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The list of most famous Green Berets through modern history represents the list of the American finest. Through modern American history, the Green Berets were a synonym for patriotism and heroic actions wherever American interests were at stake. This list features seven members of U.S. Army Special Forces.
They are loosely ranked by fame and popularity. The members of U.S. Army Special Forces are named as Green Berets because of their distinctive hats. They are members of the U.S. Armed Forces Special Forces Division. They’re some of the most elite soldiers on the planet. To qualify as a member of the Special Forces, one must be able to complete intense physical training and possess an unusual degree of intelligence.
They’re considered as one the most elite soldiers on the planet. To qualify as a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, one must be able to complete intense physical training where he is pushed to the limits. The candidate also needs to possess an unusual degree of intelligence. Today, Green Berets are considered as Tier 2 special operations forces in the U.S. Military. We will start the list of the most famous Green Berets with:
Drew Dennis Dix
Drew Dennis Dix is a decorated United States military veteran and retired major in the United States Army. He was the first enlisted U.S. Army Special Forces soldier to receive the highest award, Medal of Honor. During the Tet Offensive, Dix led local Vietnamese soldiers against Vietcong forces, saving civilians and engaging in intense combat for two days.
His actions resulted in dozens of Viet Cong soldiers killed in action and, the capture of more than 20 prisoners, and the rescue of the 14 United States and free world civilians.
He was awarded the military’s highest honor for his efforts and granted his place at the most famous Green Berets in history.
Born: December 14, 1944
Birthplace: West Point, New York, United States of America
Years of service: 1962-1982
John J. Kedenburg
John J. Kedenburg was serving as a Specialist Five in the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. He was posthumously given the Medal of Honor for his self-sacrifice on June 14, 1968, in the Republic of Vietnam/Laos.
Facing an onslaught from a much larger force, John J. Kedenburg voluntarily gave up the final spot on a helicopter to South Vietnamese soldiers. He ordered a full helicopter to leave and remained on the ground to fight approaching North Vietnamese troops, killing six until being overrun. He was posthumously given the Medal of Honor for his self-sacrifice.
A road at Fort Bragg, NC is named in his honor.
Born: July 31, 1946
Died: June 14, 1968 (aged 21)
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Years of service: 1965-1968
5. George K. Sisler
George K. Sisler served as a United States Army intelligence officer. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his valiant efforts during a pivotal attack in the Vietnam War. Surrounded and outnumbered, Sisler carried wounded men, called in airstrikes, and charged into enemy fire, all while coordinating and rallying his platoon. He was mortally wounded when single-handedly attacked an enemy position.
George K. Sisler served as a United States Army intelligence officer
He was also famous for his toughness, once parachuting while having a broken bone. The ASU ROTC department’s Ranger Challenge team is named Sisler’s Raiders in his honor.
Born: September 19, 1937
Died: February 7, 1967 (aged 29)
Birthplace: Dexter, Missouri
Years of service: 1964-1967
Robert James Miller
Robert James Miller served in Company A, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group(Airborne). He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the war in Afghanistan. His unit was conducting combat operations near the village of Barikowt, Nari District, Kunar Province, Afghanistan when they came under heavy fire.
Robert James Miller willingly remained in a vulnerable position, covering his wounded commander as he was evacuated, saving the commander’s life even as he was hit with small arms fire.
His unit was conducting combat operations near the village of Barikowt, Nari District, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
Born: October 14, 1983
Died: January 25, 2008
Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Years of service: 2003-2008
Colonel Aaron Bank was one of the founders of the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets). As a member of the Office of Strategic Services, Bank led special operations during World War II, parachuting into France and coordinating with the French Resistance. His action at that time also involved plans for organizing an operation intended to capture Adolf Hitler. As one of the founders, he earned his right to become recognized as on the most famous Green Berets in history.
Born: November 23, 1902
Died: April 1, 2004 (aged 101)
Birthplace: Dana Point, California
Years of service: 1942-1958
Master Sergeant Raul Perez “Roy” Benavidez was a member of the United States Army Special Forces (Studies and Observations Group) who received the Medal of Honor for his valorous actions in combat near Lộc Ninh, South Vietnam on May 2, 1968.
After stepping on a landmine and being told he would never walk again, Roy Benavidez retrained himself and returned to Vietnam. He won the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of at least eight men in a battle near Loc Ninh, South Vietnam that saw him receiving 37 separate wounds from bullets, bayonets, and shrapnel.
Enough to be evacuated to the base camp, examined, and thought to be dead. As he was placed in a body bag among the other dead in body bags, he was suddenly recognized by a friend who called for help. A doctor came and examined him but believed Roy Benavidez was dead. The doctor was about to zip up the body bag when Benavidez managed to spit in his face, alerting the doctor that he was alive.
Enough to become a legend and to be placed on the list of the most famous Green Berets in history.
Born: August 5, 1935
Died: November 29, 1998 (aged 63)
Birthplace: Cuero, Texas
Years of service: 1952-1976
Barry Allen Sadler
Barry Allen Sadler was an American military veteran, author, actor, and singer-songwriter. He served as a Green Beret combat medic with the rank of Staff Sergeant of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Barry Sadler later wrote the hit song, “The Ballad of the Green Berets,” which spent five weeks atop the Hot 100 chart in 1966. That was enough to put him on the list of the most famous Green Berets in history.
Born: November 1, 1940
Died: November 5, 1989 (aged 49)
Birthplace: Carlsbad, New Mexico
Years of service: 1958-1967