The Son Tay Raid was a daring attempt to rescue approximately 50 American prisoners of war from North Vietnam. It was not successful.
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The first AR carbine – The Colt 605 DissipatorHistory
The Colt 605 was the first attempt to shorten the Colt M16. So did it succeed, and why was it given the name “Dissipator”?
The unique weapons of MACV-SOG’s covert commandos in VietnamHistory
I love when military forces use something other than the same old standard issue kit. I like the what and the why of the situation–the mission sets, circumstances, and individuals who are forced to look outside the confines of the base armory for their loadout. The MACV-SOG weapons, like the very men in the elite […]
MACV-SOG: The covert special operations unit you’ve never heard ofMilitary Affairs
If a conflict in U.S. history ever came with baggage, it has to be the Vietnam War. Although the service and actions of the millions of Americans who fought in Southeast Asia have been slowly recognized, the unpopularity of the war at the time, and for many years after, left a scar in American society. […]
ST Idaho: The Special Forces team that vanished in the jungleHistory
Southeast Asia, May 1968. A special operations team inserted into Laos for a covert operation. The men of ST Idaho, two Americans and four South Vietnamese indigenous troops, were tasked with locating enemy forces and activity in the A Shau Valley, close to the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Tet Offensive earlier that year had […]