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The Son Tay Raid

John Gargus

The Son Tay Raid

American POWs in Vietnam were not forgotten

by John Gargus

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Published by Texas A&M University Press in College Station .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Sontay Raid, 1970,
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Prisoners and prisons, North Vietnamese

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    StatementJohn Gargus.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsDS557.8.S6 G37 2010
    The Physical Object
    Paginationp. cm.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL24049967M
    ISBN 10160344212X
    ISBN 109781603442121
    LC Control Number2010003495
    OCLC/WorldCa504277159

    Biographical Sketch of Command Sgt. Maj. Galen C. Kittleson The U.S. soldier who performed more prisoner-of-war raids than any other in American history. Galen C. Kittleson was born on Aug in Mitchell county, Iowa, near the small farm community of St. Ansgar. He was the son of Floyd and Caroline Kittleson. Message MISC PW FILES | Date of report (). Several related documents are enclosed. A 73/02/09 memo from the Sec of Defense to . In May , aerial photographs revealed what U.S. military intelligence believed was a POW camp near the town of Son Tay, twenty-three miles west of North Vietnam's capital city. When American officials decided the prisoners were attempting to send signals, they set in motion a daring plan to rescue the more than sixty air-men thought to be held captive/5(2).


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The Son Tay Raid by John Gargus Download PDF EPUB FB2

I had read about the Son Tay raid in other Vietnam histories and even fiction related to Vietnam. I decided I really ought to read a bit more about such an audacious attempt. The book is comprehensive and well written, detailing the preparations, the /5(35).

The Son Tay Raid incorporates this wealth of unpublished material--air operations planning and training, ground preparation, interviews, and even North Vietnamese perspectives--with Gargus's own experience. No previous account of this top-secret action has given so many details or such insight into both the execution and results of Son Tay/5(5).

Son Tay Raid Execution The raiders were to approach the camp by air aboard helicopters with fighter cover above to deal with any North Vietnamese MiGs.

All told, 29 aircraft played a direct role in the mission. The Son Tay raid was the first use of UAVs in intelligence gathering (the Buffalo Hunters sent over the camp.) The structure of the raiding force (handpicked volunteers, use of commercial sources for equipment v.

the supply system) and its training are clear forerunners of the modern Special Operations forces.4/5. Apr 7, - Explore a_boydston's board "Son Tay Raiders" on Pinterest.

See more ideas about Special forces, North vietnam and Vietnam war pins. Sơn Tây prison camp. The walled compound is center left next to the river. Code name Polar Circle was the study into rescuing the captured Americans by conducting a raid on Son Tay Prison in the hours of darkness.

The fifteen men working on this study found that the plan was feasible and recommended that the raid be executed as soon as possible. The Son Tay Raid would not be Colonel Simons last attempt to free prisoners in a foreign country. In earlyafter his retirement, Colonel Simons was asked by Ross Perot, then Chairman of EDS, to plan and conduct a rescue operation to free two Electronic Data Systems, Inc (EDS) employees who were taken hostage by the Iranian government.

The Son Tay Raid book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. In Mayaerial photographs revealed what U.S.

military intelligence /5. In the Son Tay Raid, John Gargus asserts that although military schools may continue to study the events of the raid as “an interesting subject for instruction,” and while published books and articles focus on its successful execution as a joint military tactical operation, the available literature has yet to carefully document the.

On this page you will find U.S. Military Personnel who participated in Operation Ivory Coast, a clandestine mission to rescue American Prisoners of War held at the Son Tay Prisoner of War camp in North Vietnam on Novem These listings will include all personnel who planned, supported, and participated in the raid.

On Novem a joint group of volunteers from U.S. Army Green Berets and U.S. Air Force Special Operations Forces perfectly executed the raid, only to find the prisoners' quarters empty; the POWs had been moved to a different location. Initially, the Son Tay raid was a devastating disappointment to the men who risked their lives to carry it by: 1.

Son Tay Raid Association. 1, likes 84 talking about this. The most daring operation of the Vietnam War and ranked as one of the top seven raids in Military History!5/5(1). On November 20 a joint group of volunteers from US Army Green Berets and US Air Force Special Operations Forces perfectly executed the raid, only to find the prisoners' quarters empty; the POWs had been moved to a different location.

Initially the Son Tay raid was a devastating disappointment to the men who risked their lives to carry it out. "The Raid" is almost a mini-history of the POW saga-one that extends to this very day. Over 1, men remain unaccounted for. Some claimed the raid to be a failure. It strikes this reviewer as an outstanding success.

That's because after Son Tay, most POWs were consolidated into the big Hanoi area prisons.5/5(5). The Son Tay Raid "We are going to rescue 70 American prisoners of war, maybe more, from a camp called Son Tay.

This is something American prisoners have a right to expect from their fellow soldiers. The target is 23 miles west of Hanoi." - Colonel Arthur "Bull" SimonsFile Size: 1MB.

For this we brought in 5 F Wild Weasel SAM suppressors that protected the orbiting—flight bait- F-4s.” (Read “Son Tay Raid: Mig Trap Scenario and SAM Concerns,” excerpted from The Son Tay Raid) Then there was the training. The Ground Forces involved in the Son Tay mission had 30 minutes to get in and out.

Sơn Tây raid: The Son Tay prison camp was a POW camp operated by North Vietnam near Sơn Tây and approximately 23 miles (37 km) west of Hanoi in the late s through late and again in About 65 US prisoners of war were held Controlled by: People's Army of Vietnam.

The raid on Son Tay Prison Camp - deep within North Vietnam - was under way. Final briefings were conducted on 20 November.

All were told the exact location of the objective area and that the latest information indicated between 70 and 80 POWs should be at that location -.

The raid was an attempt to rescue prisoners of war being held at the Son Tay camp, roughly 23 miles from the North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

The raid was one of the largest joint operations. Supplemental Son Tay articles. College Eye in the Son Tay Raid. Navy in the Son Tay Raid. Combat Talons in the Son Tay Raid. Air Operations for the Son Tay Raid. Son Tay Raid Search and Rescue Operation. American Flag – Son Tay Participant Story. Son Tay Raid by Norman H.

Frisbie. Keith Grimes on the Son Tay Raid. Son Tay part 7: The Raid, by Benjamin Schemmer McDuff: Kennedy's Man to Smash the CIA. Additionally, he has delineated the key passages in each chapter of each book in a video reading.

Speaking at a panel discussion of the Son Tay Raid at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida inSydnor said the raiders practiced the mission between and times, exercising nearly a.

Planning the Raid The target was the Son Tay POW camp, only 23 miles west of the North Vietnamese capital Hanoi. Intelligence analysts believed as many as 55 prisoners were there.

The raid was a joint-service operation. An Air Force assault group would fly Army Special Forces to Son Tay under cover of darkness, rescue the POWs, and leave. Secret and Dangerous: Night of the Son Tay POW Raid is a must read for history buffs and those interested in the Vietnam War Era." - RON STANDERFER, author, The Eagle's Last Flight "Guenon tells it like it was in his utterly fascinating story of the daring raid on Son Tay -- one of the most remarkable flying feats in the entire Vietnam War.

Get this from a library. The Son Tay Raid: American POWs in Vietnam were not forgotten. [John Gargus] -- In MayAerial Photographs Revealed what U.S. military intelligence believed was a Pow camp near the town of Son Tay, twenty-three miles west of North Vietnam's capital city.

When American. OPERATION IVORY COAST AKA The Son Tay Raid was a rescue mission conducted on 21 November to free 61 US prisoners held by the North Vietnamese in the Son Tay prisoner-of-war camp. The North Vietnamese government held sixty-one American service men.

This joint Army/Air Force operation was commanded by Col Arthur D. "Bull" : Old Mountain Press. An MHM (serial number ) that took part in the Son Tay Raid flown by Lt. Col. Warner A. Britton, call sign “Apple 1”.

Apple 1 carried the command element on the mission to rescue American prisoners of war thought to be held at the Son Tay prison outside Hanoi, North Vietnam.

Son Tay Raid Weapons and Equipment. WEAPONS: AMMUNITION: 2 M Automatic Rifles: 1, rounds: 48 CAR Assault Rifles: 18, rounds: Caliber Pistols: 1, rounds: 4 M 40 mm Grenade Launchers: rounds: 4 M Machine Guns: 4, rounds: 2 Guage Shotguns: shells: Equipment.

Operation Ivory Coast AKA The Son Tay Raid: A Short Briefing. Operation Ivory Coast AKA The Son Tay Raid was a rescue mission conducted on 21 November to free 61 US prisoners held by the North Vietnamese in the Son Tay prisoner-of-war camp.

Hung’s complete account of the raid “The Truth About the Son Tay Raid to Rescue American Pilots” was published in in a trilogy book titled Escape and Missing. Pribbenow translated this book and made it available to me and the Son Tay Raider Association. I obtained two copies of it through our embassy in Size: 1MB.

After I finished my book on the raid, The Son Tay Raid America POW in Vietnam Were Not Forgotten, I began compiling a notebook of documents for the Son Tay Raid Association. In it I collect articles about the raid, about individual raiders and articles written by the raiders.

I alsoFile Size: 5MB. The raid was not successful in bringing home any American prisoners because they had been moved when the Son Tay River flooded. This forced the prisoners to be moved to a new camp 13 kilometers away. ADM McRaven is a raid expert and included Son Tay as one of the eight best Special Operations missions of all time in his book SPEC OPS, Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice.

In he gave one of the best lectures on Son Tay that I have ever heard. The Son Tay Raid was the first documented example of a US SOF team using a “red dot” type optic in combat. The Singlepoint Sight and Mount. To many historians and enthusiasts, the defining feature of a Son Tay rifle is the Singlepoint OEG scope.

According to The Son Tay Raid: American POWs in Vietnam Were Not Forgotten, the night. Before there was Delta Force or SEAL Team Six, there was “The Raid,” the U.S.

military’s raid on the Son Tay prison camp in November of This is also the title of the book by Benjamin Schemmer that was published inwhich tells the extraordinary story of one of the most daring raids in military history.

The Son Tay Raid’s greatness lies in the fact that it brought together the separate branches for a greater purpose: to fulfill the pledge of “no man left behind.” In truth, we are making this movie for the Raiders.

For the Vietnam ers:   John has culled a list of top experts on the subject of US misuse of covert action, and he has selected their bellwether books on this subject. Additionally, he. For a brief account of the Son Tay Raid check out my book “Forgotten Soldiers: What Happened to Jacob Walden.” Another great source about the Son Tay Raid is a book by Colonel John Gargus (USAF Ret) who was the lead navigator of one of the MCs that led the raiders to Son Tay and wrote " The Son Tay Raid ".

DAYTON, Ohio -- Join Son Tay Raider pilot Maj. (Ret.) William A. Guenon, Jr., as he discusses his new book "Secret and Dangerous, Night of the Son Tay P.O.W. Raid," on May 21 at p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

During his lecture, Maj. Guenon will explain how he flew "low and slow" in the lead C, operating in radio silence, as he led the unlikely. The following is an article on the Son Tay Raid Prison Camp raid into North Vietnam, in which Hancock, along with other ships of Task Force 77 were involved.

The following was submitted by [email protected] (Raby), which varifies the reality of this raid, carried out by TF77 on 21 November Jake, I copied this from copyrighted book.

McRaven deems the Son Tay raid “the best modern example of a successful spec op [which] should be considered textbook material for future missions.” His own book is an instructive textbook that will be closely studied by students of the military arts.

Maps, photos.Operation Kingpin was the raid to retrieve prison-ers of war (POWs) from a camp located near Hanoi at a place called Son Tay. This effort is best remembered because the captives had been moved prior to the raid and the camp was found to be empty.

But despite failing to accomplish the objective, this mission offers some valuable lessons in Cited by: 1."Son Tay Raid: The Rest of the Story will add to our knowledge of the spirit of volunteerism that existed among many U.S. soldiers, sailors and airmen in the Vietnam War."--Ron Milam, Texas Tech University, " provides a first-hand account of .