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SHOK VALLEY: Green Berets Trapped

Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II (front row, far right), poses for a photo with members of his detachment near Pul-e Charkhi Afghan National Army Base, Nov. 6, 2007. (Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Ronald J. Shurer II) By Mitch Weiss and Kevin MaurerFrom the April 2013 issue of SOF …

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SOF EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW With Author of ‘Executive Outcomes: Against all Odds’

SOF INTERVIEW WITH EEBEN BARLOW “EXECUTIVE OUTCOMES: AGAINST ALL ODDS” The book ‘Executive Outcomes: Against all Odds’ is a personal account of a company that gained fame and praise through its successes, and notoriety through its detractors. It is a story that cannot be told without including part of the founder, …

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A Solemn Promise: Missing in Action

America has over 83,000 Missing in Action Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. This film trailer gives us a poignant look at the families of these MIAs. All have sacrificed brothers, fathers and sons to America’s wars. Often these families go an entire lifetime without knowing how or where their loved …

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Cowboy: The Interpreter Who Became a Soldier, a Warlord, and One More Casualty of Our War in Vietnam

Cowboy was handsome, flamboyant, courageous, clever, and cruel. He got his nickname from the Green Berets who worked with him in the Highlands of South Vietnam in the 1960s. “You’ve got to take the bad with the good,” one Special Forces captain explained. “And Cowboy is a good interpreter.” But …

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The Green Beret Of Shok Valley, MOH recipient

Former Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer II, the hero of Shok Valley, MOH recipient has lost his long battle with lung cancer. R. I.P Sir. With all the battles Shurer has gone through, he faced one more in recent years. March 2017, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which had spread …

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Steady Stand at LZ Bird: Brutal Battles of Vietnam: America’s Deadliest Days, 1965-1972

Steady Stand at LZ Bird A savage assault by North Vietnamese Army regulars was stopped by the combined efforts of artillerymen and infantrymen at LZ Bird during Operation Thayer II on Dec. 27, 1966. By Al Hemingway © 2017 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Staff Sgt. Delbert …

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Seven Hours Under Enemy Fire: one of the most decorated soldiers of the Vietnam War.

Medal of Honor Monday: Army Sgt. Joe Ronnie Hooper JUNE 17, 2019 | BY KATIE LANGE Several Medal of Honor recipients earn the honor for a moment of action. But for Army Sgt. Joe Ronnie Hooper, his moment lasted about seven hours — fitting, considering he’s one of the most …

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