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Golf tourney raises funds for phone cards for troops in Germany

November 20, 2011
  • Dieter Protsch, right, retired U.S. Army major, accepts a $2,097.54 donation from John Flannery of Flannery's Tavern on the Square in Mercersburg, Pa., with which he will purchase phone cards for U.S. troops at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. The donation was raised during Flannery's second annual golf tournament at Whitetail Resort.
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MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Retired U.S. Army Maj. Dieter Protsch accepted a $2,097.54 donation from John Flannery of Flannery’s Tavern on the Square in Mercersburg. Protsch will use the money to purchase phone cards for U.S. troops at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

The donation was raised during Flannery’s second annual golf tournament, held Aug. 27 at Whitetail Resort.

Protsch was inducted into the Hitler Youth when he reached age 10, and escaped World War II Germany as a young man. He has devoted himself to working with veterans’ groups.

He organized the first Veterans Day parade in Hagerstown, and he’s now raising funds to purchase telephone cards for troops returning to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany from Iraq and Afghanistan. Protsch flies there and hands out the cards.

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