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The "Green Beret Affair": A Brief Introduction
by Bob Seals

By the year 1969 United States involvement in South Vietnam was in its fourth year with no end in sight. Major U.S. ground combat forces, to include elite paratroops and marines, had been first committed in country during the spring of 1965. The fighting had increased in scale and intensity until by 1969 U.S. military strength stood at 536,000 on the ground. The Navy's 7th Fleet in the Tonkin Gulf, and Air Force strategic bombers flying from bases on Guam and Thailand provided major sea and air support for US forces on the ground. The South East Asia Treaty Organization nations of Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines would provide yet another 62,000 allied troops fighting against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Communist forces.[1] The Vietnam War, and peace talks in Paris, continued to drag on in 1969 with little end in sight.

The year of 1969 would also see one of the most interesting, controversial, and little understood events of the Vietnam War, the "Green Beret Affair." This affair, involving the identification and execution of a Communist Viet Cong double or triple agent by U.S. Army Special Forces working with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is an illustrative example of the morally ambiguous nature of modern day unconventional warfare. Such issues are still being faced by our Special Operations Forces in the current Global War on Terror (GWOT). I will attempt in this article to examine the "Green Beret Affair" from 1969 and outline how similar issues are faced daily by our forces around the globe.

In many respects the war in Southeast Asia was tailor made for the newest and most controversial force in the U.S. Army, the Special Forces (SF). Special Forces would be popularly know as the "Green Berets," much to the chagrin of the troopers themselves, who were quick to point out to outsiders that they were not a headgear but a highly trained and capable force of professionals. The beret itself, jungle green in color, was not that important or functional but was a highly emotional symbol, at least to the stiff necked conventional Army, of the attitude of the man who wore it; unconventional, more concerned with substance over form, and quite willing to defy conventions in order to accomplish a mission. The troops themselves were fascinating, a unique organization that attracted square pegs that often would not fit into the round holes of the spit and polish Conventional Army. Ranks were full of colorful nonconformists and extremely dedicated soldiers such as the Eastern European Lodge Act enlistees who volunteered for service in the American army and SF in the hopes of returning to their homeland with a victorious force. SF was probably the closest organization to the French Foreign Legion that the American Army had, and made many uncomfortable. Their willingness to defy convention, and discipline at times, would prove troublesome to many in the Army. Many generals could not hide their open disdain for Special Forces, with one Army Chief of Staff in the 1960's describing SF troops as "refugees from responsibility" and that they "tended to be nonconformists, couldn't quite get along in a straight military system…"[2] Note: this nonconformist trend has continued to the present day, the author is proud to report.

Organized into small 12 man teams with specialists in weapons, engineering, demolitions, medicine, communications, operations and intelligence, the Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha, SFODA, or A Team, was, and is, a compact, highly trained small unit capable of building, healing and destroying. The Special Forces Operational Detachment Bravo, SFODB, or B Team, provided command and control for 6 A Teams and operated as the Company Headquarters. B Detachments in Vietnam would additionally run special projects or missions, often involving intelligence collection and reporting. SF soldiers were capable of operating independently behind enemy lines with little outside support and could train, organize and lead resistance forces against occupying powers. Unconventional warfare (UW), as a mission, would be the "bread and butter" for SF. Defined as a broad spectrum of military and paramilitary operations, unconventional warfare are normally of long duration, predominately conducted through, with, or by indigenous or surrogate forces that are organized, trained, equipped, supported and directed by an external source. UW includes guerrilla warfare, subversion, sabotage, intelligence activities and unconventional assisted recovery.[3] The troops adopted the Trojan horse from classical history as their distinctive unit insignia and the Latin phrase De Oppresso Liber, "To Liberate from Oppression," as their SF motto. President John F. Kennedy would visit the Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg for an orientation on Special Forces by then Brigadier General William P. Yarborough, wearing an unauthorized headgear, the Green Beret. Much to the chagrin of the Army and Department of Defense, JFK would come away so impressed with Special Forces that he would shortly authorize the wear of the controversial beret and call it "a symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, a mark of distinction in the fight for freedom."[4]

Army Special Forces would forever be linked to JFK; members of SF served in the honor guard at his funeral in November of 1963, with one of the soldiers spontaneously placing his beret on the grave at the end of the ceremony as a mark of respect. President Kennedy's legacy would be further remembered when the Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, NC would be named the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.[5] The Special Forces in the Sixties would go through a period where they captured the public's imagination, beginning with the best selling book The Green Berets by Robin Moore in 1966. The paperback book became a best seller, followed by the surprise hit song Ballad of the Green Berets, by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler, an SF soldier who had served in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart for wounds, which would ultimately become the number 1 single record in the US for 1966. GI Joes, bubble gum cards, comic books, and Mattel toys would all celebrate Army Special Forces during the craze. Finally, the ultimate honor would be accorded the force in 1968 when John Wayne would produce and star in the action film The Green Berets, with David Janssen and Jim Hutton.[6] The strongly anti-communist, and pro-South Vietnam film, was a labor of love by Mr. Wayne, a stanch supporter of the war, who was openly disgusted by the anti-war protest movement in the United States at the time. All of this would have a profound effect on many American youths coming of age, to include the author, who can remember receiving a miniature Green Beret one year as a Christmas present during that timeframe, a foretaste of things to come years later.

Army Special Forces was born in 1952, the brainchild of World War II Office of Strategic Service (OSS), and Philippine Island Guerrilla veterans. These veterans, such as Colonels Russ Volkman, Aaron Bank and Wendell Fertig, had come out of the Second World War convinced of the effectiveness of unconventional warfare in an era of "pushbutton" warfare and atomic weapons. They had seen, first hand, the effectiveness of unconventional warfare against heavy handed occupying powers such as Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan. To use an example from both major theatres of war, accepted figures are that ultimately upwards to 200,000 were involved in the resistance in occupied France and some 250,000 fighting in the Philippines after Japanese occupation in 1942.[7] It is difficult to quantify exactly how effective the pro-Allied resistance movements were in Europe and Asia but General Eisenhower is said to have said that the forces of the resistance in Europe had done the work of some 15 divisions, and had shortened the Second World War by two months.[8] The Army was not particularly keen upon the unconventional warfare concept in general but saw the utility of using a group of misfits and foreigners in Europe against the expected Soviet led blitzkrieg from the east. Thus, the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) (10th SFGA) was formed in 1952 under the command of Colonel Aaron Bank, an OSS/SOE veteran and shipped to West Germany. The expected onslaught never occurred from the Soviets but SF trained hard throughout Europe and soon proved its worth to the Big Army. Additional SF forces were formed, to include the 77th SFGA at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and 1st SFGA in Japan. New roles and missions, in addition to UW and the familiar one of training potential guerrillas against expected communist invasions, emerged. One of these new missions included assisting friendly governments in the Foreign Internal Defense (FID) mode, mainly training allied armies to resist insurgencies. The gauntlet had been flung by Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1961 who would pledge support for "wars of national liberation" throughout the world, a communist challenge to the free world that would not go unanswered.[9] SF would soon be one of the instruments of choice throughout the 1960's in resisting these "wars of national liberation."

After the departure of the French from the states of Indochina, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, in the wake of the disastrous defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, a power vacuum existed in Southeast Asia. All French troops and trainers left the area leaving behind weak governments and armies attempting to combat unrest and communist led insurgencies. A limited program of assistance was begun by the US Government in support of these pro-western governments to include economic and military assistance. Enter institutions such as the CIA and SF. In 1956 Army Special Forces Detachments would be stood up in Japan and soon began training allied armies in Taiwan, Thailand and South Vietnam. In South Vietnam, SF teams, working with the CIA, was soon training indigenous cadres in unconventional warfare and long range Ranger type operations. It is interesting to note that the first SF soldier, CPT Harry Cramer, was killed in 1957 near Nha Trang, a foreshadowing of sacrifices to come.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Special Forces were joined at the hip in Vietnam, both working and relying upon each other for better or worse. Both institutions were probably more similar than each wanted to admit as they represented the beau ideal of a Kennedy inspired muscular response to the Communist led challenge of the "Wars of National Liberation." Roles and missions for the CIA and SF would overlap and conflict at times, causing friction inherent in war. Both were involved in various counterinsurgency programs to include collecting intelligence on the communist enemy and training and advising our South Vietnamese allies. For SF the war in Vietnam would include various highly classified programs to include cross border operations into Laos and Cambodia; in addition to gathering intelligence and running agent networks in support of operations.

Since the Bay of Pigs disaster in 1961, the CIA, or Agency, as many then and now refer to it, had moved away from such large scale military and paramilitary type operations to concentrate upon more traditional activities to include intelligence collection and analysis. The agency had been deeply involved in Southeast Asia just as long as Special Forces. Many of there intelligence oriented programs, with an appropriate code name, in South Vietnam would involve both the CIA and SF. The Phoenix program was one of these intelligence programs. The Phoenix program was born of the desperate need to identify and eliminate Communist Viet Cong infrastructure hidden deep within the South Vietnamese civilian population. The communist insurgency in the south was organized along classic Maoist cellular lines, with covert units responsible for everything from logistics and procurement to guerrillas and secret police. Phoenix, using Vietnamese agents "run," or controlled by Americans, quickly achieved results but became know as an infamous terror and assassination program. In each of the 44 provinces of South Vietnam CIA run interrogation centers were established to process suspects. And process they did as the numbers rolled in, 17,000 asking for amnesty, 28,000 captured, and 20,000 killed in action. Saigon and Washington were heartened by such numbers but others were not so sanguine. A State Department official who was an advisor to the South Vietnamese stated that "It was a unilateral American program, never recognized by the South Vietnamese government. CIA representatives recruited, organized, supplied and directly paid counter terror teams, whose function was to use Viet Cong techniques of terror—assassination, abuses, kidnappings and intimidation—against the Viet Cong leadership."[10] The numbers were impressive; however, one analyst would claim "They assassinated a lot of the wrong damn people."[11] Excesses were definitely committed and old scores settled as less than trustworthy informants pursued individual vendettas. All true, but one must remember that the individuals involved in intelligence and unconventional warfare often deal with unsavory characters. Eventually William Colby, CIA official in charge of all activities in Asia, himself an old OSS veteran of World War II, had to issue a reminder to all that torture and assassination were not part and parcel of the Phoenix program. Additionally he informed all involved with the program that if individuals found the Phoenix program so distasteful on moral grounds, due to the excesses committed by our allies, they could be immediately reassigned with no harm to their subsequent careers.[12] Soldiers to include Special Forces would not be given such an opportunity for reassignment. They would continue, then as now, to be bound by the laws of war and military justice system, no matter how imperfect.

To the uninformed the concept of rules and regulations limiting warfare may seem strange; after all, is it not true that "all's fair in love and war," to use a somewhat hackney phrase. The laws of war, again, which all military personnel are bound by, tolerate no such grey areas as the Phoenix program or targeted assassinations, at least in theory. Attempts to modify or regulate behavior in warfare are as old as war itself, with numerous examples going back almost to the dawn of time. Alexander the Great, in 335 B.C., is said to have informed his troops before assaulting a besieged town that "Do not destroy today what will be yours tomorrow," a clear attempt to moderate the looting of a city after it had fallen, acceptable behavior in warfare during the classical period.[13]

Plato, in the Republic, writing on war, attempted to establish the principle of burial for the dead and prohibition on despoiling the dead, after the heated fury of battle had passed. Later, in the Middle Ages, additional rules limiting warfare became established practice, at least in Europe, due to the efforts of the Roman Catholic Church. Restrictions on targets began to be codified, to include prohibiting the attacking of churches, religious buildings and priests or nuns by armies. In modern language, these were protected places or forbidden targets. Additionally the concept of non-combatants began to be understood with the sick, old, women and children no longer considered worthy opponents. Other influences toward moderating wartime behavior would include the formation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Switzerland in 1863 by Henri Dunant, and international agreements in the 20th century designed to control the impact of war both on participants and bystanders. The Hague Convention Number 4 of 1907 and the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949 would establish beyond a doubt the law of war.[14]

Purposes of the law of war would be many but would mainly exist for three purposes; one, to protect both combatants and noncombatants from unnecessary suffering; two, to safeguard fundamental human rights of persons who fall into the hands of the enemy, particularly prisoners of war, the wounded and sick, and civilians not involved in the hostilities, and finally, to facilitate the restoration of peace. However, the communist nations of our globe would claim not to be bound by any such laws of war, and would infamously mistreat any prisoners who fell into their hands as "war criminals."[15]

American soldiers, to include the Special Forces, would continue to be bound by such laws of war, even in the unconventional war going on in Vietnam. All U.S. Army Special Forces, in 1969, operated under the control of 5th Special Forces Group, headquartered at Nha Trang, on the southeast coast of South Vietnam. Colonel Robert B. "Bob" Rheault took command of 5th SFGA in Vietnam in May of 1969. Colonel Rheault was a 1946 graduate of the US Military Academy, who had missed the Second World War but would go on to win the Silver Star, our nation's third highest combat decoration fighting in Korea. Rheault was a unique officer in a unique force; additionally he was independently wealthy, coming from an old Boston family. He spoke French without a flaw, would be educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, West Point, and finally the University of Paris for a masters degree in international relations. No stranger to Special Forces, his initial tour was with the 10th SFGA in Germany during the late 1950's. Colonel Rheault would attend the SF Qualification course, the "Q" course, in 1961, and would command the 1st SFGA on Okinawa before being assigned to Vietnam to take command of the 5th SFGA. It would probably be no exaggeration to say Rheult was one of the most respected and beloved officers ever in SF, a "must promote" to General Officer rank if his command, and career, had not been ended prematurely by the Green Beret affair.[16]

In 1969, Special Forces Detachments or A Teams were placed throughout the country in 80 or so isolated camps. The A Teams were the "point of the spear" working, living, advising, fighting and dieing with the locals. SF was uniquely positioned to gather and report intelligence. The Military Assistance Advisory Command Intelligence Officer, or J-2, at one point during the war estimated that some 50% or so of all intelligence gathered daily was from SF and its sources. Some camps had such a level of knowledge that they were able to successfully identify Viet Cong, by name, operating in their area, and then quietly go about eliminating same. In order to accomplish its intelligence gathering mission in Vietnam, a number of intelligence oriented special missions would be established and given code names, similar to the Phoenix program. One of these intelligence programs established by 5th SFGA in country was Project GAMMA, a unilateral, covert intelligence collection operation targeted against North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong base camps in Cambodia, to include the weak Cambodian government's aiding and abetting of the communists. In February of 1968 SF Detachment B-57 was transferred from Saigon to Nha Trang and officially designated as Project GAMMA headquarters, with responsibility for managing the entire program. The program itself had potential very serious international repercussions due to the then secret B-52 strategic bombing missions being flown at the time against those communist base camps across the border in Cambodia. If the classified program was discovered, political repercussions in the U.S. and elsewhere would be most serious, given the poisonous political atmosphere of the day.[17]

Personnel working on Project GAMMA were given cover as civil affairs, CA, and psychological operations, PSYOPS, officers augmenting A Teams near the Cambodian border. Five collection teams were authorized and soon had some 13 nets established with 98 codename agents providing intelligence of some manner. In October of 1968 the top intelligence officer in Vietnam on General Abrams staff estimated that Project GAMMA was providing 65 per cent of the information known on North Vietnamese Army (NVA) strength and locations in Cambodia, and some 75 per cent of the same information known on NVA within South Vietnam. The Special Forces in Vietnam, and Detachment B-57 led by Major David Crew, had developed into arguably the most productive intelligence collection project the U.S. had throughout Southeast Asia.[18] It has been said that the reason that Project GAMMA was so successful was due to the fact that the South Vietnamese had been not "read on" to the program. As a successful 1968 turned into 1969 for Project GAMMA, it was noticed by Detachment B-57 that many extremely valuable intelligence nets and agents had began to disappear, and many feared the worse, that the highly classified operation had been compromised by a double agent.

The S-3 or Operations Officer, Captain Budge Williams, for the project felt that Project GAMMA was in danger of going under from an unseen and unknown communist spy. Other intelligence and counter-intelligence officers, to include Captain Leland Brumley, Major Thomas Middleton, and Chief Warrant Officer Edward Boyle became convinced also there was a security leak somewhere in the organization. All began investigations but made little headway until the spring of 1969, but did discover the unpleasant truth that some of the South Vietnamese SF working for US forces were involved in selling weapons and medical supplies to the communists. Then, ironically enough, an SF reconnaissance team, in a classified area across the border where US troops officially did not operate, discovered documents and a roll of film in a communist base camp. When the film was developed one of the Viet Cong pictures on the roll was believed to be that of Project GAMMA Vietnamese agent Thai Khac Chuyen.[19] The leak has been discovered, or had it?

After conferring with the Agency, the SF soldiers involved in the investigate were told that the best way of handling the problem would be to get rid of the double agent, but the CIA could not authorize the execution, somewhat disingenuously. The agent handler for Thai Khac Chuyen, Sergeant Alvin Smith, identified him from the captured photo. It is interesting to note that Sergeant Smith was not a Special Forces soldier but rather an intelligence specialist who had been assigned to Project GAMMA and Special Forces. Sergeant Smith's supervisor, Captain Robert Marasco, ordered that the agent in question be brought in for questioning to include a polygraph test; which ominously the agent had not been given when recruited for Project GAMMA. If standard operating procedure had followed, the test would have already been conducted during his recruitment. Other doubts existed about the Vietnamese agent to include the fact that he was originally from North Vietnam, still had family north of the border, his English language skills were uncommonly good, and he had gone from job to job working for US forces fighting in South Vietnam, with trouble always following his departure.[20]

Eventually Mr. Chuyen would undergo some ten days of rigorous interrogation and solitary confinement to include the use of polygraph tests and sodium pentathol, commonly known as "truth serum." The bad news, at least for the agent, was the fact that the polygraph tests would indicate that Mr. Chuyen was not telling the truth when he denied having compromised any Project GAMMA security details and working for the Viet Cong. Additionally the possibility existed that Chuyen was also working for the South Vietnamese intelligence service on the side, a triple agent. For the SF officers of B-57 and Project GAMMA, the leak that everyone had been looking for had been found. It would be distasteful but they knew what must be done; if Chuyen was turned over to the South Vietnamese Army or National Police, there was the chance he might go free due to the actions of another communist plant, and cause further damage and loss of American lives.

Thus, in June of 1969 three of the B-57 officers would drug Thai Khac Chuyen, put him on a boat and take him out into Nha Trang Bay, not far from the 5th SFGA headquarters. He was shot twice in the head, weighed down with chains and dumped into the dark shark-infested waters of the South China Sea. Without a doubt a killing but one could make the argument the time tested standard procedure for identifying and eliminating a known double agent during wartime. An appropriate cover story was developed to explain the now obvious absence of the agent, if questions were asked he was believed to have disappeared after being sent on a mission behind enemy lines to test his loyalty to the cause. The Group Commander, Colonel Rheault, knew of the execution and approved the execution and cover story as above.[21]

It was then that control of the affair began to be lost, never to be regained. Sergeant Smith, Mr. Chuyen's handler, began to be concerned for his security and safety, and sought sanctuary with the CIA office in Nha Trang. It would not take long for that to get out, even in a war zone, and soon all eight officers and noncommissioned officers involved in the execution, to include Colonel Rheault, were arrested on charges of premeditated murder, an offense punishable under the UCMJ, and confined in the infamous in country military facility known as the Long Binh Jail, or "LBJ" for obvious reasons.[22] To make matters worse, if that was possible at the time, was the fact that Colonel Rheault had given a four star general, General Abrams, the cover story when asked about the agent's whereabouts.

Unfortunately, at least for 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam, the commander of all U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam that crucial year of 1969 was General Creighton W. Abrams. General Abrams, for better or worse, was perhaps one of the most forceful and dynamic leaders in the post-World War II Army. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, USMA, at West Point in 1936, Abrams has served in the old horse cavalry before the war, transitioning to tanks and armored forces during the war. Fighting in Europe, he soon proved himself to be one of the most capable young officers in the Army, serving in both the 1st and 4th Armored Divisions. Abrams became one of General George S. Patton, Junior's favorite officers. Patton reportedly said to a reporter during the war that "I'm supposed to be the best tank commander in the Army, but I have a peer—Abe Abrams."[23] High praise indeed. During the Battle of the Bulge, Abrams successfully led the tank and infantry task force that relieved the besieged 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne in Belgium. General Abrams came out of the war one of the most decorated officers, and was clearly a rising star in the Army's stable of combat hardened commanders. General Abrams would die in 1974 while serving as the Army Chief of Staff. The Army's high regard for him would be shown in the following decade by naming the newest and most modern tank, the M-1 tank, the Abrams.

But along with all that capability, General Abrams was a man with strong opinions. His top intelligence officer in Vietnam, a classmate from USMA, has written that "This commonsensical, well-read, sophisticated man harbored some of the longest lasting, strangest, and most unusual prejudices. For one, he hated halfbacks, football halfbacks…Abrams held another unusual, and more serious, bias: he disliked paratroopers."[24] General Abrams had played sixth string football at the academy, fighting in the trenches of the line. This experience seems to have developed in him quite the distaste for "glamorous" half-backs, which at some point was transferred to airborne forces, to include Special Forces. In a profile piece on General Abrams in the New York Times from 1969, the writer claimed that the post-World War II Army was run by the "Airborne Club," which included the Special Forces, and that Abrams "as a square-shooting, traditional soldier, he was shocked when some of the ‘dirty tricks' customary in Green Beret activity became known to him forcefully," and believed that "battles should be fought with feet planted firmly on the ground and that making a fetish out of jumping out of airplanes is puerile."[25] It is probably not surprising that General Abrams never volunteered for or served a tour of duty with any airborne unit. I believe this is most unfortunate given the fact that he would have perhaps developed a better understanding of Airborne or Special Forces purposes and functions. Thus, when the Green Beret Affair would surface the Special Forces would most definitely not have a friend in court.

The article 32 investigation held by the U.S. Army in Vietnam, before General Courts Martial against all eight, quickly became engulfed in a firestorm of publicity. Most of the American public, and the Special Forces, believed that Colonel Rheault and all involved had been made scapegoats for a matter that reflected poorly upon the Army. One former member of Special Forces in Vietnam commented to the author that "We were thunderstruck, and thought what did he [Colonel Rheault] do wrong?"[26] National newspapers and television picked up the story, most likely due to the involvement of the Special Forces, and the affair became another lighting rod for pro and anti-war feeling. The hearing in Vietnam became somewhat of a circus after one of the Army defense lawyers for the 8 soldiers, Judge Advocate General Captain John Stevens Berry, called General Abrams and CIA officials to the witness stand. Both declined to get involved in the proceedings and testify. Finally in September of 1969 the Secretary of the Army Stanley Resor announced to all that all charges would be dropped against the 8 soldiers charged since the CIA, in the interests of national security, had refused to make its personnel available as witnesses, therefore making any manner of a fair trial possible. Colonel Rheault requested immediate retirement from the Army and all others charged in the affair had their careers effectively ended, also leaving the service afterwards.[27]

The affair continued to have unfortunate repercussions for Special Forces and the Army. General Abrams, after having Colonel Rheault arrested on murder charges, had one of his headquarters staff officers, Colonel Alexander Lemberes, assigned to take over command of the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam. The obvious problem with the assignment was that this officer was neither a qualified parachutist nor Special Forces officer; a bit like having a United Methodist preacher assigned to a Roman Catholic Church, rather nonsensical at best. When Colonel Lemberes attempted to wear an unearned Green Beret in his new command, the 5th SFGA Command Sergeant Major told him in no uncertain terms to take the beret off. Eventually the Army Chief of Staff, General Westmoreland, no stranger to the airborne, would step in and assign a qualified officer to command Special Forces in Vietnam. By the end of 1969 the Green Beret affair would be over, but questions raised and issues involved would come back again years later.[28]

The 1969 Green Beret Affair brought up issues that continue to resonate in our Global War on Terror with SF continuing to operate in that shadowy world of unconventional warfare. Occasionally these issues surface and come to the attention of the press and American public as per the 3rd SFGA Special Forces Detachment that faced recent charges of premeditated murder for shooting an "enemy combatant." Last year on 13 October 2006 at the small village of Ster Kalay near the Pakistan border, members of Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 372 of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, positively identified and killed Nawab Buntangyar, an Afghan national on the approved Operation Enduring Freedom target list. Spotted outside a residential compound, dressed in civilian clothes, not wearing a uniform, or carrying a weapon, Buntangyar was shot in the head while speaking the local police from 100 yards away by a concealed SF sniper. The enemy target had been involved in suicide and roadside bombing attacks; thus, the "take down" of the target, an enemy combatant, was considered "a textbook example of a classified mission completed in accordance with the American rules of engagement."[29]

But for reasons that still remain vague, murder charges were preferred against the SF Detachment Commander, a Captain, and the Operations Sergeant, a Master Sergeant. Once again, just as in 1969, an Article 32 hearing was held, as per the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), before a General Court-Martial. Both soldiers were charged with violating Article 118 of the UCMJ, premeditated murder. Once again, SF soldiers became the objects of national press attention to include two ends of the ideological spectrum, the New York Times and Fox Network and Bill O'Rilley. However, after the hearing the two star general in charge of all SF at Fort Bragg dismissed the charges, an outcome just as in 1969.[30] An isolated incident perhaps but an illustrative example of the rules of engagement that our soldiers operate under on a daily basis, where a split second decision made on the battlefield to shoot or not shoot, can be reviewed later in the cool comfort of the court room. This is a level of oversight that will continue, even in the shadowy world of SF and unconventional warfare. Army Special Forces will continue to work with the CIA, FBI, and other agencies; commonly referred to in today's lexicon as Other Government Agencies, or OGAs. One could say some of the OGAs at times may not be bound by laws and rules but our Armed Forces are, make no doubt. Rules of engagement, carefully drawn up by military lawyers, will continue to govern what our troops can or cannot do, with legal review from higher always a possibility.


In the end what would the "Green Beret Affair" signify? Was it, as one author has suggested, a sort of a "Caine Mutiny of the Vietnam War," raising complex issues of morality, murder and professional jealousy?[31] Was the execution of an identified double, or perhaps triple, agent murder, or simply standard operating procedure old as warfare itself? Did General Abrams and the Army leap upon the case in order to make a point and discredit and discipline an unruly child, Special Forces?

The affair was ultimately a tragedy. Committed and capable officers found themselves on two sides of a chasm in warfare; on one side World War II era officers to whom events were black and white, right and wrong. The other side was a younger generation, less respectful of rules and regulations, perhaps, but completely committed to winning. Both main players in the affair, Colonel Rheault and General Abrams, were graduates of the Military Academy at West Point, separated in time by 10 years. That is were the similarities end. The affair became a clash of philosophies, world views and personalities.

Ultimately we will never know whether or not the executed agent, Thai Khac Chuyen, was truly working for the Communist Viet Cong, the American Special Forces, the South Vietnamese government, or a combination of all three. Evidence suggests that he was guilty of at least attempting to conceal the truth, a dangerous game, and one that led to his execution in the summer of 1969. He became just another causality in unconventional warfare. As we have seen above, the 1969 Vietnam "Green Beret Affair," is not unique as our forces continue to face similar moral and legal issues daily in the current Global War on Terror. However, as seen above, all Americans can take comfort in the fact that even our "best and brightest" remain subject to the law of war and military justice. That is one certainty in an uncertain war that will not change.

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Show Footnotes and Bibliography


[1]. R. Ernest Dupuy and Trevor N. Dupuy, The Encyclopedia of Military History: from 3500 B.C. to the present. (New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1986) 1209-1212.

[2]. Stanley Sandler, To Free From Oppression: A Concise History of U.S. Army Special Forces, Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations, and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. (Fort Bragg, NC: US Army Special Operations Command, 1994) 56-65.

[3]. Charles S. Simpson III, Inside the Green Berets: The Story of the U.S. Army Special Forces. (Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1983) 28-40.

[4]. Simpson, 34.

[5]. Sandler, 70.

[6]. Hans Halberstadt, The Green Berets: Unconventional Warriors. (Novato, CA: Presido Press, 1988) 12-13.

[7]. Russell Miller, The Resistance, World War II, Time Life Books. (Alexandria: Time Life Books, 1979) 186, and Rafael Steinberg, Return To The Philippines, World War II, Time Life Books. (Alexandria: Time Life Books, 1980) 12.

[8]. Miller, 186-187.

[9]. R. Ernest Dupuy and Trevor N. Dupuy, The Encyclopedia of Military History: from 3500 B.C. to the present. (New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1986) 1201.

[10]. John Ranelagh, The Agency: The Rise & Decline of the CIA. (Great Britain: Cambridge Publishing Limited, 1987) 440.

[11]. Ranelagh, 439.

[12]. Ibid, 440.

[13]. Military Law, Student Text 27-1, (Fort Leavenworth: U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1989) 4-3.

[14]. Military Law, 4-4.

[15]. Ibid, 4-2.

[16]. Jeff Stein, Murder in Wartime: The Untold Spy Story that Changed the Course of the Vietnam War. (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992) 60-62.

[17]. Shelby L. Stanton, Green Berets at War: U.S. Army Special Forces in Southeast Asia 1956-1975. (Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1985) 211.

[18]. Stanton, 211-212.

[19]. Stein, 53-57.

[20]. Ibid, 66-74.

[21]. Stanton, 212-213.

[22]. Ibid, 213.

[23]. Phillip B. Davidson, Vietnam At War: The History 1946-1975. (Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1988) 517-518.

[24]. Davidson, 525.

[25]. Kevin P. Buckley, "General Abrams Deserves A Better War," (New York Times, October 5, 1969).

[26]. Peter Alliman, former U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) SF Sergeant, interview by author, November 13, 2007.

[27]. John Stevens Berry, Those Gallant Men: On Trial in Vietnam. (Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1984) 151-163.

[28]. Stanton, 214.

[29]. Paul von Zielbauer, "Green Berets Face Hearing On Killing of Suspect In Afghan Village," (New York Times, September 18, 2007).

[30]. Henry Cunningham, "Special Forces soldiers cleared," (Fayetteville Observer, October 01, 2007).

[31]. Jeff Stein, Oh, What a Lovely War, Vietnam Generation Journal, Volume 4, Number 3-4, September 7, 2007.


Peter Alliman, former U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), interview by author, November 13, 2007.

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R. Ernest Dupuy and Trevor N. Dupuy, The Encyclopedia of Military History: from 3500 B.C. to the present. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1986.

Hans Halberstadt, The Green Berets: Unconventional Warriors. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1988.

Henry Kamm, "Berets in Vietnam Still Resentful and Suspicious," New York Times, November 8, 1969.

Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr., The Army and Vietnam. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 1986.

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"Officers, Families and Lawyers Are Jubilant Over the Decision," New York Times, September 30, 1969.

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Trevor Royle, "Is US ready to open old box of dirty tricks?," The Scotsman, November 19, 1997.

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* * *

Copyright © 2007 Bob Seals.

Written by Bob Seals. If you have questions or comments on this article, please contact Bob Seals at:

About the author:
Bob Seals is a retired Army Special Forces officer with service in the 1st and 3rd Special Forces Group, 1st Special Warfare Training Group, SF Command, Security Assistance Training Management Organization, and Special Operations Command-Korea. He is working as an Operations Analyst for General Dynamics Information Technology at the Army Special Operations Digital Training Center, US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, NC.

Published online: 11/24/2007.

* Views expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily represent those of MHO.

5th SF Group - 50th Annv Jack Daniels

46th SFCA Mascot

We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved mascot Papa Chang.

He was 115 years old. With all the records the Thais keep he is the oldest Elephant in Thailand, if not in the world.

He will be sadly missed.

Papa Chang

Prostheses Foundation

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Prostheses Foundation

Warm Blanket Operation

Yes, even in Thailand, there is cold weather. You too can give a gift that keeps on giving. A warm blanket to a child.

The hardest part of October was putting up with all the rain, as the end of the wet season approaches we are really getting hit hard and many areas where our Remote Schools are located are flooding. We will really need donations. Our warm blankets cost just $5.00 each.

To use PayPal, click on ADD TO CART, follow the PayPal instructions and then enter your donation in increments of $5 USD.

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Handmade blankets donated for the Babies

Bataan 2014

April 16, 2014 Annual Bataan Death March at Ft Bliss TX March 23 2014. CPT (R) MARK LITTLE IS THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR WOUNDED WARRIOR PROGRAM took a team of warriors to the Bataan Death March!. It was one of the most horrible events I have ever been through - so we loved it!

Retired 1st Lt Chris Carisen holds the American flag high for members of Warrior 360 as they set off for the beginning of the 25th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range March 23. Retired Capt. Mark Little, head of Warrior 360, walks to Carisen’s right, and behind Carisen smiling is Michael St. Onge, a former U.S. Marine. Warrior 360, based in Virginia, helps support the needs of U.S. service members and their families with everything from medical needs to home repair. “Never accept defeat,” is the organization’s motto, and Little said the organization’s Bataan team included, 10 kilts, 17 legs, eight veterans, four Purple Hearts, two civilians and one team.” For more on this story, go to; - http://www.signatureflip.com/laven/thebugle/2014-03-26eEdition.pub/index.html to see the full issue.

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About the 46th SF Co.

United States Army Special Forces, Thailand, was originally organized as The Reactivated Company D (Augmented), 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), in 1966. In October of that year, after intensive pre-mission training, the unit deployed to Thailand. An SFOB was initially established at Camp Pawai, Lopburi, Thailand. At this time, major training camps were established at Nam Pung Dam, Nong Takoo and Ban Kachong.

On 15th April 1967, the unit was redesigned 46th Special Forces Company (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. The organization no longer possessed the lineage of its previous designation but shares the lineage and honors of the parent regiment, The 1st Special Forces. In December 1967, the headquarters moved from Camp Pawai to the home of The Royal Thai Army Special Warfare Center at Fort Narai, in Lopburi.

On 1st April 1970, The 46th Special Forces Company (Airborne), 1st Special Forces was inactivated. The unit was reactivated as United States Army Special Forces, Thailand.

Many diversified missions have been levied upon United States Army Special Forces, Thailand, with the emphasis placed on counterinsurgency training. Initially, the unit was tasked with training selected infantry units of The Royal Thai Army prior to their deployment to Northeastern and Southern Thailand. Close co-ordination with Thai armed forces in formulating training programs, to include counterinsurgency and staff training for the Royal Thai Marine Corps, battalion and company level training for The Royal Thai Army, specialized courses for The Royal Thai Army Special Forces and airborne battalion personnel, ranger training and border patrol police courses were areas affected.

During 1967, selected personnel of The 46th Special Forces Company (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, provided The Royal Thai Army Volunteer Regiment (Queen’s Cobra) with training in preparation for deployment to The Republic of Vietnam.

As time passed, additional programs were added to original missions to encompass the training of paramilitary and police organizations such as The Volunteer Defense Corps/Mobile Reserve Platoons, National Police and Police Aerial Reinforcement Units (PARU), to mention a few.

Accomplishment of the unit’s many diversified missions and enjoyment of the admirable history the unit has experienced during its presence in The Kingdom of Thailand has been possible only through the efforts of the Officers and Men of The United States Army Special Forces, Thailand. We are proud. We are pleased. We are,


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Lifetime Membership - $50.00 USD

46TH SFCA New Member Application
We welcome new members. Membership benefits include the issue of our “Walk-on-Water” style membership/ID card and the invaluable assistance of our resident team of members during your trips to Thailand. If you wish to apply, print an application form. Fill in the details and send it to us at the Virginia Beach address below. Please enclose your check for $50.00, payable to “46th SFCA” for life membership. E-mail a photo of yourself and your mailing address for your membership card to the Editor; brian.hooe@virgin.net. If you require a card for your spouse/partner please send their photo and name also, (no extra charge).

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We thank all our members and supporters!

We hope you enjoy all the great photos and the online services.

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Thank you and come back again soon!

Officers & Board

Officers and Board

Reed F, Johnson (Chief Excutive Officer)

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Edie English (Chief Fundraiser)

John Tuohey (Fundraiser)

John (Jack) Murphy (Legal advisor)

Leslie Murphy (Medical advisor)

BG. (Ret) Remo Buttler (Military Liaison)

Steve & Fran Craig (Australian Coordinators)

Brian H. Philipp (Newsletter Editor)

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Affiliates - Web Sites

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SFA Chapter 54
Wheel Chair Gear

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George & Dragon Pub
Siam Chillies Paste
Special Extra Earnings for Military Service
Total Oriental Food and Gifts
O.A.S.I.S Group
International School Of Bangkok
The Folds of Honor
Buck & Johnny's Pizzeria

School Programs


We need to raise more funds for our schools programs.

The children want to learn and the teachers want to teach. But these schools have to get by on so little money. We can help them.

The teachers make about $150 a month and the state funding for each child is about $10 a year!!

Playtime for some of the Remote school children is working in the school market gardens, so come lunchtime they get something to eat. If the crops are good the surplus gets sold at the local market.

The little money made goes to buy fish and meat for their lunches. State school funding does not include feeding the kids!!

School Programs

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School Shoes

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Bicycle Program

The 46th SFCA has provided over 85 pairs of shoes

School Lunch Program

If you don't have a PayPal account,:
To contribute by Credit Card; you can call: 1-757-412-1001

Or you can send a check payable to 46th SFCA and mail to:
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Bicycle Program

School Lunch Program

We provide funds and supplies for fish and frog farms and School market gardens.

Got green fingers? Want to help?

With the combination of sun, rain and elephant dung, stuff really GROWS.

School Desks

School Desks Program

Operation Warm Blanket

Our Warm Blanket and later Shoes & Socks and Jacket Programs started with this little boy who died in the winter of 2004. His name was Moc (which means fog in English). He attended Kun Sab School in the Hills near Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Most visitors to Thailand find the Northern Hills refreshingly cool after the tropical southern beaches but the people who live there especially small children find the winter nights are COLD. He died from caching a CHILL because he got too cold in the night. News of his death kicked off our WARM BLANKET PROGRAM.
Since 2004 we have donated 4,080 BLANKETS to the poor and remote
school children in Thailand.

When we have enough donations we buy 100’s of BLANKETS at a time.
They cost just $5 each!!

Operation Warm Blanket

Wat Patan Operation Warm Blanket
Khun Sab Operation Warm Blanket
Dong Keng Operation Warm Blanket

Handmade blankets donated for the Babies

Bicycles Program

Bicycle Program

We started our BIKES FOR TYKES PROGRAM when we met this 12 year old 0rphan boy who makes a living as a pro kick boxer to support his grandmother & himself. His Teacher told us he had good grades but had a problem getting to and from School because his home was a long way and he had no money for the bus. Since 2004 we have donated over 260 Bikes to deserving children at these Schools; Ta Ngko, Palad Mum, A Nuban, Hue Chang, Dong Keng, Tha Muang Yha Rau, Sa Kor Sai, Nong Can and Trai Pu School.

When we have enough donations we buy the BIKES by the truckload. They cost just $25 each!!

Day at the Beach

The trip was to Jomtien Beach, near Pattaya City. The cost per student was about $7.50 for all the things the children did during the day. This was the first time any of these children had ever seen the open Ocean.

Donations can be made by clicking 'Make A Donation'

Most recent Field Trip on March 19 for 250 + children from Anubaan Satuk School in Buri-Ram Provence


No matter where you live in the world, computers are an important tool for learning.

If you would like to support the 46th SFCA Remote Schools Computer program, please contact 46th SFCA Director Reed Johnson at

email: sfca46thassoc@yahoo.com

The 46th SFCA has provided over 30 new and used computers

Back to School Supplies

All the back to school sales start in the US and we have found that WAL MART gives you the best deals.

We can always use pencils, erasers, pens, colored pencils, the 24 count Crayons, Math and Alphabet flash cards, used books and rulers(plastic).

One thing, if you are going to donate items it is best to get lots of one kind rather then one or two items. We try and give all the children the same thing.

If you are planning to come over for a visit on one of our trips you can get the school supplies in August and save them till you come over.

With 3,640 children we go through a lot of school supplies!

Frank Wehmeyer (on left) presented this 46th SFCA recognition award to Jason Taylor of the Walmart Super Center in Benton Il.

The Walmart Super Center gave a gift card earlier in the year.

Stop by your local Walmart and ask them to do the same.


Rice Fields

This is the rice field we will use to try out James Handlin’s new super duper fertilizer. The picture is a close up of the rice at 3 weeks before the fertilizer is added. We will record pictures every 3 weeks during this project aimed at increasing rice production by 50%. The extra rice yield will be donated to our Remote School Children’s project to help feed our 6,500 children we support.

Pranee Johnson’s sister donated 1.4 acres of rice fields for the test. When Pranee explained to her Family we wanted to do everybody is waiting to see how it works and if it is half as good as Jim says they want to use it on 120 acres next planting.

Lop Buri Schools

Dai Yaow School

DonPoe School

SaiYoy School

Wat Raatsa Mukee

Click here to see some of the children from Wat Raatsa Mukee School

Wounded Warriors

In addition to fund raisers to support our Remote Schools of Thailand projects, 46th SFCA has a Wounded Warriors program for WIA from the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.

The 46th SFCA wanted to not only recognize the sacrifice of the men and women wounded in action but to also provide them, and their significant other, an opportunity for some well deserved R&R.

Throughout the year we attend several events where we sell our Wounded Warrior and Purple Heart shirts and hats. But you don't have to wait for our events - you can show your support now by visiting the Online Store or our Make a Donation webpage.

Better yet, in November 2015 join us on our fifth Cruise!

Thank you for your Support!

Wounded Warriors Cruises


Ruck For Warriors

Pictures and Stories
LINK To Ruck For Warriors Web Page

WW Cruise III 2011

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Thank you to everyone who made the Wounded Warrior Curise III a great success!

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Wounded Warrior Cruise III Photos

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Thank you for your support!

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Costa Cruise Lines (www.costacruise.com) aboard the Costa Atlantica. Costa is a subsidiary of Carnival. We will have a meeting room, Memorial Ceremony and an Awards Ceremony with an open bar on the last night. The Cruise schedule is:

11/28 Sat. Ft. Lauderdale (Florida) - 7:00 PM
11/29 Sun. ...cruising... - -
11/30 Mon. ...cruising... - -
12/01 Tue. St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands) 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
12/02 Wed. San Juan (Puerto Rico) 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
12/03 Thu. ...cruising... - -
12/04 Fri. Nassau (Bahamas) 1:00 PM 6:00 PM
12/05 Sat. Ft. Lauderdale (Florida) 8:00 AM -

Check out all the great photos on our Photo Gallery page!

Thank you for your support!

WW R&R 2010

Wounded Warrior R&R 2010

Thailand Then and Now
Wounded Warrior R&R 2010

46th SFCA / JCRC Reunion

October 30th, 2010 - November 14th, 2010

Check out the trip youtubes

Lunch with Thai WIA
Fun with Papa Chang
46th HD Dinner, VFW Post 9876 Pattaua, SF Chapter 3 BKKK
Moon River Boat Races

Thank you for your support!

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Hey there!

This is Mark Little (from the cruise). I just wanted to send a note out to you to see how everything is going. I hope your Christmas and New Year's was enjoyable, for Household-6 as well :)

I wanted to again, and again, thank you for the most fabulous time that we all had on the trip and consider it a high pleasure and honor to have had the opportunity to meet you and learn from what you had to share. Please keep me in your mind if there is any way that I can be of assistance on any of your other endeavours, especially with wounded guys. It's a big part of my mission in life now, so I'm always at the ready.

I hope your travels are safe and your days are filled with excellence!!!

With the utmost respect,

CPT (Ret), USArmy


Just a quick not to tell you guys over there thank you for a great trip. Me and Mary really enjoyed the trip and your company. It was great to meet some old time SF guys trying to take care of us young SF guys. Can't wait till it's my turn to take care of the next generation. Well thank you again, and I definitely will keep in touch. Your a bunch of great guys and gals doing great things. Thanks again

Jeremy and Mary Valdez

Mr Cadillac Johnson

Kimi and I would like to thank you for the 46th SFCA's generosity and efforts that resulted in the unforgettable time cruising the Caribbean. It was the first cruise experience for both of us and we thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly with the rest of the extended military family. You and the rest of your organization are the true heroes that make this country great.

Andre and Kimi Cilliers

Hi Reed,
You probably don't remember me, but I introduced myself onboard the Costa Atlantica. Anyway as it turned out my wife Linda and I had the privilage and good fortune to have somehow scheduled the same cruise as you and the rest of your group. We first met Maj. Jerry who invited us to attend the wreath laying ceremony. thats where we met up with Chris and Misty. The rest is history. We had a great time with everyone we met from your group. What a Good and positive bunch of people. I' proud to have been there. We were invited to your party you had in the lounge on the 1'st deck . I was invited to drink from the leg and was honored to do so. Enough rambling. I wanted to say Hi to Jerry before he deploys. And also wanted to stay in touch with Chris and Misty. But we never got around to exchanging information before we parted. If you don't feel comfortable with giving me their info, could you please forward mine to them. Sure would appreciate it. Now that I know about you guys I will do what ever I can to support your cause. Thanks,
Steve & Linda Varno

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WW Softball Tournament

Walter Reed Hospital team "Some Assembly Required".

The Virginia Beach 46th SFCA Wounded Warrior Softball Tournament will be on 22 August 2015

Thank you to all who attended.

Rob English Memorial

Rob English Memorial 46th SFCA Wounded Warrior Program Ocean Cruise V

Saturday May 23, 2015
AC Cruises
Gardner's Basin
Atlantic City, NJ
Boarding 5:30 PM
Departure 6 PM

Join us on the Wounded Warriors Cruise V Nov 2015
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Wounded Warrior Cruise V Fundraiser Raffle

2015 Raffle Winners

4th Prize of $500 Dr. Yeh, Port Orchard, WA

3rd Place $1,000 Eye Johnson

2nd Place $2,000 James L. Smith, Leonia, NJ

1st Place Motorcycle SFA-79 Pearl, MS

Congratulations !!!!!

Our Schools

Don Po - Lop Buri

Sai Yow - Lop Buri

Nong Song Hong-Buriram

Nap TimeView the Video

Wat Baan Noi - Chiang Mai


Pang Term

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Nong Chana Chai

Kun Sab

Patan - Chiang Mai

Muang Khon - Chiang Mai

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The 46th SFCA Association is a Non-Profit 501 (3) Corporation. We have ongoing Remote Schools of Thailand and Wounded Warrior projects that benefit from the generous donations from our members, their friends & family and a variety of corporations. Donations are both monetary and personal time and don’t forget - tax deductable.

Throughout the year we organize a variety of fundraisers. Merchandise sales (don’t forget to visit our Online Store), Thai Cuisine Dinners, Raffles, Ocean Cruises, 46th SFCA Reunions, Jumps, Golf vacations, SCUBA Diving vacations, and more. Yes we are very busy but it’s all worth it.

Rolling Thunder, Washington D.C. 2007

Wounded Warrior Cruise 2007

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Road Knights

Road Knights of Pennsville NJ support the troops 2012!

The Road Knights host the Hot Summer Knights Cruise every year and this year they raised $1,782.09 for the 46th SFCA Wounded Warriors Cruise IV! Thank you to the Road Knights for supporting our Wounded Warriors. The 46th SFCA is working with the Road Knights to select a wounded warrior from the Pennsville NJ area to be a recipient of a cabin on the 46th SFCA Wounded Warriors Cruise IV.

The Road Knights’ next event is Road Knights Car Show and Swap Meet on Saturday September 15, 2012 at the Rainbows End Airport #19 in Mannington, NJ. For Information call Rocky T’s at 856-678-6260, Day of Show call Jason Bennett at 856-491-1836.

The 46th SFCA will be setting up a table to sell T-shirts, Hats, etc. to raise even more funds for the 46th SFCA Wounded Warriors Cruise IV.

Wish us luck!


SFA Chapter 16 BBQ

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Inosanto Academy

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There are many paths through the mountain of life, and some climbs can be felt like the point of a knife.
Some paths are short and others are long, who can say which path is right or wrong?

The beauty of truth is that each path has its own song, and if you listen closely you will find where you belong.

So climb your own path true and strong, but respect all other truths for your way for them could be wrong.
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Wounded Warriors merchandise sales as of 2/11/2008 from The Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts Online Store:

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Thank You!

Recognition Certificates presented to the Inosanto Academy by Billy Cason, 46th SFCA Board of Directors

The Wall of Honor

Rob English Memorial

Saturday May 23, 2015
AC Cruises
Gardner's Basin
Atlantic City, NJ
Boarding 5:30 PM
Departure 6 PM

Rob English Memorial 46th SFCA Wounded Warrior Program Ocean Cruise V

Join us on the Wounded Warriors Cruise V Nov 2015
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46th SFCA will receive .75 cents for each review submitted.

It's that easy! Thank you for your support!

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IDentityTheft SHIELD

You understand identity theft is a problem facing many people. You may even know some of those people, or be a victim yourself. Those who have not experienced it firsthand may not think about identity theft except when it pops back up in the news again. Unfortunately this complacency can lead to an underestimation of the risk. Unfortunately, we’re all at risk:

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For every purchase of IDentityTheft SHIELD $25.00 will be donated to the 46th SFCA.

George and Dragon

The George and Dragon Pub held its 3RD annual fund raiser for our Remote School Children Program in Thailand. They raised another $342.00 for the children while also selling $170.00 worth of Raffle tickets for our WOUNDED WARRIOR CRUISE II.

The G&D has been voted the best Seattle sports bar in the area. So stop by 206 N. 36TH ST Seattle WA 98103 206-545-6864.

DAKOTA and MIKE are the cooks and they do a bang up job from Thai food to English food. Gary is behind the bar and pours a great pint as well as bringing cases of school supplies to Thailand a few times a year.

The owners JOHN and JOHN have been supporting our children in Thailand for several years before we started the annual Thai dinners

Siam Chillies Paste is a Thai Restaurant across the street from the George and Dragon who donated a very large serving tray of PAD THAI a dish of stir fried Thai noodles with chicken,bean sprouts, green onions, eggs, tofu and homemade tamarind sauce.

This family run restaurant made enough for 30 people and donated a few Chang Beers while we waited. If you are in the Fremont district of Seattle drop in it is a great little place with very reasonable prices. The waiter is working his way through the UW for his MBA.

Address 119 N. 36TH ST. Seattle WA 98103 206-633-1433

Moose Lodge 1083

Luster Johnson presented plaques to the Moose Lodge 1083 for their donation of 30 lbs of pull tabs for the Prosthetic company in Bangkok who makes the prosthetics for the Thai Military and the poor.

Kat Fowler (left) the manager of the bar, Luster Johnson (Center) 46th SFCA & Ron Lawrence the Moose Lodge administrator.

Moose Lodge 1083

JWV Post 273

Rob and Edie English presenting Arthur Weintraub, Commander of the Elin-Unger Post 273 Jewish War Veterans of US with recognition of support plaque for their support of the 46th SFCA Wounded Warrior Program. Post 273 donated a generous $500 to Cruise III and an additional $300 for Cruise IV. A big tip of the Beret to Post 273 Jewish War Veterans of US.

WW Softball Tournament

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email: bcason5793@yahoo.com

The Virginia Beach Wounded Warrior Softball Tournament will be on 23 August 2014 at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex.

As of today there will be 34 Teams including one team of Wounded Warriors.

Local TV Stations 10 & 13 are scheduled to also have teams participating in the tournament and provide some TV coverage.

Click Here to Download and Print Sponsorship Info

Task Force AwesomeAaron 'Sawza' CoffinCarson 'Top' McHaleChristopher 'Rager' CarlsenDevin 'Airborne' GallagerEric ' Sparky' RemferPaul 'Doc' Morin

WWST August 22, 2015
Another Great Year
Thank you to all!

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1st SF Group Reunion

Merchantville NJ

$ Make A Donation $

The 46th SFCA Association is a Non-Profit 501 (3) Corporation. We have ongoing Remote Schools of Thailand and Wounded Warrior projects that benefit from the generous donations from our members, their friends & family and a variety of corporations. Donations are both monetary and personal time and don’t forget - tax deductable.

Our Supporters get the ultimate gratitude by personally traveling to the Remote Schools of Thailand to help with the construction of school facilities, build gardens and fish ponds, cook meals, bring and deliver school supplies, and chaperone school children to the zoo, aquarium, day-at-the-beach, and more.

It’s not all work and no play for our Supporters. We also have Ocean Cruises, Golf in Thailand, Dive Thailand, Jumps, and more that raise funds for both the Remotes Schools and the Wounded Warriors.

Want to join in? Just keep checking our website’s Fund Raiser section for our next organized trips to Thailand. It’s a very rewarding vacation!

Can’t join us but you would like to help the Remote School children or the Wounded Warriors? Just visit our website’s “Make a Donation” section.


Bike program

Operation warm blanket

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School Shoe Operation

During ROB & EDIE ENGLISH'S last trip to Thailand they noticed so many children that did not have shoes or had shoes that were very old and handed down from child to child.

They went back to New Jersey and told their Friends and now they have raised enough funds for 45 pairs of shoes, which is enough for our most remote school in Chiang Mai KHUN SAB SCHOOL, it is 2 hours off the main road in the Mountains.

It is one of my favorite places to visit. We will be handing out 57 pairs of shoes and 114 pairs of socks in the coming month.

If you don't have a PayPal account,:
To contribute by Credit Card; you can call: 1-757-412-1001

Or you can send a check payable to 46th SFCA and mail to:
46th SFCA
Operation Warm Blanket

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Operation Warm Blanket

Operation Warm Blanket

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Operation Warm Blanket

To use PayPal, click on ADD TO CART, follow the PayPal instructions and then enter your donation in increments of $5 USD.

Our Warm Blanket and later Shoes & Socks and Jacket Programs started with a little boy who died in the winter of 2004. His name was Moc (which means fog in English). He attended Kun Sab School in the Hills near Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.

Most visitors to Thailand find the Northern Hills refreshingly cool after the tropical southern beaches but the people who live there, especially small children, find the winter nights are COLD.

He died from catching a CHILL because he got too cold in the night.

News of his death kicked off our WARM BLANKET PROGRAM.
Since 2004 we have donated 4,080 BLANKETS to the poor and remote school children in Thailand.

When we have enough donations we buy 100’s of BLANKETS at a time. They cost just $5 each!!

If you want to support a particular child please tell us.

All donations are Tax Deductable.

Wounded Warrior

Wounded Warrior

To use PayPal, click on ADD TO CART, follow the PayPal instructions and then enter your donation in increments of $10 USD.

In 2007 we expanded our support to include Wounded Warriors from the Afghanistan and Iraqi conflicts by hosting our Wounded Warrior Cruise I. The 46th SFCA wanted to not only recognize the sacrifice of the men and women wounded in action but to also provide them, and their significant other, an opportunity for some well deserved R&R.

-Nov 2009 we hosted Wounded Warrior Cruise II,
-2010 a trip to Thailand,
-Nov 2011 we hosted our Wounded Warrior III.
- November 2013 Wounded Warrior IV

We are now planning
-Wounded Warrior Cruise V in 2015.

Wounded Warriors Cruise V Nov 2015 Flier - CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE - Wounded Warrior Cruise - Rehab at Sea

Bicycle Program

Bicycle Program

Our Bike Program provides bicycles for the Remote School children who demonstrate their commitment to their school work by their attendance and grades.

The bikes are made available to the children by the donation of $25 dollars per bike from our Supporters.

If you don't have a PayPal account,:
To contribute by Credit Card; you can call: 1-757-412-1001

Or you can send a check payable to 46th SFCA and mail to;
46th SFCA
Bicycle Program

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Day at the Beach

Day at the Beach

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Bicycle Program

Remote school child to see the ocean for the first time. Many have never been outside of their villages.

See more pictures on our 'School Program' pages

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General School Fund

The 46th SFCA Association is a Non-Profit 501 (3) Corporation. We have ongoing Remote Schools of Thailand projects that benefit from the generous donations from our members, their friends & family and a variety of corporations. Thank you!

If you don't have a PayPal account,:
To contribute by Credit Card; you can call: 1-757-412-1001

Or you can send a check payable to 46th SFCA and mail to;
46th SFCA
Bicycle Program

To use PayPal, click on ADD TO CART, follow the PayPal instructions and then enter your donation in increments of $5 USD.

School Lunch Program

We provide funds and supplies for fish and frog farms and School market gardens.

Got green fingers? Want to help?

With the combination of sun, rain and elephant dung, stuff really GROWS.

Our new project in Buri Ram Province is to test a new fertilizer provided by JAMES HANDLIN for growing rice and my father in-law has donated a 1/2 an acre to test the new product. The rice will be given to the schools we support in the province.

A Big Tip of the Beret to the following Donors:

Photo Gallery & YouTube

Papa Chang and Friends
Rob and Edie English Thailand Feb 2005
Wounded Warrior Cruise I Nov. 2007
Rob and Edie English Thailand Feb 2007
JCRC 35TH Anniv / 46TH SFCA Reunion
Chiang Mai Schools Visit September 2008
JCRC Picnic
4th Special Operations Forces Run
JCRC Major George Petrie
Wat Patan Operation Warm Blanket
Khon Sab Operation Warm Blanket
Dong Keng Operation Warm Blanket
Chiang Mai March 2009
Muang Khorn School
Rob and Edie English Thailand 2009


Still photos over here --->

46th SFCA Slide Shows

Reed and Pranee
Rob English
Bart - Dinner
Bart - Pre Show Social
Bart - St Thomas
Bart - Lions Show
Bart - San Juan
Bart - Memorial Service
Bart - Dolphins
Bart - Snorkeling
Bart - Recognition Ceremony

Wounded Warrior Cruise II Photos

There's plenty more photos in our Newletters!

Wounded Warrior Cruise III Photos

WWIII Dickinson
WWIII English
WWIII Pranee

Wat Baan Noi School

Loan and Paul Mather presenting Mr. Aphichok, Principle of Wat Bann Noi school, the money for a water pump.

25 year old pump

The water tower is going to be replaced by a 1,000 liter plastic tank donated by NEVIL MURPHY from AUSTRALIA as soon as we can figure out how to get the old one down and the new one up. Right now we do not have the funds for a crane to do this.

New water pump is the new high teck one less then have the size but pumps twice as much water.

Angkor Wat - Cambodia

Muang Khon School

Frank & Joan Wehmeyer donated and sent this computer direct to the school.

They have also donated used computers(that work) to the school which we will pick up in the USA next month.


Clothes Washing Brigad

Family and Friends helping when the washing machine quit.

Pranee Johnson,
Eye Johnson,
Chuep Salangam,
Nim Salangam,
So Rongnoi

Eye Johnson, Chuep Salangam, So Rongnoi

The clothing shown here is 1200 lbs purchased and donated by St. Vincents in Tacoma, Washington.

The shippment of clothers and school supplies was organized by Ed & Erma Booth and Jim Delia.

The clothes are all in good shape. They will be cleaned and then given to the children this summer, starting with the Chiang Mai province.

Many of the items are sweaters and jackets which the children will need for the next cold season.

Warng Salangam and his teenage son Nong sorting 1200 lbs of donated clothing for the Remote School children

Cason Veteran's Day

Billy Cason's Grandchildren participating in Veteran's Day ceremonies in Virginia Beach, Va.

Nasjae Turner (11 yrs center)), Amir Hill (2yrs 11 mos left) and Miles Wray (2 yrs 8 mos right)

There's that 46th again

Veteran's Day Va. Beach

Don Willlock

Lewis, Benning, Bragg 1968-1969

Thailand 1969-1970

Operation Montagnard

This 1960s film shows how US Army Special Forces train the
Montagnard tribesmen to defend themselves and their territory
against the Viet Cong guerrillas. The opening narrator provides
an overview through which he describes the strategic value of
Vietnam's Central Highlands to the war in Vietnam.

Click Here for the Big Picture: Operation Montagnard


Lunch with the Thai SF wounded. These soldiers were wounded in Timor (formerly East Timor, Indonesia) and Iraq.

They presented me with my very own Thai SF Trooper!!

Memorial Day Va Beach

Chapter 84 Memorial Day 2013

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Never Accept Defeat




46th SFCA Apparel

Purple Heart Apparel


Wounded Warrior Apparel

WW Bumper Sticker

46th SFCA accessories

50 lb max

Wound Warrior- Enlarged


Purple Heart/WAI-Enlarged

American/Thai WIA

JCRC Films on CDs

For a $10 donation to the 46th SFCA Wounded Warrior Program you can get a free CD copy of the following films:

- The Return of the Search Team following the Ambush 12/73
- The Return of the First POW Remains from Hanoi to Utapao.

The films are in excellent shape and donated to the Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. (www.vietnam.ttu.edu). The Vietnam Archive is the most prominent of its kind with a proven and respected reputation.

The films have been digitized and placed on a single CD.

All the Best, Burks tresgatos@rocketmail.com

Just click the below 'ADD TO CART' and follow the directions or contact Burks directly at tresgatos@rocketmail.com

Thai Wings

Remote School T-shirts



FRONT of Light TAN T-Shirt

Light Tan T-shirt has Map on Back

Lost Souls & Info

Looking for someone?

Found someone?

New TAPS are now listing in the 46th SFCA Newsletters

Email what you know and your request will be considered for posting. Be sure to provide how you can be contacted.

Postings will be at the discretion of the 46th SFCA Board of Directors.

Postings will remain for at least one month.


email: 46thsfca.org@comcast.net

K.B. Martin - Info

I am a friend of K.B. Martin, in the Simms Veteran Home, Springfield, Florida.

He is away from home, suffers memory issues and I am trying to connect him to his brothers in arms.

He served in Lop Buri, Thailand, starting about 1970 in the 1st SF. He is a member from the Detroit area.

Please contact him or me at 850-246-1625 or 850 532-5638 (Dave Clanton).

He needs a friend from before he lost his memory.
Cliff Newman

posted 6/7/2010

Have you heard from?

Any know if these men are still around?

M/sgt Neault,
M/sgt Piolletti,
Major Hicks,
M/sgt Payne,
Sgt Schultis,
M/sgt Woods,
Maj White,
Lt Medaris.

These men had pictures in the 1956 year book.

I know 55 years have gone by but some may still be around.

David W Hunter D-3575
Contact email

posted 7/1/2010

Andy Obeso-Info

My name is SFC Bryan Lockwald, I am looking to get a hold of Andy Obeso. I met Andy while living in the Monterey area in the early 90’s. I’d like to get back in touch with him. I found your email on the 46th SFCA newsletter, figured it would be a good place to start.

If you can help, thank you.

Bryan Lockwald.


posted 2/10/2010

Paul Combs-Info

Steve Twining -steve@gohorizons.com
Tony Riddle-riddleco@aol.com

Looking for Paul Combs

Friend of mine, Seale Doss, former CO of 12th Group, had been in touch with Paul Combs, former CO of 46th Company in Thailand. Recently, the phone is no longer active and the old email for Combs bounces. Nothing on the SFA Forums.

Has anyone hear anything lately about him?

posted 1/4/2010

Gary Hartman-Info

I am not SF, but my brother, (SGT) Gary Hartman was, and served in SOG Mar71 to Jan 72 at CCC (or TF2AE), FOBII, Kontum. (I was Army, O3, assigned to Adv Tm 86, Long An Province at the same time as Gary was in Kontum, unknown to me.)

I never had an opportunity to talk to him about his experiences...did not even know what he had done until I read Plaster''s SOG book, and Gary commented that he had worked with John. Two years later Gary died of heart, kidney and liver problems.

So now, I am attempting to find someone who knew Gary, and maybe hear some stories. I did get copies of all his records from NPRC, and the entry for his assignment to USARPAC on 14Mar71 was 11B4S, ReconTmLdr, but later saw a couple of EER's showing his assignment as "senior advisor to an indigenous platoon led by ARVN" listing Co. D,TF2AE, which, reading between the lines probably meant a Hatchet Force??? They were signed by SFC Paul Sheppard, and CPT Bruce Person. I'm pretty sure he did not actually become a Tm Ldr. Gary did say at one time that when at CCC, he had a roomate that got the MOH.....I'm assuming that he probably was referring to Doug Miller?...the timeframe fits, but I do not know. Gary was also an avid jumper; after he died, I found out that he had almost 1000 jumps, most were probably civilian after he got out of the Army, but he did mention HALO jumping and training in connection with his Vietnam duty, no record of anything in his records....which leads me to one other question....several times I heard that many classified orders and records were elsewhere, maybe at Ft Bragg??...such as unit action records, etc? Is there anything to this? I would like to find out as many details as I can...I'm quite sure that you are very busy, and hate to take up your time, so if you could give some leads to go on, I'd really appreciate it. I have spoken to Steve Sherman, and Gary is listed in his book, but I cannot afford to purchase a copy yet. Thanks for your consideration

JFK 12 Oct 1961 -info

We are looking for the Special Forces personnel who were part of the demonstration for President Kennedy on 12 OCT 1961, part of the planning, there at Mac Kellar’s, etc.

We would like to get copies of any documentation or photographs of events that lead up to, was part of that afternoon, etc.

Additionally, we would like to get the recollections of those that were there.

This will all be part of the presentation book that will accompany the dedication of the Kennedy-Yarborough statue, the date and time still to be announced.

Roxanne M. Merritt
Director, JFK Special Warfare Museum

910-432-4272/1533; DSN: 239
910-432-4062 fax; DSN: 239

merrittr@soc.mil; Roxanne.M.Merritt@us.army.mil

posted 7-1-10

William Burns Jr - Info

I am trying to find out more information about William Franklin Burns Jr. He was a member of the 46th Special Forces Company. I have a copy of his DD214 and it shows that he left the 46th SF CO on 29 AUG 1969. I was hoping that your organization may have information about members who served in the 46th SF CO or members who may have known him.

I am interested in the information because he was my father and I knew very little about him. I had very little contact with him. He passed away in 2005. I was given his discharge papers by one of his sisters recently because she knew I was serving in the military. I have been in the military for over 16 years and plan to go beyond 20 years. Any information your organization can provide would be greatly appreciated. I can also provide more information about my father if needed. Thank you for your time.

Very Respectfully,
William Burns

Andee Chapman-Info

Looking for information on SFC Andee Chapman, (USASF).

Andee was one of the many SOG members who perished in the EM2 flight in Pleiku June 1972. Andee and I were
friends during my tour w/SOG and have been in touch with his grandson (Andee Chapman, now a 1SGT
at Fort Jackson, SC).

He, of course, is very interested in hearing from those you knew his grandfather.

Any memories, recollections and pictures would be welcome.

He has never seen a picture of Andee.

Please feel free to contact me, Daniel Burks Hunt, at tresgatos@rocketmail.com or call collect at
my home phone in Gainesville, FL 352-450-9740.

Thanks and Sincerely,


posted 5/2/2009

John Dunfee - Lost

Reed F. Johnson is looking for JOHN DUNFEE from Arizona who served in Viet Nam 69-70 on the 4 Corp MIKE FORCE

If anyone knows how to get in touch with John, please let Reed know.



posted 6/22/2009

Charli Jones - Info

From: Bubba Hamm bubbahamm@aol.com

Subject: Locator Assistance Needed (Charli Jones, 18Z, 5th SFG)

Looking to find an old SF buddy. Charli Jones, 18Z, 5th SFG. Need phone number +.

Please provide all responses to Sam McDonald at samsjacks@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance for any information that you might provide!

posted 5/2/2011

Jonathan W Moran

Stan Rowan is looking for his good friend Jonathan W. Moran,
(ODA -743, A-Co, 2nd BN 7th SFG (A) 1979.)

Stanley G. Rowan
44th Company, 4th TSB ABN, Ft. Benning, GA May 1978

Bob Bailon-Info

Look for current address or phone number for Bob Bailon His last known address was:

2808 Kneese Dr
Belton, TX 76513

If you have any information about Bob please email:
Anthony Reyna email - ReconMarine06@satx.rr.com

post 2/14/2010

Karl Brugman-Info

I am looking for a member of the 46th SF in Thailand during the early 70's...Karl Eric Brugman.

I served with him in the late 70's early 80's.He died of some strange ass lung disease (dive qualified) makes you wonder....anyway I am writing about some of the charactors that I used to run the woods with so if you can send any info my way I'll put in a special prayer for ya.

I also ran with a big SF'er named Spence who was also in the 46th,he retired from the Secret Service or CIA a while back.

Thanks, Mike Webb


Dennis Bitoff

My name is Stephen W. Smethers. I went over with the "Original Good Deal" and spent 3 1/2 years with the 46th and Co D. I am trying to locate Charles (Chuck) Mancebo and Dennis Bitoff. Both went over on the original group. Can you help or refer me to a site that might help. I do not even know if they are still alive.

Phone 903 487 0830 and my address is 1257 East Dr. Bartlesville, Ok. 74006. Email gooser@cableone.net

Posted 5-13-2013

Charles (Chuck) Mancebo

My name is Stephen W. Smethers. I went over with the "Original Good Deal" and spent 3 1/2 years with the 46th and Co D. I am trying to locate Charles (Chuck) Mancebo and Dennis Bitoff. Both went over on the original group. Can you help or refer me to a site that might help. I do not even know if they are still alive.

Phone 903 487 0830 and my address is 1257 East Dr. Bartlesville, Ok. 74006. Email gooser@cableone.net

Posted 5-13-2013

77th or 7th SFG-Info

XO, 7th SFG, LTC Ken Riggsbee, is seeking contact with individuals who can share
historical data of their assignment to the 77th or 7th SFG.

7th SFG is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year and LTC Riggsbee is hoping to compile a history from individuals who served
with the 77th and/or 7th; i.e. Bay of Pigs participants, etc.

LTC Riggsbee's email address is: kenneth.riggsbee@soc.mil

posted 3-19-2010

Memory Lane



When we say lots of things where the same we mean it. The menu in the restaurant is the same, not a copy of the old one but the same. It has stickers over the prices where they have gone up. Ernie and I had the old stand by “AMERICAN FRIED RICE”. The only place in Thailand that has this dish (that I know of).

The hotel is very clean and the members of staff is great and very friendly. The place was in a fire a few years ago and the face is new but it is the same great place. The price has gone up a whopping 900%. It is now 900 Baht or $27.35 for a 2nd floor with windows or 600 Baht or $18.23 for a 1st floor (No Windows). We have found a place that can re-make the chairs (if anybody wants one). Later this month Ernie, Pranee and I will return and present the Opera with our 46th SFCA plaque for their lobby. PS: the bell hop has almost all the year books for the unit.

Remember the Jumpers?

You can find more photos in our Newsletters

CO. D 1st SF GROUP '66

COMPANY D (Augmented)

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Frank Wehmeyer - 1967

Left side: Safe House Bangkok

Right Side: Camp Carrow

Photos contributed by:
Frank Wehmeyer

46th Co D Groups A-D '67

46th SFCA Advance Party

The advance Party arrived at Takhli RTAFB via C-130on 4 October 1966 after one LONG flight.

The main body arrived via 3 increments via C-141, the first increment landed at Takhli RTAFB on 13 October 1966 and the third increment landed on 15 October 1966.

I was in the first of the C-141's as myself and a few others in the Signal Detachment had to establish the SFOB Base station at Camp Pawai.

Our heavier equipment, vehicles, AN/TSC-26, etc arrived in December 1966 at the port of Sattahip.

Accompanying the equipment was the Electronic Maintenance and the Quartermaster Warrant Officers. This proved to be good planning, as the ship got stuck in a line on the Saigon River and when it was time for the ship to off-load equipment for US Forces in SVN, the #@&* legs at the Port of Saigon tried to take the entire cargo.

Thanks to two armed folks, a manifest, and the property books, the legs finally let the ship proceed to Sattahip.

In the original company roster my name was mistakenly printed SSG James D. Peters, vice SSG James K. Peters, but my orders and other entries in the 1966-1967 yearbook have my name spelled correctly.

Co D, 1st SGGA was deactivated on 10 April 1967 and the 46th SFCA was activated.


46th SFCA Advance Party

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Millard Knecht 46th&ThaiSF

These photos are donated by Richard Knecht.

Richard's father was in the 46th. He was a Captain by the name of Millard Knecht retiring with 22 years of service to include three tours in Vietnam. He is still living and doing well. Millard is sitting on the right

Richard has offered his email address to anyone seeking more information about his father.

- knechtccn@bham.rr.com

Billy Cason

Zake & Dahl

John Zakes & Tom Dahl in the Arms Room in Lop Buri

John Zakes & Tom Dahl
near Lop Buri

Bridge Over River Kwai

Cemetary Kanchanaburi Thailand 1970

James Conway 1970

Bob Hope USO 1970


Royal Thai Army Volunteer Force RTAVF LRRP Pranburi 1970

Commo Training

McGuire Rig Training

Riverine Training

Helicopter Rope Ladder Training

MSG Billy Greenwood

Reed Cadillic Johnson

SGT REED F. JOHNSON taken in the mountains above Lampang Thailand while assigned to ODA-19 as the COMMO MAN, December 1970
The Elephant is from the elephant training center

We were a 1/2 an A-Team with CPT JERRY HARDIN, MSG ED FOSHEY(SP), SSG WALT HENIX, SGT DAN (DANNY BOY) BOYES at this age I have forgotten the rest. SORRY

It was spring 1960, Ward (Ketchup) was 13 and Reed Johnson (Mustard) were in the U-District Pay-n-Save and decided to spend 25 cents in one of those picture booths.

Joe Frey 67-68

K-Buri Club

K-Buri BOQ Joe Frey

K-Buri BOQ

Rive Kwai & Bridge

Thai Burma RR Tress

Kwai bridge

Joe Frey

Joe Frey 67-68 AVN DS (46th SFCo(A))

JCRC - Samae San

JCRC, Samae San, Sattahip, Thailand 1975
Sorry I can't identify them all, and some of this may be wrong.

Seated: COL John Vollmer, Col Terance Cawley.
1st Row: Col John Farnham, Miss Duong Thi Cam-Huynh ("Suzie"), LtCol Phillip Shaw, LTC Donald Williams, MAJ Timothy Todd, MAJ Richard Malone, Miss Carol Lockett, LCdr Lynten Stebbins, Capt Dennis Parker.
2nd Row: Mr James Tully, Mr Tran Ngoc Diep, SSgt Jose Navarro, SFC Robert Taylor, CPT Donald Mudgett, IS2 James Sigafoose, MSgt Fred Chavez, SFC Frederick Hall, YN3 Lawrence Dade, MAJ Ted Smith, YN1 James Brown, SK1 Alonzo Hill.
3rd Row: CPT Roger Urbaniak, SSG Turner Turnbull, Capt Frank Willingham, Unidentified, SFC Horace Everette, SSG Mark Giddens, SSgt Luther Miller, Maj Paul Mather, SP5 John Brehm, PN2 Steven Mooneyham, SP4 Connie Stout.
4th Row: SFC Johnson Clark, SFC Daniel Chapman, MSG Charles Fravell, MSG Clarence Fox, SFC Bennie Prather, MAJ Lawrence Redmond, MSgt Raymond Spock, MSgt Theodore Thorson, TSgt William Pierro, TSgt Robert Wood, Unidentified.
5th Row: CPT Jeffrey Fuller, Unidentified, Unidentified, SSG Stephen Wilson, SFC Randolfo Cesani, SFC William Buie, SP7 Edward McCarthy, Capt Frank McCarthy, CPT Richard Irby, MSgt James Bolger, SSG David Terry.

Enjoy the Memory - Bill Buie, CSM, USA (Ret)

Paul F. Campbell

My younger days on my first trip into B.Enao in the BMT area of Vietnam and the developent of the Montagnard CIDG project.

Paul F.Campbell

46th McGuire Rigg

submitted by Joe Frey

Have you taken this ride ?

This one is a 46th McGuire Rigg extraction in 1967

John Martin

Roger Smith

TDY from Okinawa

Cambodian Border

Cambodian Border

Fresque du Vietnam

Bob McDevitt

Fall of South Vietnam

Fall of South Vietnam and aftermath 1975

35th Annv Fall Siagon

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A Look Back at the Vietnam War on the 35th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.


Back row from left to right:
Sfc Larry White, Maj Jim Grimshaw, SSG Turner Turnbull, MSG Isley, SFC J C Clark, SGT Kellsey,SSG Liner, CPT Whiteside, LTC Sully Fontaine.

Second Row:
SSG Blackie Blackwell, SSG Ron Thompson,SSG Steve Wilson, SSG Jesse Thompson,SSG Edgar Blakemore,

First Row:
SSG Stoggner, SFC Alan Weicksel,SSG Chad Houser, SSG Ron Whitener, Sp4 Moore clerk, SFC Louis Trujillo,Cpt Larry Manes.

This is the UNOFFICIAL PICTURE of the JCRC Field Element Taken Circa Mar.1975.

Two members are absent: SFC Maurice Brackman and SSG Galpin who were in Saigon at the time.

Visit Thailand

Visit Thailand


Are you planning a trip to Thailand?

Here we offer a lot of information that you can use to plan your trip!

Learn Thai

Learn / Practice Thai


When visiting Thailand it is a good idea to learn some Thai words.

You probably won't need to use much if you stick to the main tourist destinations.

However, the Thai people you encounter will be impressed for sure if you try and use a little Thai with them.

You will hear that Thai is a tonal language so unless you "sing" the word in exactly the right way you probably won't be understood.

Throughout this web site you will be able to listen to Thai and see a pronunciation guide using Roman letters.

Give it a try! Chok dee

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SFA CH 3 Safe House

The New SFA CH 3 SAFE HOUSE opened at the SUKHUMVIT SUITS on the 3th floor, room 125. 350 meters down SOI 13, SUKHUMVIT ROAD, BANGKOK.

It was the first meeting in the new location and we are still moving in. To visit the safe house when you are in Bangkok contact one of the officers of the chapter Larry is the VEEP.




New Rama Tailor


Lobster Pot
228 Walking Street


For stays up to 30 days a visa is stamped in your passport on arrival.

For stays up to 60 days you need to get a tourist visa from a Thai Consulate before you travel.

You can get a visa for longer than 60 days. Check with the Thai Consulate in your area.



Thailand is a hot and rather humid tropical country. In fact many people living in Thailand joke that it has three seasons, hot, hotter and hottest - this is easily believed.

The climate is monsoonal, marked by a rainy season lasting from about May to September and a relatively dry season for the remainder of the year. The rainy season will amaze many a tourist as it can rain very heavily sometimes for up to just 10 minutes a go, but the sheer volume of water is incredible.

Temperatures are highest in March and April and 'lowest' in December and January. The average temperature is about 23 to 35 Celsius.


Social Norms

Social Norms : Thais don't normally shake hands when they greet one another, but instead press the palms together in a prayer-like gesture called a wai. Generally a younger person wais an elder, who returns it.

Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body, literally and figuratively. Therefore, avoid touching people on the head and try not to point your feet at people or an object. It is considered very rude.

Shoes should be removed when entering a private Thai home.

Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon.

Although almost all year round in Thailand has a hot weather, walking shirtless on the street, especially in Bangkok, is generally regarded as impolite - tank tops are acceptable

Credit Cards / Cheques

US dollar traveller cheques can be conveniently cashed at all provincial banks and authorised money changers. Traveller cheques in other currencies are best changed in Bangkok where better rates prevail. Generally, hotel exchange rates are lower than those offered by banks and authorised money changers.

Major international credit cards, such as American Express, Diners, Carte Blanche, Master Card and VISA are accepted by major banks, restaurants, hotels and shops.

Thai and foreign banks provide standard services nationwide, Monday through Friday, except public and bank holidays, between 9.30 AM and 3.30 PM.

Major banks such as Bangkok Bank, Thai Danu Bank, Thai Farmers Bank and Siam Commercial Bank operate currency exchange centres in most tourist areas from 7.00 AM to 9.00 PM, seven days a week, including holidays.

Many first-class hotels provide 24-hour money exchange services, but only for major currencies such as American dollars, British pounds, German marks and Swiss francs. Travellers cheques are generally accepted only from bona fide hotel quests.

Learn / Practice Thai

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Medical Referrals

As medical and dental costs continue to rise and your insurance plans cover less and less, did you know that the cost of treatment in Thailand is still very affordable? For those of you who need dental work, cosmetic surgery, or any other number of medical treatments, you might want to think about coming to Thailand and having the procedures done here.

The BANGKOK PATTAYA HOSPITAL treats over 250,000 foreign patients each year. I have been going there since 2005 and I have them keep tabs on my cancer at the OTO and ENT sections. I have had
everything from X-RAYS (About $50.00 with the Doctors office call) to CTSCANS (by the way CT’s run from $150.00 to $275.00).

The DENTAL section is outstanding. I have had several teeth rebuilt for about $32.00 each. Several of our members have also had dental work done from crowns to implants and are very pleased with the work.

Their web site is WWW.BANGKOKPATTAYAHOSPITAL.COM and their e-mail address is INQUIRY@BGH.CO.TH.You could contact the hospital directly and make your treatment and travel plans to Thailand.

What the 46TH SFCA can do for you is pick you up at the airport, make hotel and tour packages and make you feel at home while you are here. You can combine your treatment with a vacation at the same time. You may even want to visit some of the 26 schools we support.

If you need a travel agency to assist with your travel arrangements, the agency used by the 46th SFCA is Marysville Travel. Our travel agent is LYNN DYE at LYNN@MARYSVILLETRAVEL.COM or 1-800-568-7477.

Check with your CPA’s, you might find that a medical trip to Thailand may be tax deductible and BANGKOK PATTAYA HOSPITAL accepts TRICARE and many other insurance coverage's.

Medical Referral Program

Foreign Medical Prog

The following is very important information for people NOW living in or moving toThailand.


Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 12:56:01 -0400


Dear Fellow SC Veterans,

In conjunction with my VFW Post Commander and fellow Service Officer, Comrade Mike Holmes and in behalf of our Post 12074 in the Rose of the North, Chiang Mai Thailand, we are most pleased to have worked out a program wherein SC Veterans can get medical care for their VA rated SC disabilities to include medications without paying up front for it.

We have coordinated directly with:

FMP of the Health Administration Center of the DVA in Denver






Pronounced sa met e whey


We have run several test cases with each facility and all are happy with the results.

Let's face it, the days of Florence Nightingale are over and medical care is now big business.

Hospitals are in business to make money and can not be faulted for that. I have touched base with some of you in various countries and get pretty much the same results. A hospital in an emergency will do what it takes to stabilize you but after that if you don't have insurance or money up front'.. Your days might be numbered.

A couple of quick examples:

A couple years back, we had a WW II Veteran in Pattaya who was SC with CAD [coronary artery disease]. He was transported to a local major Intl' hospital who stabilized him but in the period of one day sucked up his emergency fund of about 85,000 THB [$2500] and
told him he needed immediate bypass surgery and needed to put up 1,000,000 THB for the surgery. Now this Veteran would have gotten 100% reimbursed by the FMP assuming he had the money up front to start with. HE DID NOT so the next day he was discharged & relocated to a Thai government hospital where he died in short
order. Not a nice picture.

Another senior vet needs dialysis on a very recurring basis and that falls under his SC disability. Originally, the vet was paying out of pocket, submitting his claim to FMP and hoping a refund would come in time for him to send the USD check to the States & withdraw money here in Thai Baht so he could pay for his upcoming treatments. This story has a different ending because now this vet
goes to one of the above participating hospitals and the hospital bills the FMP direct for his care. He no longer waits for reimbursement nor does he have to file a claim & worry about it not being correct. He goes in, gets his dialysis, passes his
regards to the hospital staff, winks at his 'special nurses' and
goes out to practice making babies... or whatever one does after
a dialysis treatment.

The FMP has told me that a conservative estimate is that 25% of
every claim submitted to them world wide is rejected. This does
not make for happy veterans and increases their workload
tremendously. Normally; rejections are for the lack of supporting documents or legibility. Hmmmm, been there, done that. I have learned. In the case of the dialysis patient above, the hospital learned real fast how to submit a proper claim. The claim is now the hospital's responsibility; not the Veteran's.

FMP eligibility is open to SC [VA RATED] veterans who travel or
reside outside the US except the Philippines. Guam and Saipan
which are considered US. If you come to Thailand from the States
or PI/Guam/Saipan to party or visit temples in Thailand and have a service connected disability problem, i.e. heart attack & are service connected for that, FMP will cover you. One thing that FMP does not pay for is MEDICAL TOURISM wherein you travel from one of the above areas specifically to circumvent the VA medical care provided there. A bonafide emergency is a whole different story and you will be covered by FMP if you have the money up front to pay the hospital to get you well.

If on the other hand you in fact live in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam or any other country outside the in-house exposure of the VA, you may indeed come to Thailand & avail of FMP DIRECT BILLING.
Travel and lodging is out of your pocket.

In the brief I gave at the Department Convention on the 17th, I misstated the above benefit but FMP was kind enough to set me straight so we can present to you the best program legally possible. My apologies for mis-speaking.

Now we have a problem. If you had BLUE CROSS insurance, the hospital could call them up referencing your policy number and say, 'is he covered'. If on the other hand, you gave them your name and SSN, they could call up the FMP & ask, 'is he covered'; the answer would be something on the line of telling the hospital what they can go do themselves. The FMP falls under privacy and HIPPA laws and can not give out that information... and they
won't.. So how do the hospitals know what services they can provide and what will be covered? In our initial dealings with the hospitals and clinics, the deal was that Mike would prescreen folks for Chiang Mai Ram and I will do the same for Samitivej Sriracha and the clinics. None of the facilities will accept new
patients without prescreening & recommendation. The prescreening process can sometimes be done in an hour or two and other times, upwards of a month depending on obstacles incurred. Being prescreened for one facility will normally cover you for all as we
are endeavoring to be on the same sheet of music.

If being prescreened for this program interests you, please, and I
repeat PLEASE don't wait till the last minute. What will constitute an emergency to you might not do the same for me or Mike or we may be out of town or our counter parts in the
facilities might be out of town. Speaking of which, Mike will be out of the country from early July for a month with only limited access by e-mail and I will be out of the country for a period of
30-45 days with full e-mail access from mid August. A note here is warranted; even if you only visit Thailand once or twice a year; think of it as free insurance. If you have an urgent need now, please advise Mike or me upfront & we will do our best to expedite
getting you prescreened. There is no cost involved nor need to continue is you don't like the facility. FMP is still available to
you. You will get an EOB for every claim that the FMP pays on to be able to ensure correct billing for services provided.

Mike can be reached at

081-841-9342 domestic or 66 81-841-9342 Intl


I can be reached at

081-283-5075 domestic or 66 81-283-5075 Intl

Office hours 11-23:00 daily


PLEASE remember this: the FMP will ONLY pay for Service Connected
medical treatment and items that are caused by the disability or aggravate it. In some cases that will be a close call for the hospital to second guess the FMP and even though the FMP is quite liberal, the hospital might not want to gamble on the outcome. In some cases of these secondary items or even the first time you go to a facility, you might very well be asked to provide a guarantee [i.e credit card or the like.] You will be personally responsible
for things the FMP will not cover. Please also realize that the hospital or clinic has the final say as to whether they will
accept you as a FMP patient. Once you are screened and ready to go to the facility the first time [or before], we will provide you a direct English speaking POC and help the skids on the first go-round.

I would expect this program to grow as right now, these two Hospitals and clinics are the only ones in the world doing FMP direct and have a monopolistic head start. For those Service Officers upcountry or Japan, Korea, Okinawa or Taiwan; you might want to think about why you don?t have such a program. I know that
many of you have MTF's but not all SC Veterans are retirees. Like I previously mentioned, hospitals are in the business to make money. Tease those hospitals with that thought. Your in country
disabled Veteran?s are certainly worthy of your efforts and no
doubt will appreciate it to no end. If you want to know who will
do that for you; look into your nearest mirror. I?ll be at the
other end of your keyboard if you need assistance.

For those of you who might still be doing your own claims to FMP,
you no doubt have been confused by the FMP?s cover letter or the requirements for a successful claim. I have talked to the FMP
about revisions and unfortunately we are back to the bureaucracy
of changing a government form. I'm told, 3 years. To work round that and with a little guidance from the FMP, I developed the
attached FMP cover letter for your personal claims which if you take a serious look at it, will help you develop a good claim.
They will accept this form and it is up to you if you want to use it or not.

If you know any vets in Korea or Japan or Okinawa or Taiwan,
kindly forward this to them as not a single post or district has bothered to respond to my requests for who their service officers
were and their e-mail address with the exception of Post 1054 in Japan.

For those of you who would even think it; neither Mike nor I nor
the VFW nor VA endorses these facilities. We likewise receive no
type of remuneration for our services. We pass this info to you as
dedicated Service Officers in the hope it will make your life better and longer.


with attachment

Please feel free to contact Mike or me with questions on the program or to get prescreened to avoid delays in time of need.

Yours in Comradeship,

Chris Palombi
Asst Department Service Officer
Department of the Pacific Areas, VFW
Warden, US Embassy, Bangkok

Memory Lane (more)

You can find more photos in our Newsletters

Adrian Law

Some old pics from the SeeSeeChed 447 I think I have the names right. I hope to find a couple more. These were really just to jog Reeds These are to jog memories of a period where we stayed at the 447 Guest House in Sathorn Road.
We had a good deal down there and the food was excellent. A very convivial spot run also as a clinic for wealthy Thai's by the lady we all called 'Sister'..........in the medical sense. She owned a huge slice of that end of Sathorn and would undoubtedly be very wealthy and was high up in the Thai social order. I'll send the other pics sorted as I can scan them and put names on each where possible.

447 Col JohnsonMerica FloydMosquito man Tomlin MajTomline Beau Bracnk JimTomlin, Col Johnson

Don Willock

Nam Pung Dam 1969Nam Pung DamUdorn, Det A-23 46th SFCAUdorn, Det A-23 46th SFCAUdorn, Det A-23 46th SFCA


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Special Recognitions

This section of the 46th SFCA Website recognizes thoses who have received special honors for their service.


CMS Joseph Dennison

Dennison's career filled with travel, camaraderie, honor

If life had gone according to the bet, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Louis Dennison would have served his country in a Marine Corps uniform.

Instead, this former high school athlete who grew up in the shadow of Pittsburgh wore the illustrious Green Beret over a long Army career.

His commitment to country was recognized in August, when Dennison became the first African-American to be inducted into the Distinguished Members of the Special Forces Regiment.

“Really, the things that he did in Vietnam are what Special Forces legend are made of,” said Ben Abel, spokesman for the Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg. “He embodies what went on. He was a ground breaker — the first sergeant major of what is now Special Forces Command. He was one hell of a soldier.”

Though he holds a college degree in general education, Dennison is quick to say: “Soldier — that’s what my degree is in. Military — that’s me. That’s what I did for 31 years.”

Army wins out -

“You know,” he said, “it started with a bet.”

Dennison was 19 at the time, attending Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. He and three buddies he met at college were sitting around talking. One of them was having trouble at school.

“He said, ‘I’m going to join the Marine Corps.’ We were all laughing at him,” Dennison said. “We said, ‘You’re not going to join the Marine Corps.’ We kept playing around with it. Somebody said, ‘If you go, I’ll go.’ Then somebody said, ‘Let’s all go.’ We all decided to go down and join the Marine Corps.”

Once they got to the recruiting station, the Marine sergeant on duty ignored them.

Looking back, Dennison has a hunch that it was because they were black, the sergeant was white and it was the early 1960s.

Soon, an Army recruiter walked in and asked if they had been helped. He told the young men to come into the office. After giving them a qualification test, the recruiter said, “I can get all you guys in the Army right now.”

“Just like that,” Dennison said, “we were in the Army. That’s what happened. Next thing I knew, we were down there being sworn in and sent to Fort Knox, Ky. All four of us together.”

Dennison signed up for three years.

“I don’t know what happened after that,” he said. “Three years went by, and the next thing I know, it was then six years. Oh, boy.”

Missing the links -

About three years ago, Joe Dennison learned that he had peripheral artery disease. Similar to coronary and carotid artery diseases, the progressive condition is most common in the arteries of the pelvis and legs.

Dennison had never heard of it, but the malady would change his life: Today, he’s a double amputee.

Dennison has lost his right leg below the knee. In August 2007, surgeons amputated the left leg near the same spot.

The 67-year-old Dennison uses prosthetics for both legs. He relies on a cane to support himself while walking. In the privacy of his home, when he removes his artificial legs, this beefy, aging athlete uses a wheelchair.

It has been a tough stretch for Dennison, who played football, baseball, track and golf with raw-boned zeal in his high school heyday.

Five times, Dennison represented the Army in the All-Service golf tournament. Once a 2-handicap golfer, he still was capable of playing the game on a high level before the disease progressed.

He last carded a round of golf in the amateur East-West Golf Classic in Phoenix in 2005. He seems to remember shooting a 78 in his last round.

“I miss the heck out of it, too,” he said from the den of his brick home in the Foxfire subdivision, about three miles from the main Fort Bragg gates off Yadkin Road.

Though he has called Fayetteville home since 1961, Dennison grew up in Herminie, just east of Pittsburgh. His father, Matthew, was a steelworker. His mother, Carrie, stayed home to take care of the couple’s 11 children.

Young Joe would come of age in the football stronghold of Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh was home to the National Football League’s storied Steelers, and as a child, he and his friends used to slip through the park fence to catch games at old Forbes Field. He wanted to be like John Henry Johnson, the Steelers’ workhorse fullback who ran with power and blocked with superior skill.

A lifelong love of the pro sports team can be seen inside Dennison’s Fayetteville home. Steelers ball caps and a special Steelers football commemorating the club’s last Super Bowl win are sprinkled among the family photographs, diplomas and certificates of achievement.

It has been said that the steel from Pittsburgh’s rivers practically built America. Besides his father, Dennison’s brothers wound up working in those steel mills that once lined the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. Back then, it was the thing to do.

You either found work in the mills or on the assembly lines of the Westinghouse Electric Co. in the eastern part of the city.

Not this Dennison, though.

He left home for college before embracing another family — the Army. Four years into his military career, he became a brother of that band of highly trained soldiers known as Special Forces.

“For me, a lot of it had to do with comradeship,” Dennison said, his walking cane propped against a thigh as he spoke from his wheelchair. “The travel. The excitement of just the challenges that were there all the time. Some of us are friends for life. The really, really close relationships and bonds that we get — I think that had a lot to do with it.”

Green Berets impress -

The jungle fatigues worn by Special Forces made a huge impression on the then 24-year-old staff sergeant from the Steel City.

After joining the Army, Dennison got assigned as a heavy weapons infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. Later, he became a combat engineer squad leader before being named an atomic demolition team chief in the 8th Infantry Division.

These were the days of the Cold War, the tense and competitive buildup that led to ongoing global friction between the United States and Russia.

“It was a very important job at the time because of the way nuclear weapons were back in the day with the Soviet Union,” Dennison said. “It was a real testy job. We, as operators, were the guys who put these things into deployment if we had to. It was a test all the time.”

Dennison was stationed in Germany during his first overseas tour, when he volunteered for Special Forces.

The year was 1965, and a recruiting team from Special Forces was visiting the U.S. bases across Europe. Dennison attended a session at his installation, listening to the team’s spiel from a theater stage.

“Just to look at those three guys standing up there with those Green Berets on and how good they looked and how professional they were with everything,” he said. “It made a hell of an impression on me and a number of people in the theater that day.”

Dennison took a physical fitness test and a written battery test.

“I guess I did all right because I was one of the people they called out to go further with it,” he said. “Well, the next day they said, ‘We’re going to send you back to Fort Bragg. You’re going to go through Special Forces training.’ That’s how I started, and once I started, I fell in love with it. Like all of us do.”

Team trumps race -

In terms of his race, Joe Dennison was not alone.

Unlike today’s predominantly white unit, the ranks of the Special Forces were filled with black soldiers during the Vietnam War era. And unlike today’s Special Forces, it wasn’t a separate branch of the Army. Because Dennison was an infantryman, he was assigned to Special Forces with the same military occupational specialty.

“As you got promoted,” he said, “you might go back to the infantry unit or engineer unit. They were not able to keep everybody together.”

Like many in the country’s civilian sector, he encountered resistance to the color of his skin.

“So, sure. There was some there,” he said. “We were able to overcome that because everything was done on a team level. You were assigned to a team. You learned to work with that detachment, and they learned to work with you. I’m sure, behind the scenes, a lot of it went on, but it didn’t get down to the team level. We didn’t let it interfere with what we had to do.”

Dennison won’t discuss some of his assignments because they remain classified.

In Vietnam, he served on a Special Forces “A” team. He calls Vietnam — where he served a couple of combat tours — the most dangerous place he ever went. And Dennison was deployed all over the world: the Middle East. Somalia. The Far East. South America. Korea. Haiti. Saudi Arabia. Pakistan.

“I can say, ‘Boy, I’ve been in some countries,’” he said. “Things I read about in books, that I read about as a kid, I was able to see. Take Egypt, for instance. Everybody knows about the pyramids. We were able to walk up on them and take pictures. We traveled a lot. Special Forces gets to see a lot of country.”

Louie Wardlaw, who is 76, runs a transmission shop on the outskirts of Fayetteville. He was Dennison’s sergeant major in A Company of the 7th Special Forces Group.

“Joe Dennison has been in a little bit of everything. ‘HALO.’ The Sport Parachute Club. Just about everything you can get,” Wardlaw said.

Over his career, Dennison worked in three of the Special Forces occupational specialities: engineering, weapons and operations intelligence.

“He was a very good soldier,” Wardlaw said. “For one reason, he was just a good man. I don’t think there’s anybody I met who didn’t like him. He’s somebody to be proud to serve with. If he told you something he was going to do, he did it.”

At age 50, Dennison concluded his military duty as command sergeant major of Special Operations Command Central during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Alsee Richardson, another retired Special Forces soldier, has known Dennison for 30 years. “He treated a soldier as a soldier regardless of race, creed or color,” said Richardson, who is 65. “If you were a soldier and soldiered with Joseph Dennison, you were equal to anyone else there.”

After getting out of the service in 1991, Dennison worked as a contractor for the State Department. He provided security protection for Haitian presidents Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Rene Garcia Preval. During the 1996 municipal elections of Bosnia, he worked security for retired American diplomat Robert Frowick, who was in charge of the elections.

Now if you think you’re going to get much from him about this part of his life, think again. The humble Joe Dennison surfaces again.

“We liked the work,” he said. “I did a lot of traveling.”

A big honor -

Once a soldier becomes a Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment, his portrait hangs in a corridor in the Aaron Bank classroom building on Fort Bragg.

Of the thousands who receive the Special Forces tab, 38 have been named distinguished members, according to Abel of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

The regimental hall of fame for Special Forces is designed to recognize those Special Forces soldiers who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the regiment. At the top of the list is the late Col. Aaron Bank, who activated the original Special Forces group at Fort Bragg in 1952 and is often referred to as the “Father of Special Forces.”

“Soldiers who are already members of Special Forces remain a pretty unique group,” Abel said. “To be recognized by peers as an outstanding member who emulates what outstanding Special Forces members embody, that is really quite an honor and something to live up to. From this cadre of soldiers who wear the Green Berets, I think these kind of guys get to stand out.”

Dennison regards it as one of the greatest honors ever bestowed on him.

“I am really proud to have been designated as one of them,” he said. “It’s a big honor. I’m very proud of being selected.”

Meanwhile, this tough old Green Beret — who is not about to let the loss of two legs stop him — is eager to get back on the greens.

Dennison has played golf since the age of 9. Like his brothers, he picked it up while caddying at the old Baldoc Hills Country Club in Pittsburgh.

The military is buying solar-powered golf carts that are designed for the handicapped. Fort Bragg has a couple of the carts, which have yet to be released to active-duty and retired military for use on the post’s Stryker and Ryder golf courses. Dennison has already received training on a similar cart for the handicapped at Knollwood Fairways in Southern Pines.

“I’m going to play again,” he said. “I’m ready to try it.”

Staff writer Michael Futch can be reached at futchm@fayobserver.com or 486-3529.

Distinguished Member of the
Special Forces Regiment

SM Fred E. Davis

Just Remembering…Sergeant Major Fred E. Davis

SF has established a list of “legends” with many of the names recognized by modern day SF because of the statues erected in their honor, a mission they planned or a school they developed; Simmons, Beckwith, Meadows and even Rowe—but for me the real SF “Legends” are less well known but their impact on SF is tremendous. One of them is a little known but fantastic soldier—Fred E. Davis.

In late 1965 or early 1966 the FULRO (Free Montagnard) Movement decided to send a message to the Vietnamese government and rounded up the LLDB in an SF camp (I forgot the name) and threw them in the hole of a five seat shitter. They then threw in hand grenades. The American SF in the camp remained in their team house—under Montagnard guard—so the story goes. (If there is anyone reading this that knows the truth—please share it with us.)

February 2, 1967—the LLDB and the Recon Platoon loyal to the LLDB at Duc-Co (A-253) decided to get revenge for the nasty deaths of their comrades and kill the American A-Team. I was the XO. Our medic Bill Martin was in the underground hospital and Jim Helton was in the Montagnard Company on the perimeter checking the guards. I was on radio watch. They surrounded the team house wounding our team leader in their first barrage. I was shot shortly thereafter but had time to contact a nearby mech infantry company for help.

A chopper dropped down and I felt someone pulling me onto the floor of the chopper. When I looked over I saw the friendly face of Sergeant Major Davis from the B-Team at Kontum.

Davis joined the 3rd Ranger Battalion during WWII and was a part of Darby’s Rangers—a regiment that landed at Anzio. The 1st and 3rd Battalions were ordered to attack and hold a small Italian city called Cisterna while the 4th Battalion was held in reserve. Unknown to General Mark Clark—Cisterna is where 84 Battalions of Germans were assembling for a counter-attack against the beachhead to include two famous German fighting units—a Division of Fallshumjagers and the Hermann Goring SS Panzer Division.

Out of 767 Rangers—6 survived!

Davis was captured—escaped and was captured again and escaped the third time. ALL absolutely amazing feats considering the Germans were shooting escapees and eventually killed their POWs—somehow Davis made it.

Davis joined the 3rd Ranger Company in Korea and again the company was almost annihilated during the battle for “Bloody Nose Ridge.” Davis was again one of the few Ranger survivors and was given a battlefield commission. Between the wars Davis lost his commission—probably to a RIF (Reduction in Force)—but stayed in unconventional units.

Vietnam placed him as the B-Team sergeant major in 1966-67 at Kontum during a time period all three of his A Camps were under siege and in constant contact with the NVA.

Sergeant Major Davis was a little guy—he didn’t chomp on cigars and in a meeting he almost always went unnoticed. In Vietnam he was old—didn’t move very fast and drank too much (Does anyone wonder why! Booze was the PTSD medication for combat vets.) and he wasn’t a self-aggrandizer—but!—when the shit was flying in the Mike Force or in one of the A Camps and an ammo resupply or MEDEVAC was ABSOLUTELY needed—it was Sergeant Major Davis’ face you saw first when you looked up.

I know of NO ONE who saw MORE combat close up and personal than Sergeant Major Fred E. Davis.

Well Done, Sergeant Major—you are remembered.

Ed Freeman


Posted By: Rayelan

Date: Saturday, 22 November 2008, 8:30 p.m.

You're an 18 or 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, 11-14-1965. LZ Xray , Vietnam . Your Infantry Unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.

You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.

Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see a Huey, but it doesn't seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.

Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.

He's coming anyway.

And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board.

Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses.
And, he kept coming back...... 13 more times..... and took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.

Medal of Honor Recipient Ed Freeman died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise, ID......

Rest in Peace Dear One

3RD SF Alpha 3336

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SF 22nd Birthday

Special Forces branch celebrates its 22nd birthday
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, April 9, 2009) - Green Berets, past and present, took time Apr. 9 to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the establishment of Special Forces as a basic branch of the Army.

Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Csrnko, right, commander of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, is joined by Sgt. Javier Perea, 1st Special Forces Group (A) during a cake cutting honoring the 22nd birthday of the Special Forces Branch as a basic branch in the Army. Perea is the junior-most noncommissioned officer in the Special Forces Regiment, having recently graduated the Special Forces Qualification Course.(Photo by Statt Sgt. Curtis Squires, USASOC News Service)
The commanders of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Csrnko, and the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, Brig. Gen. Michael S. Repass, both spoke about the importance of the Army’s recognition of the Special Forces Brach, its history and continued relevance to the nation’s defense.

“We have come into our own because of the events of 9/11,” Csrnko said. “We no longer have to figure out a training scheduled to do something meaningful during the week of training. Matter of fact, our units has a hard time maintaining some of that training because of the operational tempo that we have today. “

“I don’t think anybody can hold a candle to our Soldiers on the battlefield today,” Csrnko said.

Repass read from the famed ‘Acorn’ speech given by the father of the Special Forces regiment, Col. Aaron Bank, the first Special Forces commander who activated and then led the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). The speech provides analogies to the determination of the Special Forces regiment to be recognized for its relevance to modern warfare and determination to be a full member in the Army’s brotherhood.

“The oak that I am referring to, though not a giant in physical stature, is indeed a giant in potential and versatility,” Repass read.

During the ceremony, Csrnko was joined by Sgt. Javier Perea to cut a cake decorated in honor of the branch birthday. Perea, the junior-most noncommissioned officer of the Special Forces regiment, graduated the Special Forces Qualification Course as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant in March 2009 and will be assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Perea was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces after completing the food service specialist course in 2002. He deployed to Afghanistan three times with 3rd SFG (A) before entering the Special Forces Qualification Course.

Furthering the ties to Special Forces history, Csrnko cut the cake with the Yarborough Knife, a combat field knife presented to Green Berets who graduate the Special Forces Qualification Course. Perea used a replica V-42 knife, issued to members of the First Special Service Force, a predecessor of modern Green Berets, who fought in the World War II.

Long before the establishment of the Special Forces branch, Green Berets were recognized by President John F. Kennedy for their applicability in countering the spread of communism. In 1961, Kennedy authorized the wear of the Green Beret during a visit to Fort Bragg, and in a 1962 letter to the Army, he reiterated his support for Special Forces by calling the Green Beret a “symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, a mark of distinction in the fight for freedom.”

Chief of Staff of the Army John A. Wickham signed General Order 35 in June 1987, making Special Forces a combat-arms branch effective April 9, 1987.


James Leslie Moreland

The plaque dedicated to Army medic James Moreland has long been an enigma in Hacienda Heights.
Since it was put in place in 1973, it has been both lost and stolen, and replaced twice by the Hacienda Heights Improvement Association.

But few in Hacienda Heights seemed to know who the young man was. Only sketchy details about his service in Vietnam and missing-in-action status have come to light.

Members of the Green Beret unit who fought alongside him in Lang Vei, Vietnam, friends and family members came forward recently to shed light on Moreland.

While even family members are unsure how the plaque came to rest in Hacienda Heights, they were able to describe how the young man who loved football and the outdoors ended up missing far from home.

"He was a tough little guy," said Dennis Thompson, a fellow soldier who was captured by the North Vietnamese Army in the same battle. "He was a good troop and he deserved better."

Moreland lived with his family in Alabama before moving to Anaheim, where he grew up, those who knew him said.

He graduated from Western High School, where he was a football star, attaining the status of All-Orange County Linebacker in 1962, according to friend Marvin Hahn of Thousand Oaks.

He attended junior college briefly before enlisting in the Special Forces in 1965 at the age of 20.

Moreland's brothers were in the Air Force and Navy, and he followed in their foot steps by joining the Army, said his niece, Lisa Newlander.

"They all tried to talk him out of going into the Special Forces but he wouldn't hear it," said Newlander, now 40.

The Puyallup, Wash. resident's own 16-year-old son was so moved by his great uncle's heroism in combat that he is considering joining the Special Forces, she said.

Moreland went MIA only months after beginning his tour in Vietnam. He landed in October 1967 and was last seen in a bunker under heavy attack by the North Vietnam Army in February 1968, records show.

The NVA had slowly been closing in on the Green Beret unit based at Lang Vei just before the Tet Offensive, Thompson said.

On the night of Feb. 6, the soldiers were horrified to see tanks bearing down on them, Thompson said.

What followed was a perfect storm of bad weather, miscommunication and malfunctioning weapons. Back-up and air support did not come until it was too late, he added, and shoulder-held rockets intended to stop tanks were useless.

"We were screwed," Thompson said. "Some of us were outside (fighting the NVA) and eight guys were trapped in the bunker."

Even as NVA tanks tried to cave in the bunker the American soldiers wouldn't give up, he said.

At one point, Moreland and fellow soldier John Early climbed into an observation tower and began firing on the tanks, but the flash from their weapons gave their location away, Thompson said.

A shot from a tank made a direct hit, killing Early, he said.

Moreland was gravely injured, suffering a serious head wound and was left behind in the bunker when the North Vietnamese Army overran it, witnesses said.

"I don't know whether Les was dead when they left or very, very close to it," Thompson said. "They had a window of a couple minutes to get out of that bunker to a secure landing zone."

Moreland was last seen just before the North Vietnamese overtook the camp and bunker. Witnesses said he appeared to be dead. He was never found.

His friends and family still await his return. Thompson said he has returned to Vietnam several times in search of the men still missing from his unit, including Moreland.

Kathy Strong, of Walnut Creek, said she has been wearing an MIA bracelet with Moreland's name on it, has vowed to wear it until Moreland is found and returned home.

The 48-year-old said she received it in a Christmas stocking when she was a 12-year-old child.

"The day I put it on I made a promise to keep it on until he came home," she said. "Never forget, that's my slogan."

Moreland's parents passed away without ever getting any answers, Newlander said, but they never stopped waiting.

"It was really hard for my grandma because they never brought him home," Newlander said. "There's a spot with a picture of my uncle in between my grandparents in a cemetery back in Alabama, so when he is brought home he can be buried in between them."


Bill Queen of CCN


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Mary, Bill Queen's wife called me this morning to report that he passed away in his sleep lastnight at home in Houston, Tx.

Arrangements have not been made, but seeking to have him interned in Arlington. I think Mary would like some assistance from someone in the Houston area, if you would like to assist the family let me know. Will keep you posted.


Stars and Stripes 2011 Heroes

Randall Shughart

Airborne & Special Operations Museum
100 Bragg Blvd., Fayetteville NC 28301
(910) 643-2774,

Paver Dedication for Sergeant First Class Randall Shughart at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --

A paver stone honoring Sergeant First Class Randall Shughart will be unveiled and dedicated Saturday, October 10, at 11:00 a.m. at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum by the SFC Randall Shughart Memorial Chapter of the Special Forces Association, Carlisle, PA. The public is invited to attend.

Shughart (August 13, 1958–October 3, 1993) is a posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor. At the time of his death he was a non-commissioned officer in the Army's premiere special operations unit, the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1SFOD-D), or "Delta Force."

Together with Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions he performed during the Battle of Mogadishu in October 1993.

Shughart distinguished himself on October 3, 1993, while serving as a Sniper Team Member with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. Shughart provided precision sniper fire from the lead helicopter during an assault on a building and at two helicopter crash sites, while under intense automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fire. While providing critical suppressive fires at the second crash site, he and his team leader learned that ground forces were not immediately available to secure the site.

Shughart and his team leader volunteered to protect the four critically wounded personnel, despite being aware of the growing number of enemy personnel closing in on the site. After their third request to be inserted they received permission to perform this volunteer mission. When debris and enemy ground fire at the site caused them to abort the first attempt, they were inserted one hundred meters south of the crash.

Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, Shughart and his team leader fought their way to reach the critically injured crew members. Shughart pulled the pilot and the other crew members from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him in the most vulnerable position.

Shughart used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers while traveling the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. He continued his protective fire until he depleted his ammunition and was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life.

Located in downtown Fayetteville, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum is part of the U.S. Army Museum System and tells the story of Army airborne and special operations units from 1940 to the present. Museum hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday; open Federal holiday Mondays. For more information call 910.643.2774 or visit the website at www.asomf.org.

46th SFCA Bulletin Board

Welcome to the 46th SFCA Bulletin Board

Veteran Web Links

Appeals http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch05.doc
Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
CARES Commission www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
CARES Draft National Plan http://www.va.gov/caresdecision/page.cfm?pg=105
Center for Minority Veterans http://www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/
Center for Women Veterans http://www.va.gov/womenvet/
Center for Veterans Enterprise www.vetbiz.gov/default2.htm
Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000016.html
Classified Records - American Gulf War Veterans Assn www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000011.html
Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03 http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page www.va.gov/
Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www.va.gov/vso/
Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/
Environmental Agents http://www.va.gov/environagents/
Environmental Agents M10 http://www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1002
Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility http://www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=315
Evaluation Protocol for Gulf War & Iraqi Freedom Veterans with Potential Exposure to Depleted Uranium (DU) http://www.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHandbook1303122304.DOC
Evaluation Protocol For Non-Gulf War Veterans With Potential Exposure To Depleted Uranium (Du) http://www.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHANDBOOKNONGW130340304.DOC
Fee Basis, Priority For Outpatient Medical Services & Inpatient Hospital Care www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=206
Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005 www.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf
Forms and Records Request www.va.gov/vaforms/
Geriatrics and Extanded Care www.va.gov/geriatricsshg/
Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG www.oqp.med.va.gov/cpg/cpgn/mus/mus_base.htm
Guide to Gulf War Veterans' Health www.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/VHIgulfwar.pdf
Gulf War Registry www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1003
Gulf War Registry Referral Centers www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1006
Gulf War Subject Index www.va.gov/GulfWar/page.cfm?pg=7&template=main&letter=A
Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Q&As www.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/GWIllnessesQandAsIB1041.pdf
Homeless Veterans www.va.gov/homeless/
HSR&D Home www.hsrd.research.va.gov/
Ionizing Radiation www.va.gov/irad/
Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA www.vba.va.gov/EFIF/
M10 for spouses and children www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1007
M10 Part III Change 1 www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1008
M21-1 Table of Contents www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1.html
Mental Health Program Guidelines www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1094
Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers www.mirecc.med.va.gov/
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence www.va.gov/ms/about.asp
My Health e Vet www.myhealth.va.gov/
NASDVA.COM Ë National Association of State Directors www.nasdva.com/
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention www.nchpdp.med.va.gov/postdeploymentlinks.asp
OMI (Office of Medical Inspector www.omi.cio.med.va.gov/
Online VA Form 10-10EZ https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/
VA Annual Report To Congress, Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999 www.va.gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_War_Veterans'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc
VA Annual Report To Congress, Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002 www.va.gov/resdev/prt/gulf_war_2002/GulfWarRpt02.pdf
Phase I PGR http://www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1004
Phase II PGR www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1005
Policy Manual Index www.va.gov/publ/direc/eds/edsmps.htm
Project 112 (Including Project SHAD) www.va.gov/shad/
Prosthetics Eligibility www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=337
Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page http://www.vethealth.cio.med.va.gov/
Public Health/SARS www.publichealth.va.gov/SARS/
Publications: Manuals www.va.gov/vhapublications/publications.cfm?Pub=4
Publications and Reports www.va.gov/resdev/prt/pubs_individual.cfm?webpage=gulf_war.htm
Records Center and Vault Homepage www.aac.va.gov/vault/default.html
Records Center and Vault Site Map www.aac.va.gov/vault/sitemap.html
Request For And Consent To Release Of Information From Claimant's Records www.forms.va.gov/va/Internet/VARF/getformharness.asp?formName=3288-form.xft
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002 www.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/Minutes_April112002.doc
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses www.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/ReportandRecommendations_2004.pdf
The Service Officers Corner www.geocities.com/veteransadvocate
Title 38 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual. PART 4: schedule FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart A: General Policy in Rating http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b7e1c80768900fe79b3126a180a3da6&rgn=div8&view=text&node=38:
Title 38 Index Parts 0-17 http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=5601440f9a028e2b353f1be27d4535d2&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv1_02.tpl
Title 38 Part 18 http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=e7f228f056f66128a3cf40196efa0323&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv2_02.tpl
Title 38 Part 3: Adjudication Subpart A Pension, Compensation, and DIC Compensation http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/textidx?c=ecfr;sid=0a5cc4e74c654c10874b651cc99ff1b4;rgn=div5;view=text;node=38%3A1.;idno=38;cc=ecfr
Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans' Relief (also 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here) http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?type=simple;c=ecfr;cc=ecfr;sid=89bb312d6d613680e34d4df4625d7f3b;region=DIV1;q1=gulf%20war;rgn=div8;view=text;idno=38;node=38%3A1.
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims www.vetapp.gov/
VA Annual Report To Congress, Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999 www.va.gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_War_Veterans'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc
VA Annual Report To Congress, Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002 www.va.gov/resdev/prt/gulf_war_2002/GulfWarRpt02.pdf
VA Fact Sheet www.va.gov/opa/fact/gwfs.html
VA Health Care Eligibility www.va.gov/healtheligibility/home/hecmain.asp
Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/
VA Life Insurance Handbook: Chap 3 www.insurance.va.gov/inForceGliSite/GLIhandbook/glibookletch3.htm#310
VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans http://valoans.com/va_facts_limits.cfm
VA MS Research www.va.gov/ms/about.asp
VA National Hepatitis C Program www.hepatitis.va.gov/
VA Office of Research and Development www.va.gov/resdev/
VA WMD EMSHG www.va.gov/emshg/
VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address www.va.gov/oig/hotline/hotline3.htm
Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service www.va.gov/rcs/Eligibility.htm
Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page www.vba.va.gov/
VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals www.va.gov/vhapublications/
VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives www.va.gov/health_benefits/page.cfm?pg=13
VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page www.publichealth.va.gov/
VHI Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health www.va.gov/vhi_ind_study/gulfwar/istudy/index.asp
Vocational Rehabilitation www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/
VONAPP online http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
WARMS - 38 CFR Book C www.warms.vba.va.gov/bookc.html
War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey www.wri.med.va.gov/
Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site www.gibill.va.gov/
What VA Social Workers Do www.va.gov/socialwork/page.cfm?pg=3
WRIISC Patient Eligibility www.illegion.org/va1.html

VETERAN WEB LINKS UPDATE 02: Following are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Nearly 100% of this information is without charge and available for all veterans, the only catch is you have to ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you -- and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests:

VAS is not VA

Please give wide distribution -- Warning to All Veterans

More Info


Forwarded by Kevin Secor, VSO Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

An organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) is providing benefit and general information on VA and gathering personal information on veterans. This organization is not affiliated with VA in any way.

VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close resemblance to the VA name and seal. Our Legal Counsel has requested that we coordinate with DoD to inform military installations, particularly mobilization sites, of this group and their lack of affiliation or endorsement by VA to provide any services.

In addition, GC requests that if you have any examples of VAS acts that violate chapter 59 of Title 38 United States Code, such as VAS employees assisting veterans in the preparation and presentation of claims for benefits, please pass any additional information to Mr.Daugherty at the address below.

Michael G. Daugherty
Staff Attorney
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of General Counsel (022G2)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

Cold War Recognition

If you served honorably on active duty, the Guard, Reserve, or as a DOD federal employee from Sept 2, 1945 to Dec 26, 1991, you are authorized the Cold War Recognition Certificate. Here's how to obtain your copy free:

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 15 Minutes

Here's How:
You will need proof of your service, such as a DD Form 214 (Record of Military Service).

Prepare, date, and sign a letter, requesting the award of the Cold War Recognition Certificate.

You can also fill out an official request form at the Army's Cold War Recognition Certificate Website.

Send the letter or request form, and a copy of your service proof to:
U.S. Army Human Resources Command
Cold War Recognition Program, Hoffman II, Room 3N45
200 Stovall Street
Alexandria, VA 22332-0473

FAX: 1-800-723-9262

You may also FAX the letter and proof to: 1-800-723-9262.

Your letter must contain the phrase "I certify that my service was honorable and faithful" or it will be rejected.

Do not send the original of your proof of service. Send a copy.

Original documentation will not be returned.

There is a large demand for this program. Current backlog time is about 6 months.

Retirement Pay

A proposal that would radically alter the military's retirement system was unveiled last week at a Defense Business Board meeting. The board provides advice to the Secretary of Defense based on best practices from the private sector.

Among the recommendations proposed by the Board's retirement task force is the establishment of a mandatory TSP program for all military servicemembers. Here are some of the proposed changes:
The government contribution to the TSP program, including extra incentives, would be funded at a percentage level comparable to the highest end of a private sector pension plan
The plan would vest after 3 to 5 years, payable at age 60 to 65 (or Social Security age)
Partial withdrawals (or loans) to cover education, healthcare, or other specified emergencies would be allowed
The plan would be risk adjusted to recognize combat roles, family separation, and other unusual duty
The plan would double contributions for years in combat zones or high risk positions
The plan would provide greater contributions for hardship tours
The plan would apply to reserve as well as active duty personnel
The plan would grandfather existing retirees and "fully disabled" veterans under the current system
Based on the number of calls and emails AUSA has received from its members, this proposal has clearly struck a nerve. Many of our members consider this and other retirement overhaul proposals that have recently been announced to be a "slap in the face."

Shortly after the Board's announcement, AUSA President Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA , Ret., released this statement:

"Guaranteed retirement benefits are essential to recruitment and retention in both the Active and Reserve Components. Retirement benefits are a covenant with our Soldiers.

"Any erosion of retirement benefits, implied or actually promised, affects Soldier morale and can leave retirees with the impression that they have been betrayed. Soldiers earn, and deserve, a high quality retirement program for their selfless, dedicated service to our nation. In today's environment of persistent global conflict, it is imperative that existing retirement benefits are sustained and enhanced for both the Active and Reserve Components (RC) of the Army. Both Active and RC Soldiers and units are being called upon repeatedly for myriad combat and support missions for extended periods, and it is essential that retirement programs further support the sacrifices they make.

"The retirement system must ensure that all of those who serve are properly compensated, retained, and encouraged to complete their careers. We must ensure the benefits available to all retired Soldiers and their Families are commensurate with the increased demands and sacrifices they endure on active duty.

"Our nation demands much from its military, and the retirement benefits in place are not gifts - they have been earned through blood, sweat, toil, repeated deployments, missed births, birthdays and anniversaries and sometimes loss of limbs or life.

"Shifting the burden of our nation's fiscal mess on to the backs of our military -less than one percent of our population who volunteer for decades of service in harm's way defending our way of life - is morally bankrupt.

"The richest nation on earth can afford to continue the current retirement system for those who defend it with a lifetime of service. As has been said time and again - defending freedom is not free."

It is important to remember that this is just a proposal. The Defense Department has not endorsed it nor sent it to Congress as a proposed change to the current plan. Another thing to remember is that over the years there have been many proposals to change the retirement plan. While there is considerably more pressure to cut costs than ever before, it is difficult to imagine Congress changing the retirement system so radically while the military is so heavily engaged.

That said, AUSA is well aware that it is Congress that we must continue to influence. Please add your voice to ours. Go to www.ausa.org, click on "Legislative Agenda" and then "Contact Congress". Put your zip code in the box entitled "Elected Officials and then click on the prepared letter "Preserve Military Retiree's Benefits".

With no time left on the clock, Congress and the Administration have reached a deal that would raise the debt ceiling and trim deficits over the next 10 years. It is expected that a vote by the full House and Senate will come later today.
However, a potential snag is the $350 billion cut in defense spending and the even steeper cuts defense would take if automatic spending cuts contained in the plan are triggered.
The deal would establish a bipartisan committee that must identify $1.5 trillion in additional deficit reductions by the end of 2011. Not only do they have to identify the cuts, Congress has to pass them. If the committee fails to identify the cuts or Congress fails to pass the recommendations, it would trigger automatic reductions of $1.2 trillion to defense and non-defense programs, equally, by 2013.
A briefing document issued by the White House to members of Congress indicates that the potential second round of cuts is meant to be an incentive to ensure Congress doesn't deadlock on further deficit reduction.
The document states with regards to the Pentagon, "If the fiscal committee took no action, the deal would automatically add nearly $500 billion in defense cuts on top of cuts already made, and, at the same time, it would cut critical programs like infrastructure or education. That outcome would be unacceptable to many Republicans and Democrats alike - creating pressure for a bipartisan agreement without requiring the threat of a default with unthinkable consequences for our economy." This would mean that the Defense Department could potentially face reductions of approximately $850 billion over 10 years.
Sen. Lindsey Graham. R-S.C., has already said that he will not vote favorably on the debt-ceiling deal because of the defense cuts. "If fully implemented, the consequences to our nation's defense infrastructure would be severe. And these deep cuts would come at a time when threats to our nation are increasing, not declining. "This agreement legitimizes the concept that defense spending is not only equal to other areas of federal spending, but is of lesser importance. This is a philosophical shift I will have no part of. "I fear this agreement will destroy our nation's defense infrastructure at a time when we need them the most. The only part of our nation's budget which is really exposed to serious consequences under this compromise is the Department of Defense.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., said he remained concerned about the impact of the deal on defense spending. "I've been concerned for over a year now about defense cuts; it's just like it's escalating," he said. "So I've got to get back and really figure out what those are."
The incoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said recently that, "based on the difficulty of achieving the $400 billion cut, I believe $800 billion would be extraordinarily difficult and very high-risk."
Another area of concern: If the second round of cuts are triggered, Medicare provider payments could be reduced. AUSA has been fighting for several years to get Congress to pass a long-term fix to the scheduled cut to rates paid to physicians who treat seniors and the military. Congress would not be fixing the Medicare/TRICARE cut, it could potentially make it worse. Low payment rates have caused many providers to drop out of the program, exacerbating a shortage of primary care doctors that the country is already facing.
We still have to wait and see if the House and Senate have the votes to pass this deal. Not passing it will have a serious impact both domestically and globally. Passing it will have a serious impact on the Defense Department. We will be watching closely.

Emergency Medical Care

At some time in your life, you may need emergency care.

For veterans enrolled in the VA Health Care system when it is not possible for you to go to a VA medical center, you should go to the nearest hospital that has an emergency room.

If you are in an ambulance, the paramedics will usually take you to the closest emergency room.

A medical emergency is when you have an injury or illness that is so severe that without immediate treatment, the injury or illness threatens your health or life. Use your best judgment in deciding whether or not it is a medical emergency. If you believe it is call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

You do not need to call the VA before you obtain emergency care. However, if you are admitted, your family, friends or hospital staff should contact the nearest VA medical center as soon as possible to provide information about your emergency room visit.

If the doctor wants to admit you to the hospital, and it is not an emergency you must obtain approval from the VA. You, a friend, a family member, or someone from the non-VA hospital must call the closest VA medical center and speak to the patient transfer or patient administration representative. This must be done within 72 hours of your arrival at the emergency room.

If a VA bed is available and if you can be safely transferred, you must be moved. If you refuse to be transferred, the VA will not pay for any further care.

VA will not pay for emergency care if you are in jail. Usually the jail has responsibility for providing you with medical care.

VA will only pay for emergency care outside the US if your emergency is related to a service-connected condition. Contact the VA Health Administration Center at (877) 345-8179.

You can find more information on the Foreign Medical Program at http://www.va.gov/hac/hacmain.asp.

All claims should be filed with the nearest VA medical center as quickly as possible. Time limits usually apply. You may have to pay for a portion of your emergency care dependent on several factors which vary according to the care you received.

Your local VA medical center’s patient benefits counselor can explain these and other factors and their impact on your particular circumstance.

You can also get answers to your questions on the Health Administration Center Internet website at http://www.va.gov/hac/hacmain.asp under Non-VA Care. [Source: http://www.nonvacare.va.gov/emergencycare.asp16 Dec 08 ++]

Presumptive Illnesses


VA Recognizes “Presumptive” Illnesses in Iraq, Afghanistan
Decision Simplifies Application for Disability Pay

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking steps to make it easier for Veterans to obtain disability compensation for certain diseases associated with service in the Persian Gulf War or Afghanistan. This will be the beginning of historic change for how VA considers Gulf War Veterans’ illnesses.

Following recommendations made by VA’s Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Task Force, VA is publishing a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that will establish new presumptions of service connection for nine specific infectious diseases associated with military service in Southwest Asia during the Persian Gulf War, or in Afghanistan on or after September 19, 2001.

“We recognize the frustrations that many Gulf War and Afghanistan Veterans and their families experience on a daily basis as they look for answers to health questions, and seek benefits from VA,” said Secretary Shinseki.
The proposed rule includes information about the long-term health effects potentially associated with the nine diseases: Brucellosis, Campylobacter jejuni, Coxiella burnetii (Q fever), malaria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Nontyphoid Salmonella, Shigella, Visceral leishmaniasis and West Nile virus.
For non-presumptive conditions, a Veteran is required to provide medical evidence that can be used to establish an actual connection between military service in Southwest Asia or in Afghanistan, and a specific disease.
With the proposed rule, a Veteran will only have to show service in Southwest Asia or Afghanistan, and a current diagnosis of one of the nine diseases. Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted over the next 60 days. A final regulation will be published after consideration of all comments received.

Proposed Regulations for Gulf War Illnesses – 2/2/2/2

The decision was made after reviewing the 2006 report of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), titled, “Gulf War and Health Volume 5: Infectious Diseases.” The 2006 report differed from the four prior reports by looking at the long-term health effects of certain diseases determined to be pertinent to Gulf War Veterans.
The 1998 Persian Gulf War Veterans Act requires the Secretary to review NAS reports that study scientific information and possible associations between illnesses and exposure to toxic agents by Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War.
Because the Persian Gulf War has not officially been declared ended, Veterans serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom are eligible for VA’s new presumptions. Secretary Shinseki decided to include Afghanistan Veterans in these presumptions because NAS found that the nine diseases are prevalent in that country.
Noting that today’s proposed regulation reflects a significant determination of a positive association between service in the Persian Gulf War and certain diseases, Secretary Shinseki added, “By setting up scientifically-based presumptive service connection, we give these deserving Veterans a simple way to get the benefits they have earned in service to our country.”
Last year, VA received more than one million claims for disability compensation and pension. VA provides compensation and pension benefits to over 3.8 million Veterans and beneficiaries. Presently, the basic monthly rate of compensation ranges from $123 to $2,673 to Veterans without any dependents.
Disability compensation is a non-taxable, monthly monetary benefit paid to Veterans who are disabled as a result of an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service.
For more information about health problems associated with military service during operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and related VA programs go to www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/ or go to www.va.gov for information about disability compensation.

SF Motorcycle Club

U.S. Army Special Forces Motorcycle Club

The U.S. Army Special Forces Motorcycle Club (SFMC) was recently incorporated in the State of Nevada and is building a membership base of dedicated Special Forces Soldiers and organizing Chapters across the country.

A group of former Special Forces (SF) Soldiers created the USASFMC because they wanted to belong to a motorcycle club composed almost exclusively of SF qualified (Green Beret) men that would enjoy getting together occasionally for the camaraderie, to ride motorcycles, and have fun.

Qualifications to become a member are simple: An applicant must have been awarded an 18 or 180 series (SF) MOS or SF skill identifier. A small number of applicants can be granted membership who had served with or provided significant operational support to U.S. Army Special Forces. The USASFMC may use membership in the Special Forces Association (SFA) as a source of documentation for qualifying Special Forces qualification or experience. The USASFMC encourages all members, current and those who consider joining our ranks, to strengthen our bond and mutual support of Special Forces Soldiers through membership in the SFA.

The name “USASFMC” is similar to and can easily get confused with the “SFMC”- but be assured there are significant differences. The USASFMC is about belonging to a group of Special Forces Soldiers and motorcyclists who join to have “fun” – the SFMC focused on “fund-raising.” Although, the USASFMC supports fund raising, many believe that should not be the primary mission or purpose of a SF Motorcycle Club (MC).

The membership in USASFMC is almost exclusively composed of U.S. Army Special Forces qualified Soldiers, while comparatively, membership in the SFMC was much more open with members that may have not served in the U.S. Army, with Special Forces, or even in the military. The voice and conscience of the USASFMC comes from its membership - in the SFMC it's primarily from their Board of Directors.

There are other motorcycle associations and clubs – but this one, the USASFMC has appealed to Special Forces Soldiers; keep contact with fellow quiet professionals, tell stories on each other, link up for motorcycle rallies and rides, and just have fun.

The U.S. Army Special Forces Motorcycle Club invites you to learn more about this new MC and consider joining our ranks.

For further information contact George Gredyk at g.gredyk@bresnan.net or Bill Waldron at billwaldron@rmgops.com.

SF Online Message Svc

(Application Form for New Member Use)

Special Forces Associates
Dedicated to Supporting and Serving Past and Present
Special Forces Soldiers


To register with the Special Forces Associates On Line Message Service you must complete the Sections ( AS THEY APPLY TO YOU) and return this application form to asfbacsi@aol.com .

This Special Forces Associates Online Message Service is a privately operated independent news, information and service unit that is operated as a FREE service for verified present and former SPECIAL FORCES PERSONNEL .
This SF ASSOCIATES ONLINE MESSAGE SERVICE is RESTRICTED to the use of only prior registered members of this service.

Messages posted by this service in the form of email and or on it's Web site, are those of the person posting the message and haven't been prior approved and or endorsed by any official Military Unit, Civilian Agency and or Association .

Your Email Address:

Last Name:

Full First Name:

Full Middle Name:

State/Location your Sending From:( Example: NC )

If a Member of a Special Forces Organization or Association furnish your Chapter Number :

Furnish the names and email addresses of two members of the organization or association that can verify your SF status/membership.

1st NAME: ( Last, First, MI, Email Address, Organization )

2nd NAME: ( Last, First, MI, Email Address Organization )

Additional information request and verification efforts may be requested by the Net Controller, as needed, to verify your current or former Special Forces status.
The information requested and furnished is restricted to the use of the SF ASSOCIATES ONLINE MESSAGE SERVICE , Net Controller, and will only be utilized for the purpose of verifying your registration.

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Warrior Wellness Prgm

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Request Copies of Military Personnel Records
Welcome to our online military personnel records request system.

Use our system to create a customized order form to request information from your, or your relative's, military personnel records. You may use this system if you are:

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•Next of kin of a deceased, former member of the military
The next of kin can be any of the following: surviving spouse that has not remarried, father, mother, son, daughter, sister, or brother.

Uniforms at Funerals

To all members:

I have attended too many funerals lately. In June and July, Nancy and I attended 11 military funerals. I tell you this because of a new wrinkle I have noticed at services for SF warriors.

In March I attended the services for Bill Queen at Arlington and MG Bargwell was there in uniform even though he has been retired for some time. He suggested to me that we get the word out for all SF retirees to wear their SF uniform(their uniform of retirement, with Breen Beret, displaying the “Army Retired” patch on the left shoulder) to all services for the fallen from SF. It should be noted that after you retire you are entitled to wear the uniform of your retirement to military ceremonies, which includes military funerals. So if you retired in SF you are entitled to wear the SF uniform w/Green Beret to ceremonies. If you retired from another branch and served in SF for any given period of time you are restricted to wearing the uniform of your retirement with the service cap, but no beret. Check out the regs.

I would hope that all heed this and if you show up at services for any fallen service member and if you are entitled to wear the SF uniform, do so to show that SF as a unit/chapter cares.

De Oppresso Liber.

Henry Cook

HR 816

HR 816 - Military Retirees Health Care Protection Act

Military Retirees Health Care Protection ActTake Action!
STOP TRICARE Fee increases!

As you are aware the Secretary of Defense is pushing for military retirees to assume a greater share of Tricare and Tricare for Life costs. Earlier this year, Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced H.R. 816, "The Military Retirees Health Care Protection Act" that would prohibit DoD from increasing TRICARE fees, specifying that the authority to increase TRICARE fees exists only in Congress.
The Defense Department needs to do more to investigate other options to make TRICARE more cost-efficient as an alternative to shifting costs to retiree beneficiaries.
Our nation is at war and imposing higher healthcare costs on retirees sends a powerful negative message not only to retirees, but to those currently serving about the value of their service to the nation. Unlike private sector employees, military retirees have answered the call to serve, and most have done so under extremely difficult circumstances while separated from their families to defend the freedoms we enjoy today.
As of August 28, HR 816 has 199 co-sponsors. Please click the above Take Action link to send a message to your Representative to support this legislation.

SBP/DIC Amendment

Vote on SBP/DIC Amendment Expected Soon

If you die from a service-connected cause, your surviving spouse is entitled to DIC payments from the VA.

If you are also enrolled in (and paying your money into) the SBP
program, your spouse's SBP payment will be offset by the amount of that DIC death benefit she'll receive from the VA (currently $1,154/mo).

In essence, you are paying the DIC benefit out of your own SBP
payments, a continuation of the Dual-Comp scam!

Senator Nelson's amendment, (S.AMDT.1515) to the FY 2010 Defense Authorization Bill, if adopted, will end this practice. The amendment could be voted on at any time.

Write/email your Senators (click on the "Take Action!" link, below), and urge them to support this amendment.

Please forward this to all our fellow retirees.

Online Resources

On Line Medicare, Tricare and TFL Resources

TRICARE4U Web Site https://www.tricare4u.com/apps-portal/tricareapps-app/static/register.htm (create an account to view claims, etc.)

TRICARE For Life Handbook http://www.tricare.mil/tricaresmart/product.aspx?id=502&s

TRICARE For Life Flyer http://www.tricare.mil/tricaresmart/product.aspx?id=612&s

Using TRICARE and MEDICARE Fact Sheet http://www.tricare.mil/tricaresmart/product.aspx?id=801&CID=164&RID=3

TRICARE Pharmacy Program http://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE/
MEDICARE Web Site http://www.medicare.gov/Default.aspx

MEDICARE Part B http://www.medicare.gov/navigation/medicare-basics/medicare-benefits/part-b.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Military Health System (MHS) related information, news releases, etc. http://www.health.mil/

Military Health System (MHS) related blogs http://www.health.mil/blog.aspx

Common Health Topics https://www.tricare4u.com/apps-portal/tricareapps-app/static/beneficiaries/healthyliving/commonhealthtopics.htm

General TFL Telephone Numbers https://www.tricare4u.com/apps-portal/tricareapps-app/static/contactus/general/index.htm


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Big Guy Parachute

A Parachute Fit For Big Guys
October 22, 2009: U.S. Army has ordered 45,000 radically new parachutes. The T-11 ATPS (Advanced Tactical Parachute System) is replacing its half century old T-10 parachute. The new and improved model is urgently needed because, in the last half century, paratroopers, and their equipment, have gotten heavier. The current T-10 was designed to handle a maximum weight of 300 pounds (a paratrooper and his equipment.) In practice, the average weight is now closer to 400 pounds. This meant that the troops were hitting the ground faster and harder using the T-10, resulting in more injuries. Since World War II, the average injury rate for mass parachute drops has been 1.5 percent, but all that extra muscle and gear has pushed it to over two percent.

The basic problem was that the venerable T-10 was not able to handle larger and heavier (it's all muscle, folks) paratroopers and the more numerous bits of equipment they jump with. The 51 pound T-11 (main chute and backup) can bring over 400 pounds of paratrooper and equipment to the ground at 16 feet per second. The 44 pound T-10 could bring 300 pounds down at 23 feet per second. When the T-10 was dealing with more weight, it came down faster, causing more injuries. The T-11, when deployed has a diameter 14 percent greater than that of the T-10, with 28 percent more surface area. The T-11 harness is more reliable and comfortable. Operational testing of the T-11 has been underway for four years, and the new chute will have completely replaced the T-10 in five years.

College Degrees

Plan Turns Green Beret Into a College Degree

June 17, 2011
Military.com|by Christian Lowe

FORT BRAGG, N.C. --- Special Forces Soldiers are some of the smartest, most highly-trained service members in the U.S. military. The elite troops spend years not only learning the lethal art of warfare, but also honing their skills as diplomats, linguists, and cultural experts. But despite all their training, many are left with few options for employment when it’s time to leave the service. Recognizing the marketable skills learned in their Special Forces careers, the Army’s Special Warfare Center here has developed a program to apply more of their skills toward a bachelor’s degree.

“The Special Forces Soldier is incredibly well trained, but he’s ‘undereducated,’ ” said Lt. Col. David Walton, the head of regional studies and education at the SWC. “That’s not because he doesn’t want to be. It’s because he’s so busy training and deploying that he doesn’t have time.” So Walton solicited civilian academia to find programs that could better leverage a special operator’s experience toward college-level credit. Imagine using a basic land navigation qualification to validate Geography 110 at an undergraduate institution, Walton offered.

Through a rigorous evaluation program conducted by a local community college, SWC officials were able to correlate several of their core training courses with up to 48 credit hours of college-level coursework. If a Soldier wants to enroll in the degree program, he has to take another 17 credit hours of courses through Fayetteville Technical Community College , including English composition, math, and professional research.

Once they’ve completed the community college hours, SF Soldiers receive an associate’s degree and can use that credential to enroll in a North Carolina state college degree program as a junior. For its part, the Army wanted to get a return on its investment by requiring Soldiers take courses for college credit that help them as Green Berets.

During missions, SF team members often have to brief officers and staff on operations, but the SWC doesn’t offer a course that teaches public speaking, for example. So Walton made it a requirement for the associate’s degree program.

“Here’s a classic way that an education for college students can help you be a better special operator,” Walton said.
The program is also open to Green Berets returning to the schoolhouse between deployments, or even civilian contractors at the school who are SF alums.

“I knew a college degree would be important once I retired and even while I’m still in for promotions,” said Sgt. 1st Class Mike Gruver, a communications NCO and Special Forces operator who’s studying for a degree in applied physics. “This is really the first time I’ve ever had an opportunity realistically to get a college degree instead of just floundering.”

While it might not seem like much of a rest after years of deployments and high-level warfare schools, Gruver said the schedule is focused on helping Soldiers knock out the associate’s degree requirements in less than three months.
“It was very time consuming. … It was a bit of an adjustment for my family,” Gruver said. “But it was no worse than being back on a team.”

And with as much as two years towards a bachelor’s degree completed well before retirement, the program is worth all the extra time and effort.

Some operators “can go from having no college degree at all to within a very short time having their bachelor’s degree,” Gruver said. “And all they have to do is go through this program to get that degree to tie it all in.”
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Crayons for the Children

My sister Luster was at Toys R Us in Renton and she had 80 boxes of Crayon Crayola 24 to a box. She was at one check out stand when a man in the next line asked what she needed 80 boxes of crayons for. She told him they were for the remote school children in Thailand.

He asked why was she doing it and she said her little brother was in Special Forces and retired and was helping the children in Thailand.

The man with his children a Mr. Green paid for all the crayons so after he left Luster went back in and bought another 80 boxes.

Submitted by Reed Johnson

Jerry Nelson

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Click here to see Ike's story

Please click below to view a recent interview with ISAAC "IKE" CAMACHO, a U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant, who was the first ever P.O.W. to escape captivity from the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong during the Vietnam era.

posted 12/2010