Back in Vietnam - 006: The Montagnards

Back in Vietnam - 006: The Montagnards

Dak Lak Montagnard Museum, Buon Ma Thuot April, 2017 When I attended Special Forces training at Fort Bragg, NC I learned that one of the primary tenants was something called Foreign Internal Defense (FID). What this was based on was learning how…
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Back in Vietnam - 005: Buon Ma Thuot

Back in Vietnam - 005: Buon Ma Thuot

As we made our way from Saigon to Buon Ma Thuot (or as I knew it, Ban Me Thuot) the low lying farm lands turned into gently rolling foothills covered with coffee fields being tended by local farmers living along the edges, just as the rubber plantati…
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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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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 qu…
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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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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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GR3 Explained: All The Beer and All The Sausage

GR3 Explained: All The Beer and All The Sausage

The goal was pretty simple, as goals are. Build a travel ruck that would thrive in Baghdad, NYC, and the mountains of Afghanistan. Or any mountains for that matter. And four plus years later of working toward that simple goal, rucking the wo…
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Kit Bags Explained

Kit Bags Explained

Just imagine you’re a new recruit with an Army green duffel bag full of stuff they made you buy to start Basic Training. You show up in your bus, and you’re immediately greeted by a shark attack of Drill Sergeants. “Get off my bus," they scr…
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