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Pilot Col Bruce Crandall at LZ X-Ray: 22 missions into enemy fire

Among the most celebrated veterans of the Vietnam War, retired U.S. Army Colonel Bruce Crandall is best known for his actions of November 14, 1965, when he flew 22 missions in an unarmed helicopter into enemy fire to evacuate more than 70 wounded and bring ammunition and supplies to United …

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

Attack on a Rhodesian Fireforce Base. by Henri Lepetit all text photos copyright Henri Lepetit PART I 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 …

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‘Rhodesia’s Bush War:Rhodesian SAS Hit the Fuel Depot in Beira Mozambique’

Rhodesian SAS hit the Fuel Depot in Beira, Mozambique By Henri LePettit, Feature, Photos copyright  After the mid-70’s Carnation Revolution when the socialists were voted in back home, the Portuguese ditched their foothold in Mozambique. They were sent packing in a panic, ending overnight almost five hundred years of presence. …

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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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What Was MACV-SOG in Vietnam?

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) by Robert Seals, USASOC History Office The Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) was activated on January 24, 1964, …

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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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