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    That one pic of Leghorn is kind of intriguing... I have read books that included some hair raising stories of similar radio relay outposts, but I have never heard of Leghorn. One website mentions Soviet Helo's being seen from Leghorn. Anyone have any sources for a book or article on engagements in this area near Leghorn/Laos. ?

    Seems like it would have been a very 'spooky' place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toad
    That one pic of Leghorn is kind of intriguing... I have read books that included some hair raising stories of similar radio relay outposts, but I have never heard of Leghorn. One website mentions Soviet Helo's being seen from Leghorn. Anyone have any sources for a book or article on engagements in this area near Leghorn/Laos. ?

    Seems like it would have been a very 'spooky' place.
    Leghorn was an idea spun from SOG recon One-Zero Lt. George K. Sisler. On 15 January 1967, Sisler's recon team, RT Colorado, dug in on a near-verticle mountain peak in southern Laos. They fortified it with thousands of sandbags and commo equipment which enabled SOG recon teams and Hatchet Forces, who were across the fence, stay in constant contact with Covey FACs and with command back inside South Vietnam. Leghorn was so tactically perfect that the NVA were never able to sieze or even attack it. It was positioned on a razor-back ridge that rose over a thousand feet off the jungle floor. Incoming mortar rounds did very little because the target was too narrow to hit. When they did take incoming, they usually just called in the A-1s and gunships. Leghorn also enabled recon teams to walk into and out of target areas, instead of being inserted by choppers.

    FYI, George K. Sisler was awarded SOG's first Medal of Honor (posthumously) for his actions while on a BDA (bomb damage assessment) mission in Laos. This information was pulled from John L. Plaster's SOG: A Photo History of the Secret Wars.

    Here's a good sequence of Leghorn as a Huey approaches:

    http://web2.airmail.net/glad13/leghorn.htm


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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy
    Leghorn was an idea spun from SOG recon One-Zero Lt. George K. Sisler. On 15 January 1967, Sisler's recon team, RT Colorado, dug in on a near-verticle mountain peak in southern Laos. They fortified it with thousands of sandbags and commo equipment which enabled SOG recon teams and Hatchet Forces, who were across the fence, stay in constant contact with Covey FACs and with command back inside South Vietnam. Leghorn was so tactically perfect that the NVA were never able to sieze or even attack it. It was positioned on a razor-back ridge that rose over a thousand feet off the jungle floor. Incoming mortar rounds did very little because the target was too narrow to hit. When they did take incoming, they usually just called in the A-1s and gunships. Leghorn also enabled recon teams to walk into and out of target areas, instead of being inserted by choppers.

    FYI, George K. Sisler was awarded SOG's first Medal of Honor (posthumously) for his actions while on a BDA (bomb damage assessment) mission in Laos. This information was pulled from John L. Plaster's SOG: A Photo History of the Secret Wars.

    Here's a good sequence of Leghorn as a Huey approaches:

    http://web2.airmail.net/glad13/leghorn.htm


    Sisler is a real heroe! He charged by himself at enemy platoon, making them retreat.

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    known as the ravaging pig technique, works on elephants as well on humans with the same success performed only by the extremelly desperate and/or brave soldiers history has the fortune to know

    btw the CIDGs and MIKE teams were projects created and under command of USASF just like MACVSOG was, the difference however was that SOG was alot bigger and complicated than the first two, thus leading you to believe that they were MACVSOGs own projects, many times however the CIDG or MIKE forces have been in assistaince of SOG operatives under close cooperation and mainly render close support or assist them during extract/insertion phases of an operation in the territory of command and control
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    4th on top far right......looks like an old friend Wayne Fuiten, he was AF Combat Controll with SOG.....he did 3 or more tours,have not seen him in I bet almost 20 years.




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    Yards


    RT Hawaii


    Robert Howard MoH


    Robert Howard CCC


    Howard with NVA prisoner


    Howard with NVA prisoner






    Marble Mountain


    RT Maine 1970, 1-1 & 1-0


    RT Idaho, CCN, 1971


    RT Idaho, CCN, 1971, point man




    RT Maine, 1970


    Gone hunting in Laos


    Frank Cuddy, USMC SOG pilot, 367th HML




    RT Utah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
    http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/2696/sogrtidahoccn1971iepoinet9dotjpg
    RT Idaho, CCN, 1971, point man
    What is the little "cone" on the barrel?

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    A custom-made conical flashhider. Not so much to hide the flash, but to actually give the impression to the enemy of a much more powerful gun/force. Comes in handy if you are a small recon team in hostile territory trying to break contact if compromised. IMHO.

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    [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]Earlier, a picture was posted of MOH winner Jon Cavaiani, MACV SOG, who won his award defending "Leghorn.". [/FONT][/SIZE]

    [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]Here is an up-to-date picture of Jon (in beret) along with Bob Noe (left, ex-MACVSOG, note: Bob spent 4 months on "Leghorn" prior to Jon's arrival and claims partial credit for Jon's MOH because during his tour, he "personally aggravated the NVA to the point they decided to take Leghorn out"...which they did after Jon's arrival), me (ex-SF-A team), Lloyd Kantenberg (far right, ex-SF mike force). The picture was taken in New Orleans before Mardi Gras this year, Jon was the featured rider on the “Special Forces Association” float. He is wearing my beret because he had left his at home. [/FONT][/SIZE]

    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]When the picture was taken, our group (later reinforced by another detachment) had already begun to prepare for the night’s hazardous mission into the heart of the French Quarter. Some of the details of Jon's story that are not included in the citation are amazing, including his severe wounding and capture, followed by two excapes and up to a week of excape and evasion before recapture, etc. [/SIZE][/FONT]

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    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]http://www.cmohs.org/recipients/living_cites_c.htm[/SIZE][/FONT]
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    [*******silver][FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]CAVAIANI, JON R.[/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR]
    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3][*******#c0c0c0][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
    [SIZE=3][*******#858eb1][FONT=Times New Roman]Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Vietnam Training Advisory Group, Republic of Vietnam. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 4 and 5 June 1971. Entered service at: Fresno, Calif. Born: 2 August 1943, Royston, England. [/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]
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    [SIZE=3][*******#858eb1][FONT=Times New Roman]Citation: S/Sgt. Cavaiani distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action in the Republic of Vietnam on 4 and 5 June 1971 while serving as a platoon leader to a security platoon providing security for an isolated radio relay site located within enemy-held territory. [/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]
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    [SIZE=3][*******#858eb1][FONT=Times New Roman]On the morning of 4 June 1971, the entire camp came under an intense barrage of enemy small arms, automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenade and mortar fire from a superior size enemy force. S/Sgt. Cavaiani acted with complete disregard for his personal safety as he repeatedly exposed himself to heavy enemy fire in order to move about the camp's perimeter directing the platoon's fire and rallying the platoon in a desperate fight for survival. S/Sgt. Cavaiani also returned heavy suppressive fire upon the assaulting enemy force during this period with a variety of weapons. [/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]
    [SIZE=3][*******#858eb1][FONT=Times New Roman][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]
    [SIZE=3][*******#858eb1][FONT=Times New Roman]When the entire platoon was to be evacuated, S/Sgt. Cavaiani unhesitatingly volunteered to remain on the ground and direct the helicopters into the landing zone. S/Sgt. Cavaiani was able to direct the first 3 helicopters in evacuating a major portion of the platoon. Due to intense increase in enemy fire, S/Sgt. Cavaiani was forced to remain at the camp overnight where he calmly directed the remaining platoon members in strengthening their defenses. [/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]
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    [SIZE=3][*******#858eb1][FONT=Times New Roman]On the morning of S June, a heavy ground fog restricted visibility. The superior size enemy force launched a major ground attack in an attempt to completely annihilate the remaining small force. The enemy force advanced in 2 ranks, first firing a heavy volume of small arms automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire while the second rank continuously threw a steady barrage of hand grenades at the beleaguered force. S/Sgt. Cavaiani returned a heavy barrage of small arms and hand grenade fire on the assaulting enemy force but was unable to slow them down. He ordered the remaining platoon members to attempt to escape while he provided them with cover fire. With 1 last courageous exertion, S/Sgt. Cavaiani recovered a machine gun, stood up, completely exposing himself to the heavy enemy fire directed at him, and began firing the machine gun in a sweeping motion along the 2 ranks of advancing enemy soldiers. [/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]
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    [SIZE=3][*******#858eb1][FONT=Times New Roman]Through S/Sgt. Cavaiani's valiant efforts with complete disregard for his safety, the majority of the remaining platoon members were able to escape. While inflicting severe losses on the advancing enemy force, S/Sgt. Cavaiani was wounded numerous times. S/Sgt. Cavaiani's conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.[/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]
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    heres a few more SOG pix
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    [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]Here is an up-to-date picture of Jon (in beret) along with Bob Noe (left, ex-MACVSOG, note: Bob spent 4 months on "Leghorn" prior to Jon's arrival and claims partial credit for Jon's MOH because during his tour, he "personally aggravated the NVA to the point they decided to take Leghorn out"...which they did after Jon's arrival), me (ex-SF-A team), Lloyd Kantenberg (far right, ex-SF mike force). The picture was taken in New Orleans before Mardi Gras this year, Jon was the featured rider on the “Special Forces Association” float. He is wearing my beret because he had left his at home. [/FONT][/SIZE]

    Robert Noe; a really nice man. He got me in touch with quite a few SOG recon men like Bus, Constable and the legendary Billy Waugh.

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    At one point, they even flew Martha Raye up there to Leg Horn where she hanged out with "Her Green Berets."

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    Is that yard(bottom left) in the first photo holding a sawn-off blooper and what firearm is the guy top of him holding?pretty sleek lookin...

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    Quote Originally Posted by phonics View Post
    Is that yard(bottom left) in the first photo holding a sawn-off blooper and what firearm is the guy top of him holding?pretty sleek lookin...
    Yea that Yard is Holding Tilt Meyer's cut down M-79, the man behind him is the man himself J Stryker (Tilt) Meyer 1-0 RT Idaho at FOB-1, the weapon Tilt is holding is the XM-148 40mm grenade launcher mounted under a CAR-15. Note Lynn Black 1-1 is wearing a 1-0 SOG vest.
    hope this helps,
    paul

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