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- DescriptionThe 10th Special Forces Group was the first of the Green Beret units. Its five hundred men, all Airborne and mostly Rangers, received extensive training in everything from specialized weapons to uncommon languages. Their primary mission was to train and lead indigeus guerrillas operating in enemy territory. Second Lieutenant Colt Terry, who had joined the 82nd Airborne in 1947, had already done this in Korea. As a volunteer in the 10th SFG, he carried on his service, working with the Montagnards in Vietnam and the Khmer in Cambodia. He fought at Pleiku, Duc Co, and Plei Me, and he ferried supplies and weapons on elephants into Cambodia. From his enlistment as a buck private in 1945 to his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1970, Terry served five tours in combat, trained guerrillas, and earned two combat infantry badges, a Purple Heart, and two Bronze Stars. His experiences contributed to Special Forces' expertise in ambushes and killing techniques. Even as an officer, Terry never shied away from going deep into the jungle in search of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. He personally organized a successful effort to save hundreds of men in one of Special Forces' most critical A-team camps. As one of the original Green Berets, Terry helped set the standards by which these units have become kwn. Anyone who has ever wondered what the Green Berets were like during their first two decades will appreciate the riveting action and close-up detail of Terry's true-life story.
- Author BiographyCHARLES D. PATTON heard Colt Terry's story from the retired Green Beret himself and, inspired by it, decided to write it down. Interviews with other principals, letters, and other documentation supplemented Terry's firsthand accounts. Patton, who lives in Orlando, Florida, is a senior marketing director for a major leisure industry firm. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
- Author(s)Charles D. Patton
- PublisherTexas A & M University Press
- Date of Publication01/09/2005
- SubjectMilitary History
- Series TitleTexas A & M University Military History S.
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 101
- Place of PublicationCollege Station
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTexas A & M University Press
- Content Note30 b&w photos, index
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
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