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After months of planning and preparations, more than 50 soldiers and nearly 100 airmen participated in the raid.
"I am really proud to hear you are rescuing some of the history of how we got to where we are today," said retired Air Force Gen. Leroy Manor, who lives in Shalimar and served as task force commander of the raid. "That's something that could have easily been forgotten."
The feeling Turner had that night continued every night for three years until the POWs were released, he said.
The Air Force Special Operations Command is at Hurlburt Field and the Army Rangers have Camp Rudder near Duke. They all would benefit from the museum, said Army Lt. Col. John Cathell, executive officer of the 7th Group.
"They just go and go and go," Cathell said. "When Adidas High Top Dance Sneakers
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After being in the dark for so long, when they were excited when they found out they would try to rescue prisoners.
They were working closely with special operations airmen at Eglin, practicing long flights over the Gulf of Mexico and rehearsing an Adidas Harden Xeno
They were in town to talk about a plan to save the officers' barrack at Duke where some of the soldiers lived while training for the raid. It is scheduled for demolition later this year.
Thursday's session kicked off the fundraising drive.
They will need to raise $116,000, primarily through donations, to move the barrack.
They want to move the barrack to the 7th Group's property and use it as a museum, not just for the Son Tay White Adidas High Tops Mens Raid and the Army 7th Special Forces soldiers that participated in it, but for the history of American Special Forces in general.
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EGLIN AFB Nearly 43 years ago, a group of special operations soldiers were training hard at a compound at Duke Field, but didn't know why.
He said preserving the barrack and establishing a museum could help troops feel connected to those who came before them.
"For 90 days we were locked up in Duke Field," said retired Army Capt. Dan Turner of Columbus, Ga. "It was a very important part of lives."
The prisoners had been moved months before, before commanders even had selected a location for the mission, Manor said.
But the cells were empty and the raiders were devastated.
to see but not too bright to be seen.
you are doing that you are so focused on today's mission (that) you lose track of history."
That night, a quarter moon hung low in the sky not too dark Adidas Energy Boost 3 Mens Sale
"No momma," Turner said. "We had some beer and fights in the club, but nothing else."
"Everyone in the military was anxious to do something to help the POWs," Turner said. "Being chosen to do this was an opportunity of a lifetime, something we knew we had to do."
In wasn't until the men landed in Southeast Asia that they found out the nature of their mission: to force their way into the Son Tay prison in North Vietnam and free more than 50 American prisoners held there in tortured duress.
During training, the troops were told nothing about their mission; they were cut off from the rest of the world.
The 7th Group is one of the most deployed units in the Army.
The prisoners were suffering. They were subjected not to waterboarding type psychological torture, but the "broken bones, maimed for life, death kind of torture," Turner said.
Helicopters landed inside the Son Tay compound and soldiers penetrated the prison walls.
operation in which they entered a replica of a guarded building that deep in the woods.
On Thursday, Turner, now 70, visited the Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) cantonment along with three other men involved in the Son Tay Raid on Nov. 21, 1970.
"There is no American word for how we felt," Turner said. "There's nothing in the English language that really describes it. It was the worst feeling of my life."
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