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Rhodesia’s Bush War: Attack on a Fireforce Base, Part I

Attack on a Rhodesian Fireforce Base. by Henri Lepetit, photos and text copyright  Well into the Cold War after the US had fired its final angry shot in Vietnam Rhodesia became the last western democracy engaged in a hot one fighting for its survival against a communist dictatorship takeover. In …

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AN AMERICAN SNIPER IN KOREA

Technical Sergeant John E. Boitnott, Korean War Sniper By Maj. John L. Plaster, USAR (Ret.) From the December 2008 issue of SOF CHICOMS TARGET OUTPOST YOKE To instruct the 5th Marine Regiment’s newly organized sniper school, the regimental commander recruited his unit’s Distinguished Riflemen and high expert shooters, among them …

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OPERATION PHANTOM FURY/AL-FAJR: I Fought in the Fiercest Urban Combat the US had fought since the Battle of Hue, Vietnam in 1968 By Jonathan Cuney

OPERATION PHANTOM FURY/AL-FAJR From the OCT 2010 files of SOF I Fought in the Fiercest Urban Combat the US had fought since the Battle of Hue, Vietnam in 1968 By Jonathan Cuney As I sit back and reflect on my time at war, no combat experience sticks out more clearly …

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Grunt Slang in Vietnam: Words of the War.

SOF Interview with Gordon Rottman—Grunt Slang in Vietnam: Words of the War. 1. Cover Grunt Slang in Vietnam: Words of the War 2. Introduction Have you ever found yourself throwing out some slang word recalled from Vietnam at an appropriate or not so appropriate moment? Most Vietnam vets have done …

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MACV-SOG History

The distinctive MACV-SOG patch, was strictly unofficial and authorized for wear in base camp. The patch embodies the ‘jointness’ of SOG. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of USASOC History Office) 24 Jan 2019 marks the 55th anniversary of the activation of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) in …

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The Frying Pan

The Frying Pan By Nick Brokhausen Former SOG operator When the grass whispers, the lion stalks the land… Ashanti Proverb The serenity of the South China Sea, splashed with the hues of the sunset, provides the backdrop to my musings. I am sitting on one of the bunkers on the …

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AMBUSH ON THE RIDGELINE

From the January, 2008 issue of SOF Message from his family: SGT Jayme Pohovey passed away recently in a non combat related incident while still serving active duty in a non combat related death. He served our country for 12 years, as an Army Combat Medic, with two tours to …

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SOG Compromised

SOG Compromised By John Stryker Meyer in the SOG Sentinel courtesy Debra Holm, design and Jim Morris, editor During the eight-year secret war in Vietnam, when Green Beret-led reconnaissance teams and company-sized elements ran top-secret missions across the fence into Cambodia, Laos and N. Vietnam, many of those missions were …

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The American Paratrooper Left for Dead in Nijmegen

Left for Dead in Nijmegen: The true story of an American paratrooper in World War II by Marcus Naninni Casemate Publishing  Gene had no idea how long he’d been unconscious; he found himself lying on his back, his helmet nowhere in sight. His head was splitting so badly he thought he’d …

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Running toward gunfire: Marines, British forces repel insurgents attacking Camp Bastion

By Sgt. John Jackson Marine Attack Squadron 211 From the January 2013 issue of SOF Sgt. Rasheem Thomas never thought his first night working on Camp Bastion would turn into a gun battle with 15 insurgents. When Thomas was told he was transferring from 1st Platoon to 2nd Platoon, the …

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