Back In Vietnam - 003: Saigon

Back In Vietnam - 003: Saigon

The one thing that seems to be a constant in Saigon is the delicious smell of food cooking - from the street vendors, open air cafes, coffee shops and bakeries - it was that way in the late 60's and remains so today. The first time I came to the ci…
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Back in Vietnam - 002: House 10

Back in Vietnam - 002: House 10

House 10 Aka “The Safe House in Saigon” On our first trip to Saigon we unsuccessfully searched for a villa, called House 10, that had been used during the war. It was initially a Central Intelligence Agency property that was used to support clan…
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How to Find the Lost City

How to Find the Lost City

Rucking 29 miles in the Colombian jungle in 29 hours. Over the years, I’ve taken a lot of trips and spent nearly a decade living in South America, Africa, and Europe. Jason has visited more continents and countries than me, though for shorter stin…
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Paul - Nevah the Quittah

Paul - Nevah the Quittah

Sapa Valley Northern Vietnam, along the Chinese border April 6, 2018 “Hey Paul, why’d you quit?” I asked. “What the hell are you talking about,” he said. “You went part of the way out, then you turned around and came back, that’s quit…
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Back in Vietnam - 001: The Hanoi Hilton

Back in Vietnam - 001: The Hanoi Hilton

Maison Centrale, Hanoi, Vietnam Aka “The Hanoi Hilton” Sunday, April 8, 2018 I could feel Rich going back in time - planning how his MACV-SOG team could rescue the POW’s trapped behind these walls some 45 years ago. The approach was beautifu…
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From Rich: Back in Vietnam, 45 Years Later

From Rich: Back in Vietnam, 45 Years Later

For a lot of years I’ve listened to my friends and the people I served with talk about their trips back to Vietnam. It was interesting to hear, but I was never prepared to spend the time or effort to do so myself. Most importantly, I wasn’t sure if I…
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Evolution of Special Forces Boots

Evolution of Special Forces Boots

The inspiration for MACV-1 was the most beloved boot in Special Forces history, the Vietnam-era Jungle Boot. That boot solved a lot of problems for the guys back then; namely, it breathed more, it drained faster, and the “Panama sole” was better at…
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MACV-1: 4+ Years in the Making

MACV-1: 4+ Years in the Making

Paul Litchfield 30 Year Shoe Dog, and inventor of the Reebok Pump Senior Director, GORUCK Footwear One Friday in 2014, my flight from halfway around the world landed in Boston, I went through customs, got in my car and drove straight to the star…
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MACV-1 Features Explained

MACV-1 Features Explained

A simple black boot, comfortable in any and every environment imaginable. It’s so simple it took us four years to get right.One boot.This is the tale of the details to the details, the why’s — all of which began from the well earned tribal knowledge…
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HULK

HULK

I train like a HULK. I eat like a HULK. I ruck like a HULK. I live like a HULK, every day. I’m 6’4” 260 before I feed the house and wash it down with a few beers and I don’t want my pants crowding my junk, ever. I hate that.…
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Service First Story 004: As A Team

Service First Story 004: As A Team

A Fire Department responds to a fire every 23 seconds in the United States. It takes a lot of training, hard work, and courage to do so. Firefighters are pillars of our communities, and our way of life, and over a million firefighters in America…
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Radio Ruck Origins

Radio Ruck Origins

The Radio Ruck is back. The original is pictured here with Java in the summer of 2009 in the great Southern town of Oxford, Mississippi. We thought way back when that it was better to have the Echo be much smaller than GR1, which it is. The Radi…
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