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COL CHARLES BECKWITH
US ARMY SPECIAL FORCES-DELTA FORCE

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COL CHARLES (CHARGING CHARLIE) BECKWITH WAS ONE OF THE US ARMY"S GREATEST HEROS. AN ROTC GRAD, HE ENTERED THE ARMY IN 1952. AS A YOUNG OFFICER HE ATTENDED THE ARMY JUMP SCHOOL, AND THE SPECIAL WAREFARE SCHOOL AND EARNED THE FAMED GREEN BERET. HE SERVED AS A ADVISOR IN VIETNAM IN 1960 WHERE HE SAW COMBAT UO CLOSE AND PERSONAL. HE WAS SO GOOD AT HIS PROFESSION THAT HE SERVED 1962-1963 WITH THE FAMED BRITISH SPECIAL AIR SERVICE (SAS). BACK IN VIETNAM IN 1965, HE COMMANDED THE SPECIAL FORCES GARRISON AT PLEI ME. THERE HE REPELED ONE OF THE LARGEST NVA ATTACKS OF THE WAR. HE IS BEST KNOWN AS TH "FATHER" OF THE US MILITARY"S MOST FAMOUS ANTI-TERRORIST GROUP "THE DELTA FORCE" NOT ONLY IS HE THE FOUNDER OF THE FORCE HE ALSO COMMANDED IT. HE WAS THE COMMANDER OF OPERATION EGALE CLAW, ( DELTA"S ATTEMPTED RESCUE OF THE 52 AMERICAN HOSTAGES IN IRAN IN 1980.) COL BECKWITH"S ATTRIBUTES CAN NEVER BE DONE JUSTICE. ALL I CAN SAY IS HE WAS A SOLDIERS SOLDIER. HE WENT THE DISTANCE.HE NEVER QUIT THE FAITH. NO TRUE SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER WILL FORGET HIM.

Tribute rendered by ONE WHO SERVED D.B. ALFORD







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