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Edward Geary Lansdale

A son of Michigan, Ed Lansdale was born in 1908 and later raised in Los Angeles, California.He was one of four sons born to Sarah and Henry Lansdale.After graduating from high school, he worked his way through the University of California (Los Angeles) by writing articles for newspapers and magazines.He later began work in advertising in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.

At the start of World War II, Lansdale joined the U. S. Army Air Corps, where he was subsequently classified as an intelligence officer and seconded to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).Lansdale’s OSS assignment eventually took him to the Philippine Islands, but the timing and duration of this assignment are unknown.During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, U. S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Wendell Fertig led the primary resistance movement — but it may be true that Lansdale and the OSS played a role…

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In Memoriam: Joseph L. Galloway

Journalist Joe Galloway, chronicler of Vietnam War, dies

 

H/T to Pacific Paratrooper

Galloway was the quinessential Combat Correspondent and an amazing writer to boot.

He was one of the few to chronicle the War in Vietnam without political prejudice or bias.

Galloway was decorated with a Bronze Star Medal with V in 1998 for rescuing wounded soldiers under fire during the la Drang battle. He is the only civilian awarded a medal of valor by the U.S. Army for actions in combat during the Vietnam War.

The Bad Ass Files: Michael Thornton, US Navy

Petty Officer Michael Thornton: Quite Possibly the Baddest Man in the Entire World

 

This man is so bad that in the words of Gunnery Sgt. Highway (Heartbreak Ridge):

“He can eat concertina wire and piss napalm and put a round through a fleas ass at 200 meters.”

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Inside Air America: The CIA’s Secret Airline

Supplying guerrilla bases deep in the highlands behind the lines. An older but awesome documentary on the little known story of Air America. Good stuff. -NCS

via Inside Air America: The CIA’s Secret Airline — American Partisan

John Stryker Meyer and MAC-V-SOG

Not long ago I read John L. Plaster’s amazing book Secret Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines with the Elite Warrior’s of SOG.

Then as I was perusing Jocko Willink’s podcast the other day I ran across three episodes Jocko did with John Stryker Meyer, another member of that elite unit, MAC-V-SOG that served in Vietnam.

I highly urge you to listen to all three of these podcast, the stories and lessons are AMAZING.