Back in Vietnam - 004: On the Road

Back in Vietnam - 004: On the Road

The Central Highlands of Vietnam Leaving the sights and sounds of modern day Saigon, we began our journey to the Central Highlands of Vietnam. As we left the city that I had come to feel comfortable in and approached the outlying rural areas, I fe…
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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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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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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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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 kn…
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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 R…
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Rucking the Grand Canyon

Rucking the Grand Canyon

If we couldn’t make this trip happen, then why in the hell did we fight in the first place? Though almost everything in our lives has changed since we took off the military uniform, our reasons for fighting will always remain the same - our…
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Service First Story 003: A Dog Named Leia

Service First Story 003: A Dog Named Leia

Veteran transition issues are a big deal these days. We hear about PTSD and TBI and the effects of war. It’s easy to imagine how some might wonder if all Veterans are damaged goods, or broken, or whether we can recover in the civilian world. T…
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Special Forces Lessons Learned

Special Forces Lessons Learned

At GORUCK, we are firmly committed to two things: Rucking and the Special Forces Way of Life. Every single thing we do must be viewed through those two lenses. You’ve heard a lot from us on Rucking (and you’ll continue to), so I’d like to take a f…
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Service First Story 002: SWAT

Service First Story 002: SWAT

The connection between law enforcement and the military is a strong one, grounded in service before self and a commitment to the values we hold dear in the United States of America.   Those who choose this life, to protect and serv…
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