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‘Scouts and Raiders’ Paved the Way to Forming the Navy SEALS

SEALS Although not formally founded until 1962, the beginnings of SEALs trace back to when the U.S. military saw a need for a beach reconnaissance force. A coalition of “Scouts and Raiders” were formed in 1942. Today’s Naval Special Warfare operators can trace their origins to the Scouts and Raiders, …

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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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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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Extortion 17: Raise a Glass to Those Lost, and Continue Looking for Answers

by Susan Katz Keating Eleven years ago today, 30 American military servicemen and a U.S. military working dog were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down in Afghanistan. Within hours of this shocking event, I began searching for whatever I could learn, for an …

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When the KGB Took on the Soviet Police

by Boris Egorov At the end of 1980, just before New Year, on the outskirts of Moscow, a number of Soviet policemen picked an argument with a KGB major. They had no idea what dire consequences the encounter would have for them and the entire Soviet police force.  On the …

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Honoring World War II Hero Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams

by Colin E. Kimball The call came early and unexpectedly on a Monday Morning. The multi-year-long effort to create a national funeral for the man who had been the last living Medal of Honor recipient of World War II, Gunner Hershel “Woody” Williams, had finally come to fruition. I got …

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The KGB Manual on How to Spot a Foreign Spy: Vodka Martinis, Impeccable Manners, and Eavesdropping

by Nikolay Shevchenko Back in the USSR, the KGB wrote a manual describing what a foreign spy would look like. Some of the characteristics were intriguing… In the midst of the Cold War, security services on both sides of the Iron Curtain had to stay vigilant and look out for …

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What’s In the Stars for Volodymyr Zelenskyy? Soldier of Fortune Consults an Astrologer

Key dates include August-September 2022; February 2023; and mid-July 2023 by Johnnietwobrows Editor’s note: Astrologer Johnnietwobrows previously examined Vladimir Putin’s astrological chart for SOF, so we thought it only made sense that he also see what is written in the stars for Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The following analysis is based on …

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How The KGB Caught America’s ‘Volkswagen Spy’: A Story of Cold War Espionage

by Amos Chapple A photo album sitting on the shelves of Ukraine’s KGB archives reveals how an amateur U.S. spy was captured more than 60 years ago.  In the summer of 1961, a quiet, serious American student named Marvin Makinen pulled up to the Soviet border in a Volkswagen car. The …

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What’s In the Stars For Vladimir Putin? Soldier of Fortune Consults an Astrologer

Putin’s chart shows a man who knows how to start, but not finish, a war. by Johnnietwobrows Editor’s note: While much of the world is using secular means to decode Vladimir Putin and his actions in Ukraine, we at Soldier of Fortune decided to approach the puzzle via one additional …

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