Although smaller in number than their Aussie counterparts, the New Zealand SAS contributed a troop - 25 men and an officer - to Vietnam starting in late 1968, attaching them to the larger Aussie special forces group. Three rotations would pass through the country before New Zealand began to withdraw in late ‘72. (New Zealand Army) #VietnamWarMemories
Army MSG. George A. Bannar Jr., 37, of Orange, virginia. Died August 20, 2013, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when hit by enemy small arms fire. Green Beret. Hero!
Army Green Beret Staff Sgt. Richard L. Vazquez, 28, Seguin, Texas, died Nov. 13, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device while on dismounted patrol in Panjwai, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
The Army Green Beret Special Forces Airborne Ranger Sergeant First Class is shown here. His beret patch flash is the 46th Special Forces Company Thailand Ranger Detachment (of the 1st Special Forces Group HQ Okinawa) with the Special Forces Crest. Thought the procedure was to not wear flashy watches but they appear in many SF photos. There were many mixed units of special forces personnel from various countries and branches of military service.
Army WO1. Sean W. Mullen, 39, of Dover, Delaware. Died June 2, 2013, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.