Editor’s Note: This is part 3 of 5 of a memorial that first appeared in SOFREP in late May 2016. When I first read it, I found myself so moved by Geo’s words that I wanted to make sure all of you get a chance to read it as well. I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Sam Foster, but I’ve known men like him, and they make the world a better place…a safer place. Take a few minutes to get to know Sam like Geo did, and I guarantee you he’ll be a part of your life forever. –GDM

A Better Suppressed Weapon

In the day, the suppressed weapon of choice for surreptitious sentry takeout, or quietly killing a guard in an attempt to gain deeper access into a target subject, was the 9 x 19mm Heckler and Koch MP-5SD (pictured below).

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A 9mm MP5 SD3 Heckler and Koch submachine gun.

Not good enough for the rogue Sam. He preferred the superior stopping power of the American-made .45 caliber Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP) cartridge fired through a suppressed M-3 “Grease Gun” submachine gun. I admit, I had never heard of it, and the first time I saw it appear in Delta was when Sam came a-totin’ it into the team room reciting a planning rhyme taken from the film “The Dirty Dozen”: “One, two, the guards are through!”

“What are you going to do with that, Sam? Plant potatoes?”

Fayetteville Crack Houses and Delta Force

The first live use of the ‘potato planter’ was in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Fayetteville Police Department identified several crack houses in a rundown hood that we would use as training targets before they were demolished.

“No bangers,” our squadron sergeant major, Vince P., declared during our mission planning. “We can’t take the risk of starting fires in these houses. I know they are going to be torn down anyway…but no bangers!”

“Hey Sam, with bangers out of play, and only suppressed weapons, we can go on a hit for once without earplugs!”