Little Bird helicopters swept down and dropped the Delta Force operators on the roof of the prison. The helicopters were so heavy with men, weapons, and equipment that some only had one pilot on board due to weight restrictions. The breacher ran forward and set the explosive charge on the door leading down into the prison annex. He had about fifteen stitches in his leg from a training accident with a flashbang, but when Delta had been alerted for the hostage rescue mission there was no way he was getting left behind. “I’d been training for the super bowl all these years,” he recalled.

He was both the team breacher and the master breacher for that mission. The CIA intel had it that the door was metal and when putting the explosive charge together, he figured that there were no good guys on the other side of this particular door so he added a little bit extra. “It was the most surreal experience I could ever imagine,” he told NEWSREP.

To the breacher’s surprise, there was a metal door but there was also a second door in front of it, a barred jailhouse type door. He set the charge and backed off to prepare to detonate the explosive, but in the humidity of Central America, the adhesive on the charge failed, and the explosive fell off of the door. Meanwhile, the entire Delta Force troop was stacked up and ready to flow inside. The troop commander began yelling to get it fixed. Tensions were running high to put it mildly.

The breacher slammed the charge back on the door, moved away, palmed the fuse ignitor, and pulled it. The charge went off and blasted the door inside and flung it down the stairs. “I rocked the house that night, that’s for sure,” he remembered with the chuckle. The hostage, Kurt Muse, was rescued in minutes. It was Delta’s first successful hostage rescue.