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Former Green Beret and NFL Player Nate Boyer Talks to Soldier of Fortune About Directing His New Movie

by Susan Katz Keating Nate Boyer served six tours of duty as a Green Beret in Iraq and Afghanistan, and later became a long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks. But one of the hardest things he has done is making sure he does right by the people who are portrayed …

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MiG Pilot Viktor Belenko: ‘I Am the Luckiest Man Alive’

by Susan Katz Keating In retrospect, it seems fitting that I met Viktor Belenko in Reno. He was a gambler hanging out in a gambling town, surrounded by pilots in their fast moving aircraft, barreling wildly around pylons. I went there many years back, looking for stories to be found …

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A Jeep, a Soldier, Some Booze, and One Very Rough Night in Camp

by James Woods Editor’s note: Reader James Woods sent this story about his father in law, who had an interesting time one night after dark during WWII. My father in law was assigned to the HQ company of an engineer unit as a driver during WWII. The unit was going …

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Jennifer Marshall: Iraq War Veteran, Private Eye, TV Actress

One of our favorite veterans is Jennifer Marshall, an actress, private investigator, and pin-up ambassador. She hosts the CW’s docuseries “Mysteries Decoded,” and has appeared on many TV shows, including “Stranger Things,” “NCIS,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “Game Shakers.”  Please leave this field emptySubscribe to the Soldier of Fortune Newsletter Enter your …

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The Neighborhood Recluse Had a Secret: He Was a War Hero

by Mitch “Taco” Bell Sometimes you never know who your neighbors are and I don’t mean that in the ax murderer scenario way, but in the sense that you have true heros hiding out in plain sight.  Take Tommy King, for instance. One weekend we had a giant wind storm …

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Deadly Assault on Special Forces in Vietnam Left ‘Drag Marks and Blood Trails Throughout the Camp’

by Gene Pugh One of the darkest days in Special Forces history occurred on a summer morning in 1968 in Vietnam. In the early hours of Aug. 23, the Da Nang MACVSOG camp known as FOB4 was attacked by approximately 167 soldiers from the combined units of the 22nd VC …

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The KGB Fueled These Cold War Conspiracy Theories About the US

by Nikolay Shevchenko During the Cold War, disinformation was a deadly weapon that helped advance the USSR’s interests. Here are three areas where the KGB fueled conspiracy theories about the United States. 1. AIDS was a Pentagon invention On March 30, 1987, millions of Americans heard shocking news on national …

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‘The Taliban Are Behind My Door’: The Whispered Message From a Friend in Afghanistan

by Susan Katz Keating “The Taliban are behind my door.” The whispered words came through the phone in the pitch of night, hours after Kabul fell on August 15, 2021. My friend “Hakim,” a man I had been trying from afar to help leave Afghanistan, called me from inside his …

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Graphic Novel Shows ‘Black Hawk Down’ Snipers Gordon and Shughart in Action in Mogadishu

Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart were part of a special operations sniper team with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. During the assault made famous as “Black Hawk Down,” they volunteered to be inserted at a helicopter crash site to protect the pilots and crew. They jumped into the firefight knowing that …

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To Those Who Jump Out of Perfectly Good Airplanes: Raise a Glass on National Airborne Day

by Heath Hansen Happy National Airborne Day to all you servicemen and servicewomen who volunteered to serve your country at a “higher” level! Created in 2002, by then President George W. Bush, National Airborne Day honors all the Nation’s airborne armed forces. President Bush 10 years ago proclaimed the following. …

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