We thought readers might appreciate this gem out of our archives. Prior to being the founder of the Army’s counter-terrorism unit, Delta Force, Colonel Beckwith was a officer in Project Delta (unrelated to the unit he later founded) in Vietnam.
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Jack Murphy is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.
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I met Charlie Beckwith personally in early 1974 on Okinawa. He was DCO of JCRC which was commanded by a Marine Colonel. They were there to brief us in case the NVA opened up areas for exploitation and gave them a short timeline. We were to be their backups. I guess they weren't told that 1st Gp was going to be deactivated in less than 6 months. I had heard about "Charging" Charlie back when he was a Major commanding a Mike Force in the Central Highlands. Probably mid-60s.
Outstanding. Thanks for the find Jack! Read his memoir back in January. It was a very direct book, and he certainly didn't pull any punches when recounting his interactions with various parts of Big Army.
That news piece shows an intense human.... Thanks for sharing Jack...the histories of the formation of Delta you have turned me onto have been fascinating...
YankeePapa .....and this is a key reason that SFOD D came to the fore. ....that and an incredible amount of intestinal fortitude that allowed him to force birth Delta in the VERY hostile military political structure at the time. Keeps Chargin' ....is probably more accurate.