Intro: The purpose of this article is to shed a little light on the linear heritage line of MARSOC as the newest and youngest component of SOCOM. The original spark of inspiration for this piece came to me in a small bar called the “Public House” in La Jolla, California, just north of San Diego. I was on a mission to put back as many free imported beers as possible because Jeff Scholz, the owner of Visual Unrest Apparel, was graciously picking up the tab. In the mix with some MARSOC team guys, the conversation was laced with crude humor, blunt talk and booze. The topic: MARSOC is thinking about developing a device for CSOs (Critical Skills Operators-0372) to wear that would rival the show-stopping effect of the SEALs Special Warfare insignia, which, in my opinion, is the greatest recruiting tool ever, next to the 1917 Navy Recruiting Poster by artist Howard Chandler Christy.
This is how we arrive to the subject of this article, MARSOC and its association to the legendary Marine Raiders of Merritt Edson and Evans Carlson. Make no mistake; I hold three things very near and dear to my heart. My Velcro Raider patch from my time with MSOT 8222 is one of them, the others being my little girl and a pink shower towel that was given to me as a joke from my fellow team member GySgt. Robert Gilbert (DOW March 16, 2010).
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