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Old 24 June 2013, 20:11
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Found this video on You Tube.

Pretty good old footage and SF history.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QSPcFqmULE

Hats of to these men, SF and the Nungs and Montangnards.

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Old 24 June 2013, 21:25
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Hard as woodpecker lips; all of them.

This.


That video was awesome, it's amazing how much the SF guys did with the CIDG's.

As an interesting aside, at around 33 minutes into the video one of the American SF guys was carrying a single action revolver on his hip. I never expected to see that.
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Of course the disturbing part is the last part of the video, where the US abandoned our Montagnards allies, and 135,000 were genocided by the Vietnamese.

Macduff, IIRC, in Vietnam, especially in the earlier days -sidearms for SF were a personal choice and many where individually acquired or sent from home. Besides the 1911, Browning Hi Powers and Ruger and SW revolvers were very popular. There is even one story of a SF member who carried a Marlin 444 lever action on patrol.
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Of course the disturbing part is the last part of the video, where the US abandoned our Montagnards allies, and 135,000 were genocided by the Vietnamese.
I see this as the biggest problem with UW. Anywhere we go they know we are going to pull out and not support them after our (American/political) goals are met.
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I just saw this. Wow, some of my former mentors. And Tom Selleck narrating. Way cool.
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I see this as the biggest problem with UW. Anywhere we go they know we are going to pull out and not support them after our (American/political) goals are met.
As one indigenous leader and I sat down one day not too long ago he asked me "So when you guys leave, what are you doing with all your stuff?". I gave him an answer he appreciated and lived with.

Was it what a bean counter in DC had in mind? Certainly not. Is it going to ensure a modicum of rapport when we inevitably come back? Yes. Very likely.
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