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George Washington Bacon, the CIA’s Man in Laos Before He Became a Merc in Angola

Editor’s note: Former CIA paramilitary officer James Parker Jr. often talked to me about his days in Southeast Asia, including the secret war in Laos. He told stories of another case officer and former Green Beret, George Washington Bacon III, who became a mercenary in Angola. Here is an excerpt …

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‘I Miss the Battlefield’: A Warrior Longs for the Clarity of Combat

By Jim Lechner Editor’s note: Army Ranger (Ret) Jim Lechner wrote the following hymn to comradeship and patriotism – an essay that reverberates among those who long for the lost clarity of war. A veteran of multiple Special Operations missions, Lechner was wounded in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu in …

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On Desperate Ground: Mad Dog Platoon and the Battle of OP Nevada

by Susan Katz Keating The Ninth Situation of War, when you must fight without delay, is Desperate Ground – Sun Tzu “Watson. Wake up. Woods. Everyone. Wake the hell up.” The sentinels raced through the lean-to, alerting the team with urgent news: the Taliban were at the wire. Hours earlier, Sgt. …

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He Charged Into Enemy Fire, Was Left For Dead, Regained Consciousness, and Kept Fighting

While approaching Afghanistan’s Takur Ghar mountaintop, the MH-47 “Chinook” helicopter carrying Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman and the joint special operations reconnaissance team flew into an enemy ambush. Intense enemy small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire significantly damaged the helicopter, throwing Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Neil Roberts …

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Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe, soaked in fuel, on fire, again and again saved his team members

SERGEANT FIRST CLASS ALWYN C. CASHE THE BATTLE October 17, 2005 | Samarra, Iraq 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while engaging with the enemy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on …

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‘Angels of Bastogne’ During the Battle of the Bulge Saved the Lives of Hundreds of U.S. Soldiers

Augusta Chiwy Renée Lemaire Lemaire gained the reputation as “the Angel of Bastogne” for the care she delivered to wounded Soldiers. Lemaire died after the first aid station was bombed Dec. 24. Augusta Chiwy went to Bastogne to visit her father for Christmas. After a long difficult trip, which warfare …

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Learn to Live Like a Navy SEAL: Today’s Warrior Class

By Chris Sajnog From the May 2015 issue of SOF Across the ages, every great society has celebrated and revered a great warrior tradition and passed on the stories of these heroes in folklore. We can look back to the Spartans, Roman legionnaires, Vikings, knights, samurai or Aztecs, and each …

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JIMMY STEWART’S VIETNAM BOMBING MISSION

JIMMY STEWART FLEW IN VIETNAM?   WHAT MOVIE WAS THAT !!​ ©  J David Truby 2018 Brig. Gen. James Stewart (middle) and the crew of the Green-2 B-52 on February 20, 1966. The aircraft flew a classified Arc Light bombing mission over Vietnam with Stewart aboard as an official observer. Stewart was …

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Going for Broke: Do or Die: From a Handful of Hard Men, the SAS and the Battle For Rhodesia Part I

A Handful of Hard Men: The SAS and the Battle for Rhodesia    by Hannes Wessels Africa Unathorized With the collapse of colonialism and the European retreat from Africa the then colony of Southern Rhodesia refused to follow the political fashion of the time and succumb quietly. They decided to …

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“Enemy in the wire! Enemy in the wire!” The battle for Combat Outpost (COP) Keating

On the morning of Oct. 3, 2009, 1st Lt. Andrew Bundermann and the Soldiers of Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were woken up by the sound of mortar and small arms fire near their combat outpost in Afghanistan. In his Army …

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