,
but the passing of a Delta Man,
goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution,
to the welfare of our land,
some jerk who breaks his promise
and cons his fellow man?

Or the extra-ordinary fellow,
who in times of war and strife,
goes off to serve his Country
and offers up his life?

The politician's stipend
and the style in which he lives,
are most-times disproportionate,
to the service that he gives.

While the extra-ordinary Delta Man,
who offered up his all,
is paid off with a medal
and perhaps a pension, small.

It's so easy to forget them,
for it is so long ago,
that our Joe's and Al's and Tommy's,
went to battle, but we know.

It was not the politicians,
with their compromise and ploys,
who won for us the freedom,
that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
with your enemies at hand,
would you really want some cop-out,
with his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Delta Man,
who has sworn to defend,
his home, his kin, and Country,
and would fight until the end?

He was never a common Soldier
and his ranks are growing thin,
but his presence should remind us,
we may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict,
then we find the Soldier's part,
Is to clean up all the tousles,
that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor,
while he's here to hear the praise,
then at least let's give him homage,
at the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline,
in the paper that might say:

OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
FOR A DELTA MAN DIED TODAY.

Poem by Larry Vaincourt
Obviously A Patriot

 

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