Tag: Special Operations

Charles A. Beckwith

Chargin’ Charlie

When it comes to notable military men, Charlie A. Beckwith (Charlie) is someone who fought with full pride and bravery in war. “Chargin’ Charlie” was born on January 22, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. Beckwith was an athlete in high school...

/ 11/21/2018
SOG team running

Studies and Observation Group

When discussing the Vietnam War or Second Indochina War, there are many elements of the conflict one could cover. From napalm, punji sticks, and landmines to the Ho Chi Minh Trail, Tet Offensive and the Montagnards, the Vietnam War was...

/ 10/27/2018

Lieutenant Thomas Norris

In the spring of 1972, an American electronic surveillance plane was shot down over North Vietnam. One crewman survived the crash and narrowly escaped capture. The Air Force launched an unprecedented rescue effort. In five days, 14 people were killed,...

/ 10/14/2018
The Phoenix Program

The Phoenix Program

The Phoenix Program was a brutal counterinsurgency program run by William Colby, later head of the C.I.A., aimed at weeding out Viet Cong and their sympathizers. According to some sources, more than 25,000 suspected Viet Cong were killed, many of...

/ 10/14/2018
Jerry M. Shriver (MAD DOG)

Jerry M. Shriver (MAD DOG)

By all accounts, Jerry M. Shriver — also known not-so-affectionately by the Vietcong as "Mad Dog" — was a man who had quite a bounty on his head during the Vietnam War.

/ 10/14/2018