I’ve written in the past about some of the absurd and funny things you see and experience as a Green Beret — this is another one that came to mind.

I was in Boston recently and a family of tourists were driving by. As I was crossing the street they stopped to ask for directions. That’s how I could tell that they were tourists: no one in Boston asks for directions. Apparently, their GPS was on the fritz. 

Something about the man’s accent or the way he pronounced a word sparked memories of a different time and era. But first a little background information.

Back in the mid-to-late 1980s, the 7th Special Forces Group began spending a lot more time in the country of Honduras. There was already a big insurgency problem in El Salvador; a bloody civil war in Guatemala; and of course, the Marxist takeover in Nicaragua that had put Soviet-made tanks and vehicles in the streets of Managua. But Honduras? That was considered a backwater by Washington. They were wrong.