On 10 November 1953, the 10th Special Forces Group was split in half.

One of Special Forces' more illustrious soldiers was Larry Thorne. About a year later, he began a six-year period of continuous combat against the Soviets during World War II.

After various assignments with front line infantry units, he volunteered for commando activities behind the Soviet lines.

Lieutenant Thorne's most daring exploits occurred in 1942 as he conducted numerous deep penetration missions.

A certain breed of men stayed, and subsequently attracted more of his own kind.

One group of men who found places in Special Forces that suited their temperaments and special abilities were the so-called "Lodge Bill" troops.

Many of the "Lodge Bill" men still had families behind the Iron Curtain.

A few of the more notable Lodge Bill soldiers were SGT Paul Erman, a refugee from Poland; Stefan Mazer, a Czech and veteran of the Marquis and the French Foreign Legion; Henry "Frenchy" Szarck, a Pole and veteran of sour armies; Peter Astalos, served in the Romanian and German Armies during WWII, and Martin Urich, who participated in the largest tank battle of the war: Kursk.

Present for duty on that day 19 June 1952, were seven enlisted men, one warrant officer, and these initial arrivals were former OSS Ranger, and Airborne soldiers as well as Lodge Bill soldiers (Lodge Bill soldiers were East European or stateless volunteers in the US Army).

The US Army created the 10th Special Forces Group to conduct partisan warfare behind Red Army lines in the event of a Soviet invasion of Europe.

From the very start, the Army planned to employ the Group in Europe.

But the 1953 Berlin/East German crisis prompted a rapid move of the entire unit to Germany.