De Oppresso Liber – To Free the Oppressed
Known as the quiet professionals, the Green Berets have been “freeing the oppressed” all over the world, for decades. Their extraordinary contributions in Vietnam alone, serve to remind us of their uniqueness as the ONLY presidentially appointed unit. Now, the Special Forces’ legacy is desperately calling upon us to free it from oppression.
Since its 1962 opening under MG Yarborough’s command, the museum for Special Forces has served as more than a place of education. It has been a remarkable recruiting tool, where soldiers from other units have been inspired and often chose to join their ranks. It has also been a place of research, and perhaps more significantly, a place of solace for many returning Special Forces warriors.
In 2005, the museum’s mission expanded to include the Psychological Warfare (PSYOP) and Civil Affairs units, also deserving of recognition for their quiet military contributions. With the underhanded and deceitful closing of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum on Fort Bragg, all those quiet voices suddenly became mute, forever. The grassroots units that distinctively support the U.S. Armed Forces no longer have a home to remind us of their inimitable service.