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GRP 91-"Five Years to Freedom"

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GRP 91-"Five Years to Freedom"

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GRP 91-Co-hosting for this episode is retired Green Beret HP Lefler. Lef spent time as an instructor at the Army’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) school. SERE is a program, best known by its military acronym, that provides high-risk personnel such as Special Operations Forces, and aircrews techniques and principles to be followed if captured by the enemy.

 

We went over the book “Five Years to Freedom” written by Army Colonel Nick Rowe. Colonel Rowe was captured in 1963 in Vietnam. At the time of his capture, he was a Special Forces Officer working as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Forces. Prior to 1965 when large numbers of American combat troops were sent to Vietnam, only small numbers of Special Forces advisors and support personnel were in theatre. Rowe was captured alongside Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Humbert “Rocky” Versace, and Sergeant Dan Pitzer. Rowe is one of 34 American prisoners to escape captivity during the Vietnam war and went on to design the Army’s SERE program.

 

We also discussed the issue in Puerto Rico as they were completely slammed by a hurricane. We talked about the seemingly impossible issue we seem to have in this country where we cannot find any common ground on political issues.

 

 

0:00-Overview

 

3:03-Disaster in Puerto Rico

 

7:50-NFL controversy

 

19:09- Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) School

 

25:03-5 Years to Freedom

 

You can purchase a copy of "Five Years to Freedom" here: www.amazon.com/Five-Years-Freedom-Story-Vietnam/dp/0345314603

 

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GRP 54-Dave Maynard, Navy SEAL, Global Response Staff, Warfighter Academy

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GRP 54-Dave Maynard, Navy SEAL, Global Response Staff, Warfighter Academy

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GRP 54- We have a special guest on for today's podcast. Dave Maynard is a lead instructor at Warfighter Academy, and a retired U.S Navy SEAL who made it into the Teams in 1972 just missing the Vietnam war. Dave left the Navy after a couple of years as the SEALs were downsizing after the war. During this time, he worked repairing Navy ships as a contractor, as well as working in different capacities in the realm of tactical development for Fleet Training Center.  Once the Global War on Terror kicked off Dave became a contractor for the U.S Government's Global Response Staff. Below is an excerpt from our conversation.

 

 

John: You joined the SEAL Teams just as the Vietnam war was winding down, worked as a ship repairing contractor, developed tactics with the Fleet Training Center, then became a GRS Contractor working for the Government.

 

Dave Maynard: In 2006 in Iraq we got into a major gun battle. I took a round in my helmet. We had to rescue three guys that were trapped in a vehicle. Surrounded by a lot of enemy fighters just pounding these guys. We got into a big firefight but got these guys out. We were having some contract issues. Black Water lost the contracts and they wanted us to switch over to a different company. Now they’re trying to pay us $400 a day during a time that more contractors were getting killed then during any other time of the war. I told them they’re going to lose all of the talent, and fast.  So we had the GRS heads come in and they said you know what screw all the contractors we’ll just direct hire these guys.

 

Now I can go to Amman Jordan, Uzbekistan, or wherever they want to send me so we go wherever they want us to go. The guys in Benghazi were typical GRS guys. Outnumbered, outgunned, but they fought like lions. 

 

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RIP “Doc” Thomas Eagles, North American Rescue, 18 Delta, Special Forces

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RIP “Doc” Thomas Eagles, North American Rescue, 18 Delta, Special Forces

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GRP 29- This nation has lost a piece of history in the quiet of the night. Master Chief (ret.) Tom Eagles was one of the most highly decorated Corpsman of the Vietnam War with service spanning three decades. Doc Eagles is responsible for a lot of changes in combat medicine over the past 50 years. He spent a number of years working with North American Rescue helping develop life saving equipment, and then having it integrated into the US Military. We have a former Special Forces Medic Chris on discussing some of his experiences in combat, and a brother who was killed overseas. Below is an excerpt from Chris. 

 

 

 Chris: My ODA was constantly called down to an area near the Pakistan boarder that the Taliban were giving trouble to a very isolated infantry unit Fobbed down there. We went down there with information that they’d been stashing explosive material in this old abandoned village. Stepped out of our vehicle’s, and immediately took small arms fire. Returned fire and they ran away. We advanced up the hill, and once we reached the top they trigged an IED. They buried it too deep, but it still injured some of my teammates.

 

One in particular got shrapnel all the way up his back. When I was treating him we called in the MEDEVAC we attempted to put him on a stretcher, and he said “Don’t you dare! I’m not letting these cowards see me on a stretcher on the way to the MEDEVAC”. So we walked him to the helicopter and he got on standing. We went right back out the next morning, got into another firefight ended up engaging, and killing the majority of the guys responsible for the IED attack. 

 

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GRP 22-Realities of War, Ronin Tactics, MACV-SOG

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GRP 22-Realities of War, Ronin Tactics, MACV-SOG

 

Realities of War, Ronin Tactics, MACV-SOG

 

GRP 22- On this episode we have two special guest back on the show in Tu Lam from Ronin Tactics who is a 20-year veteran of Army Special Forces, and Mike Stahl a MACV-SOG Green Beret who served in Vietnam. They discusses what its like working with indigenous forces which is a specialty of Army Special Forces Green Berets. Mike Stahl and Tu Lam also discuss working with indigenous forces, as well as the realties of what war is like.  Below is an excerpt from Mike Stahl:

 

“War is fucking hell, I’m sorry there’s nothing nice about it. The best thing in war is to get it over quickly, and sometimes its pretty dam brutal. Until you’ve been shot at, and doing some shooting back, until you’ve been in that crucible you don’t know if you’ve got what it takes or not.”

 

Below is an excerpt from Tu Lam:

 

 

“In war there’s a smell, there’s a taste to it, there’s a feel that you can’t describe. I tell ya man if I don’t have to serve another day in war I’ll be a happy man. Musashi Myamoto wrote The Book of 5 Rings in a Buddhist cave, and he said one thing that always stuck with me and he said “You should fight as if you already died”. There’s a certain point where you still think, but your body reacts, and your kind of in an out of body experience. Rounds are shot, shots are fired you need to do and react. You need to take that initiative away from the enemy otherwise they will control that situation.”

 

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Tu Lam’s Website: www.ronintactics.com

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GRP 19-Special Forces Generations, MACV-SOG War Story, Recondo School

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GRP 19-Special Forces Generations, MACV-SOG War Story, Recondo School

GRP 19-On this episode we have Mike Stahl, and Mike Glover back on. This discussion is about the difference in Special Forces during the Vietnam era in which Mike Stahl served, and modern day Special Forces in which Mike Glover served. Mike Stahl talked about his experience going through the famed MACV-SOG Recondo school which is the only military school of its kind. Soldiers were taught the hard skills they would need to operate in the jungle deep behind enemy lines, and the training culminated in a patrol through the jungle of an unsecured area, at times teams got into gunfights, and had to be extracted out. Mike also gave us a funny war story from a time where he had to go into the jungle to extract a team in trouble.

 

We’ve been getting hit up with questions about what its like for the family of a soldier who’s serving in Special Forces. The few minutes spent discussing this will answer a lot of questions on the matter. Any questions can be sent to Podcast@globalrecon.net

 

 

Mike Stahl’s Website: www.trickymisfit.com

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Mike Glover’s Website: www.fieldcraftsurvival.com

Mike Glover’s Facebook: FieldCraftLLC

Mike Glovers Instagram Accounts: FieldCraftSurvival, SofSurvivor

Mike Glover’s Twitter: IgSofSurvivor

 

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