One clear day in May 1968, Green Berets Glen O. Lane and Robert Owen, boarded a South Vietnamese Air Force H-34 helicopter along with four South Vietnamese team members and flew west from the top secret MACV-SOG FOB 1 base in Phu Bai near the China Sea, into a target in Laos where communist forces had amassed an estimated 45,000-50,000 troops moving supplies south on the Ho Chi Minh Trail and hunting SOG recon teams.

Lane was the team leader, code-named One-Zero of recon team code-named Spike Team Idaho. Owen, was the assistant team leader. In Owen’s case, he left N. Carolina on May 1, kissed his daughter good-bye and promised to be home for her next birthday in May 1969. Owen hitch-hiked across the country to Ft. Lewis, WA, in order to save money, which he mailed back to his wife. Being a combat veteran from previous tours of duty in Vietnam, he skipped in-country training, volunteered for SOG and was shipped to FOB 1 in Phu Bai. Lane was a highly-respected One-Zero who fought valiantly during the Korean War and earned the respect of fellow Green Berets at Phu Bai through his leadership skills as well as his ability to work with the indigenous team members on ST Idaho.

Today, National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Lane and Owen remain among the 50 Green Berets who are still listed by the government as missing in action/unaccounted for. Today, few Americans know about the deadly secret war conducted in Southeast Asia for eight years from 1964 to 1972, which yielded the highest casualty rate of the entire war, exceeding 100 percent, as many Green Berets who went across the fence into Laos, Cambodia or into N. Vietnam received multiple Purple Heart awards for being wounded in combat.

Those 50 Green Berets missing in Laos, are, in addition to the approximately 244 airmen, also listed as Missing In Action/unaccounted for. Of those 244 men, an estimated 105 died supporting SOG missions alone in Laos – that includes Air Force FACs (forward air controllers) F-4 Phantom jets, A-1 Skyraider single-propeller driven WWII airplanes, Marine Corps Cobra and Huey gunships, Army aviators and crews from 101st Airborne Division, the 1st Cavalry, 176th Muskets of the Americal Division, and the 195th, to mention a few.