United States Constabulary
Bill DeSoto
B Troop, 68 Squadron
Germany

One of the Circle "C' Cowboys

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SGM Bill DeSoto
Outline of Military History

 


SGM BILL DESOTO

1943 -1946
Company G, 328th Infantry Regiment. 26th Infantry Division,  (Yankee Division), 3rd Army (Gen. Patton), PFC Rifleman, (44 MKM Carbine),
WWII - N. France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Cen. Europe, (wounded Battle of the Bulge-2mo. In Wales’s hospital, then return to front)
Decorations:
CIB, Combat Infantry Badge 12/19/44 (First of Three CIB’s)
WWII Victory Medal,
Purple Heart with 2/OLC - 3/30/45,
Good Conduct Medal,
Bronze Star Medal - 3/29/45,
EAMETO Medal,
ATO Medal
WIA - Germany 2/18/45, Fraulanern, Germany 2/26/45, Serrig, Germany 3/13/45- (106th Evac. Hosp., rescinded by GO #27, 7/3/45)
One BSM for grabbing medic’s red cross armband and running 75 yards into fire zone to pick up and carry wounded soldier back to safety in a French/German border town. (All WWII papers lost in Miami with spouse or mother).
 

1947-1950
'B' Troop, 68 Squadron, US Constabulary, Border Patrol and Police Duty, PLT/SGT and
Tank Commander
Nicknamed, Circle ‘C’ Cowboys and the Blitz polizei, (lightning police) photos
w/ Thompson submachine gun, was at the Nuremburg Trials, Germany
 

1950-1952
Co. H, 2nd Armd. Cav. Regt. “Toujours Pret” (Always Prepared). Nicknamed the “Circle C Cowboys”, 3rd Bn., 7th Army- Border Patrol, Prisoner Escort - Nuremburg Trials & Training, Plt/Sgt, Germany
 

1952-1953
Co. B, 32nd Inf.  Regt. “Queens Own Regiment” and during the Korean conflict, renamed the “Buccaneers”,  7th Inf. Div.(Bayonette), 8th Army, Platoon-M/SGT, Alligator Jaw, Old Baldy, Porkchop Hill
Decorations:
Bronze Star Medal - 3/23/53-3/26/53
Purple Heart, xx/xx/xx
 

1953-1954
United Nations Partisan Infantry Forces UNPIK 8240th AU- Wolf Pack One, Advisor, raids above 38th. Parallel, Supervisor; 1LT Charlie Norton, (later, MACVSOG cmdr, VN), Kangwha-do Island at mouth of Han River, west coast of Korea. George Fussell of Wolf Pack Three, was in “Guerilla Staff photo at the Temple on Memorial Day 1953”
 

1954-1955
1st Officer Candidate Regt., Instructor at OCS School, Ft. Benning, GA
(Weapons, etc.?)
 

1955-1956
77th Special Forces Group Airborne, SF Training, Ft. Bragg, NC
Extensive training in Unconventional Warfare
Camp LeJuene - assigned as an underwater demolitions instructor
Supervisor- Capt. George W. Fussell, Infantry Chief, Weapons Committee
 

1956-1959
1st Provisional Company, 10th Special  Forces Group Airborne, Team SGT of FA-14,
Bad Toltz, Germany
Served as Operations and Intelligence Sergeant of Special Forces A-Detachment
Supervisor, 1Lt. Aito Keravouri, (“a fine Commdr, was also Commdr. of a Battalion of ski troop in Finland during WWII, his son was KIA in Vietnam”, DeSoto)
M/SGT William DeSoto Award of Good Conduct Medal, Clasp w/3 Loops - 4/8/57
Letter of Appreciation from Capt. George W. Fussell, Infantry Chief, Weapons Committee - 3/18/58
Letter of Appreciation from 1Lt. Aito Keravuori, Infantry Commanding - 3/18/58
 

1959-1960
7th Special Forces Group Airborne, Co.'B' A-Team  “classified mission” July 1959 to 1960, Laos White Star, with MAJ. Charlie Beckwith and LTC. Arthur “Bull” Simons, Launa-Prabang, Laos
 
 

1960-1961
7th Special Forces Group Airborne, Co. 'D', Detachment A-38 Operations Sergeant,
Demolition, Ft. Bragg
UDT Training, Camp LeJeune, NC
Supervisor-Capt. Richard T. Terry (recommended dad for promotion with Letter of Commendation after Exercise Mohawk Arrow. “His brother, Ronald Terry, a SFC, MIA in the Delta Force right after I was wounded. A very close friend, darn fine soldier, won the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) & Silver Star. Was missing after a firefight when ambushed by Vietcong” DeSoto)
 
 

1961-1962
Berlin Brigade, Det. 'A', Team SGT/MAJ, Berlin, Germany
“classified mission”
 
 

1963-1964
Berlin Brigade, 18th Inf. Regt., 4th Battalion “Vanguard”, SGT/MAJ, Berlin, Germany
“classified mission”
Decorations:
Good Conduct Medal (Fourth Award) - 2/20/63

1964
7th Special Forces Group Airborne, 'B' Team SGT/MAJ, Ft. Bragg, NC
 

1964-1965
5th Special Forces Group Airborne, Det. B-52 - Project Delta, (beginning of Delta Force SGT/MAJ, Da Nang, Pleiku, Vietnam
Decorations:
Purple Heart (4th Award) - 10/25/65, Plei Me
Bronze Star with ‘V’ for Heroism (3rd Award) -  10/25/65
 

1966-1967
7th Special Forces Group Airborne, Co.'B', SGM, wounded rescuing Plei Me with Capt. Charlie Beckwith, 6 months in Womack Hospital, Ft. Bragg, NC
 

1967-1968
5th Special Forces Group Airborne, CMD/SGT/MAJ, (CSM-temp. comd.), Command and Control Detachment, (MACVSOG C&C), Da Nang, Vietnam, requested by name to
Decorations:
Air Medal, Date action: 10/13/65-9/21/67, documentation.
Army Commendation Medal “S” Date action: 4/22/67-4/20/68
 

1968-1969
7th Special Forces Group Airborne, Co.'D', Infantry Senior SGT, Womack Army Hospital, Ft. Bragg, NC
 

Medical Discharge due to combat wounds,
Medals total:
Campaigns:
Vietnam Defensive Campaign
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase II
 
 
 
 
 
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SGM Bill DeSoto

April 1943 to Nov. 1945
Rifleman--WWII-European Theatre--None
Supervisor-Unknown
Reason for leaving-Demobilization
Inducted into the US Army.  Took basic training at Ft. Bragg, NC.  Served as a rifleman during WWII with the
328th. Infantry Regiment in the European theater.
 

Dec. 1945 to March 1948
Heavy Equipment Maintenance. Asst.-Miami, FL-None
Supervisor Unknown
Reason for leaving-Enlisted in the US Army
Heavy equipment maintenance assistant.  Employed by various construction companies as an assistant in maintenance of construction engineering equipment.  Assisted in maintenance of graders, cranes, tractors, pumps, and air compressors, servicing equipment with fuel and lubrication.  Performed first echelon maintenance.
 

May 1948 to April 1953
Recon Platoon Sergeant-Augsburg, Germany-32 US Army Personnel
Supervisor-1LT Neil W. Wheeler
Reason for leaving-Assignment to Korea
(Enlisted in the US Army 19 May 1948 and assigned to Germany.)
Responsible to the commander for the training, control and tactical employment of the platoon in performing foot and motorized patrol along the West German border.  Advised platoon leader on matters relative to platoon welfare in terms of assignment, promotions, privileges, discipline, training and logistical requirements.
 

May 1953 to Jan. 1954
US Military Advisor-Korea-500 Korean Nationals
Supervisor-LTC Charles Norton
Reason for leaving-Assignment to CONUS
Responsible for the supervision of all training activities and logistical requirements of a guerrilla unit that contained 500 to 550 Korean and Chinese personnel.  Advised on matters of defense, psychological operations and communications systems. Made recommendations on the construction of dispensaries and schools for the district and on improvement of roads and bridges.  Kept the US Command advised on all matters pertaining to the unit.

Oct. 1954 to Aug. 1956
Detachment Team Sergeant-Ft. Bragg, NC-25 EM
Supervisor-MAJ George Fussell
Reason for leaving-Assignment to Germany
Assigned to a Special Forces basic training team.  Underwent and intensive period of training in Unconventional Warfare.  On completion of training, assigned to Camp LeJeune, NC as an underwater demolitions instructor to selected Special Forces personnel in the user of self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, detonating of explosives underwater, etc.  I operated the air compressor, inspected, repaired and cleaned parts and components of diving equipment.
 

Aug. 1956 to July 1959
Operations Team Sergeant-Bad Tolz, Germany-11 NCOs
Supervisor-LTC Aito Keravuori
Reason for leaving-DA Assignment to CONUS
Served as an Operations and Intelligence Sergeant of a Special Forces “A” Detachment.  Advised and informed the Commander on all matters pertinent to the Detachment.  Duties performed were related to operations plan and training, and counterinsurgency operations.
 

July 1959 to Jan. 1960
Operations Team Sergeant-Ft. Bragg, NC-11 NCOs
Supervisor-Capt. Charles Beckwith
Reason for leaving-DA Assignment to Laos
Selected for six months of extensive training prior to deployment on a special mission.  As Team Sergeant, I was trained in all matters pertaining to the mission.  Did extensive work in the preparation and rehearsal of an 11-week program of instruction, received 100 hours of language training (French).  Special training in survival, air operations, engineer heavy equipment, counterinsurgency, and advanced infantry.
 

Aug. 1960 to Feb. 1962
“A” Detachment. Team Sergeant-Ft. Bragg, NC-10 NCOs
Supervisor-LTC Aito Keravouri
Reason for leaving-DA Assignment to Europe
Responsible for formulating operational plans and intelligence estimates for the Detachment.  Supervised area studies on numerous countries, to include Vietnam and Laos.  Each area required extensive research in correlation of military requirements, economics, and other ethnic subject matter.   Conducted research on intelligence reports of value to the area studied and related to Unconventional Warfare.  Supervised training activities.
 

Feb. 1962 to Nov. 1964
Infantry Sergeant Major-Berlin, Germany-800 EM (US)
Supervisor-LTC Francis Mahan
Reason for leaving-Permanent Assignment
Assigned as Intelligence Operations Sergeant to Berlin Brigade Detachment “A”.  Some duties performed were classified.  Promoted to Sergeant Major in Oct. 1963 and transferred to 4th. Bn, 18th. Inf., Berlin Brigade, as the Battalion Sergeant Major.  Duties included supervising the first sergeants in the administration and implementation of Command policies, and advised the Commander on all matters pertinent to the enlisted element of the Battalion.

Nov. 1964 to Sept. 1965
Operations Sergeant Major-Ft. Bragg, NC-70 NCO Instructors
Supervisor-MAJ Robert Whitbeck
Reason for leaving-Vietnam Assignment
I assisted in preparing an 11-week Program of Instruction (PIO) for selected Special Forces personnel prior to their deployment to Vietnam.  Requested and coordinated all outside support for ammunition, transportation, classrooms, aircraft and training areas.  I was responsible for the direct command and administrative supervision of 70 NCO instructors and 300 students.  Kept the Commander advised on all matters pertinent to training.

Sept. 1965 to May 1966
Detachment Sergeant Major-Vietnam-2000 Irregulars-48 NCOs (US)
Supervisor-LTC Charles Beckwith
Reason for leaving-Wounded in Action, Medical Evacuation to CONUS
Assigned as Detachment Sergeant Major to Project Delta (B-52), a Long Range Special Forces Reconnaissance Unit.  My duties consisted of the following:  Keeping the Commander informed on the status, strength, morale, general training and logistical requirements of the indigenous and US personnel, with additional duties as military advisor to the Vietnamese Irregulars.  I was directly responsible for the training and supervision of the long-range patrols.  I was wounded on a combat mission; and returned to duty May 1966.

May 1966 to 1967
Infantry Sergeant Major--Ft. Bragg, NC--54 Enlisted Men
Supervisor -LTC Johnson
Reason for leaving-Vietnam Assignment
Served as a Special Forces “B” Detachment principal noncommissioned officer, and supervised the four subordinate “A” Detachment Unit Operations Sergeants.  Prepared unit correspondence and reports.   Interpreted and supervised implementation of unit policy and operating procedures.  A thorough knowledge of chain of command, regulations and directives was required.  Planned, coordinated and supervised the organizational and operational activities of the unit.
 
 
 
 


OUTLINE OF BILL DESOTO MILITARY HISTORY

04-15-43 Date of Induction, PFC William DeSoto 34 781 981, Camp Blanding, Fla
Co.G 328th InfRegt 26th InfDiv
12-19-44 Combat Infantry Badge (CIB)
 1.5 yrs Inf - PFC - 44 MKM Carbine - Rifleman 745
 1 yr FA - PFC - Machine Gunner 405
 Battles and Campaigns: N. France Ardennes Rhineland Cen Europe
 Decorations and Citations:
 World War II Victory Medal
 Good Conduct Medal (GCM)
 EAMETO Medal
 ATO Medal
03-29-45 Bronze Star Medal
 Purple Heart (PH) 2/Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC)
02-18-45 WIA Germany   1st Purple Heart
02-26-45 WIA Fraulantern, Germany 2nd Purple Heart
03-13-45 WIA Serrig, Germany  3rd Purple Heart
11-15-45 Date of Seperation, CP Blanding, Fla

April 1943 to Nov. 1945
328th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division (Yankee Division), Co. G
Rifleman - WWII-European Theatre--None
Supervisor - Unknown
Reason for leaving - Demobilization
Inducted into the US Army.  Took basic training at Ft. Bragg, NC.  Served as a rifleman during WWII with the 328th. Infantry Regiment in the European theater.

 
04-26-48 Hq & Hq Co, Det.-111 5th Inf.Div.    PFC Casual  521

05-10-48 9213 TSU-TC, Camp Kilmer N.J.    PFC Repl  745

05-19-48 Reenlisted and assigned to Augsburg, Germany with the US Constabulary
 Border Patrol, ‘B’ Troop 68th Squadron, SFC William DeSoto

May 1948 to April 1953
 U.S. Constabulary Border Patrol “B” Troop - 68 Squadron
 2nd Armored Cavalry, 3rd Battalion Co. H (Circle C)
 Recon Platoon Sergeant - Augsburg, Germany
Number and kind of employees supervised - 32 US Army Personnel
Supervisor - 1LT Neil W. Wheeler
Reason for leaving - Assignment to Korea
  (Enlisted in the US Army 19 May 1948 and assigned to Germany.) Responsible to the commander for the training, control and tactical employment of the platoon in performing foot and motorized patrol along the West German border.  Advised platoon leader on matters relative to platoon welfare in terms of assignment, promotions, privileges, discipline, training and logistical requirements. 3733 Tk Commdr
 
 

06-09-48 7220 EUCOM REPL Depot     PFC Repl  745

06-23-48 Hq & Hq Co, Sv. Trp. 2d Con. Regt    PFC Trainee 521

06-08-48 Trp. B, 68th Con. Sqd.      PFC Rifelman 745

10-26-48 Qualifications in Pistol 45 .Cal. Score: 215, Qual: MM
Troop B, 68 Squadron, PFC William DeSoto.

11-09-48 Qualifications in Machinegun 30 .Cal. Score: 63, Qual: 20 CIG
Troop B, 68 Squadron, PFC William DeSoto.

11-17-48 Trp. B, 68th Con. Sqd.      PFC - Driver Tank - 4733

12-20-48 To 10-15-49, CoH, 2d ArmdCav (US Con)   CPL Speer139 4733

12-20-48 To 10-15-49, CoH, 2d ArmdCav (US Con)   CPL Tnk Commdr 4733
 Armd Recon Leader
 
 
 

05-13-49 QUALIFICATION
 Machinegun 50 .Cal. Score: -  Qual: 150 RDS
Troop B, 68 Squadron, CPL William DeSoto

02-17-50 To 10-15-49, CoH, 2d ArmdCav (US Con)   SGT Tnk Commdr 3733
  Armd Recon Leader - 3733

03-04-50 HQ 2d CON BRIG APO 407-A     SGT Student 0624

04-14-50 CoH, 3d Bn, 2d ArmdCav (US Con)    SGT Tnk Commdr 3733

EfcvDate PrinDty  DutyMos Org&Sta or Theatr    Cond-Effcy-Reas
05-08-50 SFC, PltSgt 133.60  BTrp68SqrdnUSCon  USAREUR Exc Exc PCS
05-09-50 Rcn, PltSgt 133.60  CoB2dArmdCav  USAREUR Exc Exc PCS

02-27-51 QUALIFICATION - 75-mm gun
SPECIAL ORDERS 46
HEADQUARTERS - 2ND AMORED CALAVRY (US CONSTABULARY)
 Course “A” & “B”      Score: 577 Qual: EG
BY ORDER OF COLONEL PORTER: Stanley D Pierson, 1stLT Armor Asst Adjutant

06-25-51 QUALIFICATION - Submachine gun (45 .Cal)
 SPECIAL ORDERS 46
 HEADQUARTERS - 2ND ARMORED CALVARY
 Date of firing 3 June 1951.      Score: 80  Qual: Expert
 BY ORDER OF COLONEL ABRAMS:  Stanley D Pierson, 1st LT

05-08-51 Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award)  GO22Hq2dArmdCav

03-01-52  SPECIAL ORDERS 41
  HEADQUARTERS - 2ND ARMORED CALVARY
  SFC William DeSoto, Hq&HqCo - 3d Bn
  19 Feb 1952. BY ORDER OF COLONEL ABRAMS: James E McKinney
1st LT Armor, Asst Adj. “Nurnburg Military 8374” (Nuremburg Trials)
 

08-13-52 LETTER OF APPRECIATION
  COMPANY H
2D ARMORED CAVALRY
APO 46 US ARMY

SFC William DeSoto
  As you depart from this company for rotation to the Zone of Interior, I wish to convey to you my appreciation for your efforts in assisting this organization in fulfilling all its missions.
 As platoon sergeant and platoon leader, you have served the military service, and your country in an exemplary manner.
 Our association in the past months has been the ideal relationship of company commander to platoon leader. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving with you, and it is my hope that we may serve together again in the future.
 
         Neil W. Wheeler           1st LT   Armor           Commanding
 

08-20-52 SPECIAL ORDERS 184
HEADQUARTERS - 2ND ARMORED CAVALRY
SFC William DeSoto dtd, 12 Jun 52. HqCo 1st Armd Div Ft. Hood, Tex. . BY ORDER OF COLONEL ECKLES: Curtis W. Ellingsworth WOJG USA, Asst Adj. “Stopover one month while waiting for orders for Korea”
 

08-21-52 HEADQUARTERS - Bremerhaven Port of Embarkation. Prisoners Escort
LO A-8-82 BY ORDER OF COLONEL McGILL: W T Savage Actg Asst Adj Gen

 
 HEADQUARTERS 1ST. ARMORED DIVISION - Fort Hood, Texas 10-18-52 Rec Crwn 133.60  81st FECOMBnFtHoodTex   Exc Exc PCS

11-20-52 SPECIAL ORDERS 242,
HEADQUARTERS - 1ST ARMORED DIVISION, Ft. Hood, Texas
14 Oct 1952, 100th Tk Bn. SFC William DeSoto. BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL CLARKE: M G Roseborough Lt.Col GS, Chief of Staff, “While there, wish you belong to me” (Commander said). “Orders for Korea. Unit orders was changed”
 
 
 

01-28-53 SPECIAL ORDERS 21       21 January 1953
HEADQUARTERS - CAMP DRAKE REPLACEMENT DEPOT  - 8042ND ARMY UNIT
 
20. The fol named EM, Det #1, this Hqs, are trf in grade and WP orgn shown above their separate instructions. PCS. EDCSA: 28 Jan 53.  Tvl auth: nearest medical installation for phys reevaluation  on date shown in paren below EM name.
BY ORDER OF COLONEL KRUEGER:  Carl F. Modine, Major, AGC, Adj. Gen.
“Restricted Security Information”

01-24-53 Rec  133.60  7thReconCo7thInfDiv  USARPAC Exc Exc PCS
03-24-53 PSG  111.80  CoB32dInfRegt7thInfDiv USARPAC Exc Exc PCS
 
 
 

03-24-53 SPECIAL ORDERS 80
HEADQUARTERS - 7th INFANTRY DIVISION -  21 March 1953.
SFC William DeSoto TOE Indef ETS Indef CMS9 7th Recon Co APO 7 trf 32d Inf APO 7. TDN. PCS. TBGAA. ORDER OF MAJOR GENERAL WAYNE SMITH: Carl T Schmidt Colonel, GS, Chief of Staff. “Restricted Security Information”

03-24-53 SPECIAL ORDERS 68       24 March 1953
HEADQUARTERS - 32D INFANTRY REGIMENT
SFC William DeSoto (CAU) Pot (P) MOS: 1795 Comp: RA T/E: Indef ETS: Indef CMS: 15 EDD FEC: Oct 53 having rptd this Hq fr 7th Recon Co APO 7, is further asg to Hv Tnk Co this Regt. EDCSA: 24 Mar 53. BY ORDER OF COLONEL VAN WAY: Joe R Tramell Capt Inf, Adjutant. “Restricted Security Information”

06-18-53 EXECUTIVE ORDERS 9419
GENERAL ORDERS 335
HEADQUARTERS - 7TH INFANTRYDIVISION
AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL - By direction of the President, under the provisions of Executive Order 9419, 4 Feb 1944. The Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States during the period indicated is awarded to the following named enlisted men: Sergeant First Class William DeSoto, Infantry United States Army, in Korea, Company B, 32d Infantry, 23 March 1953 to 26 March 1953. Entered the Federal service from Florida. BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL TRUDEAU: John N. Davis, Lt.Col. GS, Acting Chief of Staff

03-23-53  HEADQUATERS - 7TH INFANTRY DIVISION
Thru
03-26-53 AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL
Sergeant First Class William DeSoto, Infantry, United States Army, a member of Company B, 32d Infantry, distinguished himself by meritorious achievement during the period 23 March 1953 to 26 March 1953. During this period, Assistant (Incorrect) Sergeant DE SOTO performed his duties as Platoon Sergeant in an exemplary manner. Sergeant DE SOTO, through his expert leadership, sound military background, tactical and technical knowledge, developed his platoon into a superior fighting unit. During the period in which his platoon was committed to the offensive action, Sergeant DE SOTO was a model of military efficiency and courageous leadership. Sergeant DE SOTO moved among his men continually encouraging them while directing accurate and intense fire on the enemy. The meritorious achievement of Sergeant DE SOTO reflects great credit on himself and the military service. Entered the Federal service from Florida. OFFICIAL: C. W. COPP, WOJG, USA, Asst AG.
“This commendation not correct. I was a M/SGT and Platoon SGT. Also acting Platoon Leader.” (Due to an artillery shell that made a direct hit on the Command Post bunker as dad was talking with old friend Sgt Bennie Droll 75 yard or so on way to meeting with his new commanding officer and platoon leader. He told me the shell killed all the officer meeting on the outside of the bunker as it was too small inside. The one officer inside was wounded.)

07-27-53 Inf Adv  111.80  UNPIK8240th AU  USARPAC Exc Exc PSC

07-27-53 July 1953 to Jan. 1954
United Nation Partisan Infantry Forces 8240 AU (Wolf Pack One)
US Military Advisor - Kangwha-Do Island, Korea
Number and kind of employees supervised -500 Korean Nationals
Supervisor - LTC Charles Norton
Reason for leaving - Assignment to CONUS
Responsible for the supervision of all training activities and logistical requirements of a guerrilla unit that contained 500 to 550 Korean and Chinese personnel.  Advised on matters of defense, psychological operations and communications systems. Made recommendations on the construction of dispensaries and schools for the district and on improvement of roads and bridges.  Kept the US Command advised on all matters pertaining to the unit.

11-18-53 SPECIAL ORDERS 204
HEADQUARTERS - UNITED NATIONS PARTISAN INFANTRY KOREA
 8240TH ARMY UNIT - 14 Nov 1953.
Fol EM, (Reassignees) Race: Cau; unless otherwise indicated, rel asg this orgn & asg 8057th AU IRD APO 971 for trans to CONUS for reassignment UP SR600-175-1. WP PCS TDN TBGAA. EDCSA: 18 Nov 53 EDD-FEC: Nov 53. M/SGT William DeSoto. OFFICIAL: Delvin C. Glenn 1stLt, AGC, Adj.

11-18-53 SPECIAL ORDERS 33,
HEADQUARTERS - PERSONNEL CENTER
CAMP STONEMAN, CALIFORNIA
The fol EM (ROTATEES) due to arrive CONUS aboard USNS POPE, are reld from assigned OVERSEAS RETURNEE STATION 6212 ASU CP

UNSM  AR 672-5-1 (DD Form214)

01-04-54 Instr  111.88  1stOCRegtFtBeng,GA   Exc Exc PCS

06-24-54 QUALIFICATION - BROWING AUTOMATIC RIFLE
CLASSIFICATION ORDER 31,
HEADQUARTERS -  OFFICER CANDIDATE REGIMENT
THE SCHOOL BRIGADE, Fort Benning, Georgia
Having fired Record Fire with the BAR on 6 July 1954.
Advanced NCO Class No. 4, 124th Co, 1st OC Regt
M/SGT William DeSoto       EXPERT Score: 145.
BY ORDER OF COLONEL GRIZZARD: William J Kaliff Capt, Inf, Adj.

Oct. 1954 to Aug. 1956
77th Special Forces Group (Abn) ,F.C. 1
Detachment Team Sergeant - Ft. Bragg, NC
Number and kind of employees supervised
Number and kind of employees supervised - 25 EM
Supervisor - MAJ George Fussell
Reason for leaving-Assignment to Germany
Assigned to a Special Forces basic training team.  Underwent and intensive period of training in Unconventional Warfare.  On completion of training, assigned to Camp LeJeune, NC as an underwater demolitions instructor to selected Special Forces personnel in the user of self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, detonating of explosives underwater, etc.  I operated the air compressor, inspected, repaired and cleaned parts and components of diving equipment.

11-11-54 Team Sgt 111.83  77thSFGAbnFtBragg,NC  Exc Exc CDY
06-03-55 UDT 121.68  77thSFGAbnCpLejune,NC            - Exc CDY
01-18-56 Team Sgt 111.83  77thSFGAbnFtBragg,NC  Exc Exc CDY
 

11-11-54 SPECIAL ORDERS 258      3 Nov 1954
 HEADQUARTERS - THE INFANTRY CENTER
 Fort Benning, Georgia
M/SGT William DeSoto, ETS: Indef 124th Co. The Sch Brig this sta trf in gr and WP 77th Sp Forces Dp Ft Bragg NC 9 Nov 54 rept NLT 23 Nov 54 to CO thereof for sp forces tng under provisions of SR 600-160-1-. EDCSA: 11 Nov 54. Twelve (12) DDALVP. PHHGSIA. TPA. TDN. PCS. 2152010 501-6-13-206 P1311-02 03 07 S99-999. Auth: 13th Ind Hq Third Army 1 Nov 54 and AR 615-200. Colonel, GS, Chief of Staff.
BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL HARPER: Paul J. Mitchell

12-00-54 Basic Airborne, Ft. Bragg, NC
 

03-24-55  LETTER OF APPRECIATION      24 March 1955
  HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS COMPANY (FC #1)
77TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP, AIRBORNE
Fort Bragg, North Carolina

M/SGT William DeSoto
Hq & Hq Co., (FB #4)
77th SF Gp., Abn.
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
1. The recent membership drive for the Airborne Association was very successful. It gives me
great pleasure to announce that the Castro Payne Chapter of the 77th Special Forces Group
is the second largest chapter in the Association. This is due in large part to the untiring efforts
on the part of a few individuals. The total membership of the Castro Payne Chapter now stands
at 781.
2. I wish to take this opportunity to extend to you my most hearty congratulations and sincere appreciation for a job well done. Your personal contribution to this successful membership
 drive has not gone unnoticed.
3. Recruiting new members for our chapter will be a continuing requirement. As our present assigned personnel are transferred to new assignments we will have a flow of new personnel. Many of these new replacements will be recent graduates into the ranks of the paratroopers and in some instances those who have not had a previous opportunity to become associated with the Airborne Association.
A copy of this letter of appreciation will be placed in your 201 file.
         Byrl D. Taylor           Major, Infantry           Commanding

12-19-55  Mil Justice B

05-17-56 SPECIAL ORDER 100       15 May 1956
HEADQUARTERS - 77TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP AIRBORNE
M/SGT William DeSoto Hq & Hq Co (FB Team #3) is placed on SD w/
Trf Det SU 3420 for aprx three (3) days eff  17 May 56 for separation  processing from the
Army UP para 615-367. EM further atch Trf Det for rats and qrs. EM will hand carry pers
rec and report in uniform to Bldg T4-40 NLT 1000 hrs on rept date.
FOR THE COMMANDER: William R. Condos, Major, Artillary, Adj.

05-19-56 SPECIAL ORDERS 119
HEADQUARTERS - XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS AND FORT BRAGG - Fort Bragg, NC
Following EM having been reenlisted RA at this sta UP AR 601-210 and SR 615-120-5 for initial asg to USAREUR in perm Grade E-5 (Sgt) is promoted to temp Grade E-7 (M/Sgt) with eff date of rank as of 27 May 53, is asg to Hq & Hq Co 77th SF Gp, this sta for record purposes, POR qualification and to await shipment instructions from TAG.  EM is required to engage in prcht jumping from mil acft in aerial flight as an essential par of mil duty while asg toany unit of this comd unless rel from such duty by competent auth.
Sgt (E-5) WILLIAM DeSOTO 133.83 Cau  6 yrs May 62 RA Unasgd (USAREUR)
FOR THE COMMANDER: Curtis J. Herrick, Colonel, GS, Chief of Staff
 

07-00-57 Unconventional Warfare Course, 10th SFGrp    May-Jul 1957
 
 
 

06-00-55 Air Transportation, Ft. Bragg, NC      May-Jun 1955
 

01-00-58 Combat Intelligence Course, 10th SFGrp     January 1958

10-03-59 Geneva Conv
 
 
01-22-63  BtJ Indoc Waived WWII Veton Jud Pun Course A, compl
 
07-00-65 Counterinsurgency Operations Course, Ft. Bragg   May-Jul 1965

02-10-67  CBR Trng
 
 
 

 
04-27-53  CIB (2nd Award) Par18S094Hq32InfRegt

06-18-53 BSM (2d Award) GO3357thInfDiv
  AOM (Japan)   AR 672-5-1
 KSM    AR 672-5-1

11-11-54 Team Sgt.  77th

01-25-55  Prcht Badge Par18S022Hq82dAbnDiv

06-03-55 UDT (Instructor)  Camp Lejuene 77th  SFGrp

06-00-55 Air Transportation, Ft. Bragg, NC, May-June 1955

01-18-56 Team SGT   77th  SFGrp

05-17-56 SPECIAL ORDERS 100       15 May 1956
HEADQUARTERS - 77TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP AIRBORNE, Fort Bragg, NC
M/SGT W. DeSoto (FB Team #3) is placed on SD w-Trf. Det. SV 3420 for approx. three (3) days eff 17 May 56 for separation processing from Army UP para 3 AR-615-367. EM (Enlisted Men) further atch. Trf. (Transferred). Det for rat and 9rs. EM will hand carry personnel records and report in uniform to BLDG T4-40 NLT 1000 hrs. on rept. Date.

05-19-56 Fol EM having reinlisted to USAREVR in perm Grade E-5 (Sgt) is promoted to temp grade E-7 (M?SGT) with eff date of rambas of 27 May 53..Col.. C of Staff

08-05-56 M/SGT  ASG to: 82 Recon Bn Mainz, Germany
 

08-20-56 Ren PSG Co. A 82d. ReconBn  USAREVR
 

11-26-56 M/SGT (relieved)reld. Fr. Asg Co A (Lee Baretacks, Gonsenheimtasg.  10th SFG (Flint Kaserne,
Bad Tolz, Germany
 

12-x7-56 Team SGT 10th
 

04-08-57 Good Conduct Medal W-3 Loops 10th SFGrp
 
 

03-18-58 Letter of Appreciation-Fussell

03-18-58 Letter of Appreciation-Keravuori

04-18-58 20 April 1958 7 days on TDY to Athens, Greece (Jusmaag) SF Demo

10-13-58 M/SGT E-7 relet dy w-FA Team 14 + reasgd. Dy w/ FA Team 10th SFGrp

06-12-59 Redevelopment Orders (10th to 77th SFGrp)
Aug. 1956 to July 1959
10th Special Forces Group (Abn) 1st SF, Co B
Operations Team Sergeant - Flint Kaserne, Bad Tolz, Germany
Number and kind of employees supervised -11 NCOs
Supervisor-LTC Aito Keravouri
Reason for leaving-DA Assignment to CONUS
Served as an Operations and Intelligence Sergeant of a Special Forces “A” Detachment.  Advised and informed the Commander on all matters pertinent to the Detachment.  Duties performed were related to operations plan and training, and counterinsurgency operations.
 

08-03-59 SPECIAL ORDERS 163       7 August 1959
 HEADQUARTERS - 77TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP AIRBORNE - Fort Bragg, NC.
VOCO 3 Aug. 59 cfn as follows: UP par69 AR 210-10, M/SGT E-7 WILLIAM DESOTO, Team FB-3 is auth to rat sep. Address: A21 Rhine Rd, Ft. Bragg, NC. These orders will remain in effect after discharge and reenlistment at the same station without a break in service unless sooner terminated. FOR THE COMMANDER: George H. Stephens, Capt, Armor, Adj.

Training for Operation Laos White Star
July 1959 to Jan. 1960
7th Special Forces Group (Abn) 1st SF, Co B
Operations Team Sergeant-Ft. Bragg, NC
Number and kind of employees supervised -11 NCOs
Supervisor-MAJ Charles Beckwith
Reason for leaving-DA Assignment to Laos
Selected for six months of extensive training prior to deployment on a special mission.  As Team Sergeant, I was trained in all matters pertaining to the mission.  Did extensive work in the preparation and rehearsal of an 11-week program of instruction, received 100 hours of language training (French).  Special training in survival, air operations, engineer heavy equipment, counterinsurgency, and advanced infantry.

12-14-59 HEADQUARTERS
77TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP AIRBORNE, Fort Bragg, NC
SPECIAL ORDERS 163, NC Dept of the Army, Office of the Adjustant General Wash DC  Team FB-1 (Prov), TDY approx 180 days (Beckwith/Terry/Pioletti/Huszar/DeSoto)

12-12-60 SPECIAL ORDERS 146 “Mission for Cuban Problem”
HEADQUARTERS - 7TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP (AIRBORNE), 1ST SPECIAL FORCES
Fort Bragg, North Carolina      12 Decenber 1960
10. Fol Off + EM Unit indicated areplaced.  SD to Group S-3 section for an indefinite period effective date 9 Dec 60.
GRADE NAME     UNIT
MAJOR DAVID B CROWE    Hq Co
CAPT JOHNNY REUS-FROYLAN   Co C
CAPT MARVIN C SHELTON   Co C
SMJ (E9) GREGORY A METTEO  Co C
MSG (E8) WILLIAM DESOTO   Co D
MSG (E7) MANUEL S VALADEZ  Co B
SFC (E6) EARL V TANNER   Co B
SP5 (E5) GREGORY COLON   Hq Co
SP5 (E5) RAY SANCHEZ    Co B
SGT (E5) LUIS M MARQUEZ-LOPEZ  Co C
SFC (E7) RUBEN MICHEL   Co C
SGT (E5) JACK HARPER    Hq Co
CPL (E4) ANTONIO RAMIREZ   Co B
 FOR THE COMMANDER:  Phillip L Mallory, Captain, Infantry, Adj.
 

01-05-61 LETTER OF COMMENDATIOM     12 August 1961
Thru COMPANY B - 7TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP (AIRBORNE) 1ST SPECIAL FORCES
06-12-61 Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Master Sergeant William DeSoto
Company D, 7th Special Forces Group (Abn)

During the period 5 January thru 12 June 1961, you have served as the Operations Sergeant of  Detachment A-38. Aside from your normal duties you have on several occasions performed the duties of a B Detachment Sergeant Major. In addition; you have participated in and supervised the setting up of various demonstrations presented by the 7th Special Forces Group (Abn) 1st Special Forces to various distinguished, High ranking visitors.
Your performance of duty has been outstanding. Because of your loyalty, integrity and devotion to duty I consider you one of the finest Senior Non-Commissioned Officers in the Army today. While participating in Exercise Mohawk Arrow your leadership, sound judgment and professional  knowledge warranted much praise not only from those individuals with whom you came in daily contact with, but also from members of the First Army General Staff. Because of your ability to adapt to any situation, attention to detail and ability to control men, you have proved to be a most valuable asset in the preparation of demonstrations and any given task.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the many fine jobs which you have done. Most of all, your performance of duty as my detachment sergeant has been outstanding. It is my hope that we might again serve together under any circumstance. Because of your performance of duty I strongly recommend you for promotion and duties commensurate with that rank.
It has been a pleasure for me to have served with you. Congratulations for a most outstanding job well done.
     Richard T. Terry Captain, Infantry, Co, A-38
“His brother, Ronald Terry, a Sergeant First Class (MIA) in the Delta Force right after I was wounded. (Plei Me - 25 Oct 1965) A very close friend, darn fine soldier, won the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) & Silver Star. Was missing after a firefight when ambushed by Viet Cong.”

04-18-61 LETTER ORDERS 4-353       5 April 1961
  HEADQUARTERS - XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS AND FORT BRAGG
  Fort. Bragg, North Carolina
5. FNI 7th SF Gp, 1st SF this sta placed on TDY for pd aprx 27 days and WP OA 18 Apr 61 to Cp Drum, NY in  conec w/Ex MOHAWK ARROW. UCMR Proper org. Capt Terry & Sfc Halfast have a sec clnc of TS all other  pers have a sec clnc of SECRET. Capt Terry is OIC & MSgt DeSoto is NCOIC. Prov JTR apply. Gp tvl dir. C??l chartered bus dir. All tvl & TDY dir by this order are of a type contemplated by para 4201, Item 6, JTR, as impl by AR 35-3080. Pd of ex 7 May-3 May 61. TDN 2112020.100 51-6160 P2500-02 S30-094 CDA 2040.1120. Expenditure of funds for per diem & tvl NTE $1,900.40. Auth: Cir 310-25 HQ TUSA, 1960.
  Capt RICARD T TERRY 071288 INF MSgt (E-8) WILLIAM DeSoto RA34781981
      (12 team members. See orig doc)
  FOR THE COMMANDER:   Elizabeth A Peets, Capt, AGC, Asst Adj Gen

04-08-61  Escape & Evasion,  compl

12-15-61 Opns Sgt CoB 7th SFGrp

01-03-62
 10th SFGrp (Donald Clayman Brig Gen

01-16-62 SPECIAL ORDERS 13      16 January 1962
HEADQUARTERS - XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS AND FORT BRAGG
 SMO: Para 19 SO 2 CS ……………………………………..
 FOR THE COMMANDER:  Donald C.Clayman Brigadier General, GS Chief of Staff

01-19-62 SPECIAL ORDERS 15 (Master Parachute Badge)
 HEADQUARTERS - 7TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP (AIRBORNE), 1ST SPECIAL FORCES
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Master Para Badge   M/SGT Willaim DeSoto E8
FOR THE COMMANDER:  George E. Carr, Captain, Artillery Adj.
 

AFEM (Berlin)   AR 672-5-1

Aug. 1960 to Feb 1962
7th Special Forces Group (Abn) 1st SF, Co B
“A” Detachment. Team Sergeant-Ft. Bragg, NC-10 NCOs
Supervisor-LTC Aito Keravouri
Reason for leaving-DA Assignment to Europe
Responsible for formulating operational plans and intelligence estimates for the Detachment.  Supervised area studies on numerous countries, to include Vietnam and Laos.  Each area required extensive research in correlation of military requirements, economics, and other ethnic subject matter. Conducted research on intelligence reports of value to the area studied and related to Unconventional Warfare.  Supervised training activities.
 

02-15-62 SPECIAL ORDERS 26 (Travel to Germany - Berlin Brigade)  31 January 1962  HEADQUARTERS - XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS AND FORT BRAGG
 SMO: Para 19 SO 2 CS_________________________________________

Pert to: DE SOTO, WILLIAM MSGT E8 fr CoB 7th SF Gp (Abn) 1st SF this sta to Det A (3800) USA Gar APO 742 NY NY
As reads: “EDCSA: 26 Feb 62”
IATR: EDCSA: 15 Feb 62
UATA: EM & depn will rept to Pier 86 North River West 46th St NY NY on 15 Feb 62 btwn 1300 & 1400 hrs for surf tvl to Germany aboard SS America departing 1600 hrs same date.
 FOR THE COMMANDER:  Donald C.Clayman Brigadier General, GS Chief of Staff

02-20-63 SPECIAL ORDERS 9 AWARD OF THE GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL 31January1962 HEADQUARTERS - UNITED STATES ARMY, BERLIN, APO 742, US Forces
 Good Conduct Medal (Fourth Award)
 Det. ”A”, US Army,  Berlin Brigade (73-3800-03)
 DESOTO, WILLIAM MSGT E-8 21 Feb 1960 - 20 Feb 1963 - 21 Feb 60-20 Feb 63

02-25-63 M/SGT E-8 Top Secret - 20 days Winter Field Trng. Attached
Berchtesgaden Sub-Post (Det-A Brig) to wear civilian clothes.

10-18-63 SPECIAL ORDERS 227       18 October 1963
 HEADQUARTERS - BERLIN BRIGADE - APO 742, US FORCES
18. TC 254. REASSIGNMENT dir as indic. NTI.
M/SGT E-7 WILLIAM DESOTO, Team FB-3 is auth to rat sep. Address: A21 Rhine Rd, Ft. Bragg, NC. These orders will remain in effect after discharge and reenlistment at the same station without a break in service unless sooner terminated. FOR THE COMMANDER:   Samuel H. Hays, Colonel, GS, Chief of Staff
 
 

10-21-63 LETTER OF CONGRATULATIONS    21 October 1963
 HEADQUARTERS - BERLIN BRIGADE - Office of the Commanding General
Dear Sergeant Major DeSoto:
      I wish to congratulate you upon your appointment to Sergeant Major. Among the factors which were considered in your selection for promotion were your demonstrated leadership ability and professional competence.
You are now one of a small group of the most elite senior Noncommissioned Officers in the Berlin Brigade. You can be proud in having joined this Select group. I wish you every future success.
          Sincerely,            Frederick O. Hartel,
Brigadier General,
USA, Commanding
Sergeant Major William DeSoto
Hq & Hq Company
4th Battalion, 18th US Infantry

05-13-64
 from Capt. Richard Noonan - Battalion SGM HHC, 4th Bn. 18th - Vanguard

10-21 64 LETTER OF APPRECIATION
 

 Feb. 1962 to Nov. 1964
Berlin Brigade Detachment “A”
Infantry Sergeant Major-Berlin, Germany
Number and kind of employees supervised -800 EM (US)
Supervisor-LTC Francis Mahan
Reason for leaving-Permanent Assignment
Assigned as Intelligence Operations Sergeant to Berlin Brigade Detachment “A”.  Some duties performed were classified.  Promoted to Sergeant Major in Oct. 1963 and transferred to 4th. Bn, 18th. Inf., Berlin Brigade, as the Battalion Sergeant Major.  Duties included supervising the first sergeants in the administration and implementation of Command policies, and advised the Commander on all matters pertinent to the enlisted element of the Battalion.

Nov. 1964 to Sept. 1965
7th Special Forces Group (Abn) 1st SF, Co. B
Operations Sergeant Major-Ft. Bragg, NC
Number and kind of employees supervised - 70 NCO Instructors
Supervisor-MAJ Robert Whitbeck
Reason for leaving-Vietnam Assignment
I assisted in preparing an 11-week Program of Instruction (PIO) for selected Special Forces personnel prior to their deployment to Vietnam.  Requested and coordinated all outside support for ammunition, transportation, classrooms, aircraft and training areas.  I was responsible for the direct command and administrative supervision of 70 NCO instructors and 300 students.  Kept the Commander advised on all matters pertinent to training.

 
Sept. 1965 to May 1966
5th Special Forces Group (Abn) Det. B-52 (Project Delta)
Detachment Sergeant Major-Vietnam
Number and kind of employees supervised - 2000 Irregulars-48 NCOs (US)
Supervisor-LTC Charles Beckwith
Reason for leaving-Wounded in Action, Medical Evacuation to CONUS
Assigned as Detachment Sergeant Major to Project Delta (B-52), a Long Range Special Forces Reconnaissance Unit.  My duties consisted of the following:  Keeping the Commander informed on the status, strength, morale, general training and logistical requirements of the indigenous and US personnel, with additional duties as military advisor to the Vietnamese Irregulars.  I was directly responsible for the training and supervision of the long-range patrols.  I was wounded on a combat mission; and returned to duty May 1966.
 
 

xx-xx-xx ACM  ?  22Apr67 to 20Apr68

 
10-31-65 CIB (3rd Award)  SO245 5th SFGA1stSF

11-02-65 PH Det B-52 5th SFGrp 1st Special Forces. WIA 25 Oct 1965
 
PH (w/3 OLC)   GO1368 HqUSAV 1965

BSM (Heroism) (3rd Award)  GO263  1966

VSM    AR 672-5-1 Ref #42

01-17-66 GENERAL ORDERS 263     17 January 1966
 HEADQUARTERS - UNITED STATES ARMY VIETNAM
 AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL FOR HEROISM
TC 320.  The following AWARD is announced.

DESOTO, WILLIAM  RA34781981  SERGEANT MAJOR E9  United States Army
Det B-52, 5th SFG (Abn), 1st SF APO US Forces  96240
Awarded:  Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device
Date action:  25 October 1965
Theater:  Republic of Vietnam
Reason:
For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force:
Sergeant Major DeSoto distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action  on 25 October 1965, while serving as advisor to a two company task force sent to reinforce the US Special Forces camp at Plei Me, Republic of Vietnam.  The camp had been under attack by approximately two regiments of Viet Cong for thirty-six hours.  At 1100 hours, a reinforced squad departed the camp to neutralize a Viet Cong machine gun position which had been placing accurate and intensive fire from a distance of 50 meters outside the defensive wire. As two US advisors and an assaulting squad armed with flame throwers, came within 25 meters of the machine gun position, they received intense machine gun fire.  When they crawled within 15 meters of the Viet Cong position and rose to fire their flame throwers, both weapons malfunctioned and were abandoned.  Sergeant Major DeSoto moved out from the camp in an attempt to get the flame throwers to function.  Realizing that the weapons were completely inoperable, he joined the squad in neutralizing the Viet Cong position.  Although he was critically wounded in the arm while assaulting the position, the machine gun position and three sniper positions were neutralized in the engagement.  The heroic actions of Sergeant Major DeSoto were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Authority:
By direction of the President under the provisions of Executive Order 11046, 24 August 1962.
FOR THE COMMANDER: JOHN D. McLAUGHLIN, Colonel, GS, Chief of Staff
(The Siege of Plei Me by two NVA Regiments. The first large engagement for the U.S. forces.)

May 1966 to Jan 1967
7th Special Forces Group (Abn) 1st SF, Co. C
Infantry Sergeant Major-Ft. Bragg, NC
Number and kind of employees supervised-54 Enlisted Men
Supervisor-LTC Johnson
Reason for leaving-Vietnam Assignment
Served as a Special Forces “B” Detachment principal noncommissioned officer, and supervised the four subordinate “A” Detachment Unit Operations Sergeants.  Prepared unit correspondence and reports.   Interpreted and supervised implementation of unit policy and operating procedures.  A thorough knowledge of chain of command, regulations and directives was required.  Planned, coordinated and supervised the organizational and operational activities of the unit.
 

10-10-67 Air Medal Air Medal C&C Det. 13 October 65 to 21 Sept 67

Apr 1967 to Jan 1968
“C” Detachment, 5th Special Forces Group (MACVSOG C&C)
Detachment Sergeant Major-RVN
Number and kind of employees supervised-5000 Irregulars (RVN) & 200 EM (US)
Supervisor-LTC Rose
Reason for leaving-Vietnam Assignment
Served as principal assistant and advisor to the Commander.  Coordinated all matters pertaining to the efficient functioning of the RVN irregulars and US personnel assigned to the Detachment.  Responsible to the Commander for the supervision and training of selected Long Range Reconnaissance Teams.  Kept Commander informed on the status, strength, morale, general training and logistical requirements of indigenous and US personnel.  Was also responsible for coordinating the operation of the mess hall and hospital of the irregular troops.   Established and maintained the indigenous personnel records.
“Bushwacker”

 
03-18-68 Army Comm. Med 22 April 67 to 20 April 68 (C&C Det)

Jan 1968 to Jan 1969
7th Special Forces Group, 1st SF, Co D
Sergeant Major
Number and kind of employees supervised-225 Enlisted Men
Supervisor-LTC John Williams
Reason for leaving-Retirement from Active Duty
Served as the senior principal noncommissioned officer of a special Forces “C” Detachment Headquarters, and supervised the three subordinate “B” Detachment Unit Sergeant Majors in matters pertinent to the enlisted element of the command.  Was responsible for the overall administrative workload of the unit, and advised the Commander on assignment, reassignments, transfers, promotions, granting of passes and leaves, punishments, and awards for the enlisted personnel.  Coordinated and directed the Headquarters operations, forming the unit for drill, ceremonies, and other military formations.  Took notes of observed discrepancies and initiated appropriate corrective actions.
 

01-31-69 Security Clearance: Final Top Secret (Updated 31 Jan 1969, Dossier No. X8205876), (NAC 11 Apr 1957) Ft. Holabird, MD. 21219

Foreign Languages:
Spanish, German, French, Vietnamese
Vietnam Defensive Campaign  DA Msg 778004
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase II  DA Msg  826198
 

Quotes:
 DELTA FORCE: The Army’s Elite Countertorrist Unit
 COL. CHARLIE A. BECKWITH (Ret) Founder and First Commanding Officer of DELTA FORCE
 Pg.70 “I trusted my life with my own sergeant major, Bill DeSoto. I was glad he was along for the ride.”
 Pg. 71
 Pg.74

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